SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The United States claimed its record sixth Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship with a 4-1 triumph over Mexico on Sunday as forwards Trinity Rodman and Mia Fishel each scored twice.
It was the second-largest margin of victory ever for the USA in a Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Final. The USA downed Mexico 4-0 in the 2014 title game.
After taking an early lead in almost every game of the tournament, Mexico struck first today, finding the net in the sixth minute through an excellent long-range finish from Silvana Flores. From there on, the USA controlled the match, equalizing in the 12th through Rodman and then putting the game away with a brace from Fishel in the 49th and 57th before an 88th-minute strike from Rodman put a cap on the afternoon.
Fishel’s second goal was her 13th of the competition, a new all-ages record for the USWNT in a qualifying tournament, albeit in more games than her predecessors due to the change in format for this year’s competition. Fishel won the Golden Ball as the tournament MVP as she topped Green’s record, 12 goals netted at the 2012 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship.
Kelly Wilson scored nine in three games in qualifying for the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. Kerri Hanks had nine in the qualifying for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. The legendary Michelle Akers holds the record for most goals ever for a senior USWNT player in a Concacaf qualifying tournament when she scored 11 in qualifying for the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The final presented a rematch of the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Women’s Championship Final, which the USA lost in a dramatic penalty kick shootout. There would be much less drama this time around as U.S. head coach Laura Harvey made four changes to the starting XI that qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 6-0 win against Dominican Republic in the semifinal.
The sensational volley by Flores from 20 yards out that opened the scoring gave the U.S. no chance to make a save and the goal would stand as the only one conceded by the USA in the entire seven-game tournament.
The U.S. held the majority of possession in the match and almost found a breakthrough in the 38th minute as midfielder Katelyn Duong’s left-footed shot from 25 yards beat Mexico goalkeeper Wendy Toledo, but banged off the base of the left post.
In the 49th, Duong once again struck a dipping shot on-target, this time causing Toledo to spill the ball in front of the goal, where the speedy Fishel was lethal in putting the USA ahead. Moments later, Fishel made history with her 13th goal of the competition, connecting with a cross from the right wing by defender Emily Mason and powering her shot through the hands of Toledo and into the net.
The USA amassed a 13-5 shot advantage in the game, including 6-3 shots on goal. Rodman closed out the title game with a brilliant solo run in the 87th minute, smashing a shot past Toledo from 10 yards out and into the lower left corner of the net.
With today’s victory over Mexico, USA has won six of nine Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championships that have crowned a champion, the most of any nation. It has reached the final of every tournament and has won five of the last six titles. The U.S. showcased its tremendous depth throughout the tournament with every player on Harvey’s roster seeing action over the course of seven games.
With World Cup qualification secured, the U-20 USWNT will now hold several domestic training camps that will serve as preparation for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup this August in Costa Rica and Panama.