The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on August 5th against Germany at Commonwealth Stadium in what is an extremely rare occurrence in world soccer: the finalists from the previous U-20 World Cup squaring off in an opening group match.
The game can be watched live on ESPNU and WatchESPN at 6 p.m. CT.
Although almost all of the players have changed, the game will be a reprise of the championship match of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, a match won 1-0 by the USA at Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The USA will then have two days of rest before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 in Edmonton in the second group match followed by three days of rest – including a travel day to Moncton in the far east of Canada – before finishing group play against China PR on Aug. 12.
For a look at the team, Soccer America offers Six Reasons to Follow the USA. One reason – Five players were still in high school this last year, including Mallory Pugh, who was only a sophomore and a likely sophomore in the middle of the pitch. They also offer a look at Seven Players to Watch, led by Lindsey Horan who is featured in the photo above. Lindsey bypassed college to sign with PSG in France.
The USA also played Germany and China in group play in 2012, falling 3-0 to Germany and drawing 1-1 with China. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For a full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.
The Quarterfinals are August 16-17, the Semifinals are August 20 and the Final will be played August 24 at 6pm.
ESPN will broadcast a total of 18 matches across its various platforms, 10 group matches and all four quarterfinals, plus both semifinals and the third-place and championship games. Only four matches are slated to be shown live on TV with the rest on tape-delay. However, all 18 matches that ESPN is carrying will be live on ESPN3 or WatchESPN. The four live TV matches are the three group games for the USA and the Group C clash between England and Mexico on Aug. 9 from Moncton at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Should the USA advance to the quarterfinal round, there is flexibility to carry that match live on TV as well.