Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
French: 'Playing Japan was a whole new experience'
August 12th, 2013 5:24PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  under-20 women's world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[USA UNDER-20 WOMEN] Japan beat the USA, 3-0, for its second win in two games in U.S. under-20 under-20 women’s friendlies at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

Japan, which brought five players from the team that finished third at the 2010 Under-20 World Cup it hosted, got two goals from captain Ayaka Michigami sandwiched around a goal by Miku Kojima.

The USA, which was outshot 15-7, has just one holdover from its team that won the 2012 World Cup in Notre Dame sophomore Cari Roccaro.

“Defensively, our ability to handle a high level of speed of play and movement off the ball needs to improve,” said U.S. coach Michelle French. “Before these two games, we hadn’t faced that sort of pressure and that sort of technical ability, so playing Japan was a whole new experience for this group. It was pretty evident that we need to deal with that better.”

U.S. goalkeeper Kaela Little made eight saves before she was ejected in the 80th minute for taking down a Japanese attacker who had rounded her and was about to shoot into an open goal. Katelyn Rowland came off the bench cold and saved the penalty kick from Marin Hamamoto.

Aug. 11 in Carson, Calif.
USA 0 Japan 3. Goals: Michigami 15, 70, Kojima 63.
USA -- Little; Mueller (Weatherholt, 23), Freeman (Naughton, 12), Roccaro, Liedle; Lavelle, Payne (Andrews, 46), Sullivan; Green (Mills, 79), Munerlyn (Beckie, 59; Rowland, 81), Purce (Walker, 70)
Japan -- Yamashita (Hayashizaki, 46); Doko, Shimizu, Miyake (Hatanaka, 61), Nakasato, Narumiya (Inoue, 41), Kurishima, Kawahara (Hamamoto, 46), Shiraki, Michigami (Capt.)
Red card: USA – Little 80.
Referee: Adam Brugman (USA).


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
ECNL National Finals field set     
The girls Elite Club National League (ECNL) National Finals for U-15, U-16 and U-17 divisions will ...
Development Academy quarterfinals set    
U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) quarterfinalists emerged from June 22-26 playoffs in Westfield, Ind. Quarterfinal games ...
Development Academy U-17/18 All-Conference Teams     
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced its Best XI selections for the three conferences that ...
Development Academy U-15/16 All-Conference Teams    
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced its Best XI selections for the three conferences that ...
US Youth Soccer: Champs crowned in Region I    
U-13 through U-19 champions were crowned at the US Youth Soccer East (Region I) regionals in ...
US Youth Soccer: Champs crowned in Region IV     
U-13 through U-19 champions were crowned at the US Youth Soccer West (Region IV) regionals in ...
US Youth Soccer: Champs crowned in Region III     
U-13 through U-19 champions were crowned at the US Youth Soccer South (Region II) regionals in ...
US Youth Soccer: Champs crowned in Region II    
U-13 through U-19 champions were crowned at the US Youth Soccer Midwest (Region II) regionals in ...
U.S. U-15 boys fall in Argentina friendlies     
The U.S. U-15 boys national team lost friendlies against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina during its 11-day ...
Development Academy Playoff Groups Set    
The playoff field for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy was drawn into groups for the Academy ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives