Big win over France earns U.S. U-20 women Tournoi Maurice Revello title

Sophia Smith, scorer in seven straight games, led the USA to the U-20 Tournoi Maurice Revello Sud Ladies Cup title in France. Smith also assisted on Erin Gilroy's in the 3-1 win over the host that followed victories over Germany (3-0) and Haiti (7-0), at the tournament two months ahead of the France-hosted U-20 Women's World Cup four which all four participants have qualified.

29 Sydney Leroux
24 Kelley O’Hara
24 Lindsey Horan
19 Mallory Pugh
19 Sophia Smith

Both Gilroy and Penelope Hocking, who scored the USA's final goal against France in the 88th minute, came off the bench with the score tied, 1-1.

U.S. striker Brianna Pinto flew to Russia afterward as one of three youth players, along with Canada's Alphonso Davies and Mexico's Diego Lainez to help make the case for the United 2026 World Cup bid, which on Wednesday morning became reality.

June 10 in Salon-de-Provenc, France
France 1 USA 3. Goals: Gago 65; Smith 59, Gilroy (Smith) 69, Hocking 88.
France -- Chavas; Bacha, Thibaud, Piga, Daoudi (Goestch, 63), Laurent (Rey, 84), Gavory (Khelifi, 55), Zamanian, Delabre, De Almeida, Gago.
USA -- Ivory; Pickett, Girma, Hiatt, Rodriguez, DeMelo (McKeown, 64), Smith (Hocking, 84), Villacorta, Howell, Kim (Gilroy, 46), Sanchez (Pinto, 72).
Referee: Berline Geffrard (Haiti).
Att.: 350

Stats: France/USA
Shots: 6/12
Shots on Goal: 3/6
Saves: 3/3
Corner Kicks: 3/0
Fouls: 6/11
Offside: 0/5
Yellow cards: USA -- Girma 69, DeMelo 77

U.S. U-20 women's national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (7): Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA; Brentwood, Calif.), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymouth, Mich.).
FORWARDS (7): Erin Gilroy (Tennessee; Bellmore, N.Y.), Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas).

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