USA eliminated from FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after 3-1 loss to Japan

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – The United States Women’s Under-20 National Team lost 3-1 to Japan in the final match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup group stage.

With this result, the United States finish third in Group D and will not qualify for the quarter-finals. Japan finished first and the Netherlands second in the group and will advance to the knockout stage.

The United States entered the game needing a two-goal win over Japan to qualify and had several quality chances in a fair first half that ended in a 0-0 draw. 0 at the break. USA’s best chance came soon after the striker Ally Sentnor pushed his way through several defenders and fired from the top of the penalty area. The ball took a big deflection on a Japanese defender, goalkeeper on the wrong foot Shu Ohbabut she recovered and rushed the ball past the post to deny what would have been a score that would have changed USA’s momentum.

While the United States chained some quality attacks early in the second half, it was eventually Japan who scored first, netting a crucial goal through the striker Manaka Matsukobo after a quick turnover and counterattack in the USA half. Japan then doubled their lead 12 minutes later, this time from a corner which ended with the defender Shinomi Koyama burying a powerful strike from the left side of the penalty area.

The American players showed heart and tenacity as they continued their attacking efforts and had a few more quality chances before reducing the deficit to 70e when forward Alyssa Thompson played a cross into the box from the right wing this striker Simone Jackson finished on his first touch at five meters. It was Jackson’s first World Cup goal.

Japan strikes again in 84e minute with a close range header from the defender Haruna Tabata after a long cross in the box. The game was initially ruled offside, but was changed to a goal following a VAR review.

Both teams had 12 shots and three corner kicks, but Japan, like the Netherlands in USA’s second group game, was much more clinical in the third attacking game. The United States held a slight advantage in possession, 52% to 48, but the defending U-20 Women’s World Cup champion (Japan won in 2018) managed six shots on goal to just four for the United States. United States.

In the other Group D match, the Netherlands beat Ghana 4-1 to cement their second place in the group as Japan clinched first place with an unbeaten run of nine points from three matches.


JPN – Manaka Matsukobo (Yuzuki Yamamoto), 55th minute – Yamamoto forced a turnover in the USA defensive third and played Matsukobo on goal. She dribbled to the box and cut inside to get rid of the pressure before shooting low with her left foot to open the scoring from 17 yards out. United States 0, Japan 1

JPN – Shinomi Koyama (Aoba Fujino), 67th minute – After a set-piece from a right-sided corner, Koyama slotted the ball into the left side of the penalty area and fired high into the goal with his left foot to double the lead from around 12 yards out. United States 0, Japan 2

United States – Simone Jackson (Alyssa Thompson), 70th minute – Thompson received the ball on the right wing and raced towards the baseline before playing a cross down the middle which bounced inside the box towards the back post, where Jackson met him and finished at five meters. United States 1, Japan 2

JPN – Haruna Tabata (Ibuki Nagae), 84th minute – Nagae and Tabata chased a long cross into the United States penalty area. Nagae won it and played the square ball to Tabata, who finished with a header near the edge of the penalty area. United States 1, Japan 3


  • The United States have never beaten Japan in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. This was the third straight WWC U-20 tournament in which the USA and Japan have faced each other, with the USA suffering 1-0 defeats in the 2018 group stage and the third-place match in 2016.
  • Nineteen of the 21 players in the World Cup roster have played in all three games of the USA tournament. Only midfielder Annie Karich, an injury substitute for Sally Menti, and goalkeeper Teagan Wy did not see the pitch.
  • Eighteen of the American roster players will now head to their college environments while two players will return to their NWSL clubs in Olivia Moultrie (Portland Thorns FC), who played a fine midfield tournament for the United States. United, and 17 years old. Jaedyn Shaw (San Diego Wave FC).
  • Alyssa Thompson is entering her senior year of high school and will attend Stanford in the fall of 2023.


Match: United States Women’s National Under-20 Team vs. Japan Women’s National Under-20 Team

Date: August 17, 2022
Competition: FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup 2022 – Group D
Venue: Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium; Alajuela, Costa Rica
Presence: 1,392
To start up: 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET)
Time: 73 degrees, cloudy

Rating Summary: 1 2 F
United States 0 1 1
PND 0 3 3

JPN – Manaka Matsukubo (Yuzuki Yamamoto) 55e minute
JPN—Shinomi Koyama 67
USA – Simone Jackson (Alyssa Thompson) 70
JPN – Haruna Tabata (Aoba Fujino) 84


United States: 1-Mia Justus; 2-Laney Rouse, 4-Emily Mason, 5-Lilly Reale, (16-Lauren Flynn, 72), 18-Samar Guidry (15-Trinity Byars, 72); 6-Talia DellaPeruta (10-Jaedyn Shaw, 61), 13-Olivia Moultrie, 19-Korbin Albert, 7-Alyssa Thompson, 9-Michelle Cooper (Capt.) (8-Andrea Kitahata, 81), 20-Ally Sentnor ( 11-Simone Jackson, 61)

Subs not used: 3-Ayo Oke, 12-Neeku Purcell, 14-Carina Lageyre, 17-Annie Karich, 21-Teagan Wy

Head Coach: Tracey Kevins

JPN: 18-Shu Ohba; 7-Mihoshi Sugisawa, 12-Haruna Tabata, 4-Rion Ishikawa, 16-Shinomi Koyama, 3-Ibuki Nagae (captain); 10-Aoba Fujino (17-Maya Hijikata, 71), 6-Aemu Oyama (15-Suzu Amano, 66), 8-Kokona Iwasaki (19-Riko Yoshida, 90); 9-Yuzuki Yamamoto (11-Maika Hamano, 66), 14-Manaka Matsukubo (13-Mei Shimada, 90)

Subs not used: 1-Shiori Fukuda, 2-Akane Nishino, 5-Manaka Hayashi, 20-Urara Watanabe, 21-Nina Noda

Coach: Futoshi Ikeda

Stat Summary: USA / JPN
Hits: 12 / 12
Shots on goal: 4 / 6
Backup: 3 / 3
Corner kicks: 3 / 3
Faults: 9 / 5
Offside: 1 / 0

Summary of misconduct:
USA – Michelle Cooper (Attention) 49e minute
USA – Laney Rouse (Warning) 82

Referee: Marta Huerta (ESP)
1st Assistant Referee: Guadalupe Porras (ESP)
2n/a Assistant Referee: Katalin Torok (HUN)
4e Official: Cheryl Foster (WAL)
VAR: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)
AVAR 1: Maria Carvajal (CHI)
AVAR 2: Eliana Fernandez (ESP)

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