U.S. relish CONCACAF title win on International Women’s Day

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – It was perhaps fitting that the United States won the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship on Sunday, the day that International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world.The U.S. were a show of strength and resilience during the tournament in outscoring opponents 44-1 in their seven matches, plus rallying from a 1-0 early deficit against Mexico in Sunday’s Final to claim a 4-1 win.“I think it shows what women’s soccer is about right now,” said U.S. head coach Laura Harvey following Sunday’s Final.CU 20 Golden Glove winner Mexico’s Wendy Toledo“The fact that it was two women’s head coaches on the sideline shows where the game is going and how we can continue to develop,” added Harvey.With the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup berth having been clinched in last Friday’s semifinal victory against Dominican Republic and a sixth CUW20 title won on Sunday, Harvey’s attention will now turn to August’s World Cup in Panama and Costa Rica.“We can develop who we want to be and we now have a huge several months ahead of us to prepare for the World Cup,” said Harvey.One of the stars of the tournament for the U.S. was FW Mia Fishel, who scored 13 goals on her way to earning Golden Ball honours as the 2020 CUW20 Most Valuable Player.Fishel’s brace played a big role in Sunday’s win, but she was quick to note that it could not have happened without the help of teammates.“We stuck to our game plan, we knew we weren’t going to be out of this, we just had to keep playing as a team and finish every shot we got,” said Fishel following the match.16-year-old Haitian midfielder Melchie Dumornay walked away with the Golden Boot.“I just wanted to focus on every opportunity I had. I have amazing teammates who got me the ball and I just tried to finish it,” concluded Fishel.Meanwhile, following the United States’ 4-1 victory over Mexico in the Final of the 2020 CONCACAFWomen’s Under-20 Championship, CONCACAF announced the competition’s individual awards.Mexico GK Wendy Toledo, who registered two clean sheets during the tournament, was the winner of the Golden Glove Award.Melchie Dumornay of Haiti took home Golden Boot honours for the 14 goals she scored in the tournament, including goals in all six of Haiti’s matches. The 16-year-old registered two hat-tricks and also had a four-goal performance in Haiti’s 12-0 Round of 16 victory against Barbados.Rounding out the individual awards is Golden Ball winner Mia Fishel of the United States. Fishel finished the 2020 CUW20 as the second-leading scorer with 13 goals, including a brace in Sunday’s Final.Fair Play – United StatesGolden Glove – Wendy Toledo, MexicoGolden Boot – Melchie Dumornay, HaitiGolden Ball – Mia Fishel, United Stateslast_img read more