In their first of three matches in the annual 10 Nations tournament in La Manga, Spain, the U-20s overcame their counterparts from Norway, 2-0. (Echoing a 2-0 win their older compatriots earned over Norway a few weeks ago in the U-23 tournament on these same fields. As well, the senior US team played Norway on the 4th, in the Algarve cup in Portugal, coming away with a 2-1 win.)
Young star Mallory Pugh scored both goals, both resulting from errors in the Norwegian defense. The first five came minutes before halftime and the second a few minutes before the final whistle.
Mal Pugh, Kaliegh Riehl, and Taylor Racioppi are the three holdovers from the last U-20 cycle; Pugh and Riehl both played the full 90 minutes, while Racioppi stayed on the bench. Of the two “new” players – Jordan Harr and Savannah DeMelo, both called up for the first time from the U-18s for this tournament – just DeMelo played, subbing in for final 20 minutes.
The US will next face the Netherlands tomorrow, March 7th, and then Sweden on the 9th.