U.S. U-20 women beat Costa Rica to reach final
The U.S. U-20 women's national team earned a berth to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup after a 4-0 win over Costa Rica in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico. The U.S. will play rival Canada, 2-1 winners over Mexico in the other semifinal, in the CONCACAF Final on Saturday, June 28, at 3:30 p.m. ET. This is the fourth time the U.S. has qualified for the U-20 Women's World Cup.
"Of course we're happy to be going to the World Cup," said coach Tony DiCicco. "It's very important to win games, but I also want to play to our standard. I have to give credit to Costa Rica, they created a lot of problems for us in the midfield, but we hope to learn from that and play better against (Canada) on Saturday."
Against Costa Rica, Kelley O'Hara scored her sixth goal of the tournament to lead the U.S. Megan Klingenberg, Ingrid Wells and Jessica McDonald also scored their first goals of the tournament.