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Women’s soccer update: USA advances to U-20 World Cup final, Costa Rica friendly video, new college top 25

A month after the senior squad won Olympic gold, the U.S. women's under-20 national team has reached the U-20 World Cup final after defeating Nigeria, 2-0. The Americans will play Germany — a 3-0 victor over Japan -- for the championship Saturday in Tokyo (6:20 a.m. ET, ESPN2, More than 28,000 attended the semifinal doubleheader. In group play, the Germans trounced the USA, 3-0.

Morgan Brian (Virginia) scored in the 22nd minute and Kealia Ohai (North Carolina) secured victory in the 70th.

After Saturday’s final, the players, as well as Coach Steve Swanson, will return to their college programs. Swanson and Brian are both from Virginia, which is 5-1-0 and ranked seventh in their absence.

The complete Soccer America top 25 is here.

In case you missed it, the Olympic champions began their victory tour Saturday with an 8-0 victory over Costa Rica in Rochester, N.Y. Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe scored twice apiece. The Americans’ next two matches are against Australia: Sept. 16 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and three days later at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

USA-Costa Rica video:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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