International friendly: Vietnam U16 Women’s team loses to USA U16 Women’s team

In a dominant display at the UEFA Friendship Tournament in Riva, Turkey, the U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team secured a resounding 8-0 victory over Vietnam, showcasing their formidable prowess on the international stage.

This victory marks their second win in the tournament, positioning them strongly with six points as they head into their group finale against Botswana on April 16.

Ella Kral led the scoring spree with a hat-trick, highlighting her offensive capabilities and contributing significantly to the team’s success. Ashlyn Anderson added two goals, while Jordan Hill, Addison Feldman, and Charlee Siria each found the back of the net once, rounding out the scoring for the USA. The U.S. team’s offensive onslaught included a remarkable 22 shots on goal compared to Vietnam’s single attempt, underscoring the vast gap in performance between the two sides.

The match began with an early goal from Hill in the 12th minute, setting the tone for what would be a challenging game for the Vietnamese side. Feldman and Anderson continued the scoring before halftime, with Anderson adding another shortly after the break. Siria, Kral’s successive strikes in the 61st, 63rd, 74th, and 83rd minutes sealed an emphatic win for the Americans.

Midfielders Scottie Antonucci, Rylie Morse, and Jaiden Rodriguez played pivotal roles in setting up the goals, demonstrating the team’s depth and coordination. This cohesive team effort highlights the strategic acumen of U.S. head coach Toledo, who has selected a squad entirely born in the year 2008, aligning with eligibility for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in the Dominican Republic.

Vietnam, under the guidance of coach Akira Ijiri, struggled to contain the American attack and will look to regroup and learn from this experience. The U16 Vietnam team showed resilience despite the scoreline and will aim to improve as they continue their journey in international football.

As the U.S. team prepares for their next challenge against Botswana, they remain a favorite to reach the championship game scheduled for April 18. Their performance so far positions them as strong contenders, not only in this tournament but also as they build towards the U-17 Women’s World Cup later this year.

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