The 6-0 win was a commanding performance by the U.S., but it was against a team that is a far cry from Brazil, France, Germany, Japan or any other power -- including Canada, host of next summer's World Cup.
The U.S. women have a new coach and new faces in the starting lineup. But Friday was a night to celebrate history repeating itself as the Americans again clinched a berth in the Women's World Cup and veteran Christie Rampone notched her 300th cap.
More than a dozen years after she starred for the U.S. as it won the first under-20 World Cup, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made just her fourth appearance for the senior team and her first in a competitive game.
At kickoff Friday, depth was a luxury for the U.S. national team, which saw three new starters and superstar Abby Wambach on the bench. By halftime, that same surplus of talent turned into a necessity after Alex Morgan went down with an injury.
Talk about turf and whether Hope Solo should be on the pitch all you want. But being part of the World Cup still involves the small matter of qualifying for it. The U.S. women open the CONCACAF Women's Championship on Wednesday.
Lindsey Horan didn't mean to blaze a trail. But the best way for her to improve meant passing on a scholarship to UNC and heading to France. Now, with two years of pro soccer experience, she leads the United States into this week's U20 World Cup.
The spotlight on Abby Wambach continued to shine brightly in 2013: She led the Western New York Flash to the NWSL championship game and moved past Mia Hamm for most international goals in soccer history.
The 1999 Women's World Cup didn't create the opportunities available to the thousands of women involved, but the legacy of the event remains firmly part of the sport. Case in point: The Fawcett family.
Whether it's losing a program-changing player for an entire season or losing three key players for a program with championship aspirations every season, the Under-20 World Cup casts an unavoidable shadow over the college season.