Morgan Brian and Kristie Mewis punctuated an emerging and ongoing youth movement within the United States women's national team setup simply by taking the field at the tail end of Saturday's 4-1 victory over Korea Republic.
Brian, a rising junior at Virginia sent into the match for her first international appearance, and Mewis, a midfielder-turned-left back making a star turn and scoring the opener in her native Massachusetts, represent the new generation of American players nurtured to reinforce one of the top sides in the world.
Their youth matters little in this interim period between major tournaments. Their promise and their talent warrant their inclusion as USA coach Tom Sermanni assesses his options and molds his squad with one eye on the future.
"It's awesome what Tom is doing," Mewis said. "He's giving new players experience. He's giving a lot of new players time. It's been such a great year so far. We're really growing as a tea...