Last weekend, the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated their northern neighbors, Canada, 1:0 in a tight match that saw the USA defense being tested seriously for the first time in the tournament. The USA held onto a 1:0 lead for over 70 minutes, in a staunch defensive effort which was made all the more challenging due to the USA’s inability to maintain possession and to control the match’s tempo. Continue reading
Later today, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team will face off versus its northern cohorts, Canada, in the final of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship final. Both teams have already qualified for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, so not too much is at stake. But, a win by the USA should help guarantee it a seeded slot in the U-17 WWC as one of the top three teams. However, even if the USA loses, they could still get a seeded position. (Compare the 2008 women’s U-20 cycle: The USA lost to Canada 1:0 in the CONCACAF Championship final, but was still seeded.)
Here are some quick notes about the match’s format, the teams (including updated minutes played tables and maps of goals scored), and highlights of Canada’s matches. Continue reading
The United States Under-17 Women’s National Team will be back at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup due to its 7:0 victory over Panama in the first semifinal match of the 2012 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. Summer Green had her third hat trick to lead all-scorers with 12 goals. With the win, the USA will play Canada in the final, on Saturday, May 12th at 6:30 pm EDT. Continue reading
This afternoon, the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team takes on Panama for the first ticket from CONCACAF to the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, later this year. Unlike last time, three spots are available, so this is not a do-or-die encounter. Continue reading
In the final group match of the 2012 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship, the United States held their southern neighbors, Mexico, scoreless while scoring three goals, all from the feet of Summer Green, who now has nine goals through just three matches. With the win, the USA secured the top spot in their group, which means that they will play the second place team from Group A, Panama, on Thursday in the tournament’s semifinal round.
The winner of that match qualifies for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup and will play in the Championship match on Saturday versus the winner of the other semifinal, which is Canada versus Mexico. The losers of the two semifinals will face off for CONCACAF’s third ticket to the U-17 WWC in a repechage match which will be played prior to the Championship match. Continue reading
In their second match of the 2012 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship, the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team struggled to secure the match against a tenacious Trinidad and Tobago side. The USA ended up winning 5:0, but only managed one goal in the first sixty-four minutes. Continue reading
In the opening match of Group B at the 2012 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala, the USA ended up cruising past the Bahamas 10:0, but the journey was far from smooth sailing. Continue reading
On Wednesday, May 2nd, the 2012 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship kicks off in Guatemala City, Guatemala, with eight teams hoping to claim one of three spots for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup (U-17 WWC) in Azerbaijan. The three teams to claim those spots will likely be the United States, Canada, and Mexico. However, one of the other five teams in the tournament could play the role of spoiler. Continue reading
This year, the United States finds itself grouped with a North American opponent for the first time at a CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship. That opponent, Mexico, features eleven players who live in the United States, including two players, Jenny Chiu and Cynthia Pineda, who have been in USWNT youth camps.
The third team in the group is Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), who have a few veterans returning from the 2010 Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which T&T hosted. The Bahamas is the final team in the group and are the lone debutantes at this tournament. In fact, this is the first time that this small Caribbean nation has qualified for any final phase of a CONCACAF tournament, men’s or women’s. Continue reading
Should the USA advance to the knock-out stage of the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, they will face at least of one of the four teams from Group A, which are Canada, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Panama. If the USA wins their group, then they will face the second-place team from the above four, which will probably be the hosts Guatemala. Although Panama, who have a number of players who competed in the recent CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, which it hosted, and Jamaica, which has recently bolstered its roster with six foreign based players (five from Canada and one from the US), could also claim the second spot. Continue reading