May 1, 2012
U.S. women look to U-17 WWC
The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team kicks off the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship on Thursday, when it faces the Bahamas (4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. local) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. It will be the first match for a U.S. Women's National Team against the island nation.
The Americans will continue Group B play against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday (4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. local) and finish the first round against Mexico on Monday (6:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local). All the matches will be played on an artificial surface at the Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala, home to popular Guatemala professional side C.S.D. Comunicaciones.
All the matches of the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championships can be watched live on CONCACAF.com. Fans need to visit CONCACAF and follow the instructions to register for free. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. For a full tournament schedule and results, visit the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship tournament page on ussoccer.com.
The tournament, the third one to be contested, features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals with the winners of those games earning berths to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan. The winner of the third-place game will claim CONCACAF's third and final berth.
Group A is comprised of host Guatemala, Canada, Panama and Jamaica. Group A kicks off the tournament on Wednesday as Canada faces Panama and Guatemala meets Jamaica.
The U.S.'s 2010 U-17 team was the first U.S. Women's National Team that did not qualify for a women's world championship when it fell in penalty kicks to Canada in the semifinals. The Americans outscored its opponents, 38-0, during the tournament and lost its World Cup dreams on one missed penalty kick.
This group of U-17s is well aware of the drama of two years ago and will be working hard not to repeat it. In fact, the U-17s will be looking to emulate the success of the 2008 U-17s, which won the CONCACAF tournament, advanced to the first FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Final in New Zealand and then came within minutes of winning the title before falling in extratime to North Korea.
This version of U.S. U-17s has had an excellent run up to the tournament, compiling a 7-0-2 record (4-0-2 in international matches) while playing mostly against older competition. The U.S. team has allowed just one goal so far this year, which came in a 1-1 tie with the England U-19 Women's National Team in March.
All the matches of the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championships can be watched live on CONCACAF.com. Fans need to visit CONCACAF and follow the instructions to register for free. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South; Kennesaw, Ga.), 18-Cassie Miller (Sereno FC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (7): 3-Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Va.), 5-Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), 16-Mandy Freeman (Lady Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), 14-Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), 6-Gabbi Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 2-Lizzy Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colo.), 20-Morgan Reid (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 10-Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), 12-Joanna Boyles (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C), 8-Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), 17-Sarah Robinson (MVLA Lightning; Los Altos, Calif.), 11-Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), 7-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), 13-Darian Jenkins (Sparta SC; Riverton, Utah), 4-Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), 19-Toni Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), 15-Margaret Purce (Freestate Soccer; Olney, Md.)