U-17 Women's National Team Starts 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Campaign Against France
The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team faces France at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 22, to open Group B play of the 2012 FIFA Women's World Cup in Lankaran, Azerbaijan. More than 10,000 tickets have been sold for the match and the crowd at the 12,000-seat Lankaran Stadium is expected to be near capacity. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Sep. 21, 2012
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U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. France
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Lankaran Stadium; Lankaran, Azerbaijan
Sept. 22, 2012
U.S. U-17 WNT OPENS WORLD CUP GROUP PLAY AGAINST FRANCE: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team faces France at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 22, to open Group B play of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Lankaran, Azerbaijan. More than 10,000 tickets have been sold for the match and the crowd at the 12,000-seat Lankaran Stadium is expected to be near capacity. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. The USA was drawn Group B, perhaps the most difficult of the tournament, along with France, Gambia and Korea DPR. For full tournament results, visit the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.
16 NATIONS, ONE TROPHY: At the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, each confederation (aside from the smallest Oceania) is given three berths to the tournament to help better facilitate the growth of the game for young girls around the world. The 16 nations competing in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup are host Azerbaijan; two additional teams from Europe in France and Germany; three Asian teams in Japan, Korea DPR and China PR; three from Africa in Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia; the USA, Canada and Mexico from CONCACAF; Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.
2012 U.S. U-17 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
Lankaran Stadium; Lankaran, Azerbaijan
Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Bayil Stadium; Baku, Azerbaijan
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South; Kennesaw, Ga.), 18-Cassie Miller (Sereno FC; Cave Creek, Ariz.; 20-Morgan Stearns (McLean MPS Power; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): 3-Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Va.), 5-Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), 7-Gabbi Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 12-Mandy Freeman (Lady Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), 13-Lizzy Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colo.), 14-Morgan Reid (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.), 15-Claire Wagner (Chelsea Ladies, Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 4-Joanna Boyles (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C.), 9-Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nevada), 10-Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), 11-Toni Payne (Concorde Fire South; Birmingham, Ala.), 16-Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), 17-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), 6-Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), 8-Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), 19-Margaret Purce (Freestate Soccer; Olney, Md.), 21-Darian Jenkins (Sparta SC; Riverton, Utah)
USA’S PATH TO 2012 U-17 WWC: The USA won the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, played in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in May, scoring 26 goals and allowing zero. In group play, the USA rolled over the Bahamas (10-0), Trinidad & Tobago (5-0) and Mexico (3-0) on a hat trick from Summer Green. The USA then met Panama in the semifinal for a berth to the Women’s World Cup and triumphed 7-0 as Green scored three more times. In the final, the USA faced an extremely tough Canada team and earned a 1-0 victory on a goal from Amber Munerlyn, who was sent through on a breakaway via a back-heel flick from Green.
Ten players scored for the USA during WWC qualifying. Green had 12 goals and four assists, playing a part in 61 percent of the USA’s goals. Margaret Purce scored three times, Emily Bruder, Toni Payne and Andi Sullivan added two goals apiece while Morgan Andrews, Jo Boyles, Darian Jenkins, Munerlyn and Sarah Robinson had a goal each.
U-17 WWC HISTORY:
- 2008: The inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was held in 2008, when the USA won the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, advanced to the World Cup Final in New Zealand and came within minutes of winning the title before falling in overtime to Korea DPR.
- 2010: The USA failed to qualify for the 2010 event in Trinidad & Tobago, losing in penalty kicks in the semifinal despite outscoring its opponents 38-0 in the qualifying tournament. The 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was won by Korea Republic, which defeated Japan in a wild match that ended 2-2 through regulation and 3-3 after overtime as each team scored in the extra 30 minutes. South Korea then won 5-4 in the penalty kick shootout.
- 2012: Korea Republic did not qualify for this year’s tournament, marking only the second time in the history of FIFA Women’s competitions that the reigning champion is unable to defend its title. The other occasion was the 2004 Olympics, when Norway did not qualify after winning the gold medal in 2000.
U-17 Home Page:
The WNT Blog:
- Historic Women’s World Cup for Azerbaijan
- Ready for Les Bleus
- The World Cup is Almost Here
- Azerbaijan Arrival
- Birthday Girls
- Airport Games
- Travel Day to Azerbaijan
- Cyrpus Camp Complete
- Pre-WWC Camp Winds Down
- Island Training
- U-17s Touch Down in Cyprus
U.S. ROSTER NOTES
● The USA has compiled a 12-0-2 record this year, with the two draws coming against England’s U-19s and China’s U-20s.
● Midfielder Summer Green leads the U-17 WNT with 13 goals and nine assists this year. Green has 17 career goals at this age group and is the USA’s most experienced player at this level with 21 caps.
● Green’s 12 goals in CONCACAF qualifying established a new record previously set by the USA’s Lindsey Horan (nine goals) during 2010 qualifying in Costa Rica. The goals mark also is a U.S. record at any level in a qualifying tournament.
● Goalkeeper Jane Campbell is 9-0-2 this year with 10 shutouts. The only match that Campbell has allowed a goal this year was during a 1-1 draw against England in the La Manga Women’s U-19 Ten Nations Tournament on March 6.
● All of the U.S. players were born in 1995, but midfielder Andi Sullivan is the youngest player on the USA roster with a Dec. 20 birthday.
● Twenty of the 21 players are still in high school with the exception being Green who graduated a year early and put her freshman season with the University of North Carolina on hold to play in the World Cup.
● Green was named ACC Player of the Week and the MVP of the 2012 Duke Nike Classic. In only five games, Green has posted five goals and two assists for the Tar Heels, leading UNC in scoring before making the trip to Azerbaijan.
● Defenders Maddie Bauer and Gabbi Miranda lead the team with 13 starts apiece for the U-17s this year.
BY THE NUMBERS
10 Shutouts by goalkeeper Jane Campbell
12 Goals by Summer Green in CONCACAF qualifying, a tournament record
13 Goals by Green in 2012
61 Percent of USA scoring Summer Green was part of in CONCACAF qualifying (12 goals, 4 assists)
IN FOCUS: FRANCE
French Football Federation (Fédération Française de Football)
Founded: 1919 (Comité Français Interfédéral joined FIFA in 1907)
Head Coach: Guy Ferrier
Best FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Finish: Group stage in 2008
USA vs. FRANCE SERIES
● In the only previous U-17 World Cup meeting between the two sides, the USA played France to a 1-1 draw to wrap up Group C play on Nov. 5, 2008, at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. Vicki DiMartino had a 57th-minute goal for the U.S. and Lea Rubio scored a 72nd-minute equalizer for France.
● Both teams finished the group stage of the 2008 event with 1-1-1 records and four points while Japan won the group with nine points at 3-0-0. The USA advanced based on goal differential, holding a plus-1 advantage over France’s minus-2. Much of that difference can be attributed to how each team played against Japan in Group C. The USA fell 3-2 to Japan in the group opener while France fell 7-1 to Japan.
● Earlier this year, the U-17 WNT played an older France team 2-0 in the La Manga Women’s U-19 Ten Nations Tournament on March 5. The USA benefited from a 48th-minute own goal and Andi Sullivan added a goal off of a Summer Green corner kick in the 67th minute.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Romaine Bruneau, 16-Claire Jacob, 21-Cindy Perrault
DEFENDERS (4): 2-Amandine Blanc, 5-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 13-Marion Romanelli, 15-Noemie Carage
MIDFIELDERS (10): 3-Ophelie Gahery, 4-Aissatou Tounkara,6-Candice Gherbi, 8-Laura Blanchard, 10-Sandie Toletti, 14-Ghoutia Karchouni, 17-Alexandra Atamaniuk, 18-Onema Geyoro, 19-Juliane Gathrat, 20-Delphine Cascarino
FORWARDS (4): 7-Lea Declercq, 9-Kadidiatou Diani, 11-Pauline Cousin, 12-Laurie Saulnier
FRANCE ROSTER NOTES
- France qualified for the U-17 World Cup after winning its UEFA semifinal qualifying match against Switzerland 5-1 on June 26. After falling behind 1-0, France rattled off the next five tallies with goals from Sandie Toletti, Laura Blanchard, Pauline Cousin, Kadidiatou Diani and Ghoutia Karchouni.
- In the UEFA qualifying final, France and Germany played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and Germany prevailed 4-3 in a penalty shootout on June 29. Diani gave France a lead in the 57rth minute and Germany’s Pauline Bremer equalized 10 minutes later.
- In the shootout, France goalkeeper Romane Bruneau turned away an attempt from Germany captain Sara Dabritz, but Germany goalkeeper Merle Frohms stopped the shots from Chloe Froment and Ghoutia Karchouni and Lena Lueckel nailed the game-winner.
- The first hat trick in U-17 World Cup history came from France’s Pauline Crammer, who scored three goals during her team’s 6-2 victory against Paraguay on Oct. 30, 2008. Crammer also tallied the first penalty kick goal in the tournament’s history that year.
On the field for the USA:
July 29, 2012 – Slovenska Bistrica; Slovenia
U-17 WNT vs. Slovenia Women’s National Team; International Friendly
USA 2 Brittany Basinger 62, Toni Payne 90
SVN 1 Kaja Jerina 84
USA: 1-Cassie Miller; 2-Gabbi Miranda, 3-Mandy Freeman, 4-Maddie Bauer (20-Claire Wagner, 84), 5-Brittany Basinger; 6-Morgan Andrews, 7-Andi-Sullivan (17-Toni Payne, 69), 8-Morgan Stanton; 9-Darian Jenkins (13-Emily Bruder, 69) 10-Amber Munerlyn (19-Arielle Ship, 69), 11-Margaret Purce (14-Lauren Kaskie, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Summer Green, 15-Morgan Reid, 16-Lizzy Raben, 18-Morgan Stearns
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya
SVN: 1-Lucija Mori; 18-Tjasa Tibaut, 9-Manja Benak, 6-Anisa Rola, 7-Andreja Nikl (5-Lucija Grad, 45); 17-Urska Zganec (11-Vanja Siljak, 77), 10-Fata Salkunic (15-Tanja Vrabel, 59), 14-Anja Milenkovic, 3-Dominika Conc (4-Pamela Begic, 45); 8-Mateja Zver (13-Anja Levacic, 84), 16-Kaja Erzen (2-Kaja Jerina, 74)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ana Kosi
Head Coach: Damir Ro
On the field vs. France:
March 4, 2012 – La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain
La Manga Women’s U-19 Ten Nations Tournament
USA 2 Own goal 48, Andi Sullivan 67
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 2-Brittany Basinger, 3-Maddie Bauer, 4-Mandy Freeman, 16-Gabbi Miranda (14-Lauren Kaskie, 82); 9-Morgan Stanton, 10-Morgan Andrews, 13-Sarah Robinson (20-Toni Payne, 72); 11-Summer Green, 6-Andi Sullivan (12-Amber Munerlyn, 72), 15-Emily Bruder (17-Maggie Purce, 68)
Subs Not Used: 7-Lizzy Raben, 18-Cassie Miller, 19-Morgan Reid
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya
FRA: 16-Amandine Guerin; 5-Marie-Aurelle Awona (18-Justine Le Pauvre, 45), 4-Charlotte Lorgere, 17-Cynthia Viana (6-Gwenaelle Devleesschauwer, 45), 2-Anais Arcambal; 13-Marion Leroy, 15-Marine Morel (14-Makan Traore, 45), 11-Lea Le Garrec (12-Nora Kervroeden, 45), 3-Anne-Sophie Ginestet; 8-Meryll Wenger (10-Vivane Asseyi, 45), 7-Charlotte Fernandes (9-Eva Sumo, 45)
Subs Not Used: 1-Romana Munich
Head Coach: Jean-Michel Degrange