YNT Apr 28, 2012
Flight delay? No problem for Joanna Boyles and Maddie Bauer
The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team has arrived in Guatemala to prepare for the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championships and even though Guatemala City is only 1,800 miles from Dallas, Texas, where the team met up for its international flight, it wasn't a short trip. The entire plane was boarded and the door was closed when the pilot announced that there was a mechanical issue -- a leak in the nose something -- and the entire plane had to be de-boarded. The aircraft was grounded for repairs and another plane had to be procured. Fortunatley, that happened quickly, but the team did not leave until about three hours after the originally scheduled departure time. That put the USA into Guatemala around 10 p.m. The players, who are obviously ready and excited for this adventure, handled the delays like pros, had a nice dinner once the team got to the hotel and hit the sack.
A large pack of U-17 WNT players waits for its flight to Guatemala: Homework, reading, snacks, texting.
The squad will train for the first time on Saturday in Guatemala City where temps should get into the low 80s. The young Amercians open Group B play on May 3 against the Bahamas (4:30 p.m. ET) and will be looking to secure one of the top two places in the group to advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners, plus the winner of the third-place match, will advance to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be held in Azerbaijan later this fall.
U-17 WNT players wait for bags in Guatemala City as they chat with U.S. Soccer Women's Development Director Jill Ellis