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U.S. U-17 WNT To Face El Salvador in Second Match of 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship

2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship
Macoya, Trinidad
July 19, 2008
Pre-Game Notes
LOOKING FOR THREE MORE POINTS: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team has one win under their belt, after defeating Costa Rica, 6-0, in their first Group A encounter on Friday, July 18, at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad. The team recovered on Saturday in preparation for their second Group A match, when they will take on El Salvador at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 20. The U.S. will close out the group stage against the host country, facing Trinidad & Tobago at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22. Fans can follow both games live on's MatchTracker.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ALSO WINS IN GROUP A: The U.S.  sits atop the Group A table due to goal differential, after Trinidad & Tobago posted a 5-1 win against El Salvador in the second match of the Friday night doubleheader. Trinidad & Tobago will once again play in the second game on Sunday night, hosting Costa Rica, who will be without the services of defender Gabriela Guillén after she earned a red card during the match against the United States.
Group A Standings
Team       GP W L    T    GF    GA    GD    PTS
USA       1    1    0    0    6       0       +6     3
TRI         1    1    0    0    5       1       +4     3
SLV        1    0    1    0    1       5       -4      0
CRC       1    0    1    0    0       6       -6      0
2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship
Group A Schedule
Date        Matchup                                     Venue                                 City                              Time (ET)
July 18    Costa Rica 0, USA 6                Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         --
                 T & T 5, El Salvador 1              Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         --
July 20    USA vs. El Salvador                 Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         4 p.m.
                 T & T vs. Costa Rica                Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         6 p.m.
July 22    El Salvador vs. Costa Rica     Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         5 p.m.
                 T & T vs. USA                             Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         7 p.m.
EL SALVADOR IS NEXT: El Salvador is the next opponent for the U.S. U-17 WNT, and they will be motivated to earn their first three points of the tournament after dropping the opener to Trinidad & Tobago. The Salvadorians qualified for the Final Round of 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship by defeating Guatemala in a two-leg, home-and-away series in July of 2007. El Salvador hosted Guatemala on July 15, 2007, winning 1-0 off a goal from midfielder Francisca Gonzalez. The return leg saw the young Salvadorians earn a 4-1 victory on July 21, 2007, with two more goals from Gonzalez and two goals from forward Adriana Flores, who served as the team captain against Trinidad & Tobago.
El Salvador U-17 WNT Roster
1-Irma Melara, 2-Telma Ramirez, 3-Estefanía Hernández, 4-Claudia Landaverde, 5-Erika Sánchez, 6-Rosa Merino, 7-Estefany Aldana, 8-Alba Duenas, 9-Adriana Flores, 10-Karen Landaverde, 11-Katerine Herrera, 12-Francisca Gonzalez, 13-Karla Tutila, 14-Laura Molina, 15-María Siguenza, 16-Ingrid Fuentes, 17-Lilian Ayala, 18-Adriana Miranda, 19-Yeiba Hernandez, 25-María Rodríguez
Head Coach: Julio César Ramos
PREPARING FOR FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: El Salvador played two friendly matches before departing Central America for the Caribbean. The squad defeated Atlanta de Guatemala, 5-2, before facing a Coca-Cola All-Star team in a high scoring affair, earning a 14-4 victory. The team was also invited to the presidential palace, where they were presented with an award by President Elías Antonio Saca. “As Salvadorians, we commit ourselves to give our best in the different competitions we participate in. This is how we demonstrate all the effort we have been making for a long time,” said defender Estefanía Hernández.
CANADA AND MEXICO BOOK A SPOT IN THE SEMIFINALS: The Under-17 Women’s National Teams of Canada and Mexico booked a spot in the semifinals at the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championships, both coming up with wins in their second Group B matches on Saturday night. In the first match of the evening, Mexico defeated Puerto Rico, 4-0, to earn a berth to the semis. Canada also earned a win, defeating Jamaica by a 4-3 score. Group B wraps up on Monday, July 21, with Jamaica vs. Puerto Rico at 5 p.m. ET followed by Canada vs. Mexico at 7 p.m. ET. The tournament semifinals will take place on Thursday, July 24, at Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad.
Group B Results
Date           Matchup                                    Venue                                   City                             Time (ET)
July 17       Puerto Rico 0, Canada 3       Dwight Yorke Stadium       Bacolet, Tobago        --
                    Mexico 6, Jamaica 0              Dwight Yorke Stadium       Bacolet, Tobago        --
July 19       Mexico 4, Puerto Rico 0         Dwight Yorke Stadium       Bacolet, Tobago        --
                    Canada 4, Jamaica 3             Dwight Yorke Stadium       Bacolet, Tobago        6 p.m.
July 21       Jamaica vs. Puerto Rico         Dwight Yorke Stadium       Bacolet, Tobago        5 p.m.
                   Canada vs. Mexico                    Dwight Yorke Stadium       Bacolet, Tobago        7 p.m.
Group B Standings
Team       GP    W     L       T       GF    GA       GD       PTS
MEX       2       2       0       0       10     0          +10      3
CAN       2       2       0       0       7       3          +4        3
JAM        2       0       2       0       3       10        -7         0
PUR        2       0       2       0       0       7          -7         0
CATCHING UP WITH COURTNEY: U.S. U-17 WNT forward Courtney Verloo arrived in Trinidad ready to play. The tenacious forward scored twice and dished out two assists in the opening match. She hasn’t committed to a college yet, but one thing she knows for sure is that she will continue to play. Verloo, who was named a 2008 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year for soccer in Oregon, took some time to talk to Center Circle about her experience in Trinidad, her secret affinity for playing the guitar and DREAM, a mentoring program she is trying to start at Tualatin High School to teach elementary students about the dangers of drugs.
BLOGGING IN THE CARIBBEAN: The U.S. YNT Blog is one busy blog these days, with the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team sharing time with the Development Academy Finals Week and the Under-23 Women’s National Team participating in the 2008 Nordic Cup. Nonetheless, you can follow the U-17 Women in Trinidad & Tobago at Join the team as they put on the U.S. National Team jersey for the first time and, quite literally, jump right in the pool after practice as they compete for a spot at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
ROAD TO NEW ZEALAND: CONCACAF is the last region to qualify for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, after Ghana and Nigeria clinched African qualifying earlier this month. Despite qualifying, it has not yet been determined which teams will play in Group B and Group D. The draw for the tournament was held in Wellington, New Zealand on June 1. The inaugural tournament will take place Oct. 28-Nov. 16 and will consist of 16 teams, divided into four groups of four teams each. A team from CONCACAF has been placed in Group A, Group B and Group C. The winner of the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship will be placed in Group C, along with Japan, France and Paraguay. A draw will determine the placement of the other two qualified teams from CONCACAF.
2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Final Draw
Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington, New Zealand
Seeded teams: New Zealand, Germany, CONCACAF 1, Brazil
Group A
A1 New Zealand
A3 Denmark
A4 Colombia
Group B
B2 Germany
B3 Korea DPR
Group C
C1 Japan
C3 France
C4 Paraguay
Group D
D1 Brazil
D2 England
D3 Korea Republic