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U.S. Under-17 WNT Ready to Face Costa Rica at the Inaugural CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship

2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship
Macoya, Trinidad
July 17, 2008
Pre-Game Notes
KICKING OFF THE ROAD TO QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team has been in Trinidad for almost a week and is ready to kick off Group A action at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 18, against Costa Rica at the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. It will be the beginning of the first-ever World Cup qualifying tournament for this young group of players, who will face El Salvador at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 20. The U.S. will close out group play at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22, against hosts Trinidad & Tobago.
U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Melville, N.Y.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)
GROUP A BEGINS IN TRINIDAD: Following the USA vs. Costa Rica matchup, Group A play continues on Friday with Trinidad & Tobago facing El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET. On Sunday, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago face off at 6 p.m. ET following the U.S. vs. El Salvador game. The U.S. is the second match of the evening on Tuesday, following the matchup between El Salvador and Costa Rica at 5 p.m. ET.
2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship
Group A Schedule
Date        Matchup                                   Venue                                   City                              Time (ET)
July 18    Costa Rica vs. USA                 Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         5 p.m.
                 T & T vs. El Salvador               Marvin Lee Stadium        Macoya, Trinidad         7 p.m.
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.
TICAS READY TO TAKE ON THE U.S.: Costa Rica is coached by Juan Diego Quesada, who also leads the full Costa Rica Women’s National Team and was at the helm of the Under-20 squad that participated in the 2008 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship in Puebla in June. The squad includes 16-year-old goalkeeper Priscilla Tapia, who has already faced the United States in two different age groups. Tapia was the Costa Rican starting goalkeeper at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, where the team fell 3-0 to the U.S. Women’s National Team. Most recently, Tapia was on the Costa Rica U-20 Women’s National Team that fell 4-0 to the U.S. U-20 Women at the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship in Puebla. With that victory, the U.S. U-20 WNT earned a berth at the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile later this year. Katherine Alvarado, Gabriela Guillén, Raquel Rodríguez Cedeño, María Isabel Barquero and Fabiola Sánchez were also on the Costa Rica Under-20 team that faced the U.S. U-20 WNT in Mexico.
Costa Rica Under-17 Women's National Team
Katherine Alvarado, Alejandra Arias, María Isabel Barquero, Daniela Camacho, Mariela Campos, Daniela Cruz, Gloriana Duarte, Gabriela Guillén, Adriana Guzmán, Jazmine Guzmán, Jacqueline Mata, Carolina Morales, Hazle Quirós, Raquel Rodríguez Cedeño, Yocxeline Rodríguez, Raquel Rodríguez Vázquez, Fabiola Sánchez, Krickshia Spence, Priscilla Tapia, Daniela Vega
MAKING IT TO THE SHOW: Costa Rica qualified for the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Championship by defeating Nicaragua in a two-game, aggregate goal series. The Ticas won the first leg, 10-0, with goals from Katherine Alvarado (2), Daniela Maria Cruz (4), Raquel Rodríguez (2), Gabriel Guillén and Carolina Morales. Alvarado scored two more goals in the return leg, while Yocxelin Rodríguez added five and Daniela Cruz notched one in the 8-1 win.
CANADA, MEXICO WIN GROUP B OPENERS: Group B of the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship opened tournament play on the island of Tobago on Thursday night. Canada kicked off the tournament with a 3-0 win against Puerto Rico, followed by Mexico winning, 6-0, against Jamaica. Group B action continues on Saturday, July 19, with Mexico matching up against Puerto Rico at 4 p.m. ET, followed by Canada facing Jamaica at 6 p.m. ET. 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.
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 vs. Puerto Rico          Dwight Yorke Stadium       Bacolet, Tobago        4 p.m.
                    Canada vs. Jamaica             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
Mexico                         1          1          0          0          6          0          +6        3
Canada                        1          1          0          0          3          0          +3        3
Puerto Rico                  1          0          1          0          0          3          -3         0
Jamaica                        1          0          1          0          0          6          -6         0
QUERIES AND ANECDOTES WITH TANI COSTA: When the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team arrived in Port of Spain, Trinidad, at midnight the night of Sunday, July 13, Tani Costa had been traveling for more than 25 consecutive hours. The Hawaiian forward boarded her first plane on Saturday, July 12 at 10 p.m., and was left to count sheep during her first two sleepless nights in Trinidad. After finally giving in and getting a sleeping pill from the team doctor, a well-rested Costa sat down with to fill fans in on her 22-goal high school soccer season and her English bulldog, J.Lo. Visit Center Circle at to read the full interview.
BLOG TIME, TRINIDAD STYLE: 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. Nonetheless, you can follow the U-17 Women as they embark on the road to qualifying for the inaugural FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup at Join the team as they train at Marvin Lee Stadium, head to “Movie Towne” and watch the Trinidad & Tobago full team take on the Netherlands Antilles.
COACH KAZBEK TAMBI SPEAKS: U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi has been at the helm of the U.S. team since 2005, when it was the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team. With the establishment of a FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, Tambi transitioned the team to the U-17 age level and is now preparing the squad for their first World Cup qualifying tournament. In this exclusive audio podcast, Tambi discusses what went into selecting a team and how he and his staff have gone about the challenge of preparing for a tournament, quite literally, without precedent.
HOME SWEET HOME: The U.S. team will be based out of Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad, which is also home to the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence. In 2007, Marvin Lee Stadium became the first stadium in the Caribbean to have an artificial playing surface, which is what the U.S. team will be playing all of their qualifying matches on. The 6,000-seat stadium is home to Joe Public F.C. of the Trinidad & Tobago Professional League and was named after former T & T Under-20 Men’s National Team captain Marvin Lee in March of 2003. Lee, a standout defender, sustained injuries that left him paralyzed while going up for a challenge in the air against the U.S. U-20 MNT in March of 2001. He passed away March 9, 2003, from complications from a cold infection and the playing field at the Centre of Excellence was named in his honor.
EYE ON THE PRIZE: 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 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