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U.S. Under-17 Women To Take on Trinidad & Tobago at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22, In Final Group A Matchup

2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship
Macoya, Trinidad
July 21, 2008
Pre-Game Notes

SEMIFINAL BOUND: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team earned a place in the semifinals of the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship with a 9-0 win against El Salvador in their second Group A match. With the win, the U.S. tops the Group A table with six points and has one game left to play in the group phase. Up next for the U.S. U-17 WNT is hosts Trinidad & Tobago, who must win or draw to advance to the tournament semifinals after tying Costa Rica, 0-0, in their second group game. The final Group A match date will determine the first-place team in the group, who will face the second place team from Group B in the semifinals.

Group A Standings
Team    GP  W   L    T   GF  GA   GD   PTS
USA        2    2    0    0   15    0     +15     6
TRI          2    1    0    1    5     1      +4      4
CRC       2    0    1    1    0     6       -6      1
SLV         2    0    2    0    1    14    -13     0

2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship
Group A Schedul
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 9, El Salvador 0               Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad      --
              T & T 0, Costa Rica 0             Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad       --
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.

HOMETOWN HEROINES: Trinidad & Tobago had their hometown fans hanging on the fences in suspense at Marvin Lee Stadium as the team battled to a scrappy 0-0 draw against Costa Rica in the second match of Group A. The Soca Princesses won their first group game, 5-1, against El Salvador and currently sit in second place in the group with four points. A win or a draw in the final group match against the USA will clinch a spot in the semifinals of the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Trinidad & Tobago is coached by Notre Dame University women’s soccer coach Randy Waldrum. Trinidad & Tobago has nine America-born players on the squad, including Jessica De Leon, from Arizona, whose father, Leroy, starred for the Trinidad & Tobago Men’s National Team. The Soca Princesses also count on the services of five Canadian-based players.

Trinidad & Tobago U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Saundra Baron, 21-Daystar Swift
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Taylor Mims, 3-Latifa Kelly, 4-Rhea Belgrave, 5-Arin King, 6-Tiana Bateau, 14-Karyn Forbes, 18-Rebecca Cuthbert
MIDFIELDERS (7): 8-Afiyah Matthias, 9-Stephanie Williams, 11-Sidonia Hoareau, 12-Camille Pereira, 13-Natasha Prentice, 17-Casey McKenzie, 19-Shakira Salandy
FORWARDS (4): 7-Jessica De Leon, 10-Mariah Shade, 15-Natasha St. Louis, 16-Shahamin Nunes
Head coach: Randy Waldrum

CARIBBEAN QUALIFYING: Trinidad & Tobago advanced to the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship by virtue of winning Group B of Caribbean Zone qualifying. The Soca Princesses kicked off Caribbean qualifying with a 6-0 win against St. Kitts & Nevis on Valentine’s Day, followed by a 4-0 win against Grenada two days later. The team closed out qualifying with a 7-0 win against Surinam on Feb. 18, 2008.

CANADA AND MEXICO BOOK A SPOT IN THE SEMIFINALS: The Under-17 Women’s National Teams of Canada and Mexico booked spots 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 win the top spot in Group B. They will face the Group A runner up in the semifinals. Canada also earned a win, defeating Jamaica by a 4-3 score. As the second team in Group B, Canada will face the winner from Group A in the semifinals. 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       --
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      6
CAN       2     2   0   0    7       3     +4      6
JAM        2     0   2   0    3     10      -7      0
PUR       2     0   2   0    0       7      -7      0

PHOTO FINISH: With the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship well underway in Trinidad & Tobago, see the U.S. U-17 WNT in action as they attempt to qualify for the first-ever FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup by visiting the Sights & Sounds section of Check out photo galleries from training as well as the victories against Costa Rica and El Salvador.

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 Men’s Olympic Team. Nonetheless, you can follow the U-17 Women in Trinidad & Tobago at Join the team as they prepare for their final group match and look towards the semifinals, where they will battle 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, Brazi

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