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U.S. U-17 WNT Set for Group Title Clash with Canada at CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship


Group B Finale Kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, with Broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Nov. 4, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT SET FOR GROUP TITLE CLASH WITH CANADA: After two dominating victories in group play to open the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, the USA will now have one day of rest before facing a much stiffer test against Canada on Monday, Nov. 4. The USA outscored Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala 15-0 and out-shot them 77-2, but Canada also fared well against them, winning both matches by a combined 19-0 score. As Canada has a superior goal differential, the USA must win the game to win the group, but both teams are safely through to the semifinal round. The Group B finale against Canada kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) and fans can watch on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO. All the matches are being played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

USA Group B Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/Kickoff (ET)

Venue

Oct. 31

T&T

8-0 W

Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Nov. 2

Guatemala

7-0 W

Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Nov. 4

Canada

6 p.m.

Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

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TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – the fourth one to be contested – features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. As CONCACAF member Costa Rica is hosting the World Cup, this region will get just two berths as opposed to the usual three when the World Cup is held outside of the CONCACAF region. Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala are out of contention for the semifinals in Group B while El Salvador has been eliminated in Group A.

GROUP B RECAP: The USA and Canada are through to the semifinals with just the order of finish to be determined on Nov. 4 when CONCACAF’s top two women’s programs meet in the Group B finale. Both teams registered big wins in their second games with the USA defeating Guatemala 7-0 while making eight changes to the starting lineup from the first match. Canada made just two changes in routing a Trinidad & Tobago team that inexplicably came out of its defensive zone and tried to pressure while playing a high restraining line that Canada repeatedly exploited on the way to scoring 11 goals. T&T and Guatemala will square off for bragging rights in the final game of the tournament for those teams.

Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Canada

2

1

0

0

19

0

+9

6

USA

2

2

0

0

15

0

+15

6

Guatemala

2

0

2

0

0

15

-15

0

Trinidad & Tobago

2

0

2

0

0

19

-19

0

GROUP A RECAP: Host Jamaica, which has been playing in front of some good (and loud) crowds, will face Mexico for the group title. Jamaica, sitting on six points, needs just a tie to win the group while Mexico with four points from a tie and a win needs a victory to finish first. Jamaica has already qualified for the semifinal and Mexico is virtually assured of a berth as Haiti would have to make up a 10-goal differential in a defeat of El Salvador while hoping Mexico falls to Jamaica. Haiti has scored one goal in its CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship history, and that came in the first match against Mexico. Mexico started its rout of El Salvador with a goal from Jaqueline Garcia in the 15th minute and scored three more times before halftime through Belen Crus, Janae Gonzalez and Cinthia Huerta. Garcia added two more in the early part of second half to complete her hat trick and Garcia also added another for the final score line. Jamaica played a fairly even game against Haiti, but finished three of its chances, the first in the ninth minute from Asia Lee-Fatt. Jessica Johnson added two clinchers in the 56th and 62nd minutes.

Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Jamaica

2

2

0

0

5

0

+5

6

Mexico

2

1

0

1

8

1

+7

4

Haiti

2

0

1

1

1

4

-3

1

El Salvador

2

0

2

0

0

9

-9

0

U.S. U-17 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.), 1-Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers; Camas; Wash.)
DEFENDERS (7): 5-Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass.; Upton, Mass.), 7-Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Spring, Md.), 6-Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), 10-Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), 12-Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), 9-Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), 13-Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 2-Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), 4-Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), 14-Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), 19-Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), 25-Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.)
FORWARDS (6): 3-Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), 8-Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), 11-Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Parker, Colo.), 17-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 15-Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), 22-Maddy Schultz (Northwest Nationals; Edmonds, Wash.)

2013 U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule and Results

Date

Opponent

Result

USA Goals

Location

Jan. 29

Germany U-17

1

-

1

T

Tillman

Carson, Calif.

Feb. 1

Germany U-17

1

-

1

T

Stevens

Carson, Calif.

April 24

Mexico U-17

3

-

0

W

Pugh, Tillman, Haley

San Jose, Costa Rica

April 26

Costa Rica U-17

4

-

0

W

Bailey, Pugh, Haley (2)

San Jose, Costa Rica

April 28

Japan U-17

1

-

4

L

Pugh

San Jose, Costa Rica

June 15

Slammers U-18

5

-

1

W

Pugh (2), Tillman, Berkely, Westendorf

Chula Vista, Calif.

July 30

Ohio Premier U-18

2

-

2

T

Hedge, Schultz

Columbus, Ohio

Aug. 25

England U-17

6

-

0

W

Pugh (2), Racioppi, Xiao, Bailey, Tagliaferri

Hinckley, England

Aug. 28

England U-17

5

-

0

W

Hedge, Haley, Pugh, Xiao, Rodriguez

Burton upon Trent, England

Oct. 18

U.S. U-18 WNT

1

-

1

T

Bailey

Lakeland Ranch, Fla.

Oct. 31

Trinidad & Tobago

8

-

0

W

Pugh (2), Rodriguez, Canales, Haley, Kuhlmann, Morse, Jacobs

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Nov. 2

Guatemala

7

-

0

W

Redei (4), Bailey, Carreiro, Hedge

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Nov. 4

Canada

Nov. 7

TBD (semifinal)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach B.J. Snow made eight changes to the starting lineup for Guatemala from the 11 who lined up against T&T.
  • Six players who played against T&T did not see action at all against Guatemala: goalkeeper Lauren Rood, forward Madison Haley, midfielder Marley Canales, defenders Ellie Jean and Tegan McGrady and forward Mallory Pugh, who scored twice against T&T.
  • Of the three players who started both games, only center back Natalie Jacobs played the same position while Taylor Racioppi and Anika Rodriguez went from forward to midfield.
  • Racioppi captained the USA against Guatemala before leaving the game and passing the armband to Jacobs.
  • Jacobs is the only person on the U.S. roster to have played in all 180 minutes of the tournament.
  • Seven different players scored in the USA’s 8-0 victory against T&T with only Pugh scoring twice. Four different players scored against Guatemala, led by Zoe Redei’s four goals in her first U-17 cap.
  • Redei’s four goals were the most scored by a player in U.S. Women’s National Team history while playing in her first international match. She also scored four consecutive goals and got the true hat trick before the half was over.
  • Redei and outside back Gabby Carreiro both earned their first U-17 caps against Guatemala and both scored.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in the tournament which is more than half (61 percent) of the field players on the roster.
  • With the seven goals against Guatemala, the USA has scored 108 goals in four editions of this tournament in just 17 games.
  • Zoe Morse scored the USA’s 100th goal in CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship history, on a header in the 82nd minute against T&T.
  • Against T&T, 14-year-old Civana Kuhlmann scored her first international goal in her first U-17 cap. She is the youngest player to score for the USA at the U-17 level. Kuhlmann and fellow 14-year-old Frankie Tagliaferri both got starts against Guatemala. Tagliaferri picked up her first career assist on Zoe Redei’s first goal.
  • Center backs Morse and Jacobs scored their first international goals against T&T, both off headers from McGrady corner kicks.
  • Five players had assists against T&T, led by Haley who had three to go with her one goal. Haley did not play against Guatemala.
  • This is the first major international tournament for this group of U-17 players.
  • Twelve of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1997, the age cut-off for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. U.S. head coach B.J. Snow also named six 1998s and two 1999s in forwards Kuhlmann and Tagliaferri, who both were only a few months old when the USA won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Both 14-year-olds are age-eligible for the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team.
  • The U.S. roster is made up of 11 players who are 16 years old, seven players who are 15 and two 14-year-olds.
  • Sixteen of the 20 players on the roster came through the U.S. Under-14 Identification Camp and Developmental Program.
  • Pugh is the USA’s leading scorer in this U-17 cycle with eight goals overall and eight international scores in just six caps. Haley has five goals in six caps.
  • The players on the roster hail from 13 states and 19 different youth clubs. California features five players while Colorado, New Jersey and Washington each have two.


USA VS. CANADA SERIES :

  • The U.S. U-17s have played Canada twice in CONCACAF U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying, in the semifinal in 2010 in Costa Rica and in the championship game in 2012 in Guatemala.
  • This is the first time the two teams have been in the same group at this tournament.
  • In the 2010 qualifying tournament, the USA did not allow a goal while outscoring its opponents 38-0, but fell to Canada in a penalty kick shootout and missed out on the U-17 Women’s World Cup that year.
  • In that semifinal, the USA had most of the play, out-shooting Canada 13-6, but could not score through regulation and overtime against a committed Canadian side. The U.S. fell 5-3 in PKs after Clarissa Wedemeyer missed her attempt high and Canada made all five.
  • The two teams met in the title game of the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship and the Americans prevailed 1-0 in a physical battle as Summer Green sprung her future college teammate at UNC Amber Munerlyn with a heel flick and Munerlyn finished the breakaway for the lone goal of the game.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0: Games in which the USA has been shut out this year
  • 2: NCAA titles won by U.S. head coach B.J. Snow as a player at Indiana
  • 4: Goals per game by the U.S. U-17 WNT in international matches this year
  • 6: Goals allowed in international matches by the U.S. U-17s this year, four to Japan
  • 8: Players from the Western Region on the USA’s qualifying roster
  • 16: Games won all-time by the U.S. U-17s in CONCACAF qualifying. The USA is 16-0-1 all-time in this tournament
  • 36: Goals scored by the U.S. U-17 WNT in international matches this year
  • 38: U.S. U-17 players to see action in an international match this year
  • 108: Goals scored by the U.S. U-17s in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying. The USA has out-scored opponents 101-2 over 16 matches, an average of 6.31 goals per game
  • 571: Minutes played by Taylor Racioppi this year in international competition, the most on the team


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B.J. SNOW FACT FILE: Head coach B.J. Snow is in his first cycle heading up the U.S. U-17 WNT program and on Jan. 25 of this year, he became the first coach to hold this position on a full-time basis. Below are some of his accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Snow previously served as an assistant with the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team for the 2010 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Germany. He has also worked with U.S. Soccer as a clinician at a number of coaching seminars.
  • Snow came to U.S. Soccer from UCLA, where he was the head women’s soccer coach for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. Snow became the fourth head coach in UCLA history when he took over for longtime head coach Jillian Ellis, who left UCLA to accept the job with U.S. Soccer as the Women’s Development Director.
  • Snow led UCLA to a 16-1-4 overall record in his first season as head coach in 2011, helping the Bruins reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA also compiled an 8-1-2 record in league play for a second-place finish in the extremely competitive Pac-12 Conference.
  • In his second year with the Bruins, the squad finished 18-3-2 and lost in the NCAA Quarterfinals by a 2-1 score to Stanford.
  • Snow arrived at UCLA as a volunteer assistant coach in 2006 and quickly rose through the coaching ranks, going from volunteer assistant to full-time coach in the span of just one year. He was promoted to assistant head coach in 2009. During his time at UCLA, the Bruins compiled a record of 131-22-13, reaching the NCAA College Cup from 2006-09. UCLA also won three consecutive Pac-10 titles from 2006-08.
  • Snow arrived at UCLA after spending four years as the head men's coach at his former high school, Portage Central in Kalamazoo, Mich. During his tenure at PCHS, he led the Mustangs to three Southern Michigan Athletic Conference (SMAC) titles, including three district championships. In addition, Portage Central set the school record for wins in both 2004 (19) and 2005 (20). He also coached NSCAA National High School Player of the Year Eric Alexander, who went to Indiana. Snow was also an assistant with the girls’ team at PCHS.
  • Snow was an excellent college player who was a four-year starter on defense for Indiana from 1996-99. Snow helped the Hoosiers capture four-straight Big Ten titles, including back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999. Indiana's record during his time in Bloomington was 81-8-3.
  • Snow is married to former U.S. Women's National player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley. The two welcomed their first child, a son, in July of 2012.


IN FOCUS: CANADA
The Canadian Soccer Association
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1913)
Head Coach: Beverly Priestman

CANADA ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Rylee Foster, 18-Devon Kerr
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Simmrin Dhaliwal, 3-Rachel Jones, 12-Easther Mayi Kith, 15-Nadia Pestell, 5-Mika Richards, 6-Bianca St-Georges
MIDFIELDERS (5): 8-Jessie Fleming, 10-Sarah Kinzner, 13-Avery Lakeman, 4-Karima Lemire, 16-Sarah Stratigakis
FORWARDS (7): 14-Jenna Baxter, 9-Emily Borgmann, 17-Anyssa Ibrahim, 19-Jessica Lisi, 20-Nadya Gill, 7-Marie Levasseur, 11-Marie-Mychèle Mètivier

CANADA ROSTER NOTES

  • In Canada’s first game, a 8-0 win against Guatemala, Canada got two goals apiece from three different players.
  • It was the most goals ever scored by Canada in competition history, exceeding its previous mark by two.
  • Marie Mychele Mètivier, Nadya Gill and Marie Levasseur each scored two goals. Emily Borgmann and Jessie Fleming also scored.
  • Against Trinidad & Tobago, Mètivier led the way with three goals, giving her a tournament-best five. Levasseur and Gill added two apiece for the second straight game. Borgmann also had a hat trick while Sarah Kinzer tallied once.
  • Canada won this tournament in 2010 after getting past the USA on penalty kicks in the semifinal and Mexico in the championship game.

THEY’RE IN: Seven countries have qualified for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup so far. The three South American qualifiers are Venezuela, Colombia and Paraguay, which join host Costa Rica. The three Asian teams to make it are China PR, 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR and Japan. Brazil and 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup champion South Korea failed to qualify.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 2, 2013 – Montego Bay Sports Complex – Montego Bay, Jamaica

USA   7    Redei 21, 32, 36, 49; Bailey 84, Carreiro 89, Hedge 90+1
GUA   0

Lineups:
USA: 18-Kat Hess; 7-Mia Gyau, 13-Taylor Otto, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 5-Gabriella Carreiro; 14-Taylor Racioppi (capt.) (9-Zoe Morse, 78), 25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 19-Anika Rodriguez (22-Maddy Schultz, 67); 11-Civana Kuhlmann (2-Dorian Bailey, 46), 15-Zoe Redei, 8-Kelcie Hedge
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Lauren Rood, 3-Madison Haley, 4-Marley Canales, 10-Ellie Jean, 12-Tegan McGrady, 17-Mallory Pugh
Head coach: B.J. Snow

GUA: 1-Angie Hidalgo; 3-Sara Fetzer, 2-Isabella Salas, 4-Pamela Monterroso (capt.), 16 -Kellin Mayèn; 6-Jennifer Barrios, 15-Cindy Granda, 8-Laurent Marwith, 11-Andrea Rabanales (7-Kelsie Castellanos, 77); 10-Aisha Solòrzano (5-Alison Garcìa, 56), 9-Madelyn Ventura
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Natalie Schaps, 13-Lesli Cal Gamarro, 14-Marìa Barillas, 17-Marìa Contreras, 18-Hercilia Cabrera, 19-Anika Schaps Calderòn, 20-Beberly Montufar
Head coach: Benjamin Monterroso

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