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U-17 Women's National Team Readies for CONCACAF Qualifying Semifinals vs. Mexico

2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship
Macoya, Trinidad
July 23, 2008
Pre-Game Notes

U.S. WINS GROUP A, COSTA RICA ALSO THROUGH: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team dominated in a 9-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago to win first place in Group A of the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. Costa Rica advanced to the semifinals with an 8-1 victory against El Salvador in their final match. The margin of victory, combined with the U.S. margin of victory against Trinidad & Tobago, boosted the Ticas to second place in Group A. In the semifinals, the U.S. will face Mexico for a direct berth to the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The semifinal matchup will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 24, at Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad. In the other semifinal clash, at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Canada will face Costa Rica. The two semifinal winners will automatically qualify for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. The third place team from CONCACAF will also qualify. [2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship Homepage]

Group A Standings
Team   GP  W  L   T   GF  GA   GD  PTS
USA       3    3   0   0   24     1   +23    9
CRC      3    1   1   1     8      7     -1     4
TRI         3    1   1   1     6    10    -4     4
SLV        3    0   3   0     2    22   -20    0

2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship
Group A Schedule
Date         Matchup                                       Venue (City )
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 1, Costa Rica 8    Marvin Lee Stadium (Macoya, Trinidad)
                  T & T 1, USA 9                           Marvin Lee Stadium (Macoya, Trinidad)

Semifinals – Marvin Lee Stadium
Date          Matchup                                   Time (ET)
July 24      Canada vs. Costa Rica        5 p.m.
                   USA vs. Mexico                      7:30 p.m.

Finals – Marvin Lee Stadium
Date          Matchup                                   Time (ET)
July 27      Third Place Match                  4 p.m.
                   Championship                       6 p.m.

CANADA WINS GROUP B IN TOBAGO: Canada defeated Mexico, 4-1, on Monday, July 21, to win first place in Group B of the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. Mexico, who won their first two matches against Jamaica and Puerto Rico, advanced as the second place team in the group. In the first match of the final match day for Group B, Jamaica earned their first win of the tournament, defeating Puerto Rico, 2-1. However, the three points were not enough to spur the Reggae Girlz to the semifinals as both Canada and Mexico have already booked their spots in the next round.

Group B Standings
Team  GP  W   L   T   GF  GA    GD  PTS
CAN     3     3    0   0   11     4     +7     9
MEX     3     2    1   0   11     4     +7     6
JAM      3     1    2   0    5    11      -6     3
PUR     3     0    3   0    1      9      -8     0

Group B Results
Date          Matchup                                     Venue (City)
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 2, Puerto Rico 1       Dwight Yorke Stadium (Bacolet, Tobago)
                   Canada 4, Mexico 1                 Dwight Yorke Stadium (Bacolet, Tobago)

EL TRICOLOR FEMENIL: The Mexico Under-17 Women’s National Team, like their full team, is coached by Leo Cuellar. The young Mexican Women automatically qualified for the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, along with Canada and the United States, as one of three teams from North America. The Tricolor Femenil Sub-17 defeated Jamaica, 6-0, in their opening match, and followed up with a 4-0 win against Puerto Rico. The team dropped their final group match, 4-1, to Canada to finish in second place in Group B.

Mexico Under-17 Women’s National Team
GOALKEEPERS (3): 20-Nicole Cipriano, 12-Paullette Gallardo, 1- Cecilia Santiago
DEFENDERS (6): 13-Monica Alvarado, 5-Viridiana Cardenas, 3- Marylin Diaz, 2-Amber Hernandez, 8-Marciela Padilla, 4-Kenia Sanchez
MIDFIELDERS (7): 16-Mirelle Arciniega, 14-Alma Aponte, 10-Alina Garciamendez, 6-Diana Gonzalez, 18-Anisa Guajardo, 17-Amanda Ortegon, 19-Antizel Perez
FORWARDS (4): 9- Charlyn Corral, 15-Yamile Franco, 11- Stephany Mayor, 7- Nayeli Rangel
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

FROM 1991 TO 2008: U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team assistant coach Amy Griffin was on the 1991 U.S. Women’s National Team that captured the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Now, she’s coaching a U.S. Women’s National Team whose players were born that year. Listen to the exclusive podcast as Griffin sat down with to discuss the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship and the first-ever FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, as well as the development of women’s soccer in the United States.

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

CATCHING UP WITH COURTNEY: U.S. U-17 WNT forward Courtney Verloo arrived in Trinidad ready to play, as demonstrated when 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 and the Under-23 Men's National Team getting ready for the Olympics. Nonetheless, you can follow the U-17 Women in Trinidad & Tobago at Join the team as they compete for a spot at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

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.

CONCACAF TEAMS LAST TO QUALIFY: 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 African teams will play in Group B and Group D. The draw for the tournament was held on June 1 in Wellington, New Zealand. 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
Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington, New Zealand
Seeded teams: New Zealand, Germany, CONCACAF 1, Brazil

Group A: A1-New Zealand, A2-CONCACAF A, A3-Denmark, A4-Colombia
Group B: B1-CONCACAF B, B2-Germany, B3-Korea DPR, B4-CAF B
Group C: C1-Japan, C2-CONCACAF Champion, C3-France, C4-Paraguay
Group D: D1-Brazil, D2-England, D3-Korea Republic, D4-CAF A