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U.S. U-17 WNT Set To Face Cayman Islands In Second Group A Match

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team
2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship
Alajuela, Costa Rica
March 11, 2010

AFTER BIG START, USA FACES CAYMAN ISLANDS: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will take on the Cayman Islands on March 12 in its second Group A match at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. The match will be streamed live on at 6 p.m. ET, shown tape-delayed at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel and fans can also follow the action as it happens on’s MatchTracker. The USA opened the tournament on March 10 against Haiti, earning a 9-0 victory that was more notable for the emotional scene afterwards than for some great U.S goals. Now, the young Americans must refocus as a victory against the Caymans combined with a Costa Rican win against Haiti would qualify the USA for the all-important semifinals with one group match left to play. After the round-robin play within the groups, the top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals on March 18 with the winners of those matches earning a berth to the 2010 U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. For a complete schedule, results and other information on the tournament and the U.S. U-17s, go to the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship page on

WATCH ALL THE U-17 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-17 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship in Costa Rica live via streaming video at All of the matches at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in January from Guatemala were also streamed live to very positive reviews, so this will be the second time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online. The service is free with fans required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match. You can also watch highlights of the USA vs. Haiti match here.

USA U-17 WNT ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: In addition to CONCACAF’s extensive online coverage of the tournament, the final two Group A matches for the USA will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel, both on a tape-delayed basis. The USA-Cayman Islands match on March 12 will air at 8 p.m. ET on a two-hour delay while the USA-Costa Rica clash on March 14 will air the following day (March 15) at 3 p.m. ET. Should the USA advance to the semifinal and/or final, those matches will also be shown on Fox Soccer Channel.

2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship Group A Schedule

Date Match Result/Time (ET) TV Venue
March 10 United States vs. Haiti 9-0    
  Costa Rica vs. Cayman Islands 7-0    
March 12 United States vs. Cayman Islands 6 p.m. (8 p.m., FSC taped delay) Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium, Alajuela
  Costa Rica vs. Haiti 8:30 p.m. Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium, Alajuela
March 14 Cayman Islands vs. Haiti 7 p.m. Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium, Alajuela
  Costa Rica vs. United States 9:30 p.m. (3 p.m. March 15, FSC taped delay) Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium, Alajuela

2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship Group A Standings
Group A

Team W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 1 0 0 9 0 +9 3
CRC 1 0 0 7 0 +7 3
CAY 0 1 0 0 7 -7 0
HAI 0 1 0 0 9 -9 0

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), 18-Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), 24-Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (5): 6-Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), 3-Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), 2-Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), 4-Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), 16-Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 10-Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), 8-Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), 7-Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), 15-Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), 14-Cassie Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), 5-Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), 11-Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): 19-Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), 13-Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), 9-Havana Solaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), 12-Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), 25-Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. U-17 WNT Quick Hits

  • Lindsey Horan’s four goals against Haiti upped her career total to seven in five internationals and marked the first time a U.S. U-17 player has scored four goals in a match.
  • The U.S. roster is made up entirely of high school sophomores and juniors. There are nine sophs and 11 juniors. Nine of the juniors have verbally committed to colleges.
  • Two U.S. players scored their first career international goals against Haiti. Alex Doll got hers in her 11th U-17 cap and Taylor Smith got two in just her second U-17 cap.
  • U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi used all three of his allowed substitutes vs. Haiti. Many of the players that didn’t see action will likely play against the Cayman Islands.
  • This will be the first-ever meeting with Cayman Islands at any level in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team programs.
  • Group B action begins today at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium as Mexico faces Panama and Canada faces Jamaica.
  • The USA’s 9-0 victory against Haiti tied a record for biggest margin of victory in a CONCACAF U-17 women’s qualifying match. In 2008, the USA U-17s defeated El Salvador 9-0.
  • Courtney Verloo, now with the U.S. U-20s and at Stanford, holds the U.S. record for most goals in a U-17 qualifying tournament, scoring six over five games two years ago in T&T.
  • After the Haiti game, the USA now has six players who have been capped 10 or more times at the U-17 level: Olivia Brannon (10), Morgan Brian (13), Kaysie Clark (11), Alex Doll (11), Cari Roccaro (10) and Kaili Torres (11).

WHO WILL GO TO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO?: The 2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship is an eight-team tournament that will send just two nations to Trinidad & Tobago. Two years ago, CONCACAF sent three countries to New Zealand, but because this time around a CONCACAF country is hosting the Women’s World Cup and thus gets an automatic berth, only two spots are available through this tournament. The 16-game competition will consist of two groups of four teams each with the top two finishers after group play advancing to the semifinals. The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on March 18, with the championship and third-place matches set for March 20. Both semifinal matches and the tournament final will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Soccer Channel and all matches will be streamed live at

NO VACATION FOR CAYMAN ISLANDS: Coming off a 7-0 loss to host Costa Rica, Cayman Islands now have to face a powerful U.S. team that put nine past Haiti. Cayman Islands' prospects were not improved after team captain Brianna Hydes was ejected from the Costa Rica game in the 73rd minute after receiving her second yellow card. She will be suspended for the match against the USA. The Caymans earned their spot in this final round of qualifying, the first time they have made it out of the Caribbean playoffs, by finishing second in their Caribbean first round group behind Haiti, which earned them a playoff against the Dominican Republic. In first round play, the Caymans beat the Bahamas 2-1, downed the British Virgin Islands 13-0, but then fell to Haiti, 1-0. In the playoff, Cayman Islands and the Dominican Republic tied 3-3 on aggregate after two matches, but the Caymans went through on away goals. The accomplishment marks the first time the Cayman Islands has qualified for any CONCACAF women's championship and the first time any team from the three-island nation of 49,000 has qualified for a continental competition since its Under-17 men reached the CONCACAF finals in 1992.

Cayman Islands U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Emily Kelley, 20-Jasmin Ebanks
DEFENDERS (7): 8-Tacita Berry, 9-Brianna Hydes, 14-Brittany Mobley, 17-Marissa McLaughin, 18-Ashley Borde, 19-Chelsea Bush, 23-Monique Roberts
MIDFIELDERS (7): 3-Chelsea Green, 6-Xotchilt Walter, 7-Ashleigh Shim, 10-Shanice Monteith, 13-Alyssa Chin, 15-Amanda Nelson, 21-Jetena Bodden,
FORWARDS (4): 5-Kaela Ebanks, 11-Shanelle Frederick, 12-Nikki Ebanks, 22-Chelsea Brown,
Head coach: Bobby McLaren

PURA BLOGA: You can catch up with the U.S. U-17 WNT in Costa Rica through the U.S. YNT Blog, see some pictures from training and keep up to date on the latest goings on from Central America.

POSTCARD FROM ABBY D: U.S. Under-17 central defender Abby Dahlkemper writes an e-postcard from Costa Rica in which she talks about the trials of homework, unfamiliar humidity (she’s from the crisp climes of NorCal) and a very unique soccer match against Haiti.