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Tani Costa Out of U-17 Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2008) - U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team forward Tani Costa has been ruled out of the upcoming 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with just a week to go before the start of the tournament due to a right ankle injury.

Costa, who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, has been a regular player in the U.S. pool this year. She has scored five goals in five international matches during 2008, including two goals in the championship game of CONCACAF Qualifying last July.

Pending confirmation by FIFA, Costa will be replaced by Hayley Brock, a 5-foot-9 forward out of Acton, Mass. The speedy Brock is uncapped at the U-17 level.

The 21-player U.S. roster begins play in the historic first Women’s World Cup for U-17 women on Oct. 30 against Japan at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.