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U.S. U-17 Women Ready To Face Canada For Place At 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

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

USA FACES CANADA FOR BERTH TO FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: After rolling through group play at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship by piling up 32-0 goal difference over three matches, the U.S. U-17 WNT now faces its toughest and most important test, a meeting with Canada in the semifinals with a berth to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on the line. The U.S. will play in the first semifinal of the evening at 6 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local) and fans can watch live on or follow on’s MatchTracker. Fox Soccer Channel will televise the match on a two-hour tape-delay at 8 p.m. ET. Host Costa Rica will take on Mexico at 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) in the other semifinal. The semifinal winners earn CONCACAF’s two berths to the second-ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, being staged in Trinidad & Tobago from Sept. 5-25. 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


Date Match Time (ET) TV Venue
March 18 USA vs. Canada 6 p.m. ET (8 p.m., FSC taped delay) Alejandro Morera Soto; San Jose, Costa Rica
  Mexico vs. Costa Rica 9 p.m. ET (11 p.m. ET, FSC taped delay) Alejandro Morera Soto; San Jose, Costa Rica
March 20 Third Place 6 p.m. ET Alejandro Morera Soto; San Jose, Costa Rica
  Championship 9 p.m. ET (3 p.m. March 22, FSC taped delay) Alejandro Morera Soto; San Jose, Costa Rica

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

Team W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3 3 0 32 0 +32 9
CRC 2 1 0 9 10 -1 6
CAY 1 2 0 1 20 -19 3
HAI 0 3 0 0 12 -12 0

March 10
USA 9, Haiti 0
Costa Rica 7, Cayman Islands 0

March 12
USA 13, Cayman Islands 0
Costa Rica 2, Haiti 0

March 14
Cayman Islands 1, Haiti 0
USA 10, Costa Rica 0

Group B

Team W L T GF GA GD Pts.
MEX 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9
CAN 2 1 0 6 3 +3 6
JAM 1 2 0 3 6 -3 3
PAN 0 3 0 1 10 -9 0

March 11
Mexico 6, Panama 0
Canada 4, Jamaica 1

March 13
Mexico 3, Jamaica 0
Canada 2, Panama 1

March 15
Jamaica 2, Panama 0
Mexico 1, Canada 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

  • Fifteen-year-old Lindsey Horan is the leading scorer in the tournament with eight goals, surpassing Courtney Verloo (six goals in the 2006 U-17 qualifying tournament) for most goals by a U.S. player at a CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. 
  • Forward Taylor Smith and midfielder Morgan Brian have six goals each. 
  • With her second goal of the match in the 10-0 victory against Costa Rica on March 14, which was the 13th of her career, Brian passed Courtney Verloo as the USA’s all-time leading international scorer at the U-17 level. 
  • Just three U.S. players have played all 270 minutes of the tournament: defenders Abby Dalhkemper and Jaelene Hinkle and midfielder Clarissa Wedemeyer. 
  • Ten different players have scored the USA’s 32 goals. 
  • Fourteen different players have registered assists, including a team-leading eight from Kaysie Clark. 
  • All 17 field players on the U.S. roster have registered either a goal or an assist, most likely the first time that has ever happened in a tournament for a U.S. women’s team. 
  • The USA has scored more goals in the tournament than each of the other seven teams combined. 
  • Canadian forward Alexandra Courtnall is from Westlake Village, Calif. She has been in U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team camp in the past, but opted to play for Canada. Her father Russ, a former NHL player for seven different teams over 15 seasons, is Canadian.

IT’S USA-CANADA FOR A TRIP TO T&T: The USA and Canada did not meet at the inaugural CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship two years ago, but their paths will cross on Thursday, March 18, at Alejandro Morero Soto Stadium in the all-important semifinal. Canada opened its tournament with a 4-1 victory against Jamaica, defeated Panama 2-1 and then fell to Mexico 1-0 in a match that could have gone either way. A world class free-kick from distance by Mexico’s Anakaren Llamas that few female goalkeepers in the world could have saved was the difference in that match. Forward Nour Ghoneim scored twice for Canada against Jamaica while Kylie Davis and Sabrina Hemond got one each. Against Panama, Haisha Cantave and Diamond Simpson scored in the first half before Panama pulled one back late. Canada needed to defeat Mexico to win the group (a tie would have given first place to Mexico due to a superior goal difference), but the Maple Leafs could not muster a goal despite being the aggressor for the final 30 minutes. The USA heads into the match with three days of rest after playing its final group match on March 14, while Canada comes in with two days of rest after losing to Mexico on March 15.

Canada U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Rachel Beanlands, 18-Sabrina D’Angelo
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Sophie Therien, 5-Haillie Price, 6-Yazmin Ongtengco, 11-Alison Clarke, 14-Katherine Caverly, 15-Shannen Jainudeen, 17-Alexandra Courtnall
MIDFIELDERS (6): 3-Sabrina Hemond, 4-Chantal Campbell, 7-Kylie Davis, 12-Nicole Sutterlund, 13-Kinley McNicoll, 19-Abigail Raymer
FORWARDS (5): 8-Diamond Simpson, 9-Caroline Beaulne, 10-Nour Ghoneim, 16-Haisha Cantave, 20-Zakia McIntosh.
Head coach: Bryan Rosenfield

SHE WON’T SHY AWAY FROM THE GOAL: U.S. U-17 WNT forward Lindsey Horan was the leading scorer through group play at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. That success has opened up her eyes to one constant in the world of soccer: people love goal scorers. Read more about Horan's fear of speaking in public and how she has to overcome it as the current leading goal scorer for the U.S. U-17 WNT.

BLOG-CANO: 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, find out what’s been going on off the field and check out the team’s visit to an awe-inspiring volcano.

THE DILLA CHECKS IN: U.S. Under-17 midfielder Kaysie Clark checks in from Costa Rica with an e-postcard, filling in the fans back home on some team pranks, her nickname and why she wants some ice cream.