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U.S. U-17 WNT Kick Off Group B Play at 2013 CONCACAF Women's Championship against Trinidad & Tobago


U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Oct. 31, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT SET FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship on Thursday, Oct. 31, when it faces Trinidad & Tobago (7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. local) in what will be the first step toward qualification for the 2014 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The USA will continue Group B play against Guatemala on Saturday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. local), and finish the first round against Canada on Monday, Nov. 4 (6 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. local). All the matches will be played on natural grass at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
USA Group B Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (ET)

Venue

Oct. 31

T&T

7 p.m.

Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Nov. 2

Guatemala

7 p.m.

Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Nov. 4

Canada

6 p.m.

Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

FOX PROVIDING FREE WEB STREAM OF MATCHES: All the matches of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship can be watched on FOX Soccer Plus, the premium television network dedicated to delivering the world’s best soccer and international sports. FOX Soccer Plus will show all the action of the U.S. U-17s through the group stages and also provide exclusive coverage of the semifinals, third-place match and final. FOX Soccer 2GO, the digital platform for computers, tablets and smartphones, will offer fans a free live stream for the seven matches, as well as via on-demand. Go to foxsoccer2go.com and enter promo code “U17WNT” on the registration page when prompted. The code must be activated between Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 10, and is good for 14 days of free access to all live and full match replay streams on the service.

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. Group A is comprised of host Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti and El Salvador. Group A kicks off the tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 30, as Mexico faces Haiti and host Jamaica meets El Salvador.

HISTORY LESSON: The2012 U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team won the CONCACAF championship, roaring through group play by outscoring its opponents 18-0, and then defeating Panama 7-0 in the all-important semifinal to qualify for the 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. The USA then defeated Canada in the championship game 1-0 on a goal from current North Carolina Tar Heel Amber Munerlyn. The USA’s 2010 U-17 team was the first U.S. Women’s National Team that failed to qualify for a Women’s World Cup when it fell in penalty kicks to Canada in the semifinal match of the qualifying tournament played in Costa Rica. Amazingly, the U.S. team missed out on the World Cup despite outscoring its opponents 38-0 during the tournament and lost its World Cup dreams based on one missed penalty kick. This year’s U-17s will be looking to emulate the success of the 2008 U-17s, which won the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, advanced to the first-ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Final in New Zealand and then came within minutes of winning the title before falling in overtime to Korea DPR.

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.

RUN-UP TO JAMAICA: The 2013 U.S. U-17s have had a solid run-up to the tournament in this accelerated cycle, playing 10 matches (including seven internationals) and compiling a 5-1-4 overall record (4-1-2 in international play). The USA’s only loss in international play came to perennial youth power Japan by a 4-1 score during a tournament in Costa Rica. The USA opened the year with two highly competitive 1-1 draws against Germany at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. With the World Cup taking place from March 15-April 5, 2014, the cycle was pushed up 5-6 months with the tournament have taken place twice in September and once in late October/early November.

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








Nov. 2

Guatemala








Nov. 4

Canada








U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • 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 Civana Kuhlmann and Frankie 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 in Kuhlmann and Tagliaferri.
  • Sixteen of the 20 players on the roster came through the U.S. Under-14 Identification Camp and Developmental Program.
  • The roster is mildly experienced at the international level for this age group as 17 of the 20 players have played international matches ranging from two to seven caps at this level. Five players have seven U-17 caps – midfielder Marly Canales, defender Tegan McGrady, defender Mia Gyau, midfielder Taylor Racioppi and midfielder Anika Rodriguez.
  • Mallory Pugh is the USA’s leading scorer in this U-17 cycle with eight goals overall and six international scores in her five caps. Madison Haley has four goals in five 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. In addition, the roster includes one player each from Idaho and Kansas.
  • The roster includes two players whose fathers had a great deal of athletic success:
    • Mia Gyau is the daughter of former U.S. Men’s National Team player Philip Gyau, a 10-year professional who played six times for the USA in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and also had a long career as a player and coach for the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team. She is also the younger sister of former U.S. youth international Joe Gyau, who currently plays for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
    • Madison Haley is the daughter of five-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Charles Haley, who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys in a 14-year pro career that saw him win five Super Bowls, the only player in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
  • Defender Ellie Jean’s father Domingo had a cup of coffee in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees as a pitcher in 1993.

USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO SERIES :

  • The U.S. U-17s played Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 2008 and 2012.
  • In 2008, the USA finished group play with a 9-1 win in Trinidad as current senior WNT member Kristie Mewis scored twice, and her sister Samantha, now a junior at UCLA, also got a goal.
  • In 2012, T&T put up more of a fight in Guatemala with the Americans winning 5-0 as current U.S. U-20s Andi Sullivan and Summer Green each had a goal.

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
3    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
14   Games won all-time by the U.S. U-17s in CONCACAF qualifying. The USA is 14-0-1 all-time in this tournament
21    Goals scored by the U.S. U-17 WNT in international matches this year
35    Number of U.S. U-17 players to see action in an international match this year
93    Goals scored by the U.S. U-17s in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying. The USA has out-scored opponents 93-2 over 15 matches, an average of 6.2 goals per game
458   Minutes played by Tegan McGrady 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: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association
Founded: 1908 (Joined FIFA in 1964)
Head Coach: Marlon Charles

T&T ROSTER (ALPHABETICAL)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Rebecca Almandoz (Unattached), 5-Nicolette Craig (Step by Step)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Amaya Ellis (Campton FC), 7-Chelsea Frederick (S.M.C.U.), 8-Abishai Guy (Pt. Pioneers), 12-Natisha John (Unattached), 13-Tamara Johnson (Pt. Pioneers), 16-Renee Mike (S.M.C.U.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 2-Summer Arjoon (Petrotin), 4-Eden Charles (SC Waukesha), 9-Khaline Jacob (Pt. Pioneers), 10-Kelsey Henry (S.M.C.U.), 11-Chevonne John (Trincity Nationals), 14-Jasandra Joseph (Mos Schoolaz), 17-Dennecia Prince (Pt. Pioneers)
FORWARDS (5): 3-Corel Carmichael (), 15-Maya Matouk (Rangers), 18-Chelcy Ralph (Step by Step), 19-Zoe Swift (S.M.C.U.), 20-Jahra Thomas (Pt. Pioneers)

T&T ROSTER NOTES:

  • Trinidad & Tobago won the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-17 Tournament final with a 1-0 victory against Haiti on a goal late in the first half by Summer Arjoon, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
  • T&T went 4-1-0 in the qualifying tournament, scoring 20 goals while allowing three.
  • T&T started with a 10-0 rout of Grenada, lost to Bermuda 1-0 and then defeated the Dominican Republic 5-1 to finish second in the Group. T&T then defeated Puerto Rico 4-1 to earn its berth to the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship finals.
  • Amazingly, T&T scored three goals in extra time to defeat Puerto Rico 4-1. After a 0-0 first-half, Puerto Rico broke the deadlock with a goal in the 48th minute. The young Soca Princesses got an equalizer in the 69th minute as team captain Zoe Swift fired home from just inside the 18-yard box.
  • Trinidad netted the first of three unanswered tallies in the 95th minute. Dennecia Prince delivered a free kick into the goal area for Swift, who fed Corel Carmichael for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Four minutes later, Summer Arjoon placed a corner onto the head of Maya Matouk to make it 3-1 and Prince completed the score line in the 108th minute.
  • The Trinidadians will be participating for the third time in the CONCACAF competition.
  • T&T’s goal scorers in qualifying where: Zoe Swift (6), Corel Carmichael (4), Summer Arjoon (3), Khaline Jacob (2), Maya Makouk (2), Chevonne John (1) and Denencia Prince (1).
  • T&T hosted the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but finished third in Group A behind Nigeria and Korea DPR. T&T, coached by former Canada head coach and current Norway head coach Even Pellerud, represented itself quite well, defeating Chile 2-1 before falling to Nigeria by a 2-1 score and by just a 1-0 score line to Korea DPR, which advanced to the semifinal match.
LAST TIME:
On the field in an international match for the USA:

Aug. 28, 2013 – St. George’s Park – Burton upon Trent, England

USA 5
Hedge 10, Haley 25, Pugh 37, Xioa 54, Rodriguez 68
ENG 0

Lineups:
USA:
1-Sabrina Macias (18-Lauren Rood, 46); 14-Tegan McGrady (6-Alana Cook, 70), 11-Natalie Jacobs, 10-Taylor Otto (15-Michelle Xiao, 46), 7-Mia Gyau; 22-Taylor Racioppi (5-Marley Canales, 46), 8-Zoe Morse, 17-Mallory Pugh (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 70); 4-Dorian Bailey, 9-Madison Haley (19-Madison Schultz, 70), 2-Kelcie Hedge (25-Anika Rodriguez, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Ellie Jean, 3-Michaela Abam

Head coach: B.J. Snow

ENG: 13-Sian Rogers; 15-Ella Williams (12-Olivia Woodward, 46), 5-Leah Williams, 6-Gabrielle George, 3-Ashleigh Plumptre (18-Jemma Purfield); 4-Keira Williams, 14-Lucy Porter, 8-Mollie Rouse, 20-Evie Clarke; 10-Sarah Mayling; 19-Ella Hartley (17-Atlanta Primus, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Kristie Levell, 2-Alice Hassall, 7-Lorrie Doze, 9-Chloe Kelly, 11-Rianna Dean, 16-Rebecca Lloyd
Head Coach: Lois Fidler

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