USA Will Attempt to Qualify for 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup in T&T;
All Matches to be Streamed Live And Free of Charge at CONCACAF.com
CHICAGO (March 4, 2010) â€“ U.S. Under-17 Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi has named the 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup at the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championship in Costa Rica.
With CONCACAF member Trinidad & Tobago hosting the 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup next September, just two berths to the tournament will be on the line in Costa Rica instead of the three that qualified for the inaugural U-17 WWC two years ago in New Zealand. The USA was drawn into Group B and opens its schedule on March 10 against Haiti (6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. local) followed by the Cayman Islands on March 12 (6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. local). The USA finishes first round play against the hosts on March 14 in a match that has been moved to 9:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. local on the first day of daylight savings time.
The 16-game, 11-day tournament will run from March 10-20 and all the matches will be played at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Group A will feature Panama, Mexico, Jamaica and Canada. Like at the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in January, all matches from the U-17 event will be streamed live and free of charge at CONCACAF.com. Each game will also be available on-demand shortly after its conclusion.
The group winners and second place finishers will cross over to the all-important semifinals on March 18 with the two semifinal winners earning berths to Trinidad & Tobago.
Tambi, who coached the U.S. U-17s to the CONCACAF championship two years ago during the inaugural qualifying tournament for this age group in T&T and to a runner-up finish at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup in New Zealand, has assembled a talented and athletic team.
Leading the way is midfielder Morgan Brian, one of two players on the squad from the Ponte Vedra Storm. Brian is the only holdover from the New Zealand squad and is the USAâ€™s most experienced player with 12 U-17 caps and seven goals. Kaysie Clark from the KC Select Scream out of Missouri is another dynamic attacking midfield option while Clarissa Wedemeyer of the Dallas Texans will likely provide cover for Brian and Clark from the holding midfield slot.
The defense will likely be anchored by center back Abby Dahlkemper from northern Californiaâ€™s MVLA Avalanche and the USA is solid in goal with probable starter Bryane Heaberlin from the Clearwater Chargers. Abby Smith from the Texans and Caroline Stanley from the FCFC Alliance out of Kansas City round out the strong goalkeeping trio.
The USA is coming off three excellent wins against the German U-17 and U-16 National Teams in Florida. Clark and midfielder Lindsey Horan both scored two goals over the three matches while Brian, Havana Solaun from the KYX Kicks Elite in Gainsville, Fla., and Isabel Farrell from Crossfire Premier in Washington tallied one each.
â€œIâ€™m really excited for this tournament at this point in time because weâ€™re now becoming a team, a formidable team,â€ said Tambi. â€œFrom the point we got this group together in January of â€™09, it was about evaluating and doing our best to help in the development of players. Now itâ€™s about progressing to become a unit, a family. I think things are going well and the players and staff are looking forward to some great competition in Costa Rica.â€
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993, are age-eligible for this cycle of U-17s. Tambi chose 15 players born in 1993 for this roster and five born in 1994. The youngest player is defender Cari Roccaro from the Albertson Fury on Long Island, who wonâ€™t turn 16 until July.
The roster features three players from girlsâ€™ soccer hotbeds California, Texas, and Florida, two from Colorado, Missouri and Maryland and one each from Michigan, Georgia, Washington State, Pennsylvania and New York.
ROSTER BY POSITION â€“ Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Havana Solaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)
2010 CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMENâ€™S CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
(Kickoff times in U.S. Eastern; local times in parentheses)
Wednesday, March 10
Haiti vs. United States, 6 p.m. (5 p.m.)
Costa Rica vs. Cayman Islands, 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, March 11
Panama vs. Mexico, 6 p.m. (5 p.m.)
Jamaica vs. Canada, 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 12
United States vs. Cayman Islands, 6 p.m. (5 p.m.)
Costa Rica vs. Haiti, 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 13
Mexico vs. Jamaica, 2 p.m. (1 p.m.)
Panama vs. Canada, 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.)
Sunday, March 14
Cayman Islands vs. Haiti, 7 p.m. (5 p.m.)
Costa Rica vs. United States, 9:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.)
Monday, March 15
Jamaica vs. Panama, 7 p.m. (5 p.m.)
Canada vs. Mexico , 9:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, March 18
Semifinal 1, 6 p.m. (4 p.m.)
Semifinal 2, 9 p.m. (7 p.m.)
Saturday, March 20
Third-Place, 6 p.m. (4 p.m.)
Championship, 9 p.m. (7 p.m.)