U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship – FINAL
IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
4:30 p.m. ET (go90.com, Univision Deportes Network)
June 12, 2018
AND SO WE MEET AGAIN: The USA and Mexico face off in the Final of the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship for the second straight time, with the USA edging their neighbors to claim the 2016 title in Grenada. Tuesday’s match will be the teams’ sixth meeting since this competition began in 2008, with just about every match being closely contested – including some dramatic finishes. Here are the previous five matches:
- 2008 (Semifinal, in Trinidad): USA 1-0 Mexico
USA defender Crystal Dunn scored her first-ever goal for the U-17 WNT in the second minute of stoppage time to book a spot at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which was the inaugural tournament at this age level. The U.S. would go on to defeat Costa Rica in the Concacaf Championship.
- 2012 (Group Stage, in Guatemala): USA 3-0 Mexico
USA forward Summer Green scored all three goals during a 19-minute stretch in the first half as the USA closed out group play undefeated and without conceding a goal en route to the semifinals.
- 2013 (Semifinal, in Jamaica): USA 1-1 Mexico (Mexico advanced 4-2 on PKs)
Mexico stunned the U.S. with a 5th minute goal by Briana Woodall, but Madison Haley tied the match in the 27th minute. Tied after 90 minutes, the match was decided on penalty kicks, where Mexico’s goalkeeper stopped two USA attempts. With Costa Rica serving as host of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, only the finalists of the Concacaf Championship qualified, leaving the USA out.
- 2016 (Group Stage): USA 1-0 Mexico
In a closely contested second match for each side, USA forward Ashley Sanchez scored the lone goal in the 73rd minute, taking a one-time pass from Kiara Pickett and lifting it over the onrushing goalkeeper.
- 2016 (Final, in Grenada): USA 2-1 Mexico
Ashley Sanchez opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the tournament in the 43rd minute and Mexico equalized in the 69th to set the stage for Civana Kuhlmann’s dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute. The victory gave the USA its third Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship trophy in five editions of the tournament.
WORLD CUP BOUND: By advancing to the championship game, the USA and Mexico have both qualified for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which will be held in Uruguay in November. The winner of Tuesday’s third place game between Canada and Haiti will claim the final Concacaf berth. This marks the fourth time the USA has qualified for the premier global event at the Under-17 level.
Mexico won Group A with victories over Nicaragua (8-0) and Puerto Rico (7-0) and a 1-1 tie versus Haiti. They defeated Canada 2-1 in the first semifinal on Sunday.
USA GOES FOR FOURTH TITLE: This is the USA’s fourth time playing for the Concacaf Championship, having captured titles in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Mexico (2013) and Canada (2010) are the only other winners of the competition.
- 2008: USA 4-1 Costa Rica
The USA’s Tani Costa scored twice and Kristen Mewis and Courtney Verloo added one each before Costa Rica’s tally. The U.S. U-17 WNT became the first in history to win a CONCACAF championship at this age level for women, as it was the first time that a CONCACAF championship and a FIFA World Cup were sanctioned at this level on the women’s side.
- 2012: USA 1-0 Canada
Amber Munerlyn’s 21st-minute goal off of a breakaway set up with a creative assist from Summer Green proved to be the difference as the USA withstood a frenetic finish to keep Canada off the scoreboard and capture its second title.
- 2013: USA 2-1 Mexico (see above)
SUNSHINE AND THE GOLDEN BOOT: With two more goals in the semifinal victory over Haiti, USA forward Sunshine Fontes has now scored four goals in the tournament and is in a four-way tie at the top of the Golden Boot standings heading in the final match. Tied with Fontes are Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay and Mexico’s duo of Alison Gonzalez and Natalia Mauleon.
STREAK EXTENDED: By sweeping Group B, the USA has extended its streak of winning every group stage match in every edition of this tournament. Through six tournaments, the USA is 18-0 all-time in group play and has outscored its opponents 117-3.
DID YOU KNOW? For the second consecutive tournament, the USA, Canada, Mexico and Haiti advanced to the semifinals; and the Final and Third-Place Match are the same as in 2016, with the USA meeting Mexico and Canada and Haiti squaring off for third. In 2016, the USA defeated Canada in one semifinal and Mexico beat Haiti in the other. The U.S. went on to beat Mexico in the Final and Canada defeated Haiti in the Third-Place match for the final World Cup berth.
DID YOU KNOW, PART II? The same four countries also advanced to the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championship played in January in Trinidad and Tobago. In that tournament, the USA defeated Haiti on penalty kicks in one semifinal, with Mexico edging Canada in penalty kicks in the other semi. Mexico then claimed the U-20 title over the USA on penalty kicks as the two sides drew 1-1 in regulation, and Haiti upset Canada 1-0.
A TEAM EFFORT: The USA has scored 18 goals this tournament to date, getting contributions from 11 different players: Sunshine Fontes (4), Maya Doms (2), Mia Fishel (2), Reilyn Turner (2), Sophia Jones, Sam Kroeger, Payton Linnehan, Makenna Morris, Diana Ordoñez, Kennedy Wesley, and Astrid Wheeler. The other goal was an own goal.
The team has also received assist from seven different players: Natalia Straude (3), Turner (3), Kate Wiesner (2), Michela Agestri (2), Smith Hunter (2), Maya Doms, and Samantha Meza.
Only three players have played all four matches: Sunshine Fontes, Kate Wiesner and Diana Ordoñez.
- The USA and Mexico are the two highest-scoring teams during the 2018 competition, each having scored 18 goals through four matches. The USA has scored 8 goals in the first half and 10 in the second, while Mexico has scored 9 goals in each half.
- USA has received two or more goals from four different players: Sunshine Fontes (4), Maya Doms (2), Mia Fishel (2) and Reilyn Turner (2). Mexico has five multi-goal scorers: Alison Gonzalez and Natalia Mauleon (4), Nayeli Diaz (3), Aylin Avilez (2) and Nicole Perez (2).
- The USA’s 14 assists so far are tops among the eight teams, with Mexico coming in second with 12 assists.
- Three USA players are among the top five in passes attempted and completed. Center back Kennedy Wesley leads all players in completing 140 of her 150 pass attempts; Michela Agresti is fourth, having successfully completed 104 of her 117 attempts, and Sophia Jones is fifth with 100 out of 113.
- Furthermore, three different USA players are in the top five in passing accuracy: Natalia Staude leads all players at 97% success, having completed 70 of 72 passes. Astrid Wheeler and Smith Hunter are tied for 4th at 95%, each completing 35/37 passes.
FINALS NOTE: In the final and third place match, if the score is tied at the end of regulation, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played. If extra time is played, each team will have the option to make one additional substitution. If score remains tied after extra time, the winner will be decided by kicks from the penalty mark, per Rules of the Game.
COMPARING THE PAST: While having 11 different goal scorers is impressive, the USA’s record in this tournament was in the inaugural event, when the USA had 14 different players tally en route to winning the 2008 Championship. In 2013, 12 different players scored. This year’s mark – so far – matches the 2010 output that also had 11 goal-scorers. Ten different players scored in 2010 and only six in 2016.
HOW TO WATCH AND FOLLOW: Tuesday’s match versus Mexico will be streamed online at go90.com and via the free go90 app, available in the App Store or Google Play. No registration or authentication is required. The match will also be broadcast live on Univision Deportes Network (4:30 ET).
Third Place Match: Tuesday, June 12 at 10 ET: Canada vs Haiti
Final: Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 ET: USA vs Mexico
WORLD CUP AWAITS CONCACAF SIDES AFTER U-17 WWC FINAL DRAW
The Final Draw for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay was held on May 30, but with Concacaf qualifying still to be completed, the three Concacaf teams were drawn as Concacaf 1, Concacaf 2 and Concacaf 3.
- Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland
- Group B: Concacaf 1, South Africa, Brazil, Japan
- Group C: Concacaf 3, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany
- Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Concacaf 2, Colombia
Once the Concacaf tournament is complete, the qualified teams will know if they are Concacaf 1, 2 or 3 based on a system of points earned over the last five U-17 Women’s World Cup, with the points having descending weight back to 2008, as well as points earned for winning this year’s Concacaf title. The sixth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be staged in Uruguay from Nov. 13-Dec. 1.
U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 11/0), 12-Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 3/0)
DEFENDERS (6): 19-Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 12/2), 4-Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 19/1), 14-Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 11/0), 2-Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 14/2), 15-Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/0), 5-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 31/1)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 17-Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 9/1), 9-Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 21/7), 11-Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 20/8), 10-Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 21/4), 20-Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 12/1), 6-Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 16/2)
FORWARDS (6): 18-Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 23/17), 13-Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 6/2), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas; 15/2), 8-Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 7/1), 23-Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.; 3/2) 3-Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 33/3)
Updated as of 6/11
Mexico U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Ana Paula Ruvalcaba, 12-Jaidy Gutierrez
DEFENDERS (7): 13-Aislinn Garcia, 4-Karen Gomez, 15-Jana Gutierrez, 2-Reyna Reyes, 5-Ximena Rios, 3-Tanna Sanchez, 14-Nicole Soto
MIDFIELDERS (7): 20-Aylin Avilez, 18-Mariana Elizondo, 6-Noemi Granados, 16-Yanin Madrid, 8-Nicole Perez, 11-Anette Vazquez, 19-Rebeca Villuendas
FORWARDS (4): 9-Vanessa Buso, 7-Nayeli Diaz, 10-Alison Gonzalez, 17-Natalia Mauleon