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USA Qualifies for 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with 5-0 Win vs. Canada

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 11, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a dominating 5-0 win against Canada in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at Grenada Athletics Stadium.

Alexa Spaanstra, Jordan Canniff, Civana Kuhlman, Sophia Smith and Frankie Tagliaferri all scored, while the team’s defense, solidified up the middle by midfielders Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell and center-backs Naomi Girma and Karina Rodriguez, pitched a third consecutive shutout in stellar overall performance for the USA.

Spaanstra opened the scoring with what proved to be the game-winner in the 33rd minute before Canniff provided a decisive goal in first half stoppage-time. At 14 years and seven months old, Canniff is now the second youngest scorer in international competition in U.S. WNT program history. Kuhlmann netted the USA’s third soon after halftime, a goal that put the match of reach, before Smith and Tagliaferri added a final pair of strikes in second-half stoppage time.

In the other semifinal, Mexico swept past Haiti 3-0, to earn a berth to Jordan and setting up a Group B rematch with the USA for the tournament title. The final between the USA and Mexico will take place on Sunday, March 13, and will be broadcast on FS2 and FOX Sports Go at 6 p.m. ET. The USA defeated Mexico, 1-0, in its second Group B match on a goal from Ashley Sanchez.

The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be staged from September 30 through October 21 in Jordan. The USA and Mexico become the fifth and sixth teams to qualify along with host Jordan, North Korea, Japan and New Zealand.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley), 33rd minute: Wesley overlapped from her right back position and swung in a cross from deep in the right corner. The ball dropped near the penalty spot and Spaanstra timed her run perfectly, beating her defender to the ball to strike a full volley with her instep into the lower right corner for her second goal of the tournament. USA 1, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jordan Canniff, 45+1 minute: The USA had Canada under extended pressure and Civana Kuhlmann latched on to a cross that had skipped by a Canada defender in the penalty pox. She got off a point blank shot that was saved by Canada goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx, but the rebound fell right to Canniff, who slotted the ball home to double the U.S. lead just before the halftime break. USA 2, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley), 54th minute: Wesley made a hard charging run down the right side of the field and curled in a low cross to the back post where Kuhlmann met it with a sliding strike, redirecting the ball with her knee inside the left post for her third goal of the tournament. USA 3, CAN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Sophia Smith, 91st minute: Canada goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx misplayed a back-pass which allowed the sprinting Smith, who had come on just six minutes earlier, to win the loose ball on the right side of the penalty box and shoot back across goal into the lower left corner. USA 4, CAN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alex Spaanstra), 93rd minute: The U.S. kept their foot on the pedal through the final whistle and got a fifth as an attack was only half-cleared by Canada. The ball fell to Spaanstra in the right channel and she made a move around her defender before slipping a pass to Tagilaferri who one-timed a low shot inside the left post. USA 5, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. will face off against Mexico on March 13 (6 p.m. ET on FS2) at Grenada National Stadium in St. Georges, Grenada. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • With five goals, Frankie Tagliaferri is tied for the lead in the tournament Golden Boot race with two Haitian players.
  • Ashley Sanchez has four goals and Civana Kuhlmann has three.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory collected her third clean sheet of the competition, becoming the only ‘keeper with three in the tournament.
  • The USA did not allow a shot on goal from Canada.
  • Jordan Canniff is the second youngest player ever to score for the U.S. WNT in international competition, tallying tonight at 5,341 days old. Civana Kuhlman, who also scored tonight, was the youngest, scoring at the 2013 CONCACAF Women's Championship at 5,314 days old.
  • Eighteen of the 20 players on the U.S. roster have started a game in this tournament and 19 of the 20 have played, with only back-up goalkeeper Hillary Beall having yet to see the field.

- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 11, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
79 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                        2   3   5
CAN                        0   0   0

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley) 33rd minute
USA – Jordan Canniff (Civanna Kuhlmann) 45+1
USA – Civanna Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley) 54
USA – Sophia Smith 90+1
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alexa Spaanstra) 90+3

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner; 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 73), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 77), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann (3-Sophia Smith, 84)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 5-Sydney Zandi, 6-Emily Smith, 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN : 18-Lysianne Proulx; 2-Emma Regan, 3-Julia Grosso, 6-Samantha Chang, 16-Ashley Cathro; 8-Sarah Stratigakis, 10-Anyssa Ibrahim (12-Vital Kats, 75), 14-Caitlin Shaw (4-Nahida Baalbaki, 46), 7-Shana Flynn, 9-Jordyn Huitema, 20-Jayde Riviere (11-Camila Gomez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Marissa Zucchetto, 5-Kennedy Faulknor, 13-Nadège L’Espérance, 15-Lauren Raimondo, 17-Teni Akindoju, 19-Aaliyah Scott
Head Coach: Bev Priestman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 2
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Thelma Beltran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
4th Official: Francia Maria Gonzalez (MEX)

header photo courtesy of Haron Forteau
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- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 11, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
79 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                        2   3   5
CAN                        0   0   0

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley) 33rd minute
USA – Jordan Canniff (Civanna Kuhlmann) 45+1
USA – Civanna Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley) 54
USA – Sophia Smith 90+1
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alexa Spaanstra) 90+3

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner; 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 73), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 77), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann (3-Sophia Smith, 84)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 5-Sydney Zandi, 6-Emily Smith, 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN : 18-Lysianne Proulx; 2-Emma Regan, 3-Julia Grosso, 6-Samantha Chang, 16-Ashley Cathro; 8-Sarah Stratigakis, 10-Anyssa Ibrahim (12-Vital Kats, 75), 14-Caitlin Shaw (4-Nahida Baalbaki, 46), 7-Shana Flynn, 9-Jordyn Huitema, 20-Jayde Riviere (11-Camila Gomez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Marissa Zucchetto, 5-Kennedy Faulknor, 13-Nadège L’Espérance, 15-Lauren Raimondo, 17-Teni Akindoju, 19-Aaliyah Scott
Head Coach: Bev Priestman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 2
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Thelma Beltran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
4th Official: Francia Maria Gonzalez (MEX)

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PREVIEW: USA Continues U-17 Women's World Cup Against Defending Champion Korea DPR

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup – Group C
Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
12 P.M. ET; FS2, Universo
Nov. 17, 2018

U-17 WNT READY TO TAKE ON NORTH KOREA IN CRUCIAL GROUP C CLASH: The U.S. U-17 WNT will continue its 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup campaign against Korea DPR on Sat., Nov. 17. The host venue for the USA’s first two matches, Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici, is named after Alberto Suppici, who led Uruguay to victory in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup. The North Koreans won this tournament last time out, taking the title at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. The USA kicked off the tournament with an exciting 3-0 victory against Cameroon, while Korea DPR suffered a setback in its World Cup opener, falling 4-1 to Germany in Wednesday’s other Group C game. 

U-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP DIGITAL MEDIA GUIDE
For more on the U-17 WNT at the U-17 WWC, check out the digital media guide for complete info on players, stats, results from the full 2017-18 cycle, team history and everything else about the squad set to take on the world in Uruguay.

USA GROUP C SCHEDULE

DATE

MATCH

KICKOFF (ET)/RESULT

BROADCAST

VENUE

Nov. 14

USA vs. Cameroon

W 3-0

FS2, NBC Universo

Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Nov. 17

USA vs. Korea DPR

12:00 p.m.

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com

Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Nov. 21

USA vs. Germany

3:00 p.m.

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com

Estadio Charrua; Montevideo, Uruguay

WATCH THE FIFA U-17 WWC: All of the USA’s group stage matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2. Following pool play, all knockout round games will also be broadcast live on FS2. Matches are also available to be streamed on the Fox Sports App.

The USA’s matches will be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo platforms. The opener against Cameroon will be available on NBC Universo, while the other two group stage games are set to be streamed live on the Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com.

USA VS. KOREA DPR

  • Korea DPR is one of four teams that the USA has faced more than once at this competition.
  • The two nations faced off in the final of the inaugural tournament in 2008. The USA took an early lead, but Korea DPR equalized late and came out on top in overtime, 2-1.
  • The teams last met in the group stage of the 2012 tournament in Azerbaijan, drawing 1-1.
  • Korea DPR is the reigning U-17 WWC champion and historically the tournament’s most-successful team, winning in 2008 and 2016, finishing second in 2012 and fourth in 2010.
  • Asian teams have won four of five previous tournaments, and five of eight finalists all-time come from Asia.
  • The USA has gone 3-1-3 against Asian Football Confederation members this cycle and is 1-2-2 against Asian teams all-time at this competition.
  • Head coach Sung Gwon Song named players from three birth years: eight born in 2001, eight born in 2002 and five born in 2003.
  • Four players return from Korea DPR’s 2016 championship team: defenders Pak Hye Gyong and Ri Kum Hyang as well as midfielders An Kuk Hyang and Ko Kyong Hui
  • Defender Pak Hye Gong captained the Korea DPR squad in Jordan, playing every minute in the team’s six-game championship run.
  • Defender Ri Kum Hyang also played every minute of the tournament in Jordan
  • Ko Kyong Hui and Ri Kum Hyang both started and played the full match in the tournament final against Japan, which Korea DPR won 5-4 on penalties after the game finished scoreless. Ri netted the game-winning penalty to clinch the trophy.
  • All 21 players compete for clubs in North Korea, led by 12 from Naegohyang Women's Football Club, a club sponsored by the Naegohyang company, one of the biggest brands in the country.

GROUP C STANDINGS AND RESULTS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Germany

1

1

0

0

4

1

3

3

USA

1

1

0

0

3

0

3

3

Korea DPR

1

0

1

0

1

4

-3

0

Cameroon

1

0

1

0

0

3

-3

0

Date               Result                                   Venue
Nov. 14     USA 3, Cameroon 0            Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia, Uruguay
Nov. 14    Germany 4, Korea DPR 1     Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia, Uruguay

EVENTFUL START FOR THE USA: After a slow start for the USA, some late first-half fireworks opened up the World Cup opener against Cameroon on Nov. 14. In the aftermath of a clearance after a corner kick, a Cameroonian player fell to the field, but play continued as the Africans lobbied the referee for a foul. Mia Fishel took advantage of the confusion, receiving a pass from Natalia Staude and racing in on the goalkeeper one-on-one. While her first attempt ricocheted off the post, she hammered home the rebound to open the scoring. At the end of the first half, the Cameroon goalkeeper Christemilie Onomo cleated midfielder Maya Doms in the stomach when the two went up for a 50/50 ball at the top of the penalty area. Onomo was sent off, and forward Sunshine Fontes converted the penalty kick to double the advantage. An impressive showing by goalkeeper Angelina Anderson and the USA back line preserved the clean sheet down the stretch against a very physical Cameroonian side that was shown six cards over the course of the match. Fontes provided the exclamation point in the 81st minute with a long-range chip over the substitute ‘keeper, locking up a 3-0 victory for the U.S. The U-17 WNT is now 2-1-1 all-time in its opening matches at the World Cup.

DEFENDING CHAMPS DEALT EARLY BLOW: In a game that was far closer than the score line suggested (Korea DPR actually out-shot Germany 15-8), Germany displayed some clinical finishing in the 4-1 victory. Germany went into the half up 2-0 and while the Asian champion responded with the first goal after the break, Germany followed it up with two more to secure the result. With a loss against the USA, Korea DPR would almost certainly face elimination from the tournament. It has reached the quarterfinals in four of five previous competitions, only falling out in the group stage in 2014.

USA -- 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.; 15/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 5/0), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars; Swampscott, Mass.; 17/2), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 24/1), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 4/0), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 16/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 19/3), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 19/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 13/2), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy Soccer Club; Davis, Calif.; 27/11), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 27/6), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 17/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 20/2)
FORWARDS (7): Trinity Byars (Solar Soccer Club; Richardson, Texas; 3/0), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – Maryland; California, Md.; 26/9), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 15/9), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 30/24), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 23/8), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas; 19/2); Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 7/2)

Korea DPR – 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Ri Hyon Gyong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 18-Yu Son Gum (Sobaeksu), 1-Yun Pyol (Naegohyang Women's Football Club)
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Kwak Un Sim (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 20-Pak Hye Gyong (Ryomyong Sports Club), 4-Pong Song Ae (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 5-Ri Kum Hyang (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 3-Ri Sin Ok (Naegohyang Women's Football Club)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 16-An Kuk Hyang (Ryomyong Sports Club), 12-Choe Kum Ok (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 13-Ko Kyong Hui (Ryomyong Sports Club), 11-O Si Nah (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 9-Pang Un Sim (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 7-Ri Su Gyong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 6-Ri Su Jong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 8-Ryu Sol Song ((Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 15-Yun Ji Hwa (Sobaeksu)
FORWARDS (4): 17-Kim Kyong Yong (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 10-Kim Ryu Song (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 14-Kim Yun Ok (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 19-Pak Il Gyong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Korea DPR qualified for the World Cup as champion of the Asian Football Confederation, winning the 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship last September.
  • The tournament follows a format similar to Concacaf World Cup qualifying, with the two finalists and third-place game winner advancing to the World Cup.
  • Korea DPR rolled through its first two games of pool play, dominating Bangladesh 9-0 and downing Australia 7-0.
  • In the final group stage game, Korea DPR took an early lead on Japan, but fell 2-1 as Japan roared back with an equalizer in the 76th minute and a game-winner in the 86th.
  • With a World Cup berth hanging in the balance, Korea DPR took down China 1-0 in the semifinal on a penalty kick goal from midfielder Ri Su Gyong.
  • Korea DPR took home the tournament title with a 2-0 win over Korea Republic in the final.
  • Forward Kim Kyong Yong was named tournament MVP and was also the competition’s top goal-scorer with nine goals, including a five-goal outburst against Bangladesh.

GROUP A, B AND D STANDINGS AND RESULTS

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From Hawaii, Sunshine Fontes Has Traveled Many Miles, But She’s Just Getting Started 

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From Hawaii, Sunshine Fontes Has Traveled Many Miles, But She's Just Getting Started

Almost every trip that Sunshine Fontes takes as a part of the U-17 Women’s National Team involves a bit of extra effort. She hails from Wahiawa, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, and nearly every camp, domestic or international, requires additional travel to account for the extra five-hour flight from her hometown just to make it to mainland on the West Coast.

As with many previous camps, her trip to South America for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup took a full additional travel day. Fontes’ extra effort is evident in her flight itineraries, but the work she puts in once she steps off the plane back in Hawaii has made her an integral part of this U-17 WNT cycle.  She entered the World Cup as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 22 goals, and added two more in the USA’s opener against Cameroon.

“Sunshine has grown into a strong, incredible, assertive young woman who has started to take ownership of her development,” said U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr. “Sometimes, it can be a challenge for a player in Hawaii to face top competition from across the country. What I’ve seen from Sunshine in the last two years is a player who has taken it upon herself to control her development and create her environment when she’s away from camp.”

While the level of women’s soccer in Hawaii has continued to improve, only a few players from the Islands have made it to the U.S. Women’s National Teams, most notably Natasha Kai from Kahuku, who helped the senior WNT to the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing while scoring the winning goal in overtime in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory against Canada. Since then, more youth players from Hawaii have begun to earn call-ups. While players stateside have chances to play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and other elite youth leagues week-in and week-out, those high-level opportunities come far less often in Hawaii.

Fontes first put herself on U.S. Soccer’s radar almost 5,000 miles from Wahiawa, in Boca Raton, Fla. at an Olympic Development Inter-Regional tournament. A few months later, she was called to join the U-15 Girls’ National Team for its first camp of 2016 in the second year of the team’s cycle. She’s earned call-ups to every camp since.

“I try to push myself at home, no matter how much time there is between camps,” Fontes said. “They tell me what to work on when I go home, and they’ve seen that it’s paying off so they’ve just kept bringing me back.”

Fontes has continued to find ways to reach higher levels in her game while back in Hawaii. She used to train with older players, but when those teammates graduated, she began training with boys to help work on her pace and physicality. She also takes advantage of her club environment with the Hawaii Rush.

Fontes exemplifies what Carr calls “player-driven” development. Throughout the cycle, he is in frequent contact with the players to monitor their progress and saw them in camp nearly monthly, but to really progress, Carr emphasizes that players have to take control of their own development. He’s seen Fontes evolve from a player once too shy to look him in the eye to an ever-inquisitive student of the game.

“Now, she wants to have conversations about her growth,” Carr said. “She says ’This is something that I want, what’s the next best development environment for me? What’s the next level that’s going to help me stay in this system?’ For any young player that shows that ownership of their development, that’s gold for me. She’s driving her development process. Ultimately, that’s going to decide where she ends up.”

That work, both at home in the 50th state and across the Pacific in U.S. training camps, has helped Fontes become the U-17s’ most lethal goal scorer. Her 22 goals in 2018 are the second-most for a youth WNT player all-time and she’s put together six multiple-goal games this year. She became the first U.S. female player to score four goals in two international games in the same year when she tallied quadruples against Venezuela and Argentina in early 2018. Her 24 career U-17 goals stand as the most on the team by a wide margin, and her 30 career U-17 caps also lead the USA. Carr says the prolific goal scoring efforts come from remarkable creativity.

“She sees things that not all of us see,” Carr said. “What she sees on the field and the creativity that she displays, some of that stuff you can’t teach. She’s a unique talent. She’s definitely got lots of things to improve upon, but her style and skillset is awesome for what our program looks for and she continues to grow.”

Fontes’ first Concacaf tournament experience came just a few months after her National Team camp debut, at the Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship in August 2016. She scored five goals and notched four assists in seven games during that competition, but Carr told her that she didn’t come into that camp in good enough shape. She hasn’t let it happen again. Her work with the USA and in Wahiawa has positioned her to make an impact in Uruguay.

“I know what I want to do in the future,” Fontes said. “I know that you can never stand still and always have to work on improving. Mark told me my goal scoring has put me in the good place, and I came in more fit to each camp, and I think that’s kept me on the team. I’m just excited to be here and try to help our team in the World Cup.”

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