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USA Defeats Mexico 2-1 to Claim 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship Title

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 13, 2016) – Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored a dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute as the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a 2-1 victory against 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 Kuhlmann’s heroics.

“It’s been an emotional two weeks and it’s been a hard-fought two weeks,” said U.S. head coach B.J. Snow. “The girls are ecstatic, and I’m proud of them for pushing through some adversity today. Five games in nine days in this heat against this type of competition is tough, and every game we had was very difficult. The girls learned from it and pushed themselves through some things they’ve never had to deal with before. It was a total team effort.”

Sanchez won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player and Laurel Ivory, who played every minute in goal for the USA, won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the competition. Ivory, who had little to do for most of the tournament, made a huge save near the end of the game to keep it knotted at 1-1.

Seven U.S. players made the Best XI Team for the tournament: Ivory, Naomi Girma, Kennedy Wesley, Brianna Pinto, Jaelin Howell, Sanchez and Kuhlmann

The USA had already booked its place in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan with a 5-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal on March 11, but the championship game triumph gives the USA its third U-17 CONCACAF title (2008, 2012, 2016). Mexico earned its berth to the Women’s World Cup via a 3-0 semifinal win against Haiti, while Canada booked CONCACAF’s final World Cup spot with a 4-2 win against Haiti in the third place match.

The USA had far more dangerous chances on the night, including a shot from Kuhlmann in the first half that smacked off the crossbar at the upper left corner, but Mexico goalkeeper Miriam Aguirre made numerous big-time saves to keep the game close.

Sophia Smith entered the game in the 79th minute and set up the winning goal with an excellent cross from the right wing that Kuhlmann met with a powerful slide to seal the victory, although Mexico’s Jacqueline Ovalle, who scored Mexico’s earlier equalizer, hit the outside of the left post in the dying seconds of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ashley Sanchez, 43rd minute: A ball was played over the top by the USA and bounced in the penalty area. Alessandra Ramirez headed it up in the air and Sanchez was first to the falling ball, deftly lifting it over the defender and goalkeeper into the open net for her fifth goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 ( SEE GOAL)

MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Maricarmen Reyes), 69th minute: Mexico put together a nice build up down the right side and served a cross into the middle where Maricarmen Reyes collected well at the top of the box. She then played a pass square to Ovalle, who took a touch into the penalty area on the left side and hit a perfect shot just inside the right post past diving U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory. USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith), 86th minute: With the USA pushing for the winner, substitute Sophia Smith fought off a defender on the right wing and whipped in a cross. Kuhlmann timed her run perfectly and knifed through the goal area to smash home a volley with her knee. It was her fourth goal of the tournament. USA 2, MEX 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 8th minute:
Ashley Sanchez beat two defenders around the left side and dribbled toward the near post. Aguirre held her position and batted the close range shot over the goal for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 17th minute: Aguirre came up big again on Sanchez, once again cutting down the angle on a one-on-one and threw her body in front of the shot to block the close range chance.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 57th minute: JaelinHowell hit a bending shot from the top of the box that was headed into the upper right corner before Aguirre leapt to push the ball out for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 65th minute: Civana Kuhlmann got behind the defense on the right side and fired low, but Aguirre turned it away with a kick save.

USA – Laurel Ivory, 80th minute: With the game in the balance, Mexico got off a shot from the right side of the penalty area that Ivory was able to get her gloves on with a dive to her right that helped the ball bounce just wide right of the post.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA won its World Cup Qualifying group for the fifth consecutive time and remains perfect in the Qualifying group stage with a 15-0-0 all-time record since the beginning of the competition in 2008.
  • Overall, the USA has 25-game unbeaten streak (23-0-2) in this tournament since it began in 2008, outscoring opponents 137-5.
  • The USA scored 18 goals in this year’s tournament and allowed two.
  • Six different players have scored the USA’s 18 goals: Frankei Tagliaferri (5), Ashley Sanchez (5), Civana Kuhlmann (4), Alexa Spaanstra (2), Jordan Canniff (1) and Sophia Smith (1).
  • Ashley Sanchez scored in four out of the five matches and was tied for the team lead with five goals along with Frankie Tagliaferri.
  • Laurel Ivory picked up three clean sheets during the competition.
  • Mexico started seven of the same players from the teams’ match in group play, while the USA started eight.
  • U.S. right back Kennedy Wesley was injured at the end of the first half and had to be replaced at halftime. The USA’s other two right back options (Sydney Zandi and Kiara Pickett) were already injured, so midfielder Alexa Spaanstra filled in at right back for the second half.
  • Sophia Smith led the USA with four assists during the tournament.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
MEX                            0          1          1 

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
MEX                            0          1          1 

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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Tournament Notes: U-17 WNT Primed for Challenge at 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team
2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup
Uruguay
Nov. 13 – Dec. 1

U-17 READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay on Wed., Nov. 14 against Cameroon (12:00 p.m. ET; FS2, NBC Universo). The World Cup marks the culmination of a two-year journey, during which the USA has compiled a 23-2-6 international record. Group C play continues on Sat., Nov. 17 when the U.S. takes on reigning U-17 WWC champ Korea DPR (12:00 p.m. ET; FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com and wraps up on Wed., Nov. 21 vs. European runner-up Germany (3:00 p.m. ET; FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com).

The USA’s first two games will be played in Colonia del Sacramento at Estadio Alberto Suppici, while the final game is slated for Estadio Charrua in the capital of Montevideo. All of the tournament’s matches are set to be played in three small venues across Uruguay, in southeastern South America. Follow the U-17 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

GROUP C SCHEDULE – USA

DATE

MATCH

KICKOFF (ET)

BROADCAST

VENUE

Nov. 14

USA vs. Cameroon

12:00 p.m.

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 three 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.

HOW WE GOT HERE: The USA punched its World Cup ticket after a wild ride at the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. It opened the tournament in Managua, Nicaragua with a strong 4-0 win over Bermuda on April 20, but as the U-17s prepared for their second group stage game, Concacaf announced that the tournament would be suspended indefinitely due to civil unrest in the host country.

The competition wouldn’t resume until 46 days later in Bradenton, Fla, and the USA picked up where it left off with a 10-0 win over Bermuda and a battle of a 1-0 victory over Canada in the final group stage game.

With a World Cup berth in the balance in the semifinal, the USA faced its first deficit of the tournament when Haiti struck first. The U.S. responded with three unanswered goals from Sunshine Fontes and Mia Fishel to boost the team to a 3-2 victory. Facing Mexico in the final, the teams traded blows before Fontes equalized just after the break and Maya Doms netted the game-winner off of a set-piece in the 76th minute.

RUN-UP TO URUGUAY: The USA brings a wealth of international experience into the World Cup, putting together a 23-2-6 record against 16 different national teams. Prior to the Concacaf Championship, the USA took home tournament titles at the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni in Italy and Slovenia and the 2018 Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires in Argentina, as well as a runner-up finish at the 2017 U-16 CFA international Women’s Youth Football Tournament. Since World Cup qualifying, the USA has played five international games against Korea Republic, Colombia, Mexico and England.

REPRESENTING THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE: Head coach Mark Carr has named a deeply-talented roster for the U-17 WWC. Sixteen participated in last year’s inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. Twelve members of the roster are currently high school seniors, eight are juniors and one is a sophomore.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 are eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Carr selected players from three birth years: 15 born in 2001, five born in 2002 and one born in 2003. The lone player born in 2003, forward Trinity Byars, is age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Fifteen helped the USA earn its World Cup berth and take home the regional title at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. Jordan Canniff is the roster’s lone World Cup veteran. The forward represented the USA at the 2016 tournament in Jordan and completed an impressive comeback from injury to make a late push for a spot on the roster for Uruguay.

SUNSHINE SCORES: Forward Sunshine Fontes enters the tournament as the all-time leading scorer in U.S. U-17 WNT history with 22 career goals. The first player from Hawaii to make a youth World Cup roster, Fontes has been on a tear in 2018, tallying 20 goals in 17 matches. Her run features five multiple-goal games including four-goal frenzies against Venezuela and Argentina to start the year. 

FOUR YEAR JOURNEY: The core of this roster has been together for four years: the current 2017-18 Under-17 cycle, as well as the 2015-16 Under-15 Girls’ National Team cycle. This age group formed the nucleus of the first-ever U.S. team to compete at the Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship in 2016. Under current U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr, the U-15s put together an incredible run to the tournament title, not allowing a single goal in their seven games and scoring 49. Midfielder Mia Fishel took home the Golden Ball as the competition’s best player, while forward Payton Linnehan won the Golden Boot as its leading goal scorer. Talia DellaPeruta, Sunshine Fontes, Makenna Morris, Samantha Meza, Lindsey Romig and Natalia Staude also played key roles in helping the USA to its first confederation title at the U-15 level.

SIXTEEN TEAMS, ONE CHAMPION: This year marks the sixth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The biennial competition began in 2008 following the success of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which began in 2002 as FIFA’s first world championship for youth women’s players. Sixteen teams have qualified for the U-17 WWC through continental competitions and have been drawn into four groups. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. From there, it’s a knockout round bracket to the tournament final.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Finland

Brazil

Cameroon

Canada

Ghana

Japan

Germany

Colombia

New Zealand

Mexico

Korea DPR

Korea Republic

Uruguay

South Africa

USA

Spain

U-17 WWC HISTORY: The USA has qualified for four of six FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups. In the inaugural tournament, the U.S. narrowly made it out of a competitive group before a run to the final with a team starring current WNT mainstays Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn and Samantha Mewis. Despite taking an early lead in the championship game and holding it until late in regulation, the U.S. fell in overtime to Korea DPR.

In 2012, the USA did not lose a match in group play but was eliminated from another difficult group on the goal-differential tiebreaker. The two advancing teams, Korea DPR and France, went on to meet in the tournament final. The 2016 edition saw the USA sent home in the final group stage match after a comeback effort from Japan, who finished as tournament runner-up. The U.S. didn’t qualify for the World Cup in 2010 and 2014, despite outscoring opponents 62-1 during the World Cup qualifying campaigns for those tournaments. Overall, the USA has outscored its qualifying opponents 168-9.

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.; 14/0), 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.; 16/2), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 24/1), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 4/0), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 15/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 18/3), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 18/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 
Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 12/2), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy Soccer Club; Davis, Calif.; 26/11), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 26/5), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 16/1), 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.; 25/9), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 14/9), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 29/22), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 22/8), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas; 19/2); Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 6/2)

ROSTER NOTES

  • This will be the first World Cup as U.S. head coach for Carr, who took over the program in April 2016. He has coached this age group of players for almost four years, overseeing the Under-15 Girls’ National Team cycle from 2014-15 before taking the reins of the U-17 WNT.
  • Under his direction, the U-15 GNT took home the Concacaf title in 2016, its first participation in the tournament.
  • Eight players on the World Cup roster helped the USA win the 2016 U-15 Girls’ Concacaf Championship: Talia DellaPeruta, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris, Lindsey Romig and Natalia Staude.
  • Of the 21 players on the roster, 12 are currently high school seniors, eight are in the middle of junior year and one, Trinity Byars, is a sophomore.
  • Born in 2003, Byars is the lone player age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 
  • Midfielder Sophia Jones took home U.S. Soccer Development Academy West Conference Player of the Year honors at the U-16/17 level last season.
  • Jones, alongside goalkeeper Julia Dohle and defenders Smith Hunter and Natalia Staude earned Academy Conference Best XI honors at the U-16/17 level last season.
  • Forwards Trinity Byars and Samantha Meza, as well as midfielder Mia Fishel, earned Academy Conference Best XI honors playing up an age group at the U-18/19 level last season.
  • Every player on the roster has been capped at the U-17 level, led by Fontes (29), Doms (26), Fishel (26) and Canniff (25).
  • Behind Fontes’ 22 international goals, Doms has netted 11 times for the U-17s, while Canniff and forward Isabella D’Aquila have both added nine goals. Fourteen of the roster’s 18 field players have scored for the USA at this level.
  • Fifteen players helped the team earn its World Cup berth and win the confederation title at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship: Michela Agresti, Angelina Anderson, Hannah Bebar, Talia DellaPeruta, Julia Dohle, Maya Doms, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Smith Hunter, Sophia Jones, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris, Natalia Staude and Astrid Wheeler. Forward Isabella D’Aquila was named to the initial qualifying roster but was replaced before the tournament began due to injury.
  • Anderson won the Golden Glove at World Cup qualifying as the competition’s best ‘keeper and Fontes tied for the Golden Boot with five goals while they were also named to the tournament Best XI alongside Jones and Meza.
  • The 21 players on the roster come from 10 different states. Six hail from California, three each come from Georgia and Texas, while two each come from Massachusetts and Maryland. The roster also features players from Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Virginia and Washington.
  • Seventeen youth clubs are represented on the roster. Four clubs have two players that will represent the USA in Uruguay: FC Stars (Lancaster, Mass.), Tophat (Atlanta, Ga.), So Cal Blues (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Solar Soccer Club (Dallas, Texas).
  • Nineteen players are committed to play at 13 different colleges. Penn State (three), UCLA (three), Harvard (two) and Stanford (two) are the only schools with multiple commits on the roster.
  • The USA lost three of its most experienced players to ACL injuries in the run up to this tournament, all veterans of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. will be without team leaders and defenders Kate Wiesner (34 caps) and Kennedy Wesley (32 caps), as well as forward Lia Godfrey (12 caps). The USA also lost Croix Bethune, who had been a regular call-up during the cycle, to an ACL injury during World Cup qualifying.

USA VS. CAMEROON

  • The USA’s World Cup opener will mark the first meeting between the USA and Cameroon in women’s soccer at any level.
  • Cameroon is making its second appearance at the U-17 WWC. At its first appearance in 2016, the African nation finished last in Group B, dropping three tight matches.
  • The USA is 1-1-0 all-time against African teams at the U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • The Cameroon roster features players from three birth years: seven born in 2001, 12 born in 2002 and two born in 2003.
  • Four players return from the 2016 U-17 WWC: forwards Natacha Elam, Viviane Mefire, Michelle Moumazim and Moussa Zouwairatou. Moumazim and Zouwairatou were listed as defenders in Jordan, but have now switched to forward.
  • All 21 players compete domestically in Cameroon for 12 different clubs, led by five players each from Eclair FC de Sa’a and Amazone Fap de Yaounde.
  • The 21 players come from clubs in seven cities across Cameroon, with the most hailing from Yaounde, the country’s capital and second-largest city.
  • Head coach Stephane Ndzana will coach his first World Cup with Les Lionnes, taking over after the 2016 U-17 WWC.

Cameroon – 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Pharelle Karis (Eclair FC de Saa), 15-Armelle Maffo (Eclair FC de Saa), 1-Olga Ngo Esse (Lourves Minproff de Yaounde)
DEFENDERS (7): 13-Jennifer Aboudi (Eclair FC de Saa), 18-Vanessa Kale (African Women’s Association Yaounde), 7-Alice Kameni (AS Green City Filles de Yaounde), 9-Elise Ndome (Caiman de Douala), 12-Julie Nke (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 3-Diane Sindjie (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 8-Brenda Tabe (Lekie Football Filles), 
MIDFIELDERS (4): 10-Fadimatou Aretouyap (Oumi Filles de Koutaba), 2-Florence Fanta (ASFF du Diamaré de Maroua), 15-Armelle Maffo (Eclair FC de Saa), 14-Henriette Monkam (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 
FORWARDS (7): 5-Natacha Elam (Eclair FC de Saa), 6-Viviane Mefire (Canon de Yaounde), 11-Marie Ngah (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 19-Thienny Nkoumou (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 20-Michelle Moumazim (Panthère Security Filles de Garoua) 4-Claudia Voulania (ASFF du Diamaré de Maroua), 17-Moussa Zouwairatou (Vent du Nord de Garoua)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Cameroon qualified for the World Cup as one of the three teams from the 2018 African U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.
  • Entering in the 12-team first round, Cameroon breezed by Algeria, winning 4-0 on the road and 7-0 at home
  • Facing perennial women’s soccer power Nigeria in the second round with a World Cup berth on the line, Cameroon drew 2-2 in the opening leg on the road.
  • The nations drew 1-1 in Cameroon two weeks later, and Cameroon punched its World Cup ticket on the away goals tiebreaker.
  • Defender Alice Kameni and forward Marie Ngah led the team in goals during qualifying with five each. They scored in both rounds, and combined for the two crucial away goals on the road against Nigeria.
  • It marked the first time Nigeria failed to qualify for the WWC at any age level.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 are eligible for this tournament.
  • Single yellow cards will be absolved after the quarterfinal round.
  • Two cautions received during two different matches will result in suspension for the following match.
  • If a player is sent off as a result of a direct or indirect red card, she will be suspended for the following match.
  • Should teams be tied on points at the end of the group stage, the tie-breakers are as follows:
    a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches
    b) goal difference in all matches
    c) greatest number of goals scored
  • If two or more teams are still tied on the basis of the first three criteria, the ranking will be determined as follows:
    d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
    e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
    f) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
    g) FIFA Fair Play points
    h) drawing of lots
  • At the end of the tournament, FIFA will present several awards. The Golden, Silver and Bronze Boot will be awarded to the three players with the highest numbers of goals scored, with number of assists serving as a tiebreaker.
  • The Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball will be awarded to the best players of the tournament. The FIFA Technical Study Group will select a short list after the semifinals.
  • The Golden Glove will be awarded to the top goalkeeper in the tournament, as selected by the FIFA Technical Study Group.
  • The tournament’s official slogan is “Same game, same emotion,” representing that football of any level or gender unites through unforgettable moments and will inspire future generations.
  • The official emblem represents Uruguay, as it features the sun with a human face and four blue lines to depict the nation’s flag, a distinct red Uruguayan Ceiba tree and a drummer playing the repinique drum, used in traditional Uruguayan Candombe music.
  • Capi, an anthropomorphic capybara, serves as the official tournament mascot. She’s a 17-year-old soccer player who captains her team with a warm smile on her face. “Capi” is short for both “capybara” and “capitan.” Capybaras are the world’s largest rodent, and can be found in most of South America.

BY THE NUMBERS

3          Birth years represented on the USA roster: 2001, 2002 and 2003.
3          Games that the USA has lost in regulation at this tournament
4          Appearances at the U-17 WWC all-time for the USA
6          Players hail from California, the most of the 10 states represented on the roster
6          Players called by then-head coach Mark Carr to the first camp of the 2015-16 U-15 Girls’ National Team cycle, the start of a four-year journey to this World Cup: Jordan Canniff, Isabella D’Aquila, Julia Dohle, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris and Natalia Staude
8          Countries that the USA has taken on at the U-17 WWC. The U.S. has played France, Japan, Korea DPR and Paraguay twice each.
8          Players helped the U.S. take home the 2016 Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship in the USA’s first-ever participation in the event
10        Players appeared in the first camp of the U-17 WNT cycle, the Torneo delle Nazioni in Italy and Slovenia in April 2017: Jordan Canniff, Talia DellaPeruta, Maya Doms, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris, Lindsey Romig and Astrid Wheeler
12        Games played at the U-17 WWC all-time by the U.S.
15        Players return from the USA roster that took home the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship
15        Shutouts put together by the U-17 WNT during the 2017-18 cycle
16        National Teams that the U-17s have faced this cycle: Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Slovenia, Uruguay and Venezuela
17        Youth soccer clubs represented on the roster.  Four clubs have two players that will represent the USA in Uruguay: FC Stars (Lancaster, Mass.), Tophat (Atlanta, Ga.), So Cal Blues (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Solar Soccer Club (Dallas, Texas).
19        Players are already committed to top colleges across the country, led by three each bound for Penn State and UCLA
22        Career goals for Sunshine Fontes at this level, the most in U-17 WNT program history
26        Players have scored for the U-17 WNT during the 2017-18 cycle
29        Goals scored by the USA all-time at this tournament
29        Caps for Sunshine Fontes, the most on the roster
51        Players have appeared for the U-17 WNT during the 2017-18 cycle
1121    Played by defender Natalia Staude this year, the most on the team

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HEAD COACH MARK CARR: Carr was named head coach for the U.S. U-17 WNT in April 2017. In the full-time position, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the U-17 WNT program as he prepares the team for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

  • During the current 2017-18 U-17 WNT cycle, Carr has led the team to a 23-2-6 international record. In June, he guided the USA to the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship.
  • Carr joined U.S. Soccer in November 2014 as a Development Coach and lead the U-15 Girls’ National Team for two-and-a-half years. Carr coached several of current U-17 WNT players at the U-15 level.
  • Carr lead that U-15 Girls’ National Team to its first-ever Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship in the USA’s first time participating in the event. The team compiled a 49-0 goal differential and shut out all seven of its opponents.
  • Carr came to the Federation after three years as the Girls’ Premier League Director and Technical Director for Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas. He also was active in WNT programs as a scout, running U.S. Soccer National Training Centers and assisting with U-14 GNT camps
  • From 2003-2011, Carr worked in the college game, first as an assistant at UCLA to current WNT head coach Jill Ellis from 2003 to 2006, then as head women’s coach at the University of San Francisco from 2007-2011
  • Carr’s players at USF earned 16 All-WWC selections. While at UCLA, the Bruins posted an 81-15-5 record, won four conference titles and advanced to four Final Fours.
  • A native of England, Carr graduated from Bournemouth University in 2001 with a B.A. in International Marketing. A decorated amateur player, Carr competed on the England School's Representative Team (1996) and played for the Charlton Athletic Youth Team (1995-97).
  • Carr has a USSF National “A” License, a USSF National “Goalkeeping” License, an NSCAA Premiere Certification and an English FA Coaching Certificate.
  • He resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Caroline and two children, Ella Cate (6) and Oliver Scott (3).

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The core of this year’s U-17 WWC represented the USA during its first-ever participation at the Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship in 2016. After winning that event and the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship, the players will look to end the cycle on a high note at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. Read more
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Next Woman Up: U.S. U-17 WNT Rallies After Injuries

The winter of 2017 brought the first bad news. Forwards Lia Godfrey and Jordan Canniff, two FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup veterans, had both gone down with torn ACLs. Both were poised to be key figures in the new cycle, yet both could expect six to 12 months of recovery from the injury. They would certainly miss out on World Cup qualifying in April, and November’s World Cup also stood Read more
U-17 WNT Nov 12, 2018

Mark Carr Names U.S. Roster for 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2018) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Mark Carr has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Uruguay from Nov. 13 – Dec. 1. The USA kicks off a challenging Group C on Wed., Nov. 14 against Cameroon (1 p.m. ET), faces Korea DPR on Sat., Nov. 17 (1 p.m. ET) and wra Read more
U-17 WNT Oct 22, 2018
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After almost two years of build-up, 17 training camps and 31 international matches, the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup has finally arrived. All three of the USA’s group stage matches will be broadcast on FS2 and the Telemundo Deportes app. Fans can follow all of the action from Uruguay on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussocc Read more
U-17 WNT Nov 6, 2018
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U-17 WNT Ends 2018 U.S. Soccer U-17 Women's Invitational with 2-1 Loss to England

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team fell to England, 2-1, in its final match of the 2018 U.S. Soccer U-17 Women’s Invitational as forward Megan Bornkamp scored her first international goal. The victory gave England the tournament title with the USA finishing second, Colombia was third and Mexico was fourth. The USA opened the scoring in Read more
U-17 WNT Oct 15, 2018
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USA Opens 2018 U-17 Women's Invitational with 4-1 Win vs. Colombia

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Colombia, 4-1, to open the 2018 U.S. Soccer U-17 Women’s Invitational as forward Payton Linnehan, midfielder Mia Fishel and forward Sunshine Fontes tallied for the USA. The Americans also benefited from a Colombia own goal. In the other match in the four-team round-robin tournament, England do Read more
U-17 WNT Oct 10, 2018
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USA Welcomes England, Mexico and Colombia for 2018 U-17 Women’s Invitational

CHICAGO (Oct. 3, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will gather in Florida for a final tournament before the roster is selected for the 2017 FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place in Uruguay from Nov. 13-Dec. 1. The USA will host the 2018 U.S. Soccer U-17 Women’s Invitational at the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., welcoming the U-17 Women’s N Read more
U-17 WNT Oct 3, 2018
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