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U-17 WNT Blasts Bermuda 10-1, Books Semifinal Spot at 2018 Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 6, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Bermuda, 10-1, in its second Group B match to book a spot in the semifinals of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. Eight different players scored the USA’s ten goals with midfielder Maya Doms and forward Sunshine Fontes both contributing a pair of goals. Forward Reilyn Turner scored and picked up two assists on her debut for the U.S. U-17s.

The match marked a re-start to the World Cup qualifying tournament that was postponed at the end of April due to civil unrest in Nicaragua. The USA had to wait an unprecedented 46 days between group games and came out of the gates with speed and energy, almost scoring twice within the first minute.

With the win, the young Americans maintain their spot atop Group B. Although the USA is tied with Canada, which narrowly beat Costa Rica 2-1 earlier in the day, on six points apiece, the USA boasts a vastly superior goal differential. The U.S. and Canada are set to meet on Friday, June 8 to determine which nation will finish first in the group, while Bermuda and Costa Rica, who meet the same day, have been eliminated from possible advancement. The Americans need a win or a tie against their northern neighbors to claim the top spot in Group B.

The USA dominated the entire 90 minutes but were particularly impressive at the beginning of each half, tallying through Mia Fishel in just the sixth minute to open the scoring then getting a pair of goals, from Makenna Morris and Doms, in the opening three minutes of the second frame. Between those goals, Diana Ordoñez struck in the 25th minute for her first goal with the U.S. U-17 WNT, Doms grabbed the first of her brace in the 32nd and Turner and Samantha Kroeger added strikes in the 41st and 44th minutes, respectively. Bermuda momentarily tied the match in the 17th minute when Leilanni Nesbeth’s long-distance freekick snuck past USA goalkeeper Julia Dohle at the right post.

Already up 7-1 with five minutes gone in the second half, the USA was content to be more patient with the ball, passing around the field while working to create well-crafted goal-scoring opportunities. The play of Bermuda goalkeeper Zakhari Turner certainly kept the score down, as she made a number of fine saves to keep the U.S. from adding to its goal haul until late in the match. In the 84th minute Astrid Wheeler swept home her second career U-17 international goal before substitute forward Sunshine Fontes grabbed a late brace with strikes in the 86th and 91st minutes to cap off the emphatic win for the USA.

Up Next: The USA will face Canada on Friday, June 8 at 5 p.m. ET on go90.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt), Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt)

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

14

1

13

Canada

2

2

0

0

6

5

1

4

Costa Rica

2

0

2

0

0

1

6

-5

Bermuda

2

0

2

0

0

1

13

-12

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Mia Fishel (Michela Agresti), 6th minute: Mia Fishel ran down a long ball from Michela Agresti over the top of the Bermuda defense and rushed in alone on goal before rolling her shot into the lower right corner. USA 1, BER 0 [WATCH]

BER – Leilanni Nesbeth, 17th minute: Bermuda equalized with a long range freekick from 20 yards out that was taken by Leilanni Nesbeth. The shot skipped off the ground as it neared goal and skipped through the grasp of U.S. ‘keeper Julia Dohle, nestling just inside the right post. USA 1, BER 1

USA – Diana Ordoñez (Reilyn Turner), 25th minute: Ordoñez ran down an intercepted short goal kick that was headed toward the Bermuda box by Reilyn Turner. As she bore down on goal, Ordoñez held off a defender and slipped a shot beneath the onrushing goalkeeper to again give the USA the lead. USA 2, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Maya Doms (Natalia Staude), 32nd minute: Center back Natalia Staude sent a nice sharp pass along the ground from near midfield that bisected the Bermuda defense and picked out Doms all alone in front of goal. With plenty of time, Doms picked out the lower left corner. USA 3, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Reilyn Turner (Natalia Staude), 41st minute: Staude played another ball over the top for Turner to chase. Upon collecting the ball deep in the box, Turner cut toward goal and knifed a shot through the narrow gap between the Bermuda goalkeeper and the right post for her first goal in her first cap for the U.S. U-17 WNT. USA 4, BER 1

USA – Samantha Kroeger (Maya Doms), 44th minute: A well-worked U.S. attack up the right side resulted in a lofted ball into the box that Doms took down with a nice touch. However, her next touch got away from her and Kroger swooped in to pass the ball into the net from point blank range. USA 5, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Makenna Morris (Natalia Staude), 47th minute: Beginning in her own half, Morris carried the ball upfield and then between a pair of Bermuda defenders. As she neared the top left corner of the Bermuda box, she uncorked a world class blast into the upper left corner for her second career goal with the U.S. U-17s. USA 6, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Maya Doms (Smith Hunter), 48th minute: Another U.S. attack set Hunter free down the right side and she bent in a perfect cross from near the left corner flag to the back post that perfectly picked out Doms for an uncontested header. USA 7, BER 1

USA – Astrid Wheeler (Michela Agresti), 84th minute: After a short corner on the right, Sunshine Fontes’ cross was nodded down by Agresti for Astrid Wheeler. With Bermuda goalkeeper Zakhari Turner charging out, Wheeler employed a high, sweeping kick to volley the ball into the unguarded goal. USA 8, BER 1

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Smith Hunter), 86th minute: After a throw-in deep in Bermuda territory, Hunter whipped in a low cross that Fontes controlled expertly with an initial touch that popped the ball up in the air. With her second, she flicked it over a closing defender before finishing it with a powerful volley into the roof of the net. USA 9, BER 1

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Reilyn Turner), 90+1: With the Bermuda defense pushing up high, Turner got in behind and sent a low cross though the goal mouth to the left post that a crashing Fontes easily tapped in for her second of the game. USA 10, BER 1 FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by midfielder Mia Fishel, who notched her third career goal for the U-17 WNT.
  • The USA outshot Bermuda 30-1 and put 18 shots on goal to one for the islanders.
  • Natalia Staude recorded three assists while playing a solid defensive game at center back alongside Michela Agresti, who also tallied an assist.
  • Reilyn Turner, who was only added to the USA roster yesterday in place of the injured Payton Linnehan, not only started in her first game for the U-17 WNT, but scored a goal and recorded two assists on her debut with the team.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Kate Wiesner for Makenna Morris and Sunshine Fontes for Diana Ordoñez in the 64th minute as well as Croix Bethune for Maya Doms in the 78th.
  • This was the first U.S. WNT match versus Bermuda at any age level.
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U-17 WNT Jun 6, 2018

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Bermuda U-17 WNT
Date: June 6, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship; Group B
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 480
Weather: 80 degrees; sunny

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             5          5          10                   
BER                             1          0          1                     

USA – Mia Fishel (Michela Agresti)                    6th minute
BER – Leilanni Nesbeth                                     17
USA – Diana Ordoñez (Reilyn Turner)                25
USA – Maya Doms (Natalia Staude)                   32
USA – Reilyn Turner (Natalia Staude)                 41
USA – Samantha Kroeger (Maya Doms)             44
USA – Makenna Morris (Natalia Staude)             47
USA – Maya Doms (Smith Hunter)                     48
USA – Astrid Wheeler (Michela Agresti)             85
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Smith Hunter)              86
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Reilyn Turner)             90+1           

Lineups:
USA: 12-Julia Dohle; 14-Smith Hunter, 19-Michela Agresti, 15-Natalia Staude, 2-Makenna Morris (3-Kate Wiesner, 64); 11-Maya Doms (9-Croix Bethune, 78), 10-Mia Fishel (capt.), 6-Astrid Wheeler, 23-Reilyn Turner, 8-Diana Ordoñez (18-Sunshine Fontes, 64), 13-Samantha Kroeger,
Substitutes not used: 1-Angelina Anderson, 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 5-Kennedy Wesley, 17-Hannah Bebar, 20-Sophia Jones, 7-Samantha Meza
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

BER: 1-Zakhari Turner; 2-Koa Goodchild, 18-Jenna Rempel, 6-Danni Watson (19-Dazarre Place, 80), 4-Zekiah Lewis; 14-Emily Cabral, 5-Trinae Edwards; 9-Nia Christopher (17-Jya Ratteray Smith, 77), 15-Jadae Steede Hill (20-Druw Bascome, 73), 11-Adia Gibbons; 10-Leilanni Nesbeth
Substitutes not used:12-Gaiya Melakot, 16-Delia Ebbin, 3-Zemira Webb; 7-ShNyah Akinstall, 21-Che Chulae Dowling, 13-Tianna Mullan
Head Coach: Naquita Robinson

Stats Summary: USA / BER
Shots: 30 / 1
Shots on Goal: 18 / 1
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
BER – Zakhari Turner (caution)             54th minute
BER – Trinae Edwards (caution)            83
BERAdia Gibbons (caution)               88

Officials:
Referee: Ronide Henrius (HAI)
Assistant Referee 1: Dee-An Foster (CAY)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Snedden (CAN)
4th Official: Mirian León (NCA)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Maya Doms

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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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U-17 WNT Nov 16, 2018
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U-17 WNT Blasts Bermuda 10-1, Books Semifinal Spot at 2018 Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 6, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Bermuda, 10-1, in its second Group B match to book a spot in the semifinals of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. Eight different players scored the USA’s ten goals with midfielder Maya Doms and forward Sunshine Fontes both contributing a pair of goals. Forward Reilyn Turner scored and picked up two assists on her debut for the U.S. U-17s.

The match marked a re-start to the World Cup qualifying tournament that was postponed at the end of April due to civil unrest in Nicaragua. The USA had to wait an unprecedented 46 days between group games and came out of the gates with speed and energy, almost scoring twice within the first minute.

With the win, the young Americans maintain their spot atop Group B. Although the USA is tied with Canada, which narrowly beat Costa Rica 2-1 earlier in the day, on six points apiece, the USA boasts a vastly superior goal differential. The U.S. and Canada are set to meet on Friday, June 8 to determine which nation will finish first in the group, while Bermuda and Costa Rica, who meet the same day, have been eliminated from possible advancement. The Americans need a win or a tie against their northern neighbors to claim the top spot in Group B.

The USA dominated the entire 90 minutes but were particularly impressive at the beginning of each half, tallying through Mia Fishel in just the sixth minute to open the scoring then getting a pair of goals, from Makenna Morris and Doms, in the opening three minutes of the second frame. Between those goals, Diana Ordoñez struck in the 25th minute for her first goal with the U.S. U-17 WNT, Doms grabbed the first of her brace in the 32nd and Turner and Samantha Kroeger added strikes in the 41st and 44th minutes, respectively. Bermuda momentarily tied the match in the 17th minute when Leilanni Nesbeth’s long-distance freekick snuck past USA goalkeeper Julia Dohle at the right post.

Already up 7-1 with five minutes gone in the second half, the USA was content to be more patient with the ball, passing around the field while working to create well-crafted goal-scoring opportunities. The play of Bermuda goalkeeper Zakhari Turner certainly kept the score down, as she made a number of fine saves to keep the U.S. from adding to its goal haul until late in the match. In the 84th minute Astrid Wheeler swept home her second career U-17 international goal before substitute forward Sunshine Fontes grabbed a late brace with strikes in the 86th and 91st minutes to cap off the emphatic win for the USA.

Up Next: The USA will face Canada on Friday, June 8 at 5 p.m. ET on go90.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt), Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt)

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

14

1

13

Canada

2

2

0

0

6

5

1

4

Costa Rica

2

0

2

0

0

1

6

-5

Bermuda

2

0

2

0

0

1

13

-12

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Mia Fishel (Michela Agresti), 6th minute: Mia Fishel ran down a long ball from Michela Agresti over the top of the Bermuda defense and rushed in alone on goal before rolling her shot into the lower right corner. USA 1, BER 0 [WATCH]

BER – Leilanni Nesbeth, 17th minute: Bermuda equalized with a long range freekick from 20 yards out that was taken by Leilanni Nesbeth. The shot skipped off the ground as it neared goal and skipped through the grasp of U.S. ‘keeper Julia Dohle, nestling just inside the right post. USA 1, BER 1

USA – Diana Ordoñez (Reilyn Turner), 25th minute: Ordoñez ran down an intercepted short goal kick that was headed toward the Bermuda box by Reilyn Turner. As she bore down on goal, Ordoñez held off a defender and slipped a shot beneath the onrushing goalkeeper to again give the USA the lead. USA 2, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Maya Doms (Natalia Staude), 32nd minute: Center back Natalia Staude sent a nice sharp pass along the ground from near midfield that bisected the Bermuda defense and picked out Doms all alone in front of goal. With plenty of time, Doms picked out the lower left corner. USA 3, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Reilyn Turner (Natalia Staude), 41st minute: Staude played another ball over the top for Turner to chase. Upon collecting the ball deep in the box, Turner cut toward goal and knifed a shot through the narrow gap between the Bermuda goalkeeper and the right post for her first goal in her first cap for the U.S. U-17 WNT. USA 4, BER 1

USA – Samantha Kroeger (Maya Doms), 44th minute: A well-worked U.S. attack up the right side resulted in a lofted ball into the box that Doms took down with a nice touch. However, her next touch got away from her and Kroger swooped in to pass the ball into the net from point blank range. USA 5, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Makenna Morris (Natalia Staude), 47th minute: Beginning in her own half, Morris carried the ball upfield and then between a pair of Bermuda defenders. As she neared the top left corner of the Bermuda box, she uncorked a world class blast into the upper left corner for her second career goal with the U.S. U-17s. USA 6, BER 1 [WATCH]

USA – Maya Doms (Smith Hunter), 48th minute: Another U.S. attack set Hunter free down the right side and she bent in a perfect cross from near the left corner flag to the back post that perfectly picked out Doms for an uncontested header. USA 7, BER 1

USA – Astrid Wheeler (Michela Agresti), 84th minute: After a short corner on the right, Sunshine Fontes’ cross was nodded down by Agresti for Astrid Wheeler. With Bermuda goalkeeper Zakhari Turner charging out, Wheeler employed a high, sweeping kick to volley the ball into the unguarded goal. USA 8, BER 1

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Smith Hunter), 86th minute: After a throw-in deep in Bermuda territory, Hunter whipped in a low cross that Fontes controlled expertly with an initial touch that popped the ball up in the air. With her second, she flicked it over a closing defender before finishing it with a powerful volley into the roof of the net. USA 9, BER 1

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Reilyn Turner), 90+1: With the Bermuda defense pushing up high, Turner got in behind and sent a low cross though the goal mouth to the left post that a crashing Fontes easily tapped in for her second of the game. USA 10, BER 1 FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by midfielder Mia Fishel, who notched her third career goal for the U-17 WNT.
  • The USA outshot Bermuda 30-1 and put 18 shots on goal to one for the islanders.
  • Natalia Staude recorded three assists while playing a solid defensive game at center back alongside Michela Agresti, who also tallied an assist.
  • Reilyn Turner, who was only added to the USA roster yesterday in place of the injured Payton Linnehan, not only started in her first game for the U-17 WNT, but scored a goal and recorded two assists on her debut with the team.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Kate Wiesner for Makenna Morris and Sunshine Fontes for Diana Ordoñez in the 64th minute as well as Croix Bethune for Maya Doms in the 78th.
  • This was the first U.S. WNT match versus Bermuda at any age level.
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U-17 WNT Jun 6, 2018
US Soccer

U-17 WNT Resumes 2018 World Cup Qualifying on Home Turf vs. Bermuda

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Bermuda
2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship – Group B
IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
5 p.m. ET (go90.com)
June 6, 2018

U-17 WNT CONTINUES WORLD CUP QUEST VS. BERMUDA: After a convincing 4-0 win over Costa Rica on April 20 to kick off the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in Nicaragua – and the subsequent suspension of the tournament – the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will resume its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Wednesday, June 6 against Bermuda (5:00 p.m. ET; go90) at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

It will be the first-ever meeting between the USA and Bermuda in women’s soccer at any level. Three header goals – from Payton Linnehan, Kennedy Wesley and Sophia Jones – highlighted the USA’s opening victory. Bermuda had a bumpy start in its first-ever match at this competition as the Gombey Warriors fell 3-0 to Canada in their only match before the tournament was postponed.

Wednesday’s match will be broadcast live on go90. Follow the U-17 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship

Date                 Match                            Result/Kickoff (ET)      Broadcast        Venue
April 20            USA vs. Costa Rica       W 5-0                          go90                 National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
June 6              USA vs. Bermuda         5:00 p.m.                      go90                 IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
June 8              USA vs. Canada            5:00 p.m.                      go90                 IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.

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USA VS BERMUDA NOTES

  • The two countries have never met at the U-17 level and Wednesday’s match will mark the first meeting between the USA and Bermuda in women’s soccer at any level.
  • Bermuda is making its first-ever appearance at this tournament.
  • The USA is 8-0-0 all-time against Caribbean teams at this competition, scoring 70 goals while allowing just two

GROUP B STANDINGS AND RESULTS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

1

1

0

0

4

0

+4

3

Canada

1

1

0

0

3

0

+3

3

Bermuda

1

0

1

0

0

3

-3

0

Costa Rica

1

0

1

0

0

4

-4

0

Date                Match                                     Result              Venue
April 20           Bermuda vs. Canada              0-3                   National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua

April 20           USA vs. Costa Rica                  4-0                   National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua

ROARING START
The USA dominated Costa Rica in its first Group B match and registered a 4-0 victory to open World Cup qualifying. Early pressure from the young Americans resulted in a fourth-minute own goal to open the scoring. Payton Linnehan doubled the lead in the 15th minute with a beautifully-placed header off a cross from Samantha Meza. Linnehan continued to impress all night with some slippery moves on the dribble.

In the second half, two corner kicks turned into two more U.S. goals. U-17 veterans Kate Wiesner and Kennedy Wesley combined for the first in the 60th minute. Wiesner served a corner into the box and Wesley rose up to head it home for her first-ever U-17 goal in 29 caps. Sophia Jones provided an exclamation point in the 79th minute when she got her head on a Sunshine Fontes corner and looped it past the goalkeeper to give the USA its fourth and final goal. The red, white and blue didn’t allow a single shot from Costa Rica over the full 90 minutes. 

BERMUDA BATTLES CANADA
Making its first appearance at the tournament, Bermuda fell 3-0 to Canada in the first match of Friday’s doubleheader. The Canadians overmatched Bermuda with a barrage of attempts on goal, outshooting them 30 to three, but the islanders were likely pleased to have allowed just three goals.

TURNER REPLCES LINNEHAN DUE TO INJURY
Forward Payton Linneham has been ruled out of the U.S. Women’s Under-17 National Team roster for the remainder of the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship due to an ankle injury. U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr has added forward Reilyn Turner to the 20-player roster.

U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 9/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 10/2), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 17/1), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 10/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 12/1), Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 12/0), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 29/1)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC;Naperville, Ill.; 8/1), Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 19/7), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 17/6), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 19/2), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 10/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/1)

FORWARDS (6): Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 20/13), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 4/1), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas;13/2), Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 4/0), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.; 0/0) Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 30/3)*

Updated as of 6/5

Bermuda Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2):
 12-Gaiya Melakot (Berkeley), 1-Zakhari Turner (Montverde/USA)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Delia Ebbin (Darlington Academy/USA); 2-Koa Goodchild (Saltus), 4-Zekiah Lewis (St. Johnsbury/USA), 18-Jenna Rempel (Choate Hall/USA), 6-Danni Watson (Saltus); 3-Zemira Webb (Warwick Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 7-Sh'Nyah Atkinstall (Berkeley), 20-Druw Bascome (Cedarbridge), 14-Emily Cabral (TN Tatem Warwick), 5-Trinae Edwards (Cedarbridge), 8-Katelyn MederIos (BHS), 10-Leilanni Nesbeth (Bedes/ENG), 19-Dazarre Place (Berkeley), 17-Jya Ratteray Smith (Berkeley), 15-Jadae Steede Hill (Berkeley)
FORWARDS (4): 9-Nia Christopher (John Carroll/USA), 11-Adia Gibbons (Berkeley), 13-Tianna Mullan (IMG Academy/USA)

RUN-UP TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
It’s been a successful cycle for the U-17s, as they arrived at the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship with a 16-1-4 international record since the start of the cycle last April. Entering the tournament, the U-17s stood at 7-0-1 in 2018, scoring 32 goals while allowing just two.

In preparation for this year’s World Cup qualifying tournament, the USA has taken on 12 different countries, including fixtures against Concacaf rivals Canada, Haiti and Mexico. The team’s lone cycle defeat came in a barnburner 5-4 loss to China, while trophies have been won while playing against the likes of England and Italy at the Torneo Femminile delle Nazioni in Italy and Slovenia as well as at the Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires against a trio of South American squads. Most recently before qualifying began, the USA went undefeated in a three-game set against World Cup-bound Japan in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Players born on or after January 1, 2001 are eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Head coach Mark Carr’s 20-player roster includes 15 players born in 2001 and five born in 2002.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship, and the sixth edition of the tournament. Launched in 2008 to qualify teams for the newly established FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the regional championship sends three teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The top two teams from each group qualify for the semifinals, and the winners of those two matches, plus the third-place game winner, punch their World Cup tickets. Group A features first-time participant and host Nicaragua, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The USA was drawn into Group B, alongside first-time participant Bermuda, Canada and Costa Rica. 

GROUP A STANDINGS AND RESULTS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Mexico

2

2

0

0

15

0

+15

6

Haiti

2

2

0

0

6

1

+5

6

Puerto Rico

2

0

2

0

1

11

-10

0

Nicaragua

2

0

2

0

0

10

-10

0

Date                Match                                     Result              Venue
April 19           Puerto Rico vs. Haiti               1-4                   National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 19           Nicaragua vs. Mexico             0-8                   National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 21           Mexico vs. Puerto Rico           7-0                   National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 21           Nicaragua vs. Haiti                 0-2                   National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua

After three days of competition in Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua were mathematically eliminated from semifinal qualification in Group A and will not rejoin the tournament. Haiti and Mexico will battle for the group’s top spot.

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Forward Payton Linnehan Ruled Out of Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship

CHICAGO (June 5, 2018) – Forward Payton Linneham has been ruled out of the U.S. Women’s Under-17 National Team roster for the remainder of the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship due to an ankle injury. The USA resumes action on the temporarily suspended tournament on June 6 against Bermuda at the IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. (5:00 ET; go90.com).

U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr has added forward Reilyn Turner to the 20-player roster, which is seeking to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Uruguay in November.  

Linnehan scored the USA’s second goal en route to a 4-0 victory over Costa Rica as the tournament kicked off in Nicaragua before it was suspended. The goal was her seventh in 18 matches played this cycle with the Under-17 WNT. Linnehan claimed the Golden Boot at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship with eight goals scored during that tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Turner, who has yet to make an international appearance with the U-17 WNT, scored all four of her goals with the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team on April 28 in a 8-0 win over Slovenia at the 3rd U-17 Women’s Torneo delle Nazioni in Belje, Slovenia.

Six teams (down from the original eight after Nicaragua and Puerto Rico were eliminated) from North America, Central America and the Caribbean have gathered in Florida for the Concacaf Championship. They’ll battle it out for three spots at the World Cup as the two finalists and third-place game winner will punch their tickets to Uruguay.

Following the match against Bermuda, the USA will close out group play against Canada on June 8 (5 p.m. ET; go90.com).

U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 9/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 10/2), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 17/1), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 10/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 12/1), Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 12/0), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 29/1)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC;Naperville, Ill.; 8/1), Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 19/7), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 17/6), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 19/2), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 10/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/1)

FORWARDS (6): Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 20/13), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 4/1), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas;13/2), Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 4/0), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.; 0/0), Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 30/3)

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