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USA Cements Position Atop Group B With 1-0 Win vs. Mexico in World Cup Qualifying

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 6, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team notched an important 1-0 victory against Mexico thanks to Ashley Sanchez’s 73rd minute goal in Group B play at the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. 

The USA now sits alone atop Group B with six points, while Mexico slips to second in a tie with Costa Rica on three points after the Central Americans scored a last-gasp 3-2 win against Jamaica in the day’s early game. The U.S. next plays Costa Rica on Tuesday and will advance to the tournament semifinals as the winner of Group B with a win or draw.

In Group A, Haiti and Canada, who face each other next, are tied with six points each at the top of the table, with Haiti gaining the edge due to a superior goal differential.   

The USA was the superior team throughout the match, carving out numerous goal scoring chances, but received a crucial defensive play from captain Kiara Pickett, who cleared a Mexico header off the goal line to keep the score knotted at zero toward the end of the first half. Pickett then supplied the killer assist on Sanchez’s game-winning goal in the second half.

The U.S. finishes group play on Tuesday, March 8 against Costa Rica (12 p.m. ET) with the match broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Sports Go.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett), 73rd minute: The game winning play began at the back for the USA, with Naomi Girma swinging the ball out wide to Kiara Pickett on the left wing. Pickett sent a one-time pass over the Mexico back line that Ashley Sanchez ran on to and lifted over the onrushing Mexico goalkeeper into the center of the vacated goal. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Kiara Pickett, 39th minute: On a corner kick, Mexico’s Kimberly Rodriguez was able to get an clear header on goal, but Pickett was stationed on the USA’s right post and blocked the shot before clearing the ball from danger and preventing the U.S. from falling behind just before the half.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. will wrap up World Cup Qualifying group play against Costa Rica on March 8 (12 p.m. ET; FOX Soccer Plus) at Grenada National Stadium in St. Georges, Grenada. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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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 6, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue: Grenada National Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Weather: 84 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett)                      73rd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 9-Kiara Pickett (capt.); 18-Jaelin Howell, 8-Briana Pinto, 3-Sophia Smith (7-Alexa Spaanstra, 66), 10-Ashley Sanchez, 13-Rachel Jones (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 45); 14-Civana Kuhlmann (19-Kate Wiesner, 72)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 11-Izzy Rodriguez, 12-Hillary Beall, 17-Jordan Canniff
Not available: 5-Sydney Zandi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 1-Kelsey Brann; 2-Ashley Soto, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 14-Reyna Reyes; 17-Luisa Delgado (19-Gabriela Juarez, 69), 20-Maricarmen Reyes, 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 18-Veronica Avalos (7-Dayana Cazares, 58); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez (11-Jacqueline Ovalle, 85)
Subs Not Used: 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 12 / 6
Shots on Goal: 5 / 0
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 15 / 13
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Reyna Reyes (caution)                       18th minute

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morrisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Shannon Gibson (BRB)
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 6, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue: Grenada National Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Weather: 84 degrees; mostly sunny 

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett)                      73rd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 9-Kiara Pickett (capt.); 18-Jaelin Howell, 8-Briana Pinto, 3-Sophia Smith (7-Alexa Spaanstra, 66), 10-Ashley Sanchez, 13-Rachel Jones (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 45); 14-Civana Kuhlmann (19-Kate Wiesner, 72)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 11-Izzy Rodriguez, 12-Hillary Beall, 17-Jordan Canniff
Not available: 5-Sydney Zandi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 1-Kelsey Brann; 2-Ashley Soto, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 14-Reyna Reyes; 17-Luisa Delgado (19-Gabriela Juarez, 69), 20-Maricarmen Reyes, 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 18-Veronica Avalos (7-Dayana Cazares, 58); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez (11-Jacqueline Ovalle, 85)
Subs Not Used: 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 12 / 6
Shots on Goal: 5 / 0
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 15 / 13
Offside: 0 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Reyna Reyes (caution)                      18th minute

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morrisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Shannon Gibson (BRB)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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USA Wins 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with 3-2 Comeback Victory vs. Mexico

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with a 3-2 comeback victory against Mexico.

Midfielder Hannah Bebar and forward Sunshine Fontes both equalized for the USA with well-taken goals before midfielder Maya Doms hit the game-winner with a rising shot from the top of the penalty box midway through the second half. Mexico had twice led, first through a penalty kick conversion in the 32nd minute and again on the stroke of halftime when Nayeli Díaz capitalized on a misplayed back-pass that was intended for goalkeeper Angelina Anderson.

Anderson, who earned two shutouts over the course of the competition, made three saves on the night and did well coming off her line to pluck crosses out of the air en route to being named the Golden Glove winner as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. The USA was also recognized with the tournament’s Fair Play award, while Fontes, with five goals, tied for the tournament’s top scorer with Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner Melchie Dumonay of Haiti.

With the victory, the USA claimed its fourth regional title, after also winning in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Canada claimed Concacaf’s third and final World Cup berth with a 2-1 victory against Haiti in the Third-Place Match earlier in the day.

That Third-Place result solidified the Concacaf seeding for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay and thus the placement of the Concacaf teams in their World Cup groups.

When the Final Draw was held on May 30, the Concacaf qualifying tournament was not yet complete, so the three eventual qualifiers from this region were drawn as Concacaf 1, Concacaf 2 and Concacaf 3.

The final seedings were determined by the number of points obtained by the three qualified teams over the past five FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups, weighted by percentage with descending importance from most recent tournament back to the first U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, plus points earned for winning this current qualifying tournament.

Due to that formula, the USA is Concacaf 3 and will play in Group C along with Cameroon, Korea DPR and Germany.

The USA will begin its U-17 Women’s World Cup on Nov. 14 against Cameroon and then will face 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR on Nov. 17 before finishing group play against Germany on Nov. 21.

The USA’s first two games will be played at Estadio Alberto Suppici in Colonia del Sacramento and the Germany match will take place at Estadio Charrúa in the capital of Montevideo. All three venues for the tournament, which also include Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel in Maldonado, are on the southwest coast of Uruguay.

Mexico is Concacaf 1 and will play in Group B with South Africa, Brazil and Japan. Canada is Concacaf 2 and will play in Group D with Korea Republic, Spain and Colombia.

Up Next: The U.S. U-17 WNT will gather for a number of training camps in preparation for the World Cup in November.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
MEX – Dania Pérez (Penalty Kick), 32nd minute: U.S. center back Kennedy Wesley was adjudged to have fouled inside the penalty box as she challenged a Mexico attacker as the two raced to catch up to a through-ball into before it reached the end line. Pérez stepped up to dispatch the resulting PK, shooting to the lower right corner. USA 0, MEX 1

USA – Hannah Bebar (Kennedy Wesley), 34th minute: The USA equalizer came shortly thereafter via a corner kick from Kate Wiesner that was played in low toward the near right post where Wesley got a touch to the ball, sending it across the face of goal. Stationed just in front the Mexico goalkeeper Jaidy Gutiérrez, Bebar helped the ball on its way with a crafty redirection into the left corner. USA 1 MEX 1 [WATCH]

MEX – Nayeli Díaz, 45th minute: Mexico retook the lead after a mix-up in the U.S. defense that saw a back-pass bound for U.S. GK Angelina Anderson roll far too short. Diaz pounced on the loose ball, rounded Anderson who had come out the penalty area to try to tackle with her feet, and deposited her shot into the vacated net. USA 1, MEX 2

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Kate Wiesner), 46th minute: A surging run past multiple defenders saw Wiesner drive the ball from the center of midfield into the heart of the Mexico final third before dishing to Fontes on her left with a perfectly weighted pass. Fontes was able to take her shot in stride, sending the ball across goal from 12 yards out into lower right corner to tie the game again. USA 2, MEX 2 [WATCH]

USA – Maya Doms (Natalia Staude), 76th minute: Another corner kick led to the U.S. winner. As the ball was played into the mixer from the right corner by Wiesner, it came to the feet of Natalia Staude, who smartly picked her head up to find Doms waiting at the top of the penalty box. Staude teed up the winning shot with a quality pass into the stride of Doms, who hit it first time into the roof of the net from 18 yards and then sprinted to the sidelines to celebrate with her entire team and staff. USA 3, MEX 2 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by defender Kennedy Wesley, the first time a player has captained the U.S. more than once this tournament. Angelina Anderson was captain vs. Costa Rica, Mia Fishel vs. Bermuda and Kate Wiesner vs. Canada. 
  • Sunshine Fontes scored her fifth goal of the tournament. She previously scored two in the USA’s 10-1 win vs. Bermuda as well as in the semifinal against Haiti. Her five goals tied her for the tournament’s leading goal scorer with Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay.
  • Goalkeeper Angelina Anderson, who recorded shutouts vs. Costa Rica and Canada in group play, was recognized with the tournament’s Golden Glove award.
  • The USA won the tournament’s Fair Play award as the team with fewest fouls and best disciplinary record.
  • Carr used all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Talia DellaPeruta for the injured Samantha Meza in the 10th minute, but then replacing her in the 75th with Reilyn Turner. Match-winner Maya Doms came on for Mia Fishel in the 59th.
  • Carr made what turned out to be a winning half-time adjustment, moving Kate Wiesner up to left wing from defense, allowing her to run at the Mexico defense. Makenna Morris switched over from right back to left back to cover for Wiesner and DellaPeruta dropped to right back.
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PREVIEW: U-17 WNT Seeks Fourth Regional Title in 2018 Concacaf Women's U-17 Championship vs. Mexico

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship – FINAL
IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
4:30 p.m. ET (go90.com, Univision Deportes Network)
June 12, 2018

AND SO WE MEET AGAIN: The USA and Mexico face off in the Final of the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship for the second straight time, with the USA edging their neighbors to claim the 2016 title in Grenada. Tuesday’s match will be the teams’ sixth meeting since this competition began in 2008, with just about every match being closely contested – including some dramatic finishes. Here are the previous five matches:

USA defender Crystal Dunn scored her first-ever goal for the U-17 WNT in the second minute of stoppage time to book a spot at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which was the inaugural tournament at this age level. The U.S. would go on to defeat Costa Rica in the Concacaf Championship.

USA forward Summer Green scored all three goals during a 19-minute stretch in the first half as the USA closed out group play undefeated and without conceding a goal en route to the semifinals.

  • 2013 (Semifinal, in Jamaica): USA 1-1 Mexico (Mexico advanced 4-2 on PKs)

Mexico stunned the U.S. with a 5th minute goal by Briana Woodall, but Madison Haley tied the match in the 27th minute. Tied after 90 minutes, the match was decided on penalty kicks, where Mexico’s goalkeeper stopped two USA attempts. With Costa Rica serving as host of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, only the finalists of the Concacaf Championship qualified, leaving the USA out.

In a closely contested second match for each side, USA forward Ashley Sanchez scored the lone goal in the 73rd minute, taking a one-time pass from Kiara Pickett and lifting it over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Ashley Sanchez opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the tournament in the 43rd minute and Mexico equalized in the 69th to set the stage for Civana Kuhlmann’s dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute. The victory gave the USA its third Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship trophy in five editions of the tournament. 

The two sides most recently met in a pair of friendlies in November 2017 in Mexico City, with the USA winning 4-0 and the sides drawing a second match, 1-1.

WORLD CUP BOUND: By advancing to the championship game, the USA and Mexico have both qualified for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which will be held in Uruguay in November. The winner of Tuesday’s third place game between Canada and Haiti will claim the final Concacaf berth. This marks the fourth time the USA has qualified for the premier global event at the Under-17 level.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The USA went 3-0 and topped Group B (9 points) with victories over Costa Rica (4-0), Bermuda (10-1) and Canada (1-0), and defeated Haiti 3-2 in Sunday’s semifinal.

Mexico won Group A with victories over Nicaragua (8-0) and Puerto Rico (7-0) and a 1-1 tie versus Haiti. They defeated Canada 2-1 in the first semifinal on Sunday.

USA GOES FOR FOURTH TITLE: This is the USA’s fourth time playing for the Concacaf Championship, having captured titles in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Mexico (2013) and Canada (2010) are the only other winners of the competition.

The USA’s Tani Costa scored twice and Kristen Mewis and Courtney Verloo added one each before Costa Rica’s tally. The U.S. U-17 WNT became the first in history to win a CONCACAF championship at this age level for women, as it was the first time that a CONCACAF championship and a FIFA World Cup were sanctioned at this level on the women’s side.

Amber Munerlyn’s 21st-minute goal off of a breakaway set up with a creative assist from Summer Green proved to be the difference as the USA withstood a frenetic finish to keep Canada off the scoreboard and capture its second title.

  • 2013: USA 2-1 Mexico (see above)

SUNSHINE AND THE GOLDEN BOOT: With two more goals in the semifinal victory over Haiti, USA forward Sunshine Fontes has now scored four goals in the tournament and is in a four-way tie at the top of the Golden Boot standings heading in the final match. Tied with Fontes are Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay and Mexico’s duo of Alison Gonzalez and Natalia Mauleon. 

STREAK EXTENDED: By sweeping Group B, the USA has extended its streak of winning every group stage match in every edition of this tournament. Through six tournaments, the USA is 18-0 all-time in group play and has outscored its opponents 117-3.

DID YOU KNOW? For the second consecutive tournament, the USA, Canada, Mexico and Haiti advanced to the semifinals; and the Final and Third-Place Match are the same as in 2016, with the USA meeting Mexico and Canada and Haiti squaring off for third. In 2016, the USA defeated Canada in one semifinal and Mexico beat  Haiti in the other. The U.S. went on to beat Mexico in the Final and Canada defeated Haiti in the Third-Place match for the final World Cup berth.

DID YOU KNOW, PART II? The same four countries also advanced to the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championship played in January in Trinidad and Tobago. In that tournament, the USA defeated Haiti on penalty kicks in one semifinal, with Mexico edging Canada in penalty kicks in the other semi. Mexico then claimed the U-20 title over the USA on penalty kicks as the two sides drew 1-1 in regulation, and Haiti upset Canada 1-0. 

A TEAM EFFORT: The USA has scored 18 goals this tournament to date, getting contributions from 11 different players: Sunshine Fontes (4), Maya Doms (2), Mia Fishel (2), Reilyn Turner (2), Sophia Jones, Sam Kroeger, Payton Linnehan, Makenna Morris, Diana Ordoñez, Kennedy Wesley, and Astrid Wheeler. The other goal was an own goal.

The team has also received assist from seven different players: Natalia Straude (3), Turner (3), Kate Wiesner (2), Michela Agestri (2), Smith Hunter (2), Maya Doms, and Samantha Meza.

Only three players have played all four matches: Sunshine Fontes, Kate Wiesner and Diana Ordoñez.

QUICK HITS:

  • The USA and Mexico are the two highest-scoring teams during the 2018 competition, each having scored 18 goals through four matches. The USA has scored 8 goals in the first half and 10 in the second, while Mexico has scored 9 goals in each half.
  • USA has received two or more goals from four different players: Sunshine Fontes (4), Maya Doms (2), Mia Fishel (2) and Reilyn Turner (2). Mexico has five multi-goal scorers: Alison Gonzalez and Natalia Mauleon (4), Nayeli Diaz (3), Aylin Avilez (2) and Nicole Perez (2).
  • The USA’s 14 assists so far are tops among the eight teams, with Mexico coming in second with 12 assists.
  • Three USA players are among the top five in passes attempted and completed. Center back Kennedy Wesley leads all players in completing 140 of her 150 pass attempts; Michela Agresti is fourth, having successfully completed 104 of her 117 attempts, and Sophia Jones is fifth with 100 out of 113.
  • Furthermore, three different USA players are in the top five in passing accuracy: Natalia Staude leads all players at 97% success, having completed 70 of 72 passes. Astrid Wheeler and Smith Hunter are tied for 4th at 95%, each completing 35/37 passes.

FINALS NOTE: In the final and third place match, if the score is tied at the end of regulation, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played. If extra time is played, each team will have the option to make one additional substitution. If score remains tied after extra time, the winner will be decided by kicks from the penalty mark, per Rules of the Game.

COMPARING THE PAST: While having 11 different goal scorers is impressive, the USA’s record in this tournament was in the inaugural event, when the USA had 14 different players tally en route to winning the 2008 Championship. In 2013, 12 different players scored. This year’s mark – so far – matches the 2010 output that also had 11 goal-scorers. Ten different players scored in 2010 and only six in 2016.

HOW TO WATCH AND FOLLOW: Tuesday’s match versus Mexico will be streamed online at go90.com and via the free go90 app, available in the App Store or Google Play. No registration or authentication is required. The match will also be broadcast live on Univision Deportes Network (4:30 ET).

Fans can also follow the U-17 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

REMAINING SCHEDULE:
Third Place Match: Tuesday, June 12 at 10 ET: Canada vs Haiti
Final: Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 ET: USA vs Mexico

WORLD CUP AWAITS CONCACAF SIDES AFTER U-17 WWC FINAL DRAW
The Final Draw for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay was held on May 30, but with Concacaf qualifying still to be completed, the three Concacaf teams were drawn as Concacaf 1, Concacaf 2 and Concacaf 3.

  • Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland
  • Group B: Concacaf 1, South Africa, Brazil, Japan
  • Group C: Concacaf 3, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany
  • Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Concacaf 2, Colombia

Once the Concacaf tournament is complete, the qualified teams will know if they are Concacaf 1, 2 or 3 based on a system of points earned over the last five U-17 Women’s World Cup, with the points having descending weight back to 2008, as well as points earned for winning this year’s Concacaf title. The sixth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be staged in Uruguay from Nov. 13-Dec. 1.

U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 11/0), 12-Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 3/0)

DEFENDERS (6): 19-Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 12/2), 4-Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 19/1), 14-Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 11/0), 2-Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 14/2), 15-Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/0), 5-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 31/1)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 17-Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 9/1), 9-Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 21/7), 11-Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 20/8), 10-Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 21/4), 20-Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 12/1), 6-Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 16/2)

FORWARDS (6): 18-Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 23/17), 13-Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 6/2), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas; 15/2), 8-Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 7/1), 23-Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.; 3/2) 3-Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 33/3)

Updated as of 6/11

Mexico U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Ana Paula Ruvalcaba, 12-Jaidy Gutierrez

DEFENDERS (7): 13-Aislinn Garcia, 4-Karen Gomez, 15-Jana Gutierrez, 2-Reyna Reyes, 5-Ximena Rios, 3-Tanna Sanchez, 14-Nicole Soto

MIDFIELDERS (7): 20-Aylin Avilez, 18-Mariana Elizondo, 6-Noemi Granados, 16-Yanin Madrid, 8-Nicole Perez, 11-Anette Vazquez, 19-Rebeca Villuendas

FORWARDS (4): 9-Vanessa Buso, 7-Nayeli Diaz, 10-Alison Gonzalez, 17-Natalia Mauleon

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3-2 win vs. Haiti Books U-17 WNT World Cup Berth and Place in Concacaf Title Match

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 10, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay with a 3-2 win against Haiti in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship semifinal thanks to a pair of goals scored in under a minute at the beginning of the second half, by midfielder Mia Fishel and forward Sunshine Fontes.

The win also earned the USA a berth in the tournament’s championship game on Tuesday, June 12 where the young Americans will face Mexico for the regional title. Mexico earned its berth to Uruguay by defeating Canada, 2-1, in the other semifinal earlier in the day.

Canada will face Haiti in the Third-Place Match on June 12 for the region’s third and final World Cup spot. Haiti defeated Canada in the Third-Place Match of the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship last January to earn its first Women’s World Cup berth at any level.

Haiti, which put on a fine display of gritty and organized defense combined with a few dangerous counter attacks and opportunistic long-range shots, took a surprise lead early in the first half via a long-distance free kick by Melchie Dumonay, who also scored a late tally to pull her team to within one with seconds left.

Fontes, scorer of two of the USA’s goals, equalized for the young Americans just after the half-hour mark. Fishel and Fontes then put the game away with goals less than a minute apart inside the opening five minutes of the second half in what was an overall dominant display from the U.S., which had 73% of the possession.

Up Next: The USA will face Mexico on Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m. ET on go90.com and UDN.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
HAI – Melchie Dumonay, 13th minute: Haiti sent a long free kick up the field that led to winning another free kick just outside of 30 yards from the goal. Dumonay took the kick and sent a strong shot that dipped into the left side of the net as U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson was unable to get across the goal mouth in time. USA 0, HAI 1

USA – Sunshine Fontes, 32nd minute: Samantha Meza served a cross from the left flank into the penalty box where a Haiti defender tried to clear, but instead knock the ball into the path of Fontes, who smacked a one-time shot from 10 yards out into the lower right corner to tie the game. USA 1, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Mia Fishel, 49th minute: The USA took the lead as Fishel dealt a crafty move inside the box, flicking a hard pass over her defender with her heel, then swiveling around her to follow the ball. A second Haiti defender attempted to head the ball clear but didn’t get enough on it and the ball fell to Fishel, who volleyed a point-blank shot down into the middle of the goal to give the USA a lead it would not relinquish. USA 2, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Reilyn Turner), 50th minute: Samantha Meza did well to separate from her defender on the left wing in order to send a cross-field pass to the top of the Haiti penalty box. Reilyn Turner then headed down a perfect pass into the path of Fontes who let the ball run across her before firing a first time shot from the top of the six-yard box past charging Haiti goalkeeper Madelina Fleuriot for what turned out to be the game-winner. USA 3, HAI 1 [WATCH]

HAI – Melchie Dumonay (Angeline Gustave), 90+2: In the waning moments of the match, a long Haiti pass upfield turned into a footrace between Dumonay and the U.S. defense. With U.S. defender Kennedy Wesley on her hip, the powerful Dumonay drove into the right side of the box and from a tight angle, fired her shot between U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson and the near post to give her team momentarily life, but the final whistle below about 30 seconds after the kickoff. USA 3, HAI 2 FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by defender Kennedy Wesley, who is the fourth player to captain the team in its four games so far at the tournament. Angelina Anderson was captain vs. Costa Rica, Mia Fishel vs. Bermuda and Kate Wiesner vs. Canada. 
  • Sunshine Fontes scored her second brace of the tournament; she previously scored two in the USA’s 10-1 win vs. Bermuda. Her four goals have tied her for the lead in the tournament’s Golden Boot race.
  • Reilyn Turner continued her good run of form since joining the roster last week due to an injury, and provided a quality assist on Fontes game-winning goal. Turner has recorded a goal or assist in all three games she has played with the U-17s (two of which saw her come on as a second-half substitute).
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made four changes from the XI that started versus Canada: Michela Agresti came in for Natalia Staude, the only player to start all three group games; Samantha Kroeger came in at left wing, with Kate Wiesner dropping to left back in place of Makenna Morris; Mia Fishel came in for Croix Bethune and Maya Doms was in for Hannah Bebar.
  • Carr used all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Turner for Samantha Kroeger at halftime, Astrid Wheeler for Mia Fishel in the 65th minute and Diana Ordoñez for Sunshine Fontes in the 81st. 
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USA Tops Group B with 1-0 Win vs. Canada at 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 8, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Canada 1-0 in the final game group game for both teams at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship.

Second half substitute Reilyn Turner headed home the game-winner off a corner kick from Katie Wiesner in the 65th minute. Turner, who was a late replacement on the roster due to an injury to forward Peyton Linnehan, scored her second goal in as many caps for the U-17 WNT after also scoring in her debut against Haiti on June 6.

U.S. U-17 WNT - Reilyn Turner

“I’m really proud of the team performance and result today," said U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr. "It’s never an easy game against Canada and I thought we took initiative, played on the front foot and created a lot of quality chances. But we have to do better with our finishing.”

“Overall, our first two goals were to qualify for the semifinals and top the group. We accomplished both today. Our focus now shifts to Haiti. We will rest up, recover and start to prepare for Haiti and our next goal, which is to qualify for the World Cup. “

The USA outshot Canada 27-8, but met a quality goalkeeper in Anna Karpenko, who made 10 saves. The win gave the USA a perfect 3-0-0 record and first place in Group B. Earlier in the day, Mexico tied Haiti 1-1, a result which gave Mexico the top spot in Group A by virtue of a superior goal difference.

With the teams “crossing over” for the semifinal round on June 10, the USA meets Haiti and Mexico will face Canada to determine which two nations qualify directly to the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The semifinal losers will meet in the third-place game on June 12 to decide Concacaf’s third representative at the World Cup, while the winners will play for the regional title.

On June 10, the USA and Haiti square off at 5 p.m. ET while Canada and Mexico meet earlier in the day at 10 a.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast on go90.com and UDN.

“We have some familiarity in Haiti, but we know they will be fighting for a World Cup spot," said Carr. "It’s a new game, a one-off game, and we will be ready to do everything to qualify.”

Coming into the match, both the USA and Canada were already through to the semifinal round, but the result would determine the semifinal match-ups.

The USA’s pressure, particularly when Canada tried to possess the ball in its own half, was relentless, and led to turnovers and the creation of goal-scoring opportunities throughout the game. The opening half-hour truly belonged to the USA. Only several fine saves from Karpenko, some last ditch defending by Canada’s defense and some less than sharp finishing by the USA kept the young Americans off the board.

A Sunshine Fontes laser off the crossbar in the 25th minute seemed to wake up the Canadians as they would also hit the woodwork, but that was as close as they’d come all game to piercing the net as the American defense, led by center back Natalia Staude – the only U.S. player to start all three group games – limited opportunities to half-chances and hopeful counters.

Turner’s winner, which came courtesy of an excellently-played corner kick from Kate Wiesner midway through the second half, was all the U.S. needed to clinch the match and the group.  

Up Next: The USA will face Haiti on Sunday, June 10 at 5 p.m. ET on go90.com and UDN.

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

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

3

0

0

9

15

1

14

Canada

3

2

1

0

6

5

2

3

Costa Rica

3

1

2

0

3

7

7

0

Bermuda

3

0

3

0

0

2

19

-17

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Reilyn Turner (Kate Wiesner), 65th minute: The U.S. executed a corner kick play straight from the training ground as Wiesner swung in a left-foot service from the right flag to the back post where Turner, who had just entered the game five minutes earlier, timed her run to perfection and sent a towering header into the upper left corner for her second career U-17 goal. USA 1, CAN 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by forward Kate Wiesner, who played as a defender in the team’s Group B opener vs. Costa Rica back on April 20.
  • The USA outshot Canada 27-8 and put 11 shots on goal to three for Canada.
  • Center back Natalia Staude, who recorded three assists against Bermuda, is the only U.S. player to have started all three group games.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson recorded her second clean sheet of the tournament. She also earned a shutout in the USA’s 4-0 tournament opening win against Costa Rica back in April.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made nine changes to the starting lineup that faced Bermuda with Staude and Makenna Morris the only holdovers.
  • Carr used all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Turner for Talia DellaPuerta in the 60th minute as well as Maya Doms and Diana Ordoñez for Croix Bethune, who was injured in a collision with Canada goalkeeper Anna Karpenko, and Sunshine Fontes, respectively, in the 69th.
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