Joe Supe (Pictured), head coach of the Cayman Islands Women's Under-20 National Team, answers a question during a recent press conference.
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands can reach the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under 20 Championship.
That’s the verdict of head coach Joe Supe, who believes his squad possesses the personnel and talent to reach the final four.
Cayman will host the January 9-19 tournament and compete in Group B with Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and regional power Mexico.
“I am pretty excited about the group,” said Supe. “Mexico is going to be challenge but on paper we can qualify for the semifinals.”
Despite the fact it will take place early in the competition, a January 10 encounter between Cayman and the Mexicans – the first match for each -- could be pivotal.
“If we have a good showing against Mexico and then dominate Honduras and Trinidad, then we will be in a prime position to go into the semifinals and then potentially get into the World Cup,” Supe noted.
Supe resides in southern California and is also the head coach of the women’s football team at Irvine Valley College. He was hired by the Cayman Islands Football Association to prepare the U20s for their biggest challenge yet.
After assessing players last week, Supe is pleased with the quality of those who will ultimately be on the final roster.
“Technically, we have players who can make a difference,” he commented. “In leadership, players like
Brianna Hydes and Jetena Bodden can push the ladies forward into believing that something is doable and achieving our goals.”
The top three teams from the CONCACAF event will qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Canada, August 5-24, 2014.