• Friday Mar 11, 2016

    CU17W Preview: Semifinal #2 - USA v Canada

    Action from the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship meeting between Canada (red jersey) and the USA in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

    ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The stakes are high as the United States and Canada meet for the second-ever time in a CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship semifinal on Friday at the Grenada Athletics Stadium.

    The winner will advance to Sunday’s final and secure a berth to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, while the loser can still book a ticket Jordan by winning the match for third place.

    Canada is the only country in CONCACAF history to qualify for the four previous editions of the FIFA event.

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the game:

    2016 CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (CU17W)
    St. George’s, Grenada – Grenada Athletics Stadium
    Friday – March 11, 2016

    SEMIFINAL #2
    USA v Canada, 7:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. local)
    USA leads all-time CU17W series: 2W-1D-0L (3 GF, 0 GA)

    Previous CU17W Meetings
    2010:  USA 0, Canada 0 (3-5 pens)  … Semifinals
    2012:  USA 1 (Amber Munerly 21’), Canada 0 … Final
    2013:  USA 2 (Zoe Redei 36’, Mallory Pugh 62’), Canada 0 … Group Stage

    USA (Group B, 1st place … 3W-0D-0L, 9 points)

    • Group B Results: 8-1 win v Jamaica (Civana Kuhlmann 16‘, 49’; Ashley Sanchez 34‘, 56’; Frankie Tagliaferri 72‘, 74’, 82’, 88’); 1-0 win v Mexico (Ashley Sanchez 73’); 2-0 win v Costa Rica (Alexa Spaanstra 7’; Ashley Sanchez 38’ pen)
    • CU17W Appearances: 5-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
    • Best Finish: Champion-2 (2008, 2012)
    • All-Time CU17W Record: GP-23; W-21; D-2; L-0; GF-130; GA-4
    • All-Time Leading CU17W Scorer: Summer Green (12 goals…2012: 12)
    • Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant
    • All-Time CU17W Semifinal Record: GP-4; W-2; D-2; L-0; GF-9; GA-1 … 2008: 1-0 win v Mexico (Crystal Dunn 90’+); 2010: 0-0 draw, 3-5 pens v Canada; 2012: 7-0 win v Panama (Toni Payne 9‘; Summer Green 44‘, 45'+, 53’; Morgan Andrews 50‘; Darian Jenkins 66‘; Emily Bruder 77‘); 2013: 1-1 draw, 2-4 pens v Mexico (Madison Haley 27’)
    • In 8-1 win v Jamaica: conceded a goal for only 4th time in 21 all-time CU17W games … Frankie Tagliaferri became the fourth USA player to score 4 goals or more in a CU17W match
    • 4 all-time conceded CU17W goals is lowest in tournament history
    • Scored most goals in CU17W history (130) … next 2 highest scoring teams have 124 goals combined (Canada 71; Mexico 53)
    • In 2010, U.S. was eliminated by Canada in the semifinals (5-3 on penalty kicks, after a 0-0 draw), despite emerging from the group stage with a perfect 3W-0D-0L record, while scoring 32 goals and conceding none
    • In 2013, U.S. missed out on 2014 FIFA U-17 World Cup participation by once again falling at the semifinal stage on penalty kicks … Mexico prevailed, 4-2 on penalties, following 1-1 draw
    • Ashley Sanchez: scored 3 goals (2 v Honduras, 1 v Canada) & registered 5 assists at 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship … named to Best XI team
    • Kiara Pickett played in 1 game at 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship before suffering tournament-ending knee injury
    • Civana Kuhlmann scored 2 goals at 2013 CU17W (1 v Trinidad & Tobago, 1 v Jamaica) … she scored USA’s last goal of 2013 edition & first of 2016 … only player to score at least 1 goal in 2013 & 2016 CU17W editions
    • Never conceded more than 1 goal in a CU17W game
    • FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 2-2008, 2012 

    Canada (Group A, 2nd place … 2W-0D-1L, 6 points)

    • Group A Results: 3-0 win v Guatemala (Jayde Riviere 7’; Sarah Stratigakis 34’; Vital Kats 65’); 7-0 win v Grenada (Nahida Baalbaki 3'; Teni Akindoju 12‘, 13’, 26’; Jordyn Huitema 72‘; Kennedy Faulknor 85‘; Jordyn Huitema 89‘); 1-2 loss v Haiti (Sarah Stratigakis 77’)
    • CU17W Appearances: 5-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
    • Best Finish: Champion-1 (2010)
    • All-Time CU17W Record: GP-23; W-16; D-2; L-5; GF-71; GA-15
    • All-Time Leading CU17W Scorer: Summer Clarke (6 goals…2012: 6); Marie-Mychele Metivier (6 goals…2013: 6)
    • Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant
    • All-Time CU17W Semifinal Record: 2W-1D-1L (6GF, 2GA) … 2008: 0-2 loss v Costa Rica; 2010: 0-0 draw, 5-3 pens v USA; 2012: 1-0 win v Mexico (Valerie Sanderson 13’); 2013: 5-0 win v Jamaica (Marie Mychele Metivier 4‘; Emily Borgmann 27‘; Jessie Fleming 30‘; Sarah Kinzner 48‘; Marie Levasseur 70‘)
    • Posted 3 consecutive CU17W semifinal shutouts
    • Only nation in CONCACAF history to qualify for all four previous editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
    • Reached the last three CU17W finals, falling in the 2013 decider to Mexico, 4-2 on penalty kicks, following a 0-0 draw
    • Only CU17W title came in 2010 … prevailed over the USA – a side that had scored 32 goals and allowed none in group-stage play – in the semifinals, 5-3 on penalty kicks, after a scoreless draw
    • Six players on 2016 CU17W roster saw action at 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras, led by midfielder Sarah Stratigakis, who scored two goals (2 v Honduras) and was named to Best XI team. The others are: forward Shana Flynn (1 goal v Jamaica); midfielders Anyssa Ibrahim and Vital Kats (1 goal v Jamaica); defender Emma Regan and goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx
    • Sarah Stratigakis: appeared in four games at 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship; appeared in four games at 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; won Golden Ball award at 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship
    • Anyssa Ibrahim: scored five goals in 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship
    • Kennedy Faulknor has 4 caps for the senior national team
    • In 7-0 win v Grenada, Teni Akindoju (14), recorded fastest hat-trick (12‘, 13’, 26’) from start of game in CU17W history (USA’s Morgan Brian: 27 mins. v Cayman Islands in 2010)
    • Trails only USA for most CU17W wins (16 – 21) and goals scored (71 – 130)
    • Prior to Monday’s 1-2 loss v Haiti, posted 4 straight CU17W shutouts … conceded 1 goal or fewer in 17 of last 19 CU17W games
    • FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 4-2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
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