U.S. U20 women taking measured approach

Summer Green (#8) was the top scorer at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship with 12 goals.  She is in the United States player pool for next year's CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. (Photo: Juan Meono)


GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman – Despite its status as a pre-tournament favorite, the United States will not be taking any opponent lightly during the 2014 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championships, head coach Michelle French told CONCACAF.com.

“We need to prepare to play against different systems and styles of play and we need to be physically at our best and put a good product out there,” said the 36-year-old after Tuesday’s draw.

French is in her first year at the American helm and her goals are clearly defined.

“We want to accomplish our goal to qualify, whether by playing amazing soccer or any other way,” the former U.S. women’s national team midfielder commented.  “Hopefully this is a stepping-stone for the World Cup.” 

The United States has won three of the six CONCACAF U19/20 tournaments and French plans to use this rich history to motivate her players.

“Being a part of the US national team system, there is always an expectation to win, but it’s not pressure and hopefully we come out with a good result,” she noted. 

The CONCACAF competition will take place January 9-19, 2014, in the Cayman Islands at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

The United States is in Group A with Costa Rica, Jamaica and Guatemala.