MANAGUA, Nicaragua - All eyes will be on host Nicaragua as the 2018 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship (CU17W) kicks off Thursday with a Group A doubleheader at the Estadio Nacional Denis Martinez.
The Nicaraguans will open its first-ever CU17W campaign by closing the night against Mexico, before Puerto Rico meets Haiti in the curtain raiser.
CONCACAF.com takes a look at the day's games:
2018 CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP (CU17W)
Managua, Nicaragua Estadio Nacional Denis Martinez
Thursday - April 19, 2016
Puerto Rico v Haiti, 17:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. local)
Nicaragua v Mexico, 20:00 pm ET (8:00 p.m. Local)
Puerto Rico vs Haiti (7:30 PM ET)
- Puerto Rico and Haiti will face each other for the first time in a CU17W.
- PUR will play its 4th game. Last time in CU17W was in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 (1W-2L).
- PUR does not have any record draws and their only victory was against a Caribbean team (JAM 1-2 in 2008).
- HAI will play its 12th match, in its 4th participation (2010, 2013, 2016 and 2018).
- HAI has a record of GP-11 3-W 1-D 7-L, 21-GF 27-GA. Team 3 wins were in Grenada 2016.
- Yarielys Maldonado scored in 4 out of 6 matches in the 2017 Caribbean qualifiers for CU17W (7 goals). She scored 4 goals to Anguilla in the 9-0 triumph played at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium (Puerto Rico).
- PUR won 4 matches in the 2017 Caribbean qualifiers for Concacaf CU17W, two of them by several goals difference: 8-1 to Bahamas and 9-0 to Anguilla.
- Isabel Cacho scored 5 goals in the last 4 matches for Puerto Rico in the 2017 Caribbean qualifiers for Concacaf CU17W.
- HAI won the 3 matches in the 2017 Caribbean qualifiers for Concacaf CU17W, all by 3 goals difference (3-0 to PUR, 3-0 to CUB and 1-4 to BER).
- Melchie Daelle Dumornay (HAI) scored 4 goals in 3 matches in the 2017 Caribbean qualifiers for CU17W 2018, finishing as the top-scorer in the final round with Olufolasade Adamolekun (JAM) with (4). She scored a hat-trick against Cuba.
- Melchie Daelle Dumornay was the top scorer of the 2016 Concacaf U 15 girls with 5 goals. The other 5 goals of HAI in this championship were scored by different players.
- Danielle Monique Etienne and Rachelle Caremus scored in two of the 3 games in the 2017 Caribbean qualifiers for Concacaf CU17W. Both scored against Puerto Rico and Bermuda
- María Luisa Colon scored 6 goals in the 2015 Concacaf U-15 Girls, finishing as PUR's top-scorer. Isabelle Rivera and Yarielys Maldonado scored 4 goals in this U15 Tournament.
(Nicaragua vs Mexico (10:00 PM ET )
- For the first time, NCA and MEX will face each other in a Concacaf U17 Women's Tournament.
- It will be NCA's debut in the competition.
- MEX was Champion in 2013, reaching the final in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
- MEX is the only team that has finished in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in the history of the tournament.
- MEX record in CU17W GP-25 W-13- D-4- L-8 GF-57 GA-20.
- 6 of the last 7 MEX victories were without conceding goals.
- Yorcelly Isoleth Humphreys Abella (NCA) scored 2 goals in 2 different matches (vs. Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) in the 2016 Concacaf U-15 Girls (in the 2 games in which her team earns victories).
- Alison Hecnary Gonzalez Esquivel (MEX) was the top-scorer in the 2016 Concacaf U15 Girls with 9 goals. She scored 5 goals to Trinidad and Tobago in the 0-11 win. She also scored a brace in the match for the 3rd place against CRC (triumph 1-5).
- Maria Natalia Mauleon was the second top scorer for MEX in the 2016 Concacaf U15 Girls with (7). She scored a hatt-rick to Dominican Republic in the 0-9 win.
- Anette Natalia Vazquez scored 3 goals with MEX in the 2016 Concacaf U15 Girls (2 to the Dominican Republic and 1 to Canada).
- Dania Nicole Perez Jimenez (MEX) scored the only goal (penalty kick) in three friendly matches against USA played in 2017. It was in the 1-1 draw (the others were 4-0 defeat and 0-4). She also scored a brace against CRC in the match for the 3rd place in the 2016 Concacaf U-15 Girls.
- Reyna Rene Reyes Stubblefield played 44 minutes in the FIFA U17 Jordan Women's World Cup 2016 against Venezuela in the quarter final game.