CU17W Preview: Day Four
Action from the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship game between Mexico (green jersey) and Costa Rica on March 4, 2016, in St. George's, Grenada. (Photo: Mexsport)
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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – With the United States and defending champion Mexico – the two sides that won their tournament openers -- squaring off against each other on Sunday, Group B at the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship could become wide open.

For that to happen, a winner from the meeting between Costa Rica and Jamaica must emerge.

An exciting afternoon of football is expected at the Grenada National Stadium and CONCACAF.com takes a look at the day’s games:

2016 CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (CU17W)
St. George’s, Grenada – Grenada National Stadium
Sunday – March 6, 2016

GROUP B

Costa Rica v Jamaica, 12:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. local)
First-ever CU17W meeting

Costa Rica
- Group B Results: 2-4 loss v Mexico (Gloriana Villalobos 24’, 62’)
- CU17W Appearances: 3-2008, 2010, 2016
- Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2008)
- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-11; W-4; D-1; L-6; GF-23; GA-34
- All-Time Leading CU17W Scorer: Katherine Alvarado (5 goals…2008: 5)
- Method of Qualification: 1st place, Group B - Central American qualifying
- Qualifying Results: 15-0 win v Belize (Yedry Salas 2‘, 57’; Gloriana Villalobos 3‘, 27’, 36’; Valeria Del Campo 23' pen; Merilyn Alvarado 35‘, 61’, 72’, 88’; Maria Salas 45'+1; Hillary Corrales 48‘, 82’; Carmen Marin 86‘; Maria Sanabria 87‘ … 6-0 win v Honduras (Maria Salas 16‘, 22‘; Merilyn Alvarado 46‘; Gloriana Villalobos 51‘, 70‘; Valeria Del Campo 87' pen)
- Qualifying Scorers: Merilyn Alvarado, Gloriana Villalobos (5); Maria Salas (3); Hillary Corrales, Valeria Del Campo, Yedry Salas (2); Carmen Marin, Maria Sanabria (1)
0W-0D-4L (3GF, 23GA) in last 4 CU17W games … all 4 losses v either USA or Mexico)
- Never followed a loss with a win in the same CU17W tournament
- 9 of last 10 CU17W goals scored in 2nd
- Gloriana Villalobos: won first senior squad cap in May 2014 … is already a veteran of numerous international competitions, including the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship (3 games, all as a sub), 2014 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship … was on the roster for 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but did not see any action
- Current senior national team star Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (2008: 1, 2010: 3) and Fabiola Sanchez (2008: 1, 2010: 1) are the only Costa Ricans to score in 2 different CU17W editions
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 2-2008, 2014

Jamaica
- Group B Results: 1-8 loss v USA (Shayla Smart 32’)
- CU17W Appearances: 5-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
- Best Finish: Fourth place-1 (2013)
- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-15; W-4; D-2; L-9; GF-18; GA-46
- All-Time Leading CU17W scorer: Asia Lee-Fat (3 goals…2013: 3)
- Method of Qualification: Champion – Caribbean qualifying
- Qualification Record: GP-8; W-7; D-1; L-0; GF-29; GA-6
- Qualifying Results: 2-1 win v Barbados (Rena Gordon 22’, 31’) … 14-0 win v St. Lucia (Jody Brown 5‘, 34’, 38’, 55’; Sherice Clarke 8‘; Tarania Clarke 16‘, 27’, 30’; Shanhaine Nelson 19' pen, 21' pen, 90+2; Sherice Clarke 45'+1; Tateyana Pitter 64‘; Monique Perrier 66‘) … 1-0 win v Suriname (Monique Perrier 62’) … 2-2 draw v Puerto Rico (Tarania Clarke 11‘; Rena Gordon 69‘) ... 5-1 win v Bermuda (Marlee Fray 6‘, 14‘; Tarania Clarke 44‘; Jody Brown 59‘; Rena Gordon 67‘) ... 2-1 win v Cuba (Rena Gordon 68‘, 72‘) ... 1-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (Marlee Fray 83’) ... 2-1 v Haiti (Shayla Smart 3‘; Jody Brown 67‘)
Qualifying Scorers: Jody Brown, Rena Gordon (6); Tarania Clarke (5); Marlee Fray, Shanhaine Nelson (3); Sherice Clarke, Monique Perrier (2); Tateyana Pitter, Shayla Smart (1)
- 0W-0D-3L (1GF, 21GA) in last 3 CU17W games … conceded 13 total goals in previous 9 CU17W outings
- Last 2 CU17W games v USA … conceded 8 goals in both outings
- Only Caribbean side to qualify for all five editions of CU17W
- 4th team in CU17W history to score v USA (2008: Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica – 1 goal each; 2013: Mexico – 1 goal)
- Caribbean’s winningest CU17W team (4) … Haiti (2); Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago (1 each)
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 0

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USA v Mexico, 2:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local)
USA leads all-time CU17W series: 2W-1D-0L (5GF, 1 GA)

Previous CU17W Meetings
2008 (semifinals): USA 1 (Crystal Dunn 90’+), Mexico 0
2012 (group stage): USA 3 (Summer Green 16' pen, 32', 36‘), Mexico 0
2013 (semifinals): USA 1 (Madison Haley 27’), Mexico 1 (Briana Woodall 5‘) … 2-4 pens

USA
- Group B Results: 8-1 win v Jamaica (Civana Kuhlmann 16‘, 49’; Ashley Sanchez 34‘, 56’; Frankie Tagliaferri 72‘, 74’, 82’, 88’)
- CU17W Appearances: 5-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
- Best Finish: Champion-2 (2008, 2012)
- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-21; W-19; D-2; L-0; GF-127; GA-4
- All-Time Leading CU17W Scorer: Summer Green (12 goals…2012: 12)
- Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant
- In 8-1 win v Jamaica, conceded a goal for only 4th time in 21 all-time CU17W games (lowest in tournament history)
- In 8-1 win v Jamaica, Frankie Tagliaferri became the fourth USA player to score 4 goals or more in a CU17W match … Lindsey Horan (2010: 4 v Haiti); Summer Green (2012: 5 v Bahamas); Zoe Redei (2013: 4 v Guatemala)
- 4 all-time conceded CU17W goals is lowest in tournament history
- Scored most goals in CU17W history (127) … next 2 highest scoring teams have only 122 goals combined (Canada 70; Mexico 52)
- In 2010, the 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 a 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
- Never conceded more than 1 goal in a CU17W game
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 2-2008, 2012

Mexico
- Group B Results: 4-2 win v Costa Rica (Montserrat Hernandez 3‘; Dayana Cazares 19‘; Daniela Espinosa 81‘, 88’)
- CU17W Appearances: 5-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
- Best Finish: Champion-1 (2013)
- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-21; W-11; D-4; L-6; GF-52; GA-17
- All-Time Leading CU17W scorer: Luz Duarte (5 goals…2012: 5)
- Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant
- Defending CU17W champion … prevailed over Canada in 2013 final, 4-2 on penalty kicks, after 0-0 draw
- With 4-2 win v Costa Rica, defending CU17W champions improved to 4W-0D-0L when opening defense of their titles in the next edition, winning by a combined score of 31-2
- Went unbeaten in 2013 CU17W, with 4 of 5 games ending in a draw (1W-4D-0L) … scored 1 goal or fewer in each draw … only win was 7-0 v El Salvador in group stage
- 3W-4D-0L in last 7 CU17W games … last loss: 2012 semifinals v Canada (0-1)
- Largest CU17W win: 7-0 v El Salvador on November 1, 2013
- Streak of conceding 1 goal or fewer in CU17W games was snapped by Costa Rica at 7 games
- 5W-1D-3L in games following a win in the same CU17W tournament
- Trails only Canada (4-3) for the most appearances by a CONCACAF representative in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
- Holds record most draws in CU17W history (4)
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 3-2010, 2012, 2014