CU17W Preview: Day Two
Civana Kuhlmann (left) scored two goals for the USA in the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship. (Photo: Mexsport)
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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship (CU17W) opened Thursday with a pair of shutout wins by Canada and Haiti. On Friday, its Group B’s turn to take center stage as defending champion Mexico and the two-time winner United States take the field for the first time. 

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

Friday – March 4, 2016 

GROUP B 

Mexico v Costa Rica, 12:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. local)

Mexico leads all-time CU17W series: 1W-0D-0L (3GF, 1GA) 

Previous CU17W Meetings

2010: Mexico 3, Costa Rica 1 (aet) … Semifinals 

Mexico

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 4-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

- Best Finish: Champion-1 (2013)

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-20; W-10; D-4; L-6; GF-48; GA-15

- All-Time Leading CU17W scorer: Luz Duarte (5 goals…2012: 5)

- Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 3-2010, 2012, 2014)

- Defending CU17W champion … prevailed over Canada in 2013 final, 4-2 on penalty kicks, after 0-0 draw

- Defending CU17W champions are 3W-0D-0L when opening defense of their titles in the next edition, winning by a combined score of 27-0

- 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

- 2W-4D-0L in last 6 CU17W games … last loss v Canada, 0-1, in 2012 semifinals

- 3W-1D-0L (15GF, 1GA) in 4 all-time CU17W openers … 2008: 6-0 win v Jamaica; 2010: 6-0 win v Panama; 2012: 2-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago; 2013: 1-1 draw v Haiti

- Largest CU17W win: 7-0 v El Salvador on November 1, 2013

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 7 consecutive CU17W games

- Scored 1 goal or fewer in 6 of last 8 CU17W games (shutout in 3 of those outings)

- Trails only Canada (4-3) for the most appearances by a CONCACAF representative in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup  

Costa Rica

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 2-2008, 2010

- Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2008)

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-10; W-4; D-1; L-5; GF-21; GA-30

- 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)

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 2-2008, 2014

- 1W-0D-1L (7GF, 6GA) in 2 all-time CU17W openers … 2008: 0-6 loss v USA; 2010: 7-0 win v Cayman Islands

- 0W-0D-3L (1GF, 19GA) in last 3 CU17W games … 3 took place in 2010 (2 losses v USA, 1 v Mexico)

- 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 

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Jamaica v USA, 2:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local)

USA leads all-time CU17W series: 1W-0D-0L (8GF, 0 GA) 

Previous CU17W Meetings

2013: USA 8, Jamaica 0 … Third-Place Match

Taylor Otto 2‘, 40’; Madison Haley 12‘, 53’; Mallory Pugh 24‘, 26‘; Marley Canales 83‘; Civana Kuhlmann 90' 

Jamaica

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 4-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

- Best Finish: Fourth place-1 (2013)

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-14; W-4; D-2; L-8; GF-17; GA-38

- 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)

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 0

- 2W-0D-2L (6GF, 10GA) in 4 all-time CU17W openers … 2008: 0-6 loss v Mexico; 2010: 1-4 loss v Canada; 2012: 3-0 win v Guatemala; 2013: 2-0 win v El Salvador

- 0W-0D-2L (0GF, 13GA) in last 2 CU17W games … conceded 13 total goals in previous 9 CU17W outings

- Only Caribbean side to qualify for all five editions of CU17W

- 4 all-time CU17W wins equals total of all other all-time Caribbean participants combined (Cayman Islands, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago have 1 win each … Bahamas 0 wins)  

USA

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 4-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

- Best Finish: Champion-2 (2008, 2012)

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-20; W-18; D-2; L-0; GF-119; GA-3

- All-Time Leading CU17W Scorer: Summer Green (12 goals…2012: 12)

- Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 2-2008, 2012

- 4W-0D-0L (33GF, 0GA) in CU17W openers … 2008: 6-0 win v Costa Rica; 2010: 9-0 win v Haiti; 2012: 10-0 win v Bahamas; 2013: 8-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago

- Conceded only 3 goals in 20 all-time CU17W games (lowest in tournament history), but has qualified for only 2 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups

- Scored most goals in CU17W history (119) … next 2 highest scoring teams have only 111 goals combined (Canada, 63; Mexico 48)

- 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 another scoreless draw.

- Ashley Sanchez: scored 3 goals (2 v Honduras, 1 v Canada) and registered 5 assists at 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship & was 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)

- Never conceded more than 1 goal in a CU17W game