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Action from the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship game between Mexico and the USA (white jersey) on March 6, 2016, in St. George's, Grenada. (Photo: Mexsport)

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – After earning 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup berths two days earlier, defending champion Mexico and the United States will face off for the first time in a CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship final, when they clash Sunday at the Grenada Athletics Stadium.

The sides met during the group stage, with the Americans prevailing 1-0 on an Ashley Sanchez’s second-half goal.

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the game:

2016 CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (CU17W)
St. George’s, Grenada – Grenada Athletics Stadium
Sunday – March 13, 2016

FINAL

Mexico v USA, 6:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. local)
USA leads all-time CU17W series: 3W-1D-0L (6 GF, 1 GA)

Previous CU17W Meetings
2008: USA 1 (Crystal Dunn 90’+), Mexico 0 … Semifinals
2012: USA 3 (Summer Green 16' pen, 32', 36‘), Mexico 0 … Group Stage
2013: USA 1 (Madison Haley 27’), Mexico 1 (Briana Woodall 5‘) … 2-4 pens … Semifinals
2016: USA 1 (Ashley Sanchez 73’), Mexico 0 … Group Stage

Mexico (Group B, 2nd place … 2W-0D-1L, 6 points)
- Group B Results: 4-2 win v Costa Rica (Montserrat Hernandez 3‘; Dayana Cazares 19‘; Daniela Espinosa 81‘, 88’); 0-1 loss v USA; 1-0 win v Jamaica (Jacqueline Ovalle 41’) … SEMIFINALS: 3-0 win v Haiti (Dayana Cazares 5‘; Maricarmen Reyes 13‘; Montserrat Hernandez 75‘)
- CU17W Appearances: 5-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
- Best Finish: Champion-1 (2013)
- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-24; W-13; D-4; L-7; GF-56; GA-18
- 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
- Went unbeaten on way to 2013 CU17W title, 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
- All-Time CU17W Final Record: GP-2; W-0; D-1; L-1; GF-0; GA-1 … 2010: 0-1 loss v Canada; 2013: 0-0 draw, 4-2 pens v Canada
- In 3-0 win v Haiti on Friday, posted its first-ever CU17W semifinal shutout (5 games)
- Unbeaten in 9 of last 10 CU17W games (5W-4D-1L)
- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 10 of last 11 CU17W games
- Posted 2 straight CU17W shutouts … another would equal team record (in 2010 shutout Panama, Jamaica & Canada in consecutive games)
- Defender Kimberly Rodriguez and midfielder Alexia Delgado are only players on roster to play every minute of first 4 games
- Goalkeeper Miriam Aguirre has not conceded a goal in her 3 CU17W appearances
- Trails only Canada (4-3) for the most appearances by a CONCACAF representative in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
- Holds record for most draws in CU17W history (4)
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 3-2010, 2012, 2014

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) … SEMIFINALS: 5-0 win v Canada (Alexa Spaanstra 32‘; Jordan Canniff 45'+1; Civana Kuhlmann 53‘; Sophia Smith 90'+1; Frankie Tagliaferri 90'+3)
- CU17W Appearances: 5-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
- Best Finish: Champion-2 (2008, 2012)
- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-24; W-22; D-2; L-0; GF-135; GA-4
- All-Time Leading CU17W Scorer: Summer Green (12 goals…2012: 12)
- Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant
- All-Time CU17W Final Record: GP-2; W-2; D-0; L-0; GF-5; GA-1 … 2008: 4-1 win v Costa Rica (Tani Costa 1‘, 7‘; Kristen Mewis 31‘; Courtney Verloo 43‘); 2012: 1-0 win v Canada (Amber Munerly 21‘)
- 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 are lowest in tournament history
- Scored most goals in CU17W history (135) … 8 more than next 2 highest-scoring teams combined (Canada 71; Mexico 56)
- In 2010, 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, missed out on 2014 FIFA U-17 World Cup participation by once again falling on penalty kicks at the semifinal stage … 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 has 5 all-time CU17W goals (2013: 1 v Trinidad & Tobago, 1 v Jamaica … 2016: 2 v Jamaica, 1 v Canada) … 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
- Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, defender Naomi Girma and midfielder Brianna Pinto are only players on roster to play every minute of first 4 games
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 2-2008, 2012

 
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