BRADENTON, Florida.- A pair of spots in the 2018 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup will be on the line on Sunday in the semifinals of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.
In the first match, Mexico will face Canada in the seventh all-time meeting between the two North American rivals at a CWU17.
Mexico come into the match with an unbeaten record in Group A (2W-1D-0L), the lone blemish a 1-1 draw versus Haiti on Friday.
El Tricolor has certainly had no problems finding the back of the net, as it has scored 16 goals in the tournament. Alison Gonzalez and Natalia Mauleon have led the way with four goals each.
Mexico will encounter a stiff Canadian defense that has only conceded two goals. The Red & White is also lethal in attack, as evidenced by Andersen Williams’ brace in a 2-1 win over Costa Rica last Wednesday.
With a win, either team would advance to its fourth CWU17 final.
In the second match of the day, the United States will square off against Haiti.
The U.S. completed the group stage in perfect fashion with a 3W-0D-0L record. The 3-time CWU17 champion like to spread the wealth. Eleven different players have scored for the U.S. in the tournament, giving the U.S. a total of 15 goals in favor.
History is also in its favor, as the U.S. has won all eight meetings against Caribbean opponents.
Nevertheless, Haiti arrive into Sunday’s contest brimming with confidence after completing an undefeated group stage (2W-1D-0L).
Up top Haiti has one of the best strike pairings in the region in Flero Surpris and Melchie Dumonay, who can each punishes defenses in the blink of an eye.
Surpris leads Haiti in scoring with three goals and in shots with 16, followed closely behind by Dumonay (15).
With a win, the U.S. would play in its fourth CWU17 final, while a victory for the Haitians would result in a historic first ever CWU17 final.