POSTED: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 9:02pm
Mexico, without captain Jenny Chiu of Franklin High School who is out with a back injury, was defeated by Canada, 1-0 in tonight's U-17 World Cup Qualifier in Mexico City. Mexico will now face Panama Saturday with a berth in the U-17 Women's World Cup on the line.
The USA will meet Canada - a 1-0 winner of the second semifinal against Mexico - for the Confederation championship at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 12, at Estadio Cementos Progresso. Fans can watch the final live on CONCACAF.com and follow the action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
"I'm very excited for the team and I think they put on an excellent performance out there today," said U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya. "But I don't think (qualifying for the World Cup) has hit me yet, because I am already thinking about the final. I've already started preparing for it in my mind, who is going to play and how we are going to set up, but I am very happy for this team. They played their hearts out and they deserve it, but we have one more game."
The 3rd FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be staged in Azerbaijan from Sept. 22 to Oct. 13. The USA joins Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria from Africa, China PR, Japan and Korea DPR from Asia (defending championship Korea Republic did not qualify), New Zealand from Oceania and Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay from South America. The 16-team field also includes host Azerbaijan with the remaining two teams from Europe still to be determined.