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Chiu to Captain U-17 Mexican National Team

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:06pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:37pm

The Mexican U-17 Women's National team, featuring Franklin High's Jenny Chiu, will attempt to qualify for the U-17 Women's World Cup, set for September in Azerbaijan. Chiu has been named the U-17 Mexican National Team Captain. Mexico will host the U-17 CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Guatemala City. The 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship - the third one to be contested - features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals with the winners of those games earning berths to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan. The winner of the third-place game will claim CONCACAF's third and final berth at the WWC.

Chiu is a Senior-to-be at Franklin High School, though she is now homeschooled to help in her soccer training.  Chiu played in only a half of Franklin's games this past season, but is largely thought to be one of the best players in El Paso.  She has already committed to play soccer at the University of North Carolina in 2013.  Chiu trained with the USA and Mexico U-17 national teams, but felt had a better chance to make the roster with Mexico.

Mexico has won six of 10 matches at the CONCACAF finals, losing three times to Canada and once to the United States. It has beaten Canada once, but not the United States. Leonardo Cuellar, who has headed the Mexican women's program since 1998, brings another team to the CONCACAF finals with some help from across the northern border. This year's U-17 will rely on El Paso, Texas, forward Jenny Chiu, committed to the University of North Carolina, which has won 20 U.S. women's college soccer titles. It's midfield is bolstered by Hallie Hernandez, an attacking mid from California.

In 2012 qualifying, Thursday, May 3, Mexico will face Trinidad and Tobago. On Saturday, Mexico will face the Bahamas, then on Monday, Mexico will face the United States. All scores can be found at:

http://www.concacaf.com/page/WUnder17s/Schedule/0,,12813,00.html

In 2010 qualifying, Mexico defeated Panama, 6-0; defeated Jamaica 3-0; defeated Canada, 1-0; defeated Costa Rica, 3-1; and lost to Canada, 1-0 in the Championship game. Mexico finished 1-2 in the 2010 U-17 Women's World Cup, and did not advance to the next round.

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