Chiu, Mexico to face USA Today in U-17 World Cup Qualifying
POSTED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 12:47pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 5:35pm
The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team has advanced to the semifinal stage of the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship and will be looking to finish first in its group when it faces Mexico, with Franklin High's Jenny Chiu as team captain of El Tri, on Monday, May 7 (6:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local). With a win or a draw, the U.S. wins Group B and would then face the Group A runner-up on Thursday, May 10. Mexico would need a win against the USA to win the group stage as the U.S. holds the advantage in goal difference. All the matches are being played on an artificial surface at the Estadio Cementos Progreso, home to popular Guatemala professional side C.S.D. Comunicaciones. All CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship matches are broadcast live on CONCACAF.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. U-17 action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For a full tournament schedule and results, visit the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship tournament page on ussoccer.com.
The U.S. is coming off a 5-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday that featured five different goal scorers and four second-half tallies. Summer Green had a goal and two assists, and Emily Bruder and Joanna Boyles both had a goal and an assist. Green leads the tournament with six goals, five of which came during the USA's 10-0 victory against the Bahamas on Thursday, May 3. She now has seven goals and seven assists this year, leading the USA in both categories. The U.S. U-17 team's plus-15 goal differential easily leads Group B ahead of Mexico (plus-8), which is coming off a 6-0 victory on Saturday against the Bahamas. The USA and Mexico have both advanced to the semifinal stage of this tournament. The tournament semifinal winners and third-place game winner qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.
2012 U.S. U-17 WNT CONCACAF Championship
Group B Standings
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 2 2 0 0 15 0 +15 6
Mexico 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 6
Trinidad & Tobago 2 0 2 0 0 7 -7 0
Bahamas 2 0 2 0 0 16 -16 0
Thursday, May 3
USA 10, Bahamas 0
Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago
Saturday, May 5
USA 5, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Mexico 6, Bahamas 0
Monday, May 7
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Bahamas, 4 p.m. ET
USA vs. Mexico, 6:30 p.m. ET