USA Tops Chiu, Mexico in U-17 Qualifying

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 9:37pm

The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team scored three times in the first half to put an early end to any potential drama and defeated Mexico 3-0 to win Group B at the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship. The victory earned the USA a semifinal matchup with Group A runner-up Panama for a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

Former Franklin High standout Jenny Chiu is the Mexican team captain for the U-17 squad.

U.S. forward Summer Green scored all three goals to up her tournament total to nine, matching the U.S. record for a U-17 World Cup Qualifying stage after just three matches. Forward Lindsey Horan scored nine times in five matches at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship in Costa Rica.

Green will have two more games to eclipse Horan's mark starting with the semifinal as the USA takes on Panama on Thursday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. ET while Canada will meet Mexico in the other semifinal at 6:30 p.m. ET. The winners of the semifinals and the winner of the third-place match earn CONCACAF's three berths to the third FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which will be staged in Azerbaijan from Sept. 22-Oct. 13.

Fans can watch both semifinals on and follow the action from the U.S. game on's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ ussoccer_ ynt.

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