CONCACAF WU-17: Preview Notes For USA-Canada Championship Final

Later today, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team will face off versus its northern cohorts, Canada, in the final of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship final. Both teams have already qualified for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, so not too much is at stake. But, a win by the USA should help guarantee it a seeded slot in the U-17 WWC as one of the top three teams. However, even if the USA loses, they could still get a seeded position. (Compare the 2008 women’s U-20 cycle: The USA lost to Canada 1:0 in the CONCACAF Championship final, but was still seeded.)

Here are some quick notes about the match’s format, the teams (including updated minutes played tables and maps of goals scored), and highlights of Canada’s matches.

BASIC DETAILS

Kick-Off: 6:30 pm EDT (4:30 pm local time)

Online: CONCACAF TV

Referee: If CONCACAF.com is correct, then Alicia Villatoro of Guatemala will have the whistle. She ref’ed the USA’s match vs Trinidad & Tobago. I thought some of her calls in that game were too ticky-tack, but the video angles and feed quality do not really allow for proper reviewing.

Extra Time and Penalty Shoot-out: According to the official regulations (PDF), if, at the end of regulation, the match ends with both teams even on goals, then thirty minutes of extra time will be played. If the match is still tied, then a penalty shoot-out will be held.

Note: FIFA changed the rules for Under-17 World Cups, both men’s and women’s last year, but that decision appears to only affect FIFA-administered tournaments.

Weather: Temperatures will be about 75°F at kick-off. Humidity should be relatively high (70%) and there is a 50% chance for rain and thunderstorms. Wind should be minimal (5 MPH or less). (Weather Underground)

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UNITED STATES

The USA has scored 25 goals so far, including a record-setting 12 by Summer Green. Next is Midge Purce, who scored 3, all in the first match, while Toni Payne, Emily Bruder, and Andi Sullivan each have 2 goals. Four more US players have also scored, including team captain Morgan Andrews, who has a free kick goal.

USA Goal Scorers
12: Summer Green
03: Midge Purce
02: Toni Payne
02: Emily Bruder
02: Andi Sullivan
01: Morgan Andrews
01: Darian Jenkins
01: Sarah Robinson
01: Joanna Boyles

Previous Matches: USA 7, Panama 0; USA 3, Mexico 0; USA 5, Trinidad & Tobago 0; USA 10, Bahamas 0.

Fig. 2: Map of USA’s Goals Scored
(Note: A red goal in the bottom center of
the six-yard box overlaps a yellow goal.)

Probable Line-Up:

Cambell (GK)
Basinger (RB) — Bauer (CB) — Freeman (CB) — G.Miranda
Andrews (HM)
Robinson/Payne(AM) — Stanton/Payne (AM)
Purce (RF) — Green (CF) — Bruder (LF)

If Robinson has recovered from her injury versus Mexico, then we could see her and Stanton both starting. Stanton gives the midfield a more defensive character, while Payne would be an extra scoring threat, especially when the USA has numbers in the box.

TABLE: United States – Minutes Played, By Position

PLAYER                 P.   BAH   TRI   MEX   PAN   TOTAL
Jane Campbell          GK    90    90    90    90     360
Cassie Miller          GK                               0
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Maddie Bauer           CB    90    90    90    90     360
Mandy Freeman          CB    90    90    90    90     360
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Gabbi Miranda          FB    90    90    90    78     348
Brittany Basinger      FB    90    73    90    90     343
Morgan Reid            FB          17                  17
Lizzy Raben         CB/FB                      12      12
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Morgan Andrews         MF    90    90    90    66     336
Sarah Robinson         MF    90    90    68           248
Morgan Stanton         MF    45    79    17    90     231
Lauren Kaskie          MF    45          56           101
Joanna Boyles          MF          11    34    24      69
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Summer Green           FW    71    90    90    59     310
Emily Bruder           FW    45    90          90     225
Margaret Purce         FW    90          90           180
Andi Sullivan          FW    45    66          31     142
Toni Payne          MF/FW    19          22    90     131
Darian Jenkins         FW          24          90     114
Amber Munerlyn         FW                83            83

The three core defensive players, goalkeeper Campbell plus centerbacks Bauer and Freeman, are the only players who have been on the field for every minute so far:

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CANADA

The Canadians have scored 17 goals and only allowed 1 goal (Guatemala, via a direct free kick). Speedster forward Summer Clarke leads the team with 6 goal, while forward (/attacking midfielder?) Valerie Sanderson is right behind her with 5 goals.

Canada Goal Scorers:
6: Summer Clarke
5: Valerie Sanderson
2: Jasmin Dhanda
2: Nichelle Prince
1: Elissa Neff
1: Amandine Pierre-Louis

Previous Matches: CANADA 1, Mexico 0; CANADA 7, Guatemala 1; CANADA 4, Jamaica 0; CANADA 6, Panama 0.

Fig. 2: Map of Canada’s Goals Scored
(“CK” means the goal was scored off a corner kick play.)

TABLE: Canada – Minutes Played, By Position

PLAYER                 P.   PAN   JAM   GUA   MEX   TOTAL
Kailen Sheridan        GK    90    90    90    90     360
Taylor Bucklin         GK                               0
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Kadeisha Buchanan      CB    90    90    90    90     360
Rebecca Pongetti       CB    90    90          90     270
Larisa Staub        FB/CB          73    90           163
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Carley Radomski        D                                0
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Madeline Iozzi  (Left) FB    90    17    90    90     287
Lindsay Agnew   (Right)FB    90          90    90     270
Victoria Pickett       FB          90    17     2     109
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Ashley Lawrence        MF    90    90    34    90     304
Nicole Loncar          MF    90    35    73    90     288
Rebecca Quinn          MF    79    90          90     259
Jasmin Dhanda          MF    49          90    23     162
Sabrina Santarossa     MF    11          90           101
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Summer Clarke          FW    49    66    90    88     293
Valérie Sanderson      FW    41    90    31    67     229
Nichelle Prince        FW    90    24    59    33     206
Amandine Pierre-Louis  FW    41    90          57     188
Elissa Neff            FW          55    56           111
Kajal Parmar           FW                               0

Centerback and fullback position information is taken from CanadaSoccer.com match reports. Details about the midfielder’s and forward’s positions are not readily available.

Canada Highlights

vs. Mexico:

vs. Guatemala:

vs. Jamaica:

vs. Panama: