U17 Women’s World Cup Opens Saturday with USA vs France

u17 WNT CONCACAF winners 2012
u17 WNT CONCACAF winners 2012

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Albertin Montoya has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup being held in Azerbaijan from Sept. 22 through Oct. 13.

The U.S. opens the tournament against France on Sept. 22 at Lankaran Stadium in Lankaran at 1 p.m. local (3 a.m. CT) before traveling to the capital city of Baku, where the remaining two Group B matches will be played. The USA will continue first round action against Gambia at Dalga Arena on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. local (7 a.m. CT) and finish group play on Sept. 29 against Korea DPR (5 p.m. local / 7 a.m. CT), the country that defeated the USA in the championship game of the inaugural U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008 in New Zealand. The USA-North Korea clash will take place at Bayil Stadium. Read more about the team.

The team reached the U17 World Cup defeated a gritty and tough Canada side 1-0 to win the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship for the second time. Amber Munerlyn’s 21st-minute goal off of a breakaway set up with a creative assist from Summer Green proved to be the difference as the USA withstood a frenetic finish to keep Canada off the scoreboard.

Tournament Schedule
Sep. 22, 2012 U.S.A. vs. France
Sep. 25, 2012 U.S.A. vs. Gambia
Sep. 29, 2012 U.S.A. vs. Korea DPR

Quarterfinals will be played on October 4-5, the semifinals on October 9 and things wrap up with a 3rd place match and the final on Saturday October 13. As always, the full TV schedule is available in my Soccer on TV calendar, also seen in the footer of this website. Serving Soccer Junkies in Springfield since 2005. Accept no imitators!