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U.S. U-17 WNT Opens World Cup Qualifying Against Bahamas on Thursday

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship on Thursday, May 3, when it faces the Bahamas for the first time.

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IN THE IMAGE: Midfielder Andi Sullivan and the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team starts its quest for the 2012 U-17 World Cup on Thursday when it faces the Bahamas.

2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City, Guatemala
May 3, 2012

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship on Thursday, May 3, when it faces the Bahamas (4 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. local) in what will be the first-ever match for a U.S. WNT against the island nation. The USA will continue Group B play against Trinidad Tobago on Saturday, May 5 (4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. local), and finish the first round against Mexico on Monday, May 7 (6:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local). All the matches will be played on an artificial surface at the Estadio Cementos Progreso, home to popular Guatemala professional side C.S.D. Comunicaciones.

All the matches of the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships can be watched live on CONCACAF.com. Fans need to visit CONCACAF and follow the instructions to register for free. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. For a full tournament schedule and results, visit the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship tournament page on ussoccer.com.

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. Group A is comprised of host Guatemala, Canada, Panama and Jamaica. Group A kicks off the tournament on Wednesday, May 2, as Canada faces Panama and Guatemala meets Jamaica.

The USA’s 2010 U-17 team was the first U.S. Women’s National Team that did not qualify for a Women’s World Cup when it fell in penalty kicks to Canada in the semifinal match. Amazingly, the U.S. team failed to qualify despite outscoring its opponents 38-0 during the tournament and lost its World Cup dreams based on one missed penalty kick. This group of U-17s is well aware of the drama of two years ago and will be working hard not to repeat it. In fact, the U-17s will be looking to emulate the success of the 2008 U-17s, which won the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, advanced to the first-ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Final in New Zealand and then came within minutes of winning the title before falling in overtime to Korea DPR. The 2012 U.S. U-17s have had an excellent run up to the tournament, compiling a 7-0-2 record (4-0-2 in international matches) while playing mostly against older competition. The U.S. team has allowed just one goal so far this year, which came in a 1-1 draw with the England U-19 Women’s National Team in March.

Albertin Montoya, who became head coach of this age group in August of 2011, will be coaching in his first qualifying tournament. As a youth player, Montoya was a member of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and played in the first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in Italy in 1991 (previously it was a U-16 tournament) under head coach Roy Rees. Montoya went on to represent the USA at various age group levels and spent some time training with what would be the 1996 Olympic Team.

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South; Kennesaw, Ga.), 18-Cassie Miller (Sereno FC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (7): 3-Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Va.), 5-Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), 16-Mandy Freeman (Lady Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), 14-Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), 6-Gabbi Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 2-Lizzy Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colo.), 20-Morgan Reid (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 10-Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), 12-Joanna Boyles (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C), 8-Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), 17-Sarah Robinson (MVLA Lightning; Los Altos, Calif.), 11-Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), 7-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), 13-Darian Jenkins (Sparta SC; Riverton, Utah), 4-Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), 19-Toni Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), 15-Margaret Purce (Freestate Soccer; Olney, Md.)

2012 U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule and Results

^ CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

● This is the first major international tournament for this group of U-17 players.
● Nineteen of the 20 players were born in 1995 with midfielder Sarah Robinson as the lone 1996. Players eligible for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup are those born on or after Jan. 1, 1995.
● The U.S. roster is made up of 12 players who are 17 years old, seven players who are 16 and one 15-year-old in Robinson, who is a sophomore at Gunn High School in San Jose, Calif., where she is also a track and cross-country standout.
● Fifteen of the 20 players on the roster came through the U.S. Under-14 Identification Camp and Developmental Program.
● The U.S. U-17 Women have played nine total matches so far this year, compiling a 7-0-2 record while allowing just one goal. More impressively, the U-17s have played four international matches this year against countries featuring players one and two years older than the U.S. team and have a 2-0-2 record in those games.
● The roster is relatively experienced at the international level for this age group as all 20 players have played a handful of U-17 international matches, with four players – midfielder Morgan Andrews, defender Mandy Freeman, forward/midfielder Summer Green and forward Amber Munerlyn – having been capped at this level 10 or more times.
● Munerlyn is the USA’s leading scorer at the U-17 level with five goals in her 13 caps. Green has three goals in her 14 caps while Andi Sullivan has scored three goals in nine caps. Seven players on the roster have scored in a U-17 international.
● Every player on the roster has played in at least two full U-17 international matches with the experience ranging from two caps for forward Darian Jenkins to 14 caps for Green.
● Team captain Andrews and goalkeeper Jane Campbell participated in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team training camp in October of 2011.
● The USA’s pair of goalkeepers are both tall and talented, with the 6-foot Cassie Miller joining the 5-foot-9 Campbell. Montoya chose a roster with seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards.
● The players on the roster hail from 13 states, with California and Colorado featuring three players each. Virginia, North Carolina and Utah have two players each.
● Andrews is an all-state placekicker and the only girl on her high school football team.

● This will not only be the first-ever meeting between the USA and the Bahamas on the U-17 level, but the first-ever meeting of any U.S. women’s team against the island nation.
● This is the first-ever CONCACAF championship that Bahamas has qualified for at any level.

1 Goal allowed by the U.S. U-17 WNT in nine matches this year
1 Game in which the USA has been shut out this year (0-0 draw with China U-20 WNT)
1.41 Goals per game by the U.S. U-17 WNT this year
2 Goals by Emily Bruder, Midge Purce and Andi Sullivan this year, to tie for the team lead
7 Number of teams, out of nine, that the U.S. U-17 WNT has played this year that were made up of players in an older age group; the USA is 5-0-2 in those games
15 Goals scored by the U.S. U-17 WNT this year
25 Number of U.S. U-17 players to see action in a game this year
510 Minutes played by Maddie Bauer this year in international competition, the most on the team

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ALBERTIN MONTOYA FACT FILE: Head coach Albertin Montoya is in his first cycle heading up the U.S. U-17 WNT program. Below are some of his accomplishments as a player and coach.
● A longtime resident of Mountain View, Calif., the 37-year-old Montoya has tremendous experience coaching young players all the way up to the professional ranks.
● Montoya finished his college career at Santa Clara University in 1997 and was then a first-round draft choice of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Clash, where he played one season in 1998 before suffering a major knee injury. Montoya then began his coaching career, which has spanned 14 years and a wide variety of age levels from Under-8s all the way to the professional level.
● Montoya is currently the director of coaching for the MVLA Soccer Club in Mountain View, Calif., where he has worked with young talent since 1999, helping send 14 players into the youth women’s and girls’ national team pools.
● In 2009, Montoya was hired as head coach of FC Gold Pride in Women’s Professional Soccer and led the club to the WPS regular-season title and championship in 2010. He was named the Soccer America Women’s Coach of the year for 2010 and was a finalist for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer for his work with Gold Pride.
● He worked as an assistant for his alma mater Santa Clara University women’s program from 2006-07 and at Stanford University from 2008-09.
● He was also co-head coach of the Sacramento Storm – one of the top amateur women’s teams in the country – from 1999-2006.
● Montoya began his collegiate playing career at North Carolina State and was an Atlantic Coast Conference First-Team selection in 1994. The skillful midfielder received similar honors from the West Coast Conference in 1996 upon transferring to Santa Clara and was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy. He led the Broncos to the program’s first-ever outright WCC Championship and totaled 16 goals and 25 assists during his collegiate career.
● He is married to the former Erin Martinez, a Santa Clara women’s soccer alumnus and former professional player in the WUSA. The couple has a daughter, Alison, and a son, Michael.

Bahamas Football Association
Founded: 1967 (Joined FIFA in 1968)
Head Coach: Daria Adderley

Amari Bethel, Raunice Butler, Jodei Clarke, Dawn Dean, Taj Dorsett, Sheryl Evans, Kennadi Green, Shelby Green, Lauren Haven, Lian Haven, Dina Ingraham, Keisha McCartney, Clayre Saunders, Lindsay Seymour, Joya Smith, Cori Strachan, Eden Taylor, Akwah Thompson, Shekhinah Wells

● Before kicking a ball in Guatemala the Bahamas has achieved an historic milestone, becoming the first team – male or female – to qualify for a CONCACAF championship.
● The nation is comprised of 3,000 islands, cays and inlets.
● Fielding a team in the competition for only the second time, the Bahamas qualified for the finals as the third of three teams from the Caribbean with three wins and its only losses against fellow qualifiers Trinidad Tobago (3-0) and Jamaica (2-0). In 2010, it managed only a victory over the British Virgin Islands (9-0) in three matches. The Bahamas beat Guyana 1-0 on Dec. 3, 2011, in Jamaica to claim the last of three Caribbean berths into the confederation finals.
● Fourteen-year-old attacker Keisha McCartney scored her team’s only goal against Guyana in the 43rd minute to propel the country into the CONCACAF finals.
● Lauren and Lian Haven are sisters and daughters of BFA general secretary Lionel Haven; Lauren has announced she will attend her father’s alma mater, the University of Charleston, to play for its women’s soccer program

On the field for the USA:
April 9, 2012 – The U.S. Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista, Calif.
China 0

USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 23-Brittany Basinger, 3-Maddie Bauer, 4-Mandy Freeman, 16-Gabbi Miranda; 15-Sarah Robinson, 9-Morgan Stanton, 14-Lauren Kaskie (20-Toni Payne, 68); 11-Summer Green (21-Darian Jenkins, 57), 17-Maggie Purce (12-Amber Munerlyn, 77), 13-Emily Bruder
Subs Not Used: 2-Kayla Mills, 5-Gabrielle Matulich, 6-Andi Sullivan, 7-Lizzy Raben, 8-Jo Boyles, 10-Morgan Andrews, 18-Cassie Miller; 19-Morgan Reid, 22-Arielle Ship, 25-Caroline Chagares
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

CHN: 1-Yang Yan; 2-Yu Haiyan (15-Luo Guiping, 62), 17-Lin Yuping, 4-Huang Yini, 3-Wang YingYing; 6-Zhang Xin, 10-Song Sicheng, 5-Liu Shanshan (16-Zhao Xindi, 63 (13-Yang Lina, 76)), 7-Wang Shuang (24-Mu Yunrui, 70); 11-Yao Shuangyan, 18-Li Ying (8-Wang Tingting, 70)
Subs Not Used: 12-Cai Wenfei, 18-Li Ying, 21-Shi Aijing, 22-Xia Tingting, 23-Zhang Xue, 25-Han Jiayuan
Head Coach: Yin Tiesheng

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