November 5, 2013
U.S. WINS THE GROUP
U-17 Women advance to semifinal
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team defeated Canada 2-0 to win Group B at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship in Jamaica. The victory sets up a clash with Mexico in the semifinal on Nov. 7, with the winner earning a spot in the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
Forwards Zoe Redei and Mallory Pugh scored goals in the 36th and 62nd minutes, respectively, as head coach B.J. Snow's team earned its third straight victory at the Montego Bay Sports Complex with an excellent overall performance against its regional rival.
In the other semifinal, Jamaica will take on Canada in front of a large home crowed at 6 p.m. ET. The winner of that semifinal will earn the second of CONCACAF's two berths to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup being held next March in Costa Rica.
The USA gained the lead in the 36th minute when right back Ellie Jean drove forward into the box and poked the ball square to Redei. She stabbed it home with the outside of her right foot to give the USA a lead heading into the break. The goal was Redei's team-leading fifth of the tournament and marked her second-consecutive game on the score sheet.
Redei turning provider in the 62nd minute. Latching onto a long ball over the top, Redei outpaced the defense into the right side of the penalty area before expertly squaring to Pugh who calmly rolled the ball home into an empty net. The goal was Pugh's third of the tournament and ninth in just seven U-17 international matches.
The USA qualified for its first U-17 Women's World Cup back in 2008 by defeating Mexico in the semifinal, 1-0, on a goal from current U.S. Women's National Team player Crystal Dunn.
The USA-Mexico game can be seen tape delayed on FOX Soccer Plus at 7 p.m. CT and live online at FOX Soccer 2GO at 2 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.