18 of 20 players boast US Youth Soccer ODP development
Watch complete games live, online
The Under-20 U.S. Women's National team has clinched a spot in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship as they enter today's game against Mexico. The U.S. is trying to earn a spot in next summer's FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup where they hope to defend their 2008 title. Both the U.S. and Mexico are 2-0 after wins over Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica and you can see the action live online via CONCACAF.com
The U.S. holds a large advantage in goal differential with 10 goals scored and none conceded, while Mexico has just four goals scored and one given away, meaning a win or a draw would earn the U.S. first place in the group and a matchup with the second place team from Group A in the semis. The winners of each semifinal will earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup held in Germany.
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP
) is once again a common thread on the U.S. players' resumes as 18 of the 20 members of the U.S. team have US Youth Soccer ODP experience. Click here
to see who from the team participated in the storied program.
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will stream every game of the upcoming Women's Under-20 Championship live via CONCACAF.com. The broadcasts will be accessible worldwide and each game will also be available on-demand shortly after its conclusion. This marks the first time a continental confederation has offered comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online at no cost.
"Our internet coverage of this tournament represents a major milestone for CONCACAF and the football world," said CONCACAF President Jack Warner. "We are now able to provide live streaming free-of-charge for this and other youth tournaments which previously lacked broadcast distribution."
"We recognize the critical importance that technology will play in the future of football and are committed to developing innovative ways to deliver value to our membership and fans." added CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer.
In addition to offering streaming video, CONCACAF.com will serve as the online home of the tournament, offering daily news and updates, scores, interviews, photo galleries and match highlights.
About the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship
The CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship will take place from January 20 to January 30 at the Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
The tournament will feature CONCACAF's top eight women's U-20 sides, including defending champion Canada, the 2008 World Cup winner United States, Guatemala, Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. The two finalists as well as the third-place finisher will qualify for the 2010 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup this summer in Germany.
CONCACAF "The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football" is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 40 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in the south.