The 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be hosted by Trinidad and Tobago in September.
The United States was drawn into Group B and opens its schedule today against Haiti (6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. local) followed by the Cayman Islands on March 12 (6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. local). The United States finishes first round play against the host on March 14 (9:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m.) local on the first day of daylight savings time.
The 16-game, 11-day tournament will run from March 10-20 and all the matches will be played at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Group A will feature Panama, Mexico, Jamaica and Canada. Like at the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in January, all matches from the U-17 event will be streamed live and free of charge at CONCACAF.com. Each game will also be available on-demand shortly after its conclusion.
The group winners and second place finishers will cross over to the all-important semifinals on March 18 with the two semifinal winners earning berths to Trinidad & Tobago.
Leading the way is midfielder Morgan Brian, one of two players on the squad from the Ponte Vedra Storm. Brian is the only holdover from the New Zealand squad and is the USA's most experienced player with 12 U-17 caps and seven goals. Kaysie Clark from the KC Select Scream out of Missouri is another dynamic attacking midfield option while Clarissa Wedemeyer of the Dallas Texans will likely provide cover for Brian and Clark from the holding midfield slot.
The defense will likely be anchored by center back Abby Dahlkemper from northern California's MVLA Avalanche and the USA is solid in goal with probable starter Bryane Heaberlin from the Clearwater Chargers. Abby Smith from the Texans and Caroline Stanley from the FCFC Alliance out of Kansas City round out the strong goalkeeping trio.
The Ponte Vedra Storm (Morgan Brian and Kaili Torres) and Dallas Texans (Clarissa Wedemeyer and Abby Smith) are the only clubs with two players on the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team. Both teams were also represented at the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships.
The United States is coming off three excellent wins against the German U-17 and U-16 National Teams in Florida. Clark and midfielder Lindsey Horan both scored two goals over the three matches while Brian, Isabel Farrell from Crossfire Premier in Washington and Havana Solaun from the KYX Kicks Elite in Gainesville, Fla., tallied one each.
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Wednesday, March 10
Haiti vs. United States, 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Friday, March 12
United States vs. Cayman Islands, 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Sunday, March 14
Costa Rica vs. United States, 9:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)
Thursday, March 18
Semifinal 1, 6 p.m. ET( 4 p.m. local)
Semifinal 2, 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Saturday, March 20
Third-Place, 6 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
Championship, 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
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