While the soccer world is on an international break and the senior United States Women’s National Team were busy taking care of Scotland this week, the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup is in full swing in Uruguay. It’s easy to lose track of all the soccer going on in the world since the youth national teams play a World Cup every two years instead of every four, but it’s a great primer for the full USWNT going to France in 2019 to defend their title.
The U-17 USWNT is already one game into their group stage and are off to a good start with a 3-0 win over Cameroon. That win was aided by some controversial calls. The United States were kept onside on their first goal by an injured player. Their second goal game on a penalty kick where the Cameroon goalkeeper appeared to be rightfully red carded. Their first uncontroversial goal came late against a 10-woman team. And eventually a second yellow card had Cameroon down to nine players. Here are the highlights from the United States’ victory over Cameroon.
How to Watch
All the games for the USWNT will be broadcast on FS2 with the next one coming today. Here is the remaining schedule:
- Saturday, November 17th — United States v Korea DPR — 11:00 am on FS2
- Wednesday, November 21st — United States v Germany — 2:00 pm on FS2
The US are currently tied for first in Group C with Germany with an even goal differential and point total. Goals scored is the next tie breaker and Germany leads by one (four to three).
Today’s game is crucial because Germany has a likely win lined up against Cameroon three hours after the US play North Korea. As stated above, Cameroon have two players suspended for this second group stage match, including their starting keeper.
In other action, Group A has already been decided with Ghana and New Zealand advancing and eliminating Finland and the hosts Uruguay. All the other groups are still up for grabs with Japan and Mexico out front after two games with four points compared to their Group B compadres Brazil and South Africa (who each have one). In the final Group, Group D, Spain and Canada won their first games with Columbia and South Korea taking losses.
The top two teams in each group will advance and a win today would put the USWNT and Germany through, despite a mid-week game sitting there yet to be played. If the US were to lose, they almost certainly would need to defeat Germany on Wednesday.
The winner of Group C will play their quarterfinal game Sunday, November 25th and the runner up will play Saturday, November 24th. The semifinals will be on Wednesday, November 28th with the World Cup final being held on Saturday, December 1st.
Here is the full roster for the US (courtesy of USsoccer.com):
USA -- 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.; 15/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 5/0), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars; Swampscott, Mass.; 17/2), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 24/1), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 4/0), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 16/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 19/3), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 19/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 13/2), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy Soccer Club; Davis, Calif.; 27/11), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 27/6), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 17/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 20/2)
FORWARDS (7): Trinity Byars (Solar Soccer Club; Richardson, Texas; 3/0), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – Maryland; California, Md.; 26/9), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 15/9), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 30/24), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 23/8), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas; 19/2); Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 7/2)
Update on 11/21/18: The US Women lost and lost badly against Korea DPR in their second game. They now move to a very important game against Germany if they hope to advance. Luckily Cameroon upset Germany so all four teams in the group enter the final game of the group stage tied with three points. The tiebreakers could be huge. Here are the highlights from the US/North Korea game.