The roster of the first camp has been released; this one will be from November 24 to December 1st – Thanksgiving with the team and staff, I guess. The next camp will be mid-December. Just 16 players have been picked so far, with more to be named later. Players on teams still in the NCAA tournament – Notre Dame, Virginia, UNC, Stanford, etc – were not considered for this one, but will presumably be in the next camp.
So who did make this one?
Well then. It looks like this is going to be a “thing”, then: for the second time in four U17 cycles, the USA failed to qualify for the U17 Women’s World Cup.
Let’s look at what happened this time, shall we?
Via USSoccer.com: FOX Soccer 2GO Offers Free Live Stream of U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Matches. Just use the promo code for the deal (credit card required), which is good for 14 days; this will cover the entire tournament.
However, in the group stage, they’ll only be streaming the three US games – sorry, fans of Canada, Mexico and everyone else. You can still see both the semifinals and the 3rd place match in addition to the final, so that’s something. And it looks like you will be able to access all the streamed games later (while the free pass lasts, that is), if you can’t watch the games live.
And remember, if you don’t want to sign up for a full FoxSoccer2Go subscription – a $19.99 charge each month – be sure to cancel before the 14 days are up!
UCLA women’s soccer beat Stanford 2-1 last night. In that one NCAA Pac-12 conference game, a total of 29 players were on the roster who have US YNT experience; 13 for Stanford and 16 for UCLA. Of those, 26 of them actually ended up playing. For scale, a total of 32 players took the field, 16 for each team. So, 90.6% of the active players that night have been in a YNT camp at some point.
It would appear that UCLA and Stanford have no trouble recruiting top players, then.
Like their “little sisters” the U17s, the U20s are preparing for a World Cup next year, and the only way to do that is to play some actual matches, against real opponents. To date, the U20s have played seven matches, most of them overseas.
And… they haven’t done so well. Two wins, two draws, and three losses. True, the losses have been to very good teams – once to Germany and twice to Japan, who were second and third in the 2012 U20 WWC, and are always contenders at all levels of women’s soccer, and they only other two teams they’ve faced have been Sweden and Norway, who are always a challenge; Norway was a quarter-finalist at the 2012 U20 WWC, as was Sweden at the 2010 edition.
But there are the teams they have to beat to win a World Cup. Could head coach Michelle French have been playing a little cagey, knowing these opponents would most likely be the ones the US would have to face in the knock-out rounds in 2014? Maybe she already has a good idea of her best squad and formation, but hasn’t put them together yet so as not to “peak too early”. It’s possible!
So who, among the 49 active U20 players this year, has actually been playing?
CONCACAF held it’s draw for World Cup Qualifying to be held in Jamaica beginning October 30th, just a few weeks away now.
Group A: Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador
Group B: United States, Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago
Reminder: two of these teams will qualify for the 2014 U17 World Cup, joining hosts Costa Rica. This makes the two semifinals the do-or-die matches; win and you go to Costa Rica, lose and the 3rd place match is your final game of the 2013-2014 cycle.
Via US Soccer: Snow Names U.S. Roster for 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Jamaica.
There are 19 players named to the roster, with just one goalkeeper. One more goalkeeper will be named before the tournament; apparently several of them are recovering from injuries. The most fit gets to go!