United States women's national under-17 soccer team

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United States under-17
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
The Yanks
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach B. J. Snow
First colors
Second colors
CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship
Appearances 3 (First in 2008)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg : (2008, 2012)
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2008)
Best result Runners-up Silver medal icon.svg : (2008)

The United States U-17 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the senior national team. The team's most recent major tournament was the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in which the United States team finished runners-up to tournament champions North Korea. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the biennial FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which is the top competition for this age group. The current head coach B. J. Snow was hired in January 2013; the first time a full-time coach is in charge of this team.[1]



The women's U-17 program was started in 2002 and was initially focused on developing players for the U-19 team. The U-17s played their first matches in November 2002, including a 3–0 victory over Scotland. Through 2003, the U-17s went undefeated in international matches, defeating youth teams from Canada and Germany, and repeated that feat in 2004. In 2005, however, the U-17s suffered defeats in matches against the Canadian and Mexican youth teams.

In 2006, the U-17s competed against various youth teams from Argentina and Germany, including a loss to Argentina's senior team.[2]


In February 2007, FIFA began organizing for the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand.[3] In preparation for the tournament, the U-17s posted a 9–1–0 record, defeating U-17 teams from Germany and Uruguay and U-19 teams from Denmark, England and Argentina.[2]

In 2008, the U-17s compiled a record of 19–3–2 and 11–2–1 in international matches, winning the CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago on July 26, 2008, defeating Costa Rica 4–1.[4]

At the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the United States lost their opening match to Japan. They scraped through the opening rounds of play with a draw against France, and advanced through the tournament to the final, where they lost in overtime to North Korea. Taylor Vancil was named the best goalkeeper at the tournament.[5] Out of the 13 goals that the USA had at the tournament, only three players actually scored them: Vicki DiMartino (5), Courtney Verloo (4), and Kristen Mewis (2). The other two goals were own goals by Paraguay and North Korea.[6]


The U-17s were favored to win the 2010 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship held in Costa Rica, winning their group and scoring 32 goals. However, they suffered a stunning loss to Canada in the semifinals, on a penalty shootout. This loss prevented the United States from qualifying to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the first time in history that a United States women's national soccer team has not advanced out of their region to a Women's World Cup.


In 2011, Albertin Montoya took over the U-17 squad, intent on developing a more possession style of play. The team started out the cycle slow against powerhouses Germany and Japan, going 1–1–2 in a set of friendlies, but eventually found their form and dominated the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship, outscoring their opposition 26–0 on their way to winning the tournament and qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Summer Green set a record with 12 goals, the most by an American player during any CONCACAF qualifying tournament.[7]

However, the World Cup would not be kind to the Americans, as despite not losing a match, they would not make it out of their group. A series of draws between the US, eventual runners-up France, and North Korea meant that the two teams to advance would be decided by total goal differential against the fourth team in the group, Gambia. The USA's 6–0 win turned out not to be enough when North Korea sat deep in their own half to protect a draw, knowing they had scored 11 goals on Gambia, and France, knowing it was on the brink of elimination, pressed the outmatched Gambians to score 6 times in the final 20 minutes to turn a 4–2 match in the 70th minute into a 10–2 rout.


In 2013, B. J. Snow took over the U-17 squad for the 2014 World Cup Cycle. The cycle started out with great hope and expectations, but in a manner almost identical to 4 years before, the USA saw itself unable to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup when they lost in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship to Mexico in a penalty shootout despite having only given up one goal in the entire tournament.

CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 2008 Champions 5 5 0 0 29 2
Costa Rica 2010 Third place 5 4 1 0 38 0
Guatemala 2012 Champions 5 5 0 0 26 0
Jamaica 2013 Third place 5 4 1 0 26 1
Total 4/4 20 18 2 0 119 3

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
New Zealand 2008 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 13 10
Trinidad and Tobago 2010 Did not qualify
Azerbaijan 2012 Group stage 3 1 2 0 7 1
Costa Rica 2014 Did not qualify
Total 2/4 9 4 3 2 20 11


Roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship,[8] which also served as the CONCACAF qualification tournament for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Kat Hess (1998-10-02) October 2, 1998 (age 16) United States LA Premier
1 1GK Lauren Rood (1997-10-09) October 9, 1997 (age 17) United States Washington Timbers
5 2DF Gabriella Carreiro (1997-09-05) September 5, 1997 (age 17) United States FC Stars of Mass.
7 2DF Mia Gyau (1998-06-22) June 22, 1998 (age 16) United States Bethesda Lions
6 2DF Natalie Jacobs (1997-08-16) August 16, 1997 (age 17) United States Slammers FC
10 2DF Ellie Jean (1997-01-31) January 31, 1997 (age 18) United States Oakwood SC
12 2DF Tegan McGrady (1997-10-11) October 11, 1997 (age 17) United States MVLA SC
9 2DF Zoe Morse (1998-04-01) April 1, 1998 (age 17) United States Michigan Hawks
13 2DF Taylor Otto (1997-10-23) October 23, 1997 (age 17) United States CASL
2 3MF Dorian Bailey (1997-01-28) January 28, 1997 (age 18) United States Sporting BVSC
4 3MF Marley Canales (1997-11-16) November 16, 1997 (age 17) United States San Diego Surf
14 3MF Taylor Racioppi (1997-02-26) February 26, 1997 (age 18) United States PDA Clash
19 3MF Anika Rodriguez (1997-01-04) January 4, 1997 (age 18) United States So Cal Blues
25 3MF Marisol Guerrero (1997-07-22) July 22, 1997 (age 17) United States San Juan
3 4FW Madison Haley (1998-10-25) October 25, 1998 (age 16) United States Dallas Texans
8 4FW Kelcie Hedge (1997-09-19) September 19, 1997 (age 17) United States Washington Premier
11 4FW Civana Kuhlmann (1999-04-14) April 14, 1999 (age 16) United States Colorado Rush
17 4FW Mallory Pugh (1998-04-29) April 29, 1998 (age 17) United States Real Colorado
15 4FW Zoe Redei (1997-10-08) October 8, 1997 (age 17) United States Eclipse Select
22 4FW Maddy Schultz (1998-01-20) January 20, 1998 (age 17) United States Northwest Nationals

Previous rosters[edit]

2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup squad[9]
2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup squad



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