USA U-17 Women’s National Team defeats Mexico 2-1 to claim record fifth Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (May 8, 2022) – The USA U-17 Women’s National Team won the 2022 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in thrilling fashion after beating Mexico, 2-1, in a well-played and entertaining final. A first-half goal from midfielder Lauren Martinho and a second-half winner from substitute striker Melina Rebimbas powered USA to victory as the young Americans earned a third goal. Consecutive Concacaf Women’s U-17 title and record fifth overall.

Team captain and midfielder Riley Jackson, who was superb pulling the strings in the American midfield throughout the tournament, was named MVP. American goalkeeper Victoria Safradin, who played four games in the tournament, won the title of best goalkeeper. Mexico won the fair play award and Canadian striker Rosa Maalouf was the top scorer.

With their World Cup spot secured after their semi-final win and a boisterous trophy lift on a hot night, WYNT U-17 and head coach Natalia Astrain, leading their first tournament at the helm of the United United will now focus on preparations for October. FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India. Earlier today, Canada beat Puerto Rico 3-0 on three second-half goals in the third-place game to claim Concacaf’s third and final World Cup berth.

Mexico, who had scored 57 goals heading into the league match against USA’s 56, was by far the toughest challenge in the competition, but the USA still dominated the game, racking up a margin of shooting 27-7 and an 8-1 margin. advantage in corner kicks. At times, Mexico put pressure on the American defense, but the American defense held firm and it was the Americans who had the lion’s share of scoring chances. Quality goalkeepers from Mexico Carmen Lopez combined with a few close range near misses, Mexico stayed in the game.

Martinho opened the scoring with a fantastic long shot in the 20thand minute that deflected off Lopez’s gloves, on the underside of the crossbar and on the goal line. USA dominated the rest of the half, edging Mexico 10-2 to take the lead until the break.

Both teams came out strong in the second half, with Mexico creating a few more problems with their pressing play. In the 66and minute, striker Maribel Flores scored the equalizer after netting a cross deep inside the USA penalty area. The goal was the first conceded by the United States in seven matches at the tournament.

The level scoreline didn’t last long as the pressing USA defense forced a turnover in the attacking half and striker Taylor Suarez played Rebimbas inside the box. She rocked a defender with sophisticated footwork and buried a left-footed shot just inside the right net to regain the lead.

With the victory, the United States concludes the tournament with a perfect record of 7-0-0 while scoring 58 goals and conceding only one. The United States tied Mexico for the most goals scored in the competition and also topped the tournament with 232 shots and 46 assists.

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GOAL SCORING RECAP:

United States – Lauren Martinho, 20th minute – After a poor clearance from Mexico, Martinho latched on to the ball just outside the box and unleashed a powerful right-footed shot from 22 yards that scuffed the goalkeeper’s gloves, lower crossbar and along the goal line to open the scoring. US 1, MEX 0

United States – Maribel Flores (Alice Soto), 66th minute – From outside the penalty on the right side, Soto sent a cross deep into the left of the American penalty area. A brief miscommunication on the American back line allowed Flores to get to the end of the ball and fire a shot from three yards out to equalise. US 1, MEX 1

United States – Melina Rebimbas (Taylor Suarez), 77th minute – After winning the ball with a pressing defense in the attacking third, Suarez made a pass to Rebimbas inside the box. She shook off her defender with a clever move and buried a low left-footed shot into the net from the far post from 10 yards out. US 2, MEX 1

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Midfielder Lauren Martinho’s goal marked her fourth goal of the tournament.
  • Prior to Mexico’s goal, the USA’s shutout streak at the tournament had lasted 606 minutes.
  • Striker Melina Rebimbas’ goal marked her eighth of the tournament, tying striker Amalia Villarreal for the team lead.
  • Striker Taylor Suarez’s assist to set up Rebimbas’ match-winner was his sixth assist of the tournament.
  • The victory marked the third consecutive Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in which the United States defeated Mexico in the final.

-United States Women’s National Under-17 Team Match Report-

Match: United States Women’s National Under-17 Team vs. Mexico

Date: May 8, 2022
Competition: Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship – Final

Place: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Presence: 50

To start up: 5 p.m. ET

Weather: 86 degrees, hot

Rating Summary: 1 2 F

United States 1 1 2

MEX 0 1 1

United States – Lauren Martinho 20and minute

MEX – Maribel Flores (Alice Soto) 66

USA – Melina Rebimbas (Taylor Suarez) 77

Compositions:

UNITED STATES; 12-Victoria Safradin; 20-Gisele Thompson, 17-Alyssa Gonzalez, 4-Cameron Roller, 3-Savannah King; 7-Riley Jackson (captain), 19-Lauren Martinho, 8-Charlotte Kohler (10-Mia Bhuta, 72); 18-Onyeka Gamero, 16-Amalia Villarreal (14-Melina Rebimbas, 59), 9-Taylor Suarez (6-Mia Oliaro, 83)

Subs not used: 1-Abigail Gundry, 2-Nicola Fraser, 5-Keegan Schmeiser, 11-Nicollette Kiorpes, 13-Claire Hutton, 15-Shae Harvey

Head Coach: Natalia Astrain

MEX: 1-Carmen Lopez; 2-Michel Fong (17-Katherin Guijarro, 88), 4-Natalia Colin, 5-Giselle Espinoza, 3-Daniela Meza (13-Brenda Vega, 25); 8-Grecia Pineda (14-Deiry Ramirez, 88), 18-Jade Martinez, 9-Tatiana Flores (15-Layla Sirdah, 61), 10-Alice Soto; 11-Valerie Vargas (19-Montserrat Saldivar, 73), 7-Maribel Flores

Unused substitutes: 12-Renatta Cota, 6-Sofía Jiménez, 16-Valeria Ramon, 20-Fernanda Quiroz

Head Coach: Ana Galindo

Stat Summary: USA / MEX

Shots: 23 / 7

Shots on goal: 9 / 3

Backup: 2 / 7

Corner kicks: 8 / 1

Fouls: 8 / 13

Offside: 2 / 0

Summary of misconduct:

N / A

Officials:

Referee: Annays Rosario (PUR)

1st Assistant Referee: Santa Medina (DOM)

2n/a Assistant Referee: Lourdes Noriega (HON)

4and Official: Sandra Benitez (SLV)

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