[CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP]Summer Green has gotten all the attention, scoring nine of the USA's 18 goals in its three wins in group play at the Concacaf Under-17 Women's Championship, but U.S. coach Albertin Montoya says the U-17s have plenty of options. A berth in the 2012 Under-17 Women's World Cup will be on the line on Thursday when the USA faces Panama at Guatemala City's Estadio Cementos Progreso (kickoff: 3:30 p.m.). The USA was upset by Canada in a shootout after a scoreless draw in the semifinals of the Concacaf Under-17 Women's Championship two years ago, but it is not expected to be shut out by Panama.
"I don't think any team can necessarily prepare for us because we have so many different options and so many ways to break teams down," says Montoya. "We have a lot of pace with the forwards. We've got forwards who are quite powerful. We've got some who are more technical and savvy. And our midfielders complement them very well. And we've got outside backs who get forward."
Montoya is so confident in the depth of his team that he might make three or four changes in the starting lineup for the Panama game.
Panama reached the semifinals despite opening with a 6-0 loss to Canada in their Group A opener. A 7-1 win over Guatemala got Panama back on track. Karla Riley, Laurie Batista and Marta Cox each score twice in the win. A 1-1 tie with Jamaica gave Panama second place behind Canada, which faces Mexico in Thursday's other semifinal.
Montoya says Panama isn't as athletic as some of the teams in the tournament and he may make some lineup changes to try to break it down.