Venezuela reaches new heights
[UNDER-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Venezuela is making a name for itself as a rising South America women's power under Panamanian coach Kenneth Zseremeta, who has led the Vinotinto into the semifinals of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
Venezuela, a 3-2 winner over Canada, will meet Japan in Monday's
semifinals in Costa Rica. The second game of the doubleheader will be an all-European affair: Spain-Italy.
Venezuela 3 Canada
Italy 2 Ghana 2
(Italy won 4-3 on penalties)
Japan 2 Mexico 0
Spain 3 Nigeria 0
Venezuela, had never reached the final eight of a FIFA tournament at any level,
came from 2-1 down after conceding its first goals of the tournament to beat Canada on goals by 14-year-old Deyna Castellanos, Yosneidy Zambrano and Gabriela Garcia, who assisted on Castellanos' opening goal.
Castellanos, whose goal was her tournament-leading
fifth in four games, started playing when she was 4 years old after her brother's coach saw her kicking a ball around. She asked her parents if she could practice with her brother's team, and she was
soon scoring goals. Castellanos now plays for a school operated by Venezuelan star Juan Arango, who plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany.
Reflecting the diversity of Venezuelan women's soccer, Escuela Juan Arango is one of 19 different programs represented on the 21-player U-17 roster.
|Recent Youth Soccer Reporter Thirty-three Alianza finalists land trial invites Oct. 6, 5:02 p.m. |
Thirty-three of the 48 Powerade Sueno Alianza finalists received a total of 116 trial invitations from ... Germany routs USA at U-19 tourney Oct. 6, 3:49 p.m.
Germany beat the USA, 8-1, in the U-19 division of the Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup in Stuttgart ... Roster: U.S. U-19 women convene for final camp Sept. 30, 1:26 p.m.
The U.S. U-19 women's national team, under Coach Jitka Klimkova, will hold its fourth and final ... More than 20 states represented by Alianza finalists Sept. 29, 4:23 p.m.
After tryouts in 11 cities across the USA, 48 players from more than 20 states are ... U.S. U-17 boys split friendlies with Mexico Sept. 28, 5:14 p.m.
The U.S. U-17 national team, during its final training camp before the U-17 World Cup that ... U.S. U-20 women beat Honduras, 5-0 Sept. 28, 12:55 a.m.
Five players scored for the U.S. U-20 women's national team in a 5-0 friendly win at ... Roster: U.S. U-15 boys start new cycle with 48-player camp Sept. 24, 12:22 a.m.
Forty-eight 2002-born players are in a Sept. 20-27 training camp that marks the start of a ... Roster: U.S. U-17 boys head to Mexico camp Sept. 21, 11:59 p.m.
For the U.S. U-17 national team's last gathering before the U-17 World Cup in Chile in ... Roster: Young U.S. U-20 women's squad heads to Honduras Sept. 15, midnight
Coach Michelle French has named a 24-player roster for a Sept. 19-25 training camp in San ... Roster: U.S. U-17 girls convene in Carson Sept. 14, 11:23 p.m.
Coach B.J. Snow has called in 15 1999-born players and 11 born in 2000 for a ... >> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives