[CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP]
The USA opens play at the Concacaf Under-17 Women's Championship on Thursday against Trinidad & Tobago in Montego Bay,
Jamaica. The U.S. U-17s are 14-0-1 all-time in the regional championship with a 56-0 goal margin over the last two tournaments, but their lone tie would cost them a berth in the Under-17 Women's World
Five players have seven U-17 caps, including defender Mia Gyau
, the daughter of former U.S. international Philip Gyau
and sister of U.S. U-23 Joe Gyau
. Mallory Pugh
is the USA's leading scorer with six
international goals, while Madison Haley
-- daughter of former NFL star Charles Haley
-- has four goals in five caps.
Defender Ellie Jean
's father, Dominican native Domingo Jean
, pitched for the New York Yankees.
the 20 players on the roster were born in 1997, the age cut-off for the 2014 U-17 Women's World Cup. U.S. head coach B.J. Snow
, who left UCLA to take the job on
a full-time basis, also named six 1998s and two 1999s in forwards Civana Kuhlmann
and Frankie Tagliaferri
, who will be
eligible for the next U-17 World Cup as well. Tegan McGrady
, whose participation with the U-17s led to her much-publicized suspension last year
from her high school team's playoffs by California's Central Coast Section, leads the team with 458 minutes played.
The U.S. U-17s are 4-1-2 in international play in the accelerated
run-up to the Concacaf championship.
The 2010 team didn't qualify for the Under-17 Women's World Cup as it fell to Canada on penalty kicks in the semifinals. Because the finals were being
held in Trinidad & Tobago, only the two Concacaf finalists qualified for the world championship.
That will be the case again in Montego Bay as the 2014 Under-17 Women's World Cup will
be held at another Concacaf nation, Costa Rica, in the spring.
The USA opens against Trinidad & Tobago, which it has beaten 9-1 and 5-0 in their two previous meetings in the Concacaf
The Americans will continue Group B play against Guatemala on Saturday and Canada on Monday. They beat Canada 1-0 in the 2012 Concacaf U-17 final. U.S. U-17 Roster: GOALKEEPERS (2):
18-Kat Hess (LA Premier), 1-Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers) DEFENDERS (7):
5-Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass.), 7-Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions), 6-Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC), 10-Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC), 12-Tegan McGrady
(MVLA SC), 9-Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks), 13-Taylor Otto (CASL) MIDFIELDERS (5):
2-Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC), 4-Marley Canales (San Diego Surf),
14-Taylor Racioppi (PDA), 19-Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues), 25-Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA) FORWARDS (6):
3-Madison Haley (Dallas Texans), 8-Kelcie Hedge
(Washington Premier), 11-Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush), 17-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado), 15-Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select), 22-Maddy Schultz (Northwest Nationals).