The USA has qualified for all eight previous biennial U-20 Women’s World Cups and lifted the titles in 2002, 2008 and 2012. It finished in fourth place in 2016, after which Klimkova replaced Coach Michelle French.
“We are very excited to know our opponents for the tournament,” Klimkova said. “The Concacaf region is always getting better and knowing our path gives us even more focus for our preparations, which have been going well. We’ve had four camps and played nine international games in the first half of 2017 and we’re inviting 30 players to the training camp in November.
"We want to revisit a of couple players who haven’t been involved with us for a while and we want to see some new players who had great college seasons. We’ll play another three international games during the 2017 Nike International Friendlies in Florida in the beginning of December, and the last piece of our preparations before we go to Trinidad and Tobago will be a camp at the end of December.”
2018 Concacaf Women’s U-20
Group B Schedule — USA
USA vs. Nicaragua
USA vs. Caribbean champion
USA vs. Mexico
As defending Concacaf U-20 champion, the USA was seeded atop Group B while host Trinidad & Tobago was seeded atop Group A, which also includes Canada, Costa Rica and the second-place finisher from the Caribbean championship, which takes place Nov. 22-26 in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Each group’s top two finishers advance to the semifinals, whose winners along with the winner of the third-place game earn berths to the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup in France (Aug. 5-24).
The USA beat Mexico, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea. Nicaragua has never qualified for the U-20 World Cup, nor have any teams from the Caribbean zone.
In addition to the USA and Mexico, Canada represented Concacaf at the 2016 U-20 World Cup, exiting without a point in the first round.