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Thursday, May 10, 2012
U.S. qualifies for U17 Women's World Cup


The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team, led by forward Summer Green's record-breaking performance, earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with a dominant 7-0 victory Wednesday against Panama in the first semifinal at the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The USA will meet Canada, a 1-0 winner of the second semifinal against Mexico, for the Confederation championship at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Estadio Cementos Progresso.

"I'm very excited for the team and I think they put on an excellent performance out there today," U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya said. "But I don't think (qualifying for the World Cup) has hit me yet, because I am already thinking about the final. I've already started preparing for it in my mind, who is going to play and how we are going to set up, but I am very happy for this team. They played their hearts out and they deserve it, but we have one more game."

With her third hat trick of the tournament, Green broke the previous CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship record of nine goals set by the USA's Lindsey Horan at the 2010 qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. Green now has 12 goals in the competition, the most scored by a U.S. player in a single tournament at any level. She also becomes the first U.S. player ever to score three hat tricks in one tournament, following her five-goal performance against the Bahamas in the first game and her three-goal output against Mexico in the group finale. She has scored in all four matches so far as she also added a single goal against Trinidad & Tobago.

Her record-breaking 10th goal of the tournament came in the 44th minute on a looping shot from the right of the penalty area that dropped into the goal at the upper left corner to give the USA a 2-0 lead. Green added another shortly after in second half stoppage time when Toni Payne raced into the penalty area from the left side and found her open in the middle of the box. Green's shot ricocheted off the left post and crossed the goal line for a 3-0 halftime lead.

Payne made her first start of the tournament in the center midfield along with Morgan Stanton, who had an excellent game on both sides of the ball, and the slick midfielder opened up the U.S. scoring with a ninth-minute goal. U.S. left back Gabbi Miranda showcased her usual precise long-distance passing with a perfect ball to Green over the top of the defense down the right side. Green managed to cross just before the ball rolled over the end line and found a wide open Payne in the middle. She easily swept the ball into the open net for her second goal of the tournament.

- U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. Panama U-17 WNT
Date: May 10, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship - Semifinal
Venue: Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City, Guatemala
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 100
Weather: 80 degrees, hot

Scoring Summary: 1 2 _ F
USA 3 4 _ 7
PAN 0 0 _ 0

USA - Toni Payne (Summer Green) 9th minute
USA - Summer Green (Morgan Stanton) 44
USA - Summer Green (Toni Payne) 45+1
USA - Morgan Andrews 50
USA - Summer Green (Darian Jenkins) 54
USA - Darian Jenkins (Maddie Bauer) 66
USA - Emily Bruder (Andi Sullivan) 77

1-Jane Campbell; 3-Brittany Basinger, 5-Maddie Bauer, 16-Mandy Freeman, 6-Gabbi Miranda (2-Lizzy Raben, 78); 10-Morgan Andrews (capt.) (12-Joanna Boyles, 66), 19-Toni Payne, 11-Morgan Stanton, 13-Darian Jenkins, 8-Summer Green (7-Andi Sullivan, 59), 9-Emily Bruder
Subs not used: 4-Amber Munerlyn, 15-Margaret Purce, 18-Cassie Miller, 20-Morgan Reid
Not Available: 14-Lauren Kaskie, 17-Sarah Robinson
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

PAN: 1-Karen Chavarria, 2-Yerenis De Leon, 3-Yomira Sanford, 4-Astrid Diaz (18-Katherine Gonzalez, 46), 6-Laurie Batista (capt.), 8-Yanis Sanjur, 9-Karla Riley, 10-Marta Cox, 11-Kenia Rangel (14-Schiandra Gonzalez, 56), 16-Astrid Gonzalez, 20-Yassiel Franco (15-Genesis Samuels, 62)
Subs not used: 5-Katherine Castillo, 12-Joselyn Quintero 13-Karla De La Rosa, 17-Meiby Saavedra
Not Available: 7-Yaniska Garcia, 19-Nicole Medianero
Head Coach: Luis Alberto Tejada

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 28 / 2
Shots on Goal: 15 / 0
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 15
Offside: 7 / 1