Jordan 2016 will be USA’s third FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup outing and they will be ready to have a strong tournament after falling below expectations by failing to qualify for Trinidad and Tobago 2010 and Costa Rica 2014 in recent years. The Stars and Stripes will be hoping to better their performance at the inaugural U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008 when they went close to lifting the trophy but came up just short, losing in the final to Korea DPR after extra time.
USA qualified for Jordan 2016 by winning the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship Grenada 2016 in style. In the group stages, USA finished top of their group after wins over Jamaica, Mexico and Costa Rica, scoring 11 goals and only conceding one in the three games. In the semi-finals, USA confirmed their place in Jordan after a 5-0 rout of Canada. They were able to banish demons from the U-17 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in 2013, when they lost on penalties to Mexico in the semi-finals, and defeated Mexico 2-1 in the final in Grenada to capture a record-extending third CONCACAF U-17 women’s trophy.
Coached by B.J. Snow, USA showed great character in the qualifying tournament. They were level with Jamaica 1-1 in the opening match in the first half but went on to win 8-1. For the rest of the tournament, they conceded just one more goal, in the final against Mexico. Snow will be counting on his backline to keep out the goals, but in attack, USA has several dangerous players. Striker Civana Kuhlmann scored four goals at Grenada 2016, and on the left wing, Ashley Sanchez, who finished with five goals in qualifiers, brings skill and vision to the game combined with an eye for goal, while Alexa Spaanstra, Jordan Canniff and Frankie Tagliaferri, among others, all have the ability to contribute on the offensive front.