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Canada to battle Haiti for last spot at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 10 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

The young Canadians will have to wait until Tuesday to earn a spot at the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling to Mexico 1:2 in the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship semi-final. Teni Akindoju scored the lone goal for Canada, who will play for third place against Haiti.

Canada will next face Haiti in the Concacaf bronze medal match on 12 June, with the match broadcast live via kicking off at 10.00 local / 10.00 ET / 07.00 PT. In addition, exclusive behind-the scenes content and post-match commentary are available on Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

"We have shown our quality in this competition to advance‎, but we need to turn it up and do what we have to do on Tuesday," said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Director U-15 to U-23. "We believe we have the qualities in our squad, but that spot is not ours: we have to take it. It is about showing up and delivering what we need in order to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018."

Canada trailed after just six minutes after Anette Vazquez headed a long, high cross into the net to put Mexico in the lead. The winning goal was scored late in the first half from a penalty kick that was converted by Nicole Perez.

Akindoju had scored the equaliser for the young Canadians in the 37th minute. Jordyn Huitema made a great drive to the goal line and put the cross in on the ground. Akindoju's right-footed shot sailed into the far side of the Mexican net. Less than a minute later, Canadian goalkeeper Anna Karpenko made huge fingertip save to keep the score tied one all.

Canada earned their sixth straight appearance in a Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship semi-final after finishing second in Group B with two wins and one loss and allowing only two goals in group play. They will either face Group A runners-up Haiti, who finished with two wins and a draw, or Group B winners USA, who handed the Canadians their only group play loss, a 0:1 defeat to take the top spot.

Under an aligned Women’s EXCEL Program, the 20 Canadian players have collectively accumulated more than 2,000 player days in Canada Soccer’s women’s youth program. Through four matches, 19 players have featured at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 runs 13 November to 1 December in Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo, and Maldonado. Along with the two Sunday winners, one more Concacaf nation will qualify on Tuesday for Uruguay 2018.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout each year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team. Major competitions which are viewed as staging posts to assess development, allows for the development of the Women’s EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise, ultimately preparing players for when they do progress up the system.

Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which is delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum year-round through a two-tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada Soccer’s EXCEL players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec from the smaller provincial-licensed centres.

Since 2002, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams have won four Concacaf titles: the 2004 and 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all five editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.


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