SAN CRISTÓBAL, Dominican Republic (May 4, 2022) – The USA U-17 women’s national youth team reached the semi-finals of the Concacaf women’s U-17 championship by beating Jamaica 4-0, with forward Amalia Villarreal, midfielders Charlotte Kohler and Riley Jackson and forward Melina Rebimbas scored in a dominant performance.
The result pits the USA against the winners of the quarter-finals between Canada and Costa Rica, which will be played later today. The USA game will take place on Friday, May 6 (7pm ET) at the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez in Santo Domingo. The winner of the two semi-finals secures entry to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India 2022, while the winner of the third-place match also earns a place at the World Cup.
The USA got off to a flying start as the 5’2 Villarreal opened the scoring with a header in the third minute and completed a perfect service from defender Alyssa Gonzalez. in the 32ndnd In the minute, midfielder Onyeka Gamero showed off her impressive dribbling skills again as she dodged a defender and whipped in a cross from the right that was deflected off a defender and thrown down the run by Kohler, who lunged at the loose ball to save the to double the lead. Nine minutes later, Jackson – the team’s captain – combined with Villarreal in a deft give-and-go to break through the last line of defense and put her name on the scoresheet, leading to a 3-0 lead by half-time.
The USA came out strong in the second half and created a wealth of chances. In the 56thth In the minute, the U-17s added their fourth goal when Gamero received the ball on the right wing, shot past two defenders and threw a cross into the box for Rebimbas, who deflected her thigh into the net from five yards out and she scored a goal on her 17thth Date of birth.
The game wasn’t as close as the result suggested, as USA beat Jamaica 38-2 and the Reggae Girlz rarely crossed midfield. Only a few very close misses and a handful of great saves from Jamaica goalkeeper Liya Brooks (she scored 11 overall) kept the result low. The USA also turned the ball around quite a bit and saved legs for the semis in two days, but also created plenty of chances against a very withdrawn and compacted Jamaican defence.
The USA have now scored 53 goals in five games in the tournament and are yet to concede. Fourteen different players have scored, a record for a US team in a Concacaf World Cup qualifying tournament, and fifteen players have provided assists.
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GOAL SCORING HISTORY:
USA – Amalia Villarreal (Alyssa Gonzalez), 3rd minute – Gonzalez hit a curled service from deep in the attacking third and Villarreal completed the penalty spot with a header from the top right, flicking the ball into the right side of the net to open the scoring. USA 1, traffic jam 0
USA – Charlotte Kohler, 32nd minute – Onyeka Gamero avoided the pressure with a brilliant individual play down the right wing and sent a cross into the box. It was deflected by a defender and into the heart of the box, where Kohler ran onto the deflection and buried the ball in the top right corner from 13 yards out. USA 2, traffic jam 0
USA – Riley Jackson (Amalia Villarreal), 41st minute – Jackson received the ball near midfield and dribbles forward. She then played a pass into the box for Villarreal, who retraced a back pass to the sprinting Jackson. She took a touch and buried a shot from the left corner of the five-yard box to the bottom right corner. USA 3, traffic jam 0
USA – Melina Rebimbas (Onyeka Gamero), 56th minute – Gamero took the ball down the right wing and took on two defenders as she dribbled into the box. She threw a cross into the center of the box and Rebimbas deflected the ball into the net with her thigh from five yards out. USA 4, traffic jam 0
- Striker Amalia Villarreal’s opening goal marked her eighth goal of the tournament to lead the team, while her assist to set up Riley Jackson’s goal was her fourth of the competition.
- Villarreal’s goal was also America’s 50th goal at the tournament. Never before has a US youth team scored 50 goals in a Concacaf World Cup qualifier.
- Alyssa Gonzalez’s assist for the opening goal was her second of the tournament.
- Midfielder Charlotte Kohler’s goal marked her sixth tournament.
- Midfielder Riley Jackson’s goal was her second of the tournament.
- Striker Melina Rebimbas’ goal marked her fifth tournament.
- Forward Onyeka Gamero’s assist for Rebimbas’ goal was her sixth of the tournament.
- Goalkeeper Abigail Gundry conceded her third goal of the tournament with two saves.
-USA U17 Women’s Youth National Team Match Report-
Game: United States U17 Women’s National Team v Jamaica
Date: May 4, 2022
Contest: Concacaf Women’s U17 Championship – Quarterfinals
Venue: Estadio Panamericano; San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Kick off: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: 85 degrees, cloudy
Points overview: 1 2 F
United States 3 1 4
Traffic jam 0 0 0
USA – Amalia Villarreal (Alyssa Gonzalez) 3rdapprox minute
USA – Charlotte Koehler 32
USA – Riley Jackson (Amalia Villarreal) 41
USA – Melina Rebimbas (Onyeka Gamero) 56
United States of America; 1-Abigail Gundry; 20-Gisele Thompson, 17-Alyssa Gonzalez, 2-Nicola Fraser, 3-Savannah King; 7 – Riley Jackson (Captain) (15 – Shae Harvey, 78), 13 – Claire Hutton (19 – Lauren Martinho, 46), 8 – Charlotte Kohler (10 – Mia Bhuta, 65); 18 – Onyeka Gamero (, 6 – Mia Oliaro, 65), 16 – Amalia Villarreal (14 – Melina Rebimbas, 46), 9 – Taylor Suarez
Unused Substitutes: 12-Victoria Safradin, 4-Cameron Roller, 5-Keegan Schmeiser11-Nicollette Kiorpes
Head Coach: Natalia Astrain
JAM: 1-Liya brooks; 19-Kerrisan Lawrence (14-Fredricka Finnikin, 8, 18-Avery Johnson, 61), 4-Tyesha Nelson (17-Sundai Amele, 84), 5-Janiel Mignott, 20-Akelia Johnson; 12 – Destiny Powell (15 – Koona Tubach, 84), 7 – Shaneil Buckley (2 – Gabrielle Bryan, 61), 8 – Danique Wilson (Capt.), 10 – Tiny Seaton, 11 – Maya Raghunandanan; 9-Natoya Atkinson
Unused Subs: 13-Dreanna Thaw, 3-Lillian Clarke, 6-Andrene Smith, 16-Kieba Cowan
Head Coach: Dane Chambers
Stats Summary: USA/JAM
Shots on target: 15/2
Summary of Misconduct:
JAM – Natoya Atkinson (caution) 85 minutes
Referee: Smeedly Saint Jean (HAI)
1St Assistant Referee: Falone Dieurisma (HAI)
2nd Assistant Referee: Stephanie Fortin (TRI)
4th Official: Cecile Hinds (MEX)