Natalia Astrain names US squad for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022

Chicago (September 22, 2022) The head coach of the US U-17 national youth team, Natalia Astrain, has selected 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2022 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be held in India from October 11-30.

The USA starts Group A on Tuesday, October 11th against hosts India (10:30AM ET on FS2) in Bhubaneswar. The match will be played in a stadium that is likely to fill to its capacity (19000). The United States continues the group on October 14th against Brazil (7am ET on FS2) and concludes with the first-round match against Morocco on October 17th (10:30am ET on FS2). All matches of the tournament will be broadcast on either Fox Soccer Plus or FS2.

Astrin named the finalist after a successful three-game trip to Spain at the end of August, in which the United States won, drew with Spain and then defeated Germany. Due to the global pandemic, this group of players did not return to international play until late April this year at the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship in the Dominican Republic, the tournament in which the United States won all seven of its qualifying matches. for the World Cup and get the regional title.

Players born on or after January 1, 2005 are eligible to participate in the World Cup. Astrin selected 16 players born in 2005 and five players born in 2006. 11 players will be 17 years old at the start of the World Cup and 10 will be 16 years old.

“I give a lot of credit to the players for how much this group has grown in such a short time,” said Astrin. “They are a very united team, not only in their dedication to playing our style of football on the field, but in supporting each other off the field. They are a team full of positivity and competitiveness, and the opportunity to represent the United States at the World Cup is one they embrace with tremendous humility and excitement. We We really look forward to seeing the positive impact this World Cup will have on their development journeys.”

Astrin named 15 players who were part of the CONCACAF North American Championship squad (in part due to a few injuries late in the selection process) and six players who made the late rounds for a place on the World Cup roster. This will be the first FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since 2018 after the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the global pandemic and thus the first World Cup experience for each player on the roster.

The tournament will be a truly special experience for midfielder Mia Bhuta, whose father was born in Mumbai and raised in Rajkot in the western Indian state of Gujarat. He came to the United States when he was 16, and now his daughter, the first ever player of Indian origin to represent the US women’s national team at a World Cup, will be able to do so in a country that still has plenty. relatives.

List of US women’s World Cup 2022 FIFA U-17 team by position (matches / goals):

Goalkeepers (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Courage; Wake Forest, NC; 5), Victoria Safradin (Internationals SC; Eastlake, Ohio; 7), Valentina Amaral (Florida Kraze Crush; Oviedo, Fla.; 2)

Defenders (6): Ella Emri (San Diego Surf; San Diego, California; 3/0), Nicola Fraser (Real Colorado National; Highlands Ranch, Colo; 8/1), Jorydn Bugg (San Diego Surf; El Cajon, California; 0/0) , Savannah King (Slammers FC HB Koge; West Hills, CA; 9/0), Cameron Roller (Solar SC; Sherman, TX; 8/1), Gisele Thompson (Total Football Academy; Studio City, CA; 9/9) 0)

Brokers (5): Mia Botha (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, PA; 10/2), Riley Jackson (Concorde Fire; Roswell, Georgia; 8/2), Charlotte Koehler (MVLA; Woodside, CA; 8/6), Lauren Martino (NC Courage; Curry, NC; 10/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Kentucky; 3/0)

Attackers (7): Emeri Adames (Solar SC; Red Oak, Texas; 3/2), Onyeka Gamero (Beach FC; Cerritos, California; 9/5), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC; Worcester, Mass.; 8/5), Melina Rebimbas (2 ). PDA; Warren, N.J.; 10/8), Samantha Smith (Boise Thorns FC; Boise, Idaho; 10/3), Taylor Suarez (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, NC; 9/2), Amalia Villarreal (Michigan Jaguars FC; Lansing). , Michigan; 8/10)

The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup features 16 countries divided into four groups of four teams. The two qualifiers who finish first in each group advance to the quarter-finals by knockout. All 32 matches of the tournament will be played at three venues in India: Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on the east coast, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa and DY Patel Stadium in Navi Mumbai, which is located on the west coast.

2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group A schedule – USA



Kickoff (ET)

place; city


October 11

USA vs. India

10:30 am

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar


October 14

USA vs Brazil

7:00 am

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar


October 17

The United States vs Morocco

10:30 am

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa


List notes:

  • With eight goals each at this level, strikers Melina Rebempas and Amalia Villarreal enter this World Cup as the United States’ top scorer.
  • The six players on the World Cup roster who were not part of the US squad for the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Championship are goalkeepers Valentina Amaral, defenders Ella Emery and Jordyn Pugh, midfielder Ella Sanchez and forwards Emery Adams and Samantha Smith.
  • Nineteen of the 21 players on the roster took part at the U-17 level, led by midfielder Mia Bhuta, Rebembas and midfielder Lauren Martinho, who made 10 caps. Boog and Smith are unplanned.
  • The list consists of players from 17 different youth clubs and 13 different states. Defender Gisele Thompson plays in MLS Next for the U-17 boys’ team at Total Futbol Academy in Los Angeles.
  • Six players are from California, four are from North Carolina, and two are from Texas. Players also come from Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
  • Youth clubs that have played multiple players on the roster are NC Courage (3), San Diego Surf (2), Solar FC (2) and Internationals SC (2).
  • Of the 21 players on the roster, eight are currently high school seniors, 10 are in their junior year and two are in their sophomore year. Botha graduated from high school and will enroll early at Stanford University in January.
  • This will be his first World Cup as US coach for Natalia Astrin, who took over the program in November of 2021. Astrin joined the American football team after spending the 2021 season in the Women’s National Football League with Kansas City Current and bringing with him rich coaching experience. In both the professional and youth ranks. In her native Spain, she worked as the head coach of FC Barcelona, ​​FC Dam and Levante Las Planas and as an assistant coach for Atletico Madrid and the Spanish women’s national team. She also spent some time as the artistic director of the Barcelona Women’s Academy.

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