Amber Munerlyn’s 21st-minute goal off of a breakaway set up with a creative assist from Summer Green proved to be the difference as the USA withstood a frenetic finish to keep Canada off the scoreboard.
“We knew it was going to be a very difficult game going into it,” U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach Albertin Montoya said. “That’s a credit to both teams. Canada threw everything at us, but we defended very well. I thought we were the better team in the first half, but in the second half Canada really came at us and it’s a credit to our backs who made the plays when they needed to.”
The victory marks the second CONCACAF crown for the U.S. U-17s, which also won the tournament in 2008. Canada took first place in the 2010 event.
In a game that featured end-to-end play from the two 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup-bound sides, who had earned their berths to Azerbaijan through semifinal victories on May 10, the USA faced a team that was equal to the task in terms of fighting spirit and work rate. more