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U17 Women’s World Cup 2018: How to watch

No pressure. Okay, some pressure. Maybe a lot of pressure.

The 2018 U17 Women’s World Cup runs from November 13 to December 1 this year in Uruguay. There’s more pressure on the U17s to perform given recent notable subpar results in the WNT youth program, in particular the U20s going out in group at their own World Cup earlier this past summer. Perhaps that’s unfair to the U17s, an entirely different team with a different coach, but the truth is failure here will (and should) be read as part of a systemic problem within the youth system, a system that USSF has said it wanted to normalize so that principles taught to youth players would fall in line with principles of success for the full senior team, allowing easier transition from youth to senior level.

What would failure look like? Going out in group - certainly. The United States is not in an easy group by any means, sitting in Group C with Cameroon, North Korea, and Germany, but they should be able to at least advance. And then what? Assuming the US advances, they would play one of the two group winners out of Group D, which features South Korea, Spain, Canada, and Colombia. Once again, not necessarily any obvious pushovers there, but a good, solid US team should realistically have a shot at at least semifinals. A sloppy, unimaginative US team with a coach who doesn’t seem able to adapt on the fly - as we saw at the U20 WWC - won’t be able to grind their way to the final.


Of note, four U17 players were ruled out of this roster due to ACL injuries: Croix Bethune, Lia Godfrey, Kennedy Wesley, and Kate Wiesner.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.; 14/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 5/0), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.; 9/0)

DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars; Swampscott, Mass.; 16/2), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 24/1), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 4/0), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 15/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 18/3), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 18/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 12/2), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy Soccer Club; Davis, Calif.; 26/11), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 26/5), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 16/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 20/2)

FORWARDS (7): Trinity Byars (Solar Soccer Club; Richardson, Texas; 3/0), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – Maryland; California, Md.; 25/9), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 14/9), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 29/22), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 22/8), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas; 19/2); Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 6/2)

Schedule, TV, and livestream

USA vs Cameroon
Wednesday, November 14
12 PM ET
Streaming option: Telemundo Deportes

USA vs North Korea
Saturday, November, 17
12 PM ET
Streaming option: Telemundo Deportes

USA vs Germany
Wednesday, November 21
Streaming option: Telemundo Deportes