Natalia Astrain Names U.S Roster For 2022 FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup

September 22, 2022

CHICAGO (Sept. 22, 2022) – U.S. Underneath-17 Ladies’s Youth Nationwide Crew head coach Natalia Astrain has named the 21 gamers who will signify the USA on the 2022 FIFA Underneath-17 Ladies’s World Cup to be held in India from Oct. 11-30.


The USA kicks off Group A on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in opposition to host India (10:30 a.m. ET on FS2) in Bhubaneswar. The match will probably be performed in a stadium that may possible be stuffed to capability (19,000). The USA continues the group on Oct. 14 vs. Brazil (7 a.m. ET on FS2) and wraps up first spherical play in opposition to Morocco on Oct. 17 (10:30 a.m. ET on FS2). The entire matches of the match will probably be broadcast on both Fox Soccer Plus or FS2.


Astrain named the ultimate roster after a profitable three-game journey to Spain on the finish of August during which the USA received and drew with Spain after which defeated Germany. As a result of world pandemic, this group of gamers didn’t return to worldwide play till late April of this yr on the Concacaf Ladies’s U-17 Championship within the Dominican Republic, a match during which the USA received all seven of its video games to qualify for the World Cup and take the regional title.


Gamers born on or after Jan. 1, 2005, are age-eligible for this World Cup. Astrain selected 16 gamers born in 2005 and 5 born in 2006. Eleven gamers will probably be 17 years previous at the beginning of the World Cup and 10 will probably be 16.


“I give a number of credit score to gamers for a way a lot this group has grown in a short while,” mentioned Astrain. “They’re a really united crew, not solely of their dedication to enjoying our model of soccer on the sector, however in supporting one another off the sector. They’re a crew filled with optimistic spirit and competitiveness, and the chance to signify the USA in a World Cup is one they’re embracing with humbleness and great pleasure. We’re actually wanting ahead to seeing the optimistic impression this World Cup could have on their developmental journeys.”

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Astrain named 15 gamers who have been a part of the USA’s Concacaf championship crew (partly due to a couple accidents late within the choice course of) and 6 gamers who made late runs to earn a World Cup roster spot. This would be the first U-17 Ladies’s World Cup since 2018 after the 2020 match was cancelled because of the world pandemic and thus the primary World Cup expertise for each participant on the roster.


The match will probably be a very particular expertise for midfielder Mia Bhuta, whose father was born in Mumbai and grew up in Rajkot within the state of Gujarat in Western India. He got here to the USA when he was 16 years previous and now his daughter, the first-ever participant of Indian descent to signify the U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Crew in a World Cup, will get to take action in a rustic during which she nonetheless has many family.


2022 U.S. Underneath-17 Ladies’s World Cup Crew Roster by Place (Caps/Targets):


GOALKEEPERS (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Braveness; Wake Forest, N.C.; 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, Calif.; 3/0), Nicola Fraser (Actual Colorado Nationwide; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 8/1), Jorydn Bugg (San Diego Surf; El Cajon, Calif.; 0/0), Savannah King (Slammers FC HB Koge; West Hills, Calif.; 9/0), Cameron Curler (Photo voltaic SC; Sherman, Texas; 8/1), Gisele Thompson (Complete Futbol Academy; Studio Metropolis, Calif.; 9/0)             


MIDFIELDERS (5): Mia Bhuta (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, Pa.; 10/2), Riley Jackson (Concorde Hearth; Roswell, Ga.; 8/2), Charlotte Kohler (MVLA; Woodside, Calif.; 8/6), Lauren Martinho (NC Braveness; Cary, N.C.; 10/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Ky.; 3/0)                                                

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FORWARDS (7): Emeri Adames (Photo voltaic SC; Crimson Oak, Texas; 3/2), Onyeka Gamero (Seashore FC; Cerritos, Calif.; 9/5), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC; Worcester, Mass.; 8/5), Melina Rebimbas (PDA; Warren, N.J.; 10/8), Samantha Smith (Boise Thorns FC; Boise, Idaho; 10/3), Taylor Suarez (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.; 9/2), Amalia Villarreal (Michigan Jaguars FC; Lansing, Mich.; 10/8)


The 2022 FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup options 16 nations divided into 4 teams of 4 groups. The highest two finishers in every group advance to the knockout spherical quarterfinals. All 32 matches of the match will happen throughout three venues in India: Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on the east coast and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa and DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, that are situated on the west coast.


2022 FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup Group A Schedule – USA




Kickoff (ET)

Venue; Metropolis


Oct. 11

USA vs. India

10:30 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar


Oct. 14

USA vs. Brazil

7:00 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar


Oct. 17

USA vs. Morocco

10:30 a.m.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa



Roster Notes:

  • With eight profession objectives every at this degree, forwards Melina Rebimbas and Amalia Villareal enter this World Cup because the USA’s main scorers.
  • The six gamers on the World Cup roster who weren’t part of the U.S. crew on the 2022 Concacaf Ladies’s U-17 Championship are goalkeeper Valentina Amaral, defenders Ella Emri and Jordyn Bugg, midfielder Ella Sanchez and forwards Emeri Adames and Samantha Smith.
  • Nineteen of the 21 gamers on the roster have been capped on the U-17 degree, led by midfielder Mia Bhuta, Rebimbas and midfielder Lauren Martinho, who all have 10 caps. Bugg and Smith are uncapped.
  • The roster is made up of gamers from 17 totally different youth golf equipment and 13 totally different states. Defender Giselle Thompson performs in MLS Subsequent for the U-17 boys’ crew at Complete Futbol Academy in Los Angeles.
  • Six gamers hail from California, 4 come from North Carolina and two are from Texas. Gamers additionally come from Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • The youth golf equipment who performed a number of gamers on the roster are the NC Braveness (3), San Diego Surf (2), Photo voltaic FC (2), and Internationals SC (2).
  • Of the 21 gamers on the roster, eight are presently highschool seniors, 10 are of their junior yr and two are sophomores. Bhuta has graduated from highschool and can enroll early at Stanford College in January.
  • This would be the first World Cup as U.S. head coach for Natalia Astrain, who took over this system in November of 2021. Astrain joined U.S. Soccer after spending the 2021 Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League season with the Kansas Metropolis Present and brings a wealth of teaching expertise in each the skilled and youth ranks. In her native Spain, she served as head coach for FC Barcelona, Membership Damm, Membership Levante Las Planas and as an assistant with Atletico Madrid and the Spain Ladies’s Nationwide Crew. She additionally frolicked as technical director of Barcelona’s ladies’s academy.
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