The U.S. Under-17 women’s national team kicks off the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship against Costa Rica Friday (10 p.m. ET; go90).
The match marks the USA’s first step towards qualification for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held this fall in Uruguay.
Group B play continues for the USA against Bermuda Sunday (10 p.m. ET; Go90) and wraps as the U.S. takes on Canada Tuesday, (10 p.m. ET; Go90).
All of the tournament’s matches will be played at the National Football Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua and broadcast on go90.com.
The top two teams from each group qualify for the semifinals, and the winners of those two matches, plus the third-place game winner, punch their World Cup tickets. Group A features first-time participant and host Nicaragua, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The USA was drawn into Group B, alongside first-time participant Bermuda, Canada and Costa Rica.
More than half the field is already set for the U-17 Women’s World Cup, as only CONCACAF and Europe have yet to hold qualifiers that will each send three teams to Uruguay.
In addition to the hosts, Brazil and Colombia have qualified from South America, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa have clinched spots from Africa, Korea Republic, Korea DPR and Japan earned berths from Asia and New Zealand will represent Oceania.
U.S. qualifying roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 8/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 9/2), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 16/1), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 10/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 12/1), Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 11/0), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 28/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 7/1), Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 18/7), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 17/6), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 19/2), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 9/0), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/1)
FORWARDS (6): Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 19/13), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 3/1), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 17/6), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas; 12/2), Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 3/0), Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 29/3)