The U.S. Under-17 women’s youth national team will kick off the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup on Tuesday against host India in front of an expected sellout crowd at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Universo).
The U-17 WYNT returns to the World Cup for the first time since 2018 after the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and enters India as champion of Concacaf following a dominant run through World Cup qualifying. After opening the tournament vs. India, the U.S. faces South American champion Brazil on Friday, Oct. 14 (7 a.m.; FS2, Universo) and closes the group stage vs. first-time participant Morocco on Monday, Oct. 17 (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Telemundo Deportes App, Website and Streaming).
2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
WATCH FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON FOX & UNIVERSO: All three of the USA’s group stage matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2. All of the tournament’s 32 matches will be carried on FS2 or Fox Soccer Plus and will be available online at FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports App with corresponding authentication.
In addition, the USA’s group stage matches will be broadcast in Spanish on the Universo family of platforms. The first two games will be aired on Universo, while the third will be carried on the Telemundo Deportes App, website and streaming platforms.
REVVING UP FOR INDIA: The USA faced elite competition in its final training camp before gathering for the World Cup, taking on reigning World Cup champion Spain (twice) and current European champion Germany in Madrid. Two second-half goals, one from midfielder Lauren Martinho and one via own goal that was forced after a header from defender Ella Emri boosted the U.S. to a 2-0 victory over Spain in the first match. In their second showdown, the nations played to a 1-1 draw. Forward Emeri Adames scored midway through the first half, but Spain equalized with a 90th minute penalty kick. Against Germany, Martinho teed up Emeri Adames for another goal as the Texan netted the lone tally in a 1-0 victory. Following the August trip to Spain, the U-17 WYNT spent about two weeks training in Dubai before traveling to Bhubaneswar for its final tournament preparations.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Courage; 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 (Real Colorado National; 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 Roller (Solar SC; Sherman, Texas; 8/1), Gisele Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, Calif.; 9/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Mia Bhuta (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, Pa.; 10/2), Riley Jackson (Concorde Fire; Roswell, Ga.; 8/2), Charlotte Kohler (MVLA; Woodside, Calif.; 8/6), Lauren Martinho (NC Courage; Cary, N.C.; 10/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Ky.; 3/0)
FORWARDS (7): Emeri Adames (Solar SC; Red Oak, Texas; 3/2), Onyeka Gamero (Beach 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)