The U.S. Under-17 women’s national team needs a draw or a win against Morocco in its Group A finale to book a spot in the knockout of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India on Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET (FS2, Telemundo Deportes App, Website and Streaming, 10:30 a.m.).
The first-place Americans (1-0-1, 4 points), who lead Brazil (1-0-1, 4) by superior goal differential (+8 to +1), will meet the Northern African side in Goa.
The USA defeated hosts India, 8-0, in its first match and tied the Brazilians, 1-0.
Brazil edged third-place Morocco 1-0 in its opener while Morocco (1-1-0, 3) downed the hosts, 3-0, on the second matchday of Group A. The top two finishers in each of the four groups will advance to the quarterfinals.
If both teams win their matches, Brazil will have to make up the massive difference to surpass the USA atop the group. If the USA ties Morocco, it would still qualify for the knockout round, but Brazil would win the group with a victory over India. If Brazil draws with India, the USA could still win the group with a tie vs. Morocco, which would need to beat the USA to qualify for the quarterfinals.
India cannot advance.
If the USA moves, it will play a team from Group B in its quarterfinal. That group is shaping up to see Germany finish first and Nigeria second. The winner of Group A will play the second-place team in Group B and vice-versa.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Courage; Wake Forest, N.C.; 5), Victoria Safradin (Internationals SC; Eastlake, Ohio; 9), Valentina Amaral (Florida Kraze Crush; Oviedo, Fla.; 2)
DEFENDERS (6): Ella Emri (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 5/1), Nicola Fraser (Real Colorado National; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 10/1), Jorydn Bugg (San Diego Surf; El Cajon, Calif.; 2/0), Savannah King (Slammers FC HB Koge; West Hills, Calif.; 11/0), Cameron Roller (Solar SC; Sherman, Texas; 10/1), Gisele Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, Calif.; 11/1)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Mia Bhuta (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, Pa.; 12/3), Riley Jackson (Concorde Fire; Roswell, Ga.; 10/2), Charlotte Kohler (MVLA; Woodside, Calif.; 10/7), Lauren Martinho (NC Courage; Cary, N.C.; 12/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Ky.; 4/0)
FORWARDS (7): Emeri Adames (Solar SC; Red Oak, Texas; 5/2), Onyeka Gamero (Beach FC; Cerritos, Calif.; 11/6), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC; Worcester, Mass.; 9/6), Melina Rebimbas (PDA; Warren, N.J.; 12/10), Samantha Smith (Boise Thorns FC; Boise, Idaho; 10/3), Taylor Suarez (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.; 10/3), Amalia Villarreal (Michigan Jaguars FC; Lansing, Mich.; 11/8)