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senior, U-20 or U-17---to end without
a single dismissal.
Inaugural Concacaf Girls'
held in the Cayman Islands
In Concacaf s continuing efforts to
develop women s football in the region,
the first-ever Girls Under-15 Cham-
pionship was held in the Cayman
Islands, August 6-17. Canada emerged
as champion from the 16-team field,
prevailing 4--1 on penalty kicks over
Haiti after their final ended in a 1--1
draw. Sarah Stratigakis of Canada won
the Golden Ball award as the tourna-
ment s best player.
Mexico's Veronica Charlyn
Corral makes a statement
Veronica Charlyn Corral s credentials
as an influential footballer in Concacaf
were already well established. The 23-
year-old Mexico international had
appeared in three Fifa U-20 Women s
World Cups (2006, 2008, 2010) and
one Fifa Women s World Cup (2011).
She is also the all-time leading Concacaf
Women s Under-20 Championship
scorer with 14 goals. At the age of 14,
she became the youngest player to ever
score a goal in a World Cup match,
when she connected twice against
Switzerland in the 2006 Fifa U-20
Women s World Cup. The past year,
though, saw Corral take her game to
the next level.
At the Concacaf Women s Champi-
onship, she netted four goals, including
the last two in a 4--2 extra-time win
over T&T in the match for third place.
That result sealed the Tricolor a place
in the 2015 Fifa Women s World Cup.
Corral, who plays for Finland s Merilappi
United, followed up those outstanding
performances with even more at the
Central American & Caribbean Games.
In leading Mexico to the gold medal,
she scored a tournament-best five goals,
including the first in a 2--0 win over
Colombia in the championship match.
Canada hosts Fifa Women's World
Cup Canada 2015 Official Draw
Canada welcomed the world at the
Official Draw for the Fifa Women s
World Cup Canada 2015 on December
6 at the Canadian Museum of History
in Ottawa. After a record 129 nations
entered the competition, which featured
398 qualification matches, each of the
24 finalists discovered their opponents
for the final competition s group phase.
Costa Rica vs T&T
The Cayman Islands Truman Bod-
den Sports Complex was the location
for arguably the most thrilling game
played in the Confederation during
2014 as Costa Rica booked a ticket to
the Fifa U-20 Women s World Cup on
January 19 with a 7--3 win over T&T
in the Concacaf Women s Under-20
Championship s match for third place.
Trinidad was less than 20 minutes away
from becoming the first Caribbean side
to qualify for a Fifa Women s World
Cup at any level, when the Central
Americans launched a rally to recover
from a two-goal deficit, scoring six
unanswered goals. Nicole Araya broke
a 3--3 deadlock in the 94th minute and
fired a brilliant volley into the back of
the net two minutes later.
28,255 fans watch Canada
vs US in Winnipeg
On May 8, Winnipeg provided the
perfect backdrop to unveil the Official
Slogan for the Fifa Women s World Cup
Canada 2015: To a greater goal. In what
turned out to be the second-largest
crowd for a women s international
friendly in 2014 (28,255), the two Con-
cacaf rivals played to a 1--1 draw at the
new TD Place, one of the six venues
selected to host Canada 2015 match-
T&T Under-15 Girls finished third in the Concacaf finals.
• As a 14/15-year-old, Costa Rica's
Gloriana Villalobos played in the
following competitions: 2014
Concacaf Under-20 Championship,
2014 Fifa U-17 World Cup, 2014 Fifa
U-20 World Cup, 2014 Concacaf
Women's Championship and the 2014
Central American & Caribbean Games.
• In January, the United States
captured a third straight Concacaf
Women's Under-20 Championship
• Costa Rica qualified for its first
Fifa Women's World Cup, overcoming
T&T 3--0 on penalty kicks after their
meeting in the match for third place
at the Concacaf Women's
Championship ended in a scoreless
• The USA's Abby Wambach was
named the 2014 Concacaf Women's
Player of the Year.
• Jamaica's Shakira Duncan had a
remarkable year, scoring 14 goals in
the CFU Women's Caribbean Cup and
adding two more in the Concacaf
• The USA's Christie Rampone
earned her 300th cap on October 24,
2014, in a Concacaf Women's
Championship semifinal against
Mexico in Chester, Pennsylvania. The
39-year-old became the second US
player to reach the mark, joining
Kristine Lilly (352 games, 1987-2010).
• Christine Sinclair was named
Canada's Female Player of the Year
for a remarkable 11th straight time
and 12th overall. She played in every
minute of Canada's 11 matches in
2014 and, at the club level, scored
seven goals in her second year with
the Portland Thorns FC of the
National Women's Soccer League.
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