Jan. 20, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Seminole fans will have the opportunity to follow Tiffany McCarty, Toni Pressley and Casey Short this week as they lead the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team into competition at the 2010 CONCACAF Qualifier in Guatemala.
Fox Soccer Channel will air live broadcasts of all three U.S. matches during the pool play competition of the tournament. The U.S. kicks off the tournament against Jamaica at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Estadio Cementos Progeso in Guatemala City. Team USA will then face Trinidad & Tobago at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, and then wraps up Group B play against Mexico at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 25.
For those fans unable to watch the games on television, U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. U-20 games in Guatemala live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. This is the first time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online, and the service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match. Fans can also follow in real time online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
McCarty, Pressley and Short were named to the U.S. U-20 roster as selected by U-20 National Team head coach Jillian Ellis. The trio of Seminoles will be in Guatemala City, Guatemala for the tournament from January 19 through January 30 with a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany (July 13 - August 1) on the line.
The 2010 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship is an eight-team tournament that will send three nations to Germany. The qualifying matches will be played at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso. This is the first time a qualifying tournament for this age group has been held in Central America.
The event will consist of two groups of four teams each with the top two finishers after group play crossing over into the semifinals. Group A consists of Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and host Guatemala.
The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on January 28, with the championship and third-place matches set for Saturday, Jan. 30. Both semifinal matches and the tournament final will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.