The Star (Jamaica)

Young Girlz thumped by Americans


Jamaica are out of the Concacaf U17 Women’s Championsh­ip after they were beaten 4-0 by the United States of America (USA) in the quarter-final round at Estadio Panamerica­no in San Cristóbal, Dominica Republic, yesterday.

Amalia Villarreal, Charlotte Kohler, and Riley Jackson put the USA 3-0 up at half-time, with Melina Rebimbas adding a fourth in the second half to seal the win.

Villarreal headed the US in front from a Alyssa Gonzalez’ cross in the third minute.

They then forced the young Reggae Girlz on the defensive and were only kept at bay by the brilliance of Jamaica goalkeeper Liya Brooks.

The US eventually got the second when Kohler fired home a loose ball from 12 yards out in the 32nd minute.

Jackson made it 3-0 four minutes to the break after breaking through and slotting pass Brooks.

USA scored their fourth in the 56th when Rebimbas redirected a cross past Brooks from three yards out.

The Americans had a few more chances to score but Brooks continued to keep them out.

In another quarter-final yesterday, Mexico beat hosts Dominican Republic 10-0.

The top three teams from the tournament will qualify for the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India in October.

 ?? FILE ?? Jamaica’s Destiny Powell (left).
FILE Jamaica’s Destiny Powell (left).

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