Nesbeth and Co in draw this week
The draw for the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship in Nicaragua in April will be made next week at the Concacaf headquarters in Miami, Florida.
Eight teams, including Bermuda who won their group in Haiti last October, will go into the draw on Wednesday, which will determine the two groups of four. The teams, including defending champions United States, will vie for three places to the Under-17 World Cup in Uruguay in November.
Representing Central America are Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
The three teams from North America — the US, Canada and Mexico — will join Haiti, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, the top three finishers from last year’s Concacaf Caribbean qualifier.
Nicaragua will be the top seeds in group A, while the US will be the top seeds in group B,
The tournament will take place from April 19 to 29 and after round-robin play, the two group winners, plus the two second-place finishers will advance to the semi-finals.
The two semi-final winners will automatically qualify for the Under-17 World Cup, with the two losing semi-finalists deciding the final spot for the World Cup.
Bermuda, led by top scorer LeiLanni Nesbeth, won their qualifying group in Haiti.
They advanced to the final, where they were beaten 4-1 by the hosts.
It was their first defeat in the tournament after going unbeaten in the group stage, where their victory over Jamaica was Bermuda’s first in a women’s game.
Bermuda’s ticket to Nicaragua was sealed when Jamaica beat Trinidad & Tobago in their final group match.
Haiti took the other automatic qualifying spot while Puerto Rico claimed the last place from the Caribbean qualifiers after beating Jamaica 7-6 on penalty kicks in the third place play-off match.
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