Mt. Lebanon‘s Mia Bhuta secured a place in the starting XI and wore the USA U-17 women’s youth national team captain’s armband as the squad kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign at the 2022 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with a 20-0 opened win over Grenada, who set a record for most goals in a single World Cup qualifier for a US women’s national team at all levels.
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Bhuta joined the USYNT 4-1-4-1 in holding midfield.
Led by four-goal performances from midfielders Shae Harvey and Charlotte Kohler and a hat-trick from forward Melina Rebimbas, the USA scored nine goals in the first half and 11 in the second.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which put US Soccer’s youth national team program on hold for a long time, this game was the first U-17 international for any US player to take the field. The game was the first U-17 international in 792 days and the first in official competition in 1,250 days since the hiatus caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The win is also the first for Natalia Astrain, who was appointed USWYNT U-17 head coach on November 17, 2021 and coached in her first U-17 international.
The U-17 WYNT continues against Puerto Rico (4:00 p.m. / FS2, ViX app in Spanish) at the Estadio Panamericano in Group G on Monday, April 25 and finishes the first round on Wednesday, April 27, v Costa Rica (16:00 / FS2 , ViX App in Spanish) at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo.