FRISCO - Sunday’s CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship had some FC Dallas flair.
Reyna Reyes (MEX) and Taryn Torres (USA) are both members of Dallas’ ECNL program, and both are now headed to the U-17 Women’s World Cup later this year. Torres and Team USA captured the tournament title for the third time, topping Reyes and Mexico in the Final, 2-1. Both nations punched their ticket to the World Cup with wins in the Semifinal round.
Reyes, a member of the U-16 squad, played a full 90 minutes at outside back in four of the five games the Mexico side played in the tournament.
“The feeling is incredible,” Reyes said. “I never would have thought at this age I would be heading to the U-17 Women’s World Cup in just a few months. Just knowing that I get the chance to play in that is unbelievable.”
Torres, a member of the U-17 FCD team, played a full 90 minutes in the U.S. Women’s final group stage match and was available off the bench in the U.S.’ other four, including the championship match.
"It's been an experience that I will remember forever," Torres said. "Getting to compete on the biggest stage while playing for your country is an honor and a privilege every time you step out on the field."
Both countries will look to become the first CONCACAF team to win the U-17 World Cup. The U.S. team has made the tournament all four times it’s been held and has the highest-ranked finish of all the federation’s teams, falling in the Final in 2008, the first year the tournament was held. Mexico has qualified for their fourth-straight tournament, making a quarterfinal appearance in 2014.