Strike Force making an impact

The Cayman national women’s football team is playing two international friendly matches against Cagliari Miami Strike Force this week at the T.E. McField Annex in George Town.  

The first one was on Tuesday and the next one is on Thursday as part of their training schedule for the CONCACAF U-20 women’s tournament in Grand Cayman in January 2014. The game is open to the public.  

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Cayman football supporters to be a part of our local team’s preparation for the CONCACAF tournament and watch what will hopefully be an exciting game,” said Lanie McLaughlin, team manager.  

Following the game, the Cagliari Miami Strike Force FC team will also host a camp for Cayman’s U-15 Girls National Team this Saturday.  

“Our club views this match as more than a game of football, so we have added a camp for our U-15 Girls so that they too can benefit from additional training as they prep for the August CONCACAF U-15 Tournament,” McLaughlin said. 

The CONCACAF U-15 tournament takes place between 14 and 25 August followed by the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships from 9 to 19 January in Cayman. 

The competition will include eight teams from across the region vying for the three spots in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, to be played in Canada, six months later. The three qualifying teams will join Canada, which automatically qualifies as host of the World Cup.  

“We are proud to witness the continued growth of the sport inclusive of both genders in our Confederation, traditionally among the strongest in the world in the women’s game,” said CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb.  

“The CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands and the upcoming World Cup in Canada will give us yet another opportunity to showcase these advances on the world stage.” 

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Cayman’s best young women players are preparing for January’s tournament. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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