The U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off in India on October 11, 2022 with a duo of USL W League standouts called up for their respective teams.
Ella Sanchez appeared twice for the United States in the group stage. After downing the host country 8-0, the United States went on to tie Brazil 1-1 and shutout Moracco 4-0. The United States has secured a spot in the knockout stage which begin this Friday.
The 17-year-old midfielder appeared in 10 matches for Racing Louisville during the inaugural W League season and tallied one goal.
Giselle (Gigi) Espinoza started all three matches in the backline for Mexico, who beat Spain 2-1, but dropped matches to both China and Colombia causing an early exit from the tournament.
The 17-year-old defender appeared in seven games for Southern Soccer Academy this season and scored two goals.
Sanchez and the U.S. will. face Nigeria in the quarterfinals this Friday with kickoff slated for 7AM EST. The match will be streamed on FS2.