The U.S. Soccer Federation selected a recognition trophy from Bennett Awards to award to the champion of their recent U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational.
The tournament, hosted by U.S. Soccer, featured four U-17 (under 17) national teams: USA, China PR, Japan and New Zealand. The four teams competed in a round robin tournament.
After five days of matches, the U.S. squad emerged victorious, beating Japan 2-1 in the championship match. In earlier matches, the U.S. defeated China 5-0 and New Zealand 2-0 to become the only team to go undefeated in the tournament. In doing so, the U.S. beat three teams that qualified for next month’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. The American team was denied the opportunity to compete in this tournament by virtue of a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, a tournament that saw the USA win four games and draw one while scoring 24 goals and allowing just one.
The NTC Invitational tournament was held February 5-9 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center’s Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field, located in Carson, California.
For the championship trophy, the U.S. Soccer Federation commissioned Bennett Awards to create a custom crystal trophy. The recognition trophy featured a clear crystal geometric sculpture with custom sub-surface engravings of the tournament name, location, and date, as well as the logos of the four competing national teams. The clear sculpture was mounted on a black crystal base with the Champion designation.
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