All photos courtesy and (C) Danone 2017
In her 2015 song, "Confident", superstar Demi Lovato sings the words, "It's time for me to Take It; Cause this is my game; 'Cause this is my ground', and indeed it was their time, and their game, on their ground, as the girls made their first appearance at the 2017 Danone Nations Cup World Final soccer tournament.
Above: USA Girls showing their spirit as Day 1 of the 2017 Danone Nations Cup World Final gets underway. Photo: Courtesy Danone
Below: Day 2 action between the USA and Spain. Spain claimed a 3-2 victory of the host USA team. Photo: Courtesy Danone
Taking place at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey, home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, this Sunday's World Final is sure to be an exciting event. Competing for their spot in the Final are teams from 33 countries including, for the first time in the 18 year history of the Danone Nations Cup World Final, six girls teams from Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the USA. Sponsored by the international food company Danone, “The Danone Nations Cup is a special event that brings kids from around the globe together for an unforgettable experience, and I’m honored to be part of it,” said U.S. Ambassador Abby Wambach. “I remember playing in tournaments at that age – the friendships I made and skills I learned were invaluable, and went far beyond the soccer field. I’m thrilled to be representing the U.S., and even more excited about this year’s formation of the girl’s tournament.” “With our partners, it is our duty to continuously encourage the values of this tournament, which are built on fun, comradery, teamwork, tolerance and respect. We’re confident this year’s tournament will give players the opportunity not only to participate in an unforgettable day, but to build lasting relationships with other players from around the world,” said Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone. “And I am thrilled that for the first time ever the final of the Danone Nations Cup is being hosted in the U.S. where girls and boys soccer has an established and passionate fan base.”
MetroSports Magazine has a proud tradition of covering women's sports and regularly features female athletes in its coverage, interviews, and 'Athlete of the Month' selections. Our coverage of strong, fierce and competitive women has included athletes from boxing, MMA, gymnastics, basketball, football, table tennis, and weightlifting among others and we are proud to feature the first appearance of girls in the worlds most important international youth soccer tournament, the Danone Nations Cup.
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