US-based footballer arrives on island to train with U-15 Women’s Football team

Fourteen year old Washington DC based Alanna Finn arrived on Dominica on June 26  to train with the National Under 15 Women’s Football team  until the end of July. The team will be participating in the 2018 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football), Girls’ U-15 Championship Tournament in Florida in August.

Alanna who will be a freshman at DC’s St. John’s College High School in September is a Defensive Mid-Fielder who plays up with the U-17 Girls’ team in the Maryland Rush Montgomery Soccer League. This past May she played for Dominica’s National Senior Women’s Team and was the youngest player in the CONCACAF Caribbean World Cup Qualifying Cup Tournament which was held at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad.

According to CONCACAF General Secretary Phillpe Moggio, “This year’s Girls’ Under-15 Championship tournament which takes place at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from August 6-13, exemplifies CONCACAF’s commitment to providing access to world class playing environments for more of our young players from across the region.  We’re especially excited to see so many young women from across the region get the chance to experience a top-level CONCACAF competition. This event will be a positive influence for these girls in both their playing careers and young lives.”

When she is not training she is enjoying the sights and sounds of the Nature Island of the Caribbean with her cousins in Roseau and the rural east. She is happy that the people and Dominica seem to be recovering in the best way they can from the devastation of the category 5 Hurricane Maria which directly hit and crippled the island last September.

Alanna looks forward to Bradenton with great anticipation and hopes Dominica has an excellent showing in that high level and competitive tournament.

Alanna is the daughter of Washington DC – based dentist, Dominican, Dr. Emanuel Finn.

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14 Comments

  1. July 18, 2018

    Wow! I’m proud of this young lady’s courage and confidence! It’s indeed a BIG deal that at 14, Alanna is willing and able to help her country while they train for an upcoming U-15 CONCACAF tournament! Every game played, counts as points for ranking for the FIFA World Cup matches won or lost.
    I hope Alanna won’t be distracted by comments which misunderstand her applaudable efforts. Instead, I urge her as a world-class player, to focus on her DOM leadership role, while at the U-17 game level of football experiences in Maryland. This is a wonderful perk for both Female Dominican Teams.
    Apparently some readers missed the chance to compliment Alanna, who, “This past May Alanna played for Dominica’s National Senior Women’s Team :-D and was the youngest player in the CONCACAF Caribbean World Cup Qualifying Cup Tournament”. This is BIG! Once someone represents a NATIONAL TEAM they cannot switch. Dominica should be proud to own and cheer her! Congratulations Alanna! Bless you and…

  2. Nana-Lain
    July 12, 2018

    AA…..I doh see with some of allu nah. Every other person who goes OVER THE SEAS post their accomplishments on DNO, the girl have to do something too so as to get some credit. My girl not stupid….Do your thing my child, do your thing. When I become a millionaire, I will buy Dominica.

  3. Music Producer
    July 12, 2018

    You guys giving Sandoli more attention than the young lady :mrgreen:

  4. LaPlaine Roots
    July 11, 2018

    Congrates my young lady and to your family…..At your age coming to D/ca would be to Sewo…. God bless

  5. July 11, 2018

    but zandoli I agree with you… the story is not promoting a dominica team training to participate in the games, but a young girl being in dominica on vacation at the expense of her dentist dad living and working in Washington (yes zandoli…on vacation; because we are reading between the lines…”When she is not training…(that should be playing) she is enjoying the sights and sounds of the Nature Island of the Caribbean with her cousins in Roseau and the rural east.

    • Milo
      July 12, 2018

      Peterson & Zandoli I see you two have a very limited world view for some reason (s).

  6. zandoli
    July 11, 2018

    I fail to see the newsworthiness of that story. A fourteen year old comes to Dominica for summer holidays, she intends to play some football with the Dominica youth team and that finds its way on DNO?

    The next time I visit Dominica, I will issue a press release.

    • Sally
      July 11, 2018

      https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/sports/18-players-named-to-participate-in-concacaf-under-15-tournament/

      Zandoli boy you not easy—-but that is Dominican for you…….Don’t you think she can inspire another young lady? It seems to be a fun story besides the troubling headlines of Maria, police , politics etc.

      • zandoli
        July 12, 2018

        @ Sally
        A fourteen year old visiting her family during the summer holidays, running some ball with other under 15 girls will somehow inspire other girls? We need to set higher standards for inspiration.

        In this day and age, everything that everyone does has to be published on the internet, be be via Facebook, Youtube. Instagram and the lot. People think that everyone has to be in tune with everything they do.

        For those of you who think I missed the boat, I didn’t. People are just too much into themselves thinking that everyone else is into them.

    • Geek
      July 11, 2018

      Some people always seem to find the best place to show the world the way they think, which is a direct reflection of who they are. I fail to see why. May the peace and love of the Universe be with them always. The next time I see something like this, I will issue a press release. smh.

      In other comments… THANK YOU Ms. Finn for dedicating part of yourrrr summer to the advancement of sports in our beloved country. Minor as it may be, we appreciate you. Remain safe and may you receive the love that you deserve for this. Thank you.

    • Read A Book
      July 11, 2018

      Before you come to Dominica you need to take a course in learning to understand the English Language sot!!! It clearly stated in the beginning that she came to train with the National Under 15 Women’s Football Team!!!

    • Boman
      July 11, 2018

      Zandoli, you completely missed the boat on this one. If a talented teenager wants to spend time training and visiting our island we should welcome her with open arms. You’re just too negative! I hope hundreds of teenagers would come to visit family and friends every summer.

    • Peeping Tom
      July 12, 2018

      Say it as it is, zandoli. One thousand thumbs up to you!

  7. marie-claire R Skerrit
    July 11, 2018

    greet job young lady

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