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U-19 WNT Heads to San Diego for Camp at OTC

CHICAGO (July 5, 2015) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will hold its third training camp of the year when it comes together from July 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

U.S. Soccer is staging U-19 WNT programing this year for the first time since 2004 when the age group switched to Under-20s as FIFA’s world championship moved from a U-19 competition that was staged in 2002 and 2004 to the U-20 Women’s World Cup which has been held in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The reinstitution of the U-19s is a part of an overall increase in programing for the USA’s youth women’s and girls’ national teams which now has teams at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels.

All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. FIFA has announced that the tournament would be held in Papua New Guinea.

Of the 24 players called up, 15 were born in 1997, and six were born in 1996, which is the age cutoff year for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Jitka Klimkova, one of the USA’s Women’s Development Coaches, will head the camp and also called up several younger players, including two born in 1998 and midfielder Brianna Pinto, who was born in 2000, and is a part of the U.S. U-16 Girl’s National Team pool.

U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Devon Kerr (Glen Shields FC; Barrie, Canada), Kaylan Marckese (Tampa Bay United; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire Premier; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Alana Cook (Match Fit Academy; Far Hills, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Michaela Kovacs (Grand Rapids Crew; Hudsonville, Mich.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA Mercury; San Jose, Calif.), Amanda Visco (PDA; Manalapan, N.J.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna Prima; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals FC; Avon Lake, Ohio), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Madeline McCracken (Richmond United; Lynch Station, Va.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Briana Solis (Florida Krush; Orlando, Fla.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Jorian Baucom (SC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Kirsten Davis (Dallas Sting; Chesterfield, Mo.), Annie Kingman (PSV Union FC; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Grayson, Ga.). 


U.S. U-19 WNT Opens 2015 Programming With Camp at the NTC

CHICAGO (April 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will kick of its 2015 programming with a 24-player training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, running from April 11-18. The event will be held in conjunction with a U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team camp.

This will be U.S. Soccer’s first Under-19 WNT training camp since 2004. The following year the program switched to Under-20s as FIFA’s world championship for this age group moved from a U-19 competition that was staged in 2002 and 2004, to the U-20 Women’s World Cup which has been held in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The reinstitution of the U-19s is a part of an overall increase in programing for the USA’s youth women’s and girls’ national teams which now has teams at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels.

All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. FIFA recently announced that the tournament would be held in Papua New Guinea. Sixteen of the players called up were born in 1997 and eight were born in 1996, which is the age cutoff year for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Of the 24 players called up, 10 are in college and 14 are still playing youth club.

At this camp the U-19 Women’s National Team is being guided by Women’s Development Coach Jitka Klimkova. Her staff will include U.S. Soccer Youth Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, as well as Women’s Head Development Coach April Kater and Women’s Development Coaches Mark Carr and Tricia Taliaferro.

U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ella Dederick (Washington State; Camarillo, Calif.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire Premier; Camas, Wash.), Brittany Wilson (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Elysse Branton (William & Mary; Sterling, Va.), Alana Cook (Match Fit Academy; Far Hills, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Jacey Pederson (PSV Union; Palo Alto, Calif.), Allyson Swaby (Boston College; West Hartford, Conn.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna Prima; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Dorian Bailey (Sporting Blue Valley; Mission, Kans.), Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals SC; Avon Lake, Ohio), Olivia Erlbeck (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Christina Kalum (Providence; Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (7): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Jorian Baucom (LSU; Phoenix, Ariz.), Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy; Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Madeline McCracken (Richmond United; Lynch Station, Va.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.)

U-20 WNT Opens New Cycle with San Diego Training Camp

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):  Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

U-18 WNT to Hold Training Camp in Mexico City

CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs named a 20-player roster that will travel to Mexico City for an international training camp from July 22-28.

The camp will be the third U-18 WNT event of 2014 after the team first attended the Women’s U-19 La Manga tournament in Spain this past March and also gathered for a domestic training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, in early May.

The roster is made of players born in 1996 and 1997, many of whom will help form the core of the U-20 Women’s National Team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa.

After the camp in Mexico City, the U-18 WNT will next gather in September for a domestic training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Casey Murphy (PDA Slammers; Bridgewater N.J.)
DEFENDERS (5): Schuyler DeBree (Fair Haven, N.J.; PDA Slammers), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Gabbie Matulich (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Niki Romero (North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nevada)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michaela Abam (Texas Rush; Sugar Land, Texas), Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.)
FORWARDS (6): Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Hana Kener (Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Match Fit Academy), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)

U-18 WNT Head to OTC Training Camp May 11-18

CHICAGO (April 28, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will come together for a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, running from May 11-18. U.S. Women’s National Teams Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 24 players for the camp, the second of the year for this age group, which will run concurrently with a U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team camp.

This age group, born mostly in 1996 and 1997 (with one player, forward Madison Haley who was born in 1998) will form the core of the team that will attempt qualify for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa. The age cut-off year for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The roster includes two college players, Mikaela Harvery of Texas A&M and Rebecca Rasmussen of Georgia, and also features eight starters from the last cycle of U.S. Under-17s in defenders Ellie Jean, Natalie Jacobs and Tegan McGrady, midfielders Dorian Bailey, Marley Canales and Taylor Racioppi and forwards Zoe Redei and Haley.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Darien Dunham (CFC United; Cheshire, Conn.), Casey Murphy (PDA Slammers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Madeline Elliston (OMA Elite Girl’s Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Dominique Romero (North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nev.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Jaye Boissiere (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Jessica Vigna (PDA Slammers; Farmingdale, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Kayla Cappuzzo (Albertson Fury; Merrick, N.Y.), Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Annie Kingman (PSC Union FC; Woodside, Calif.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)

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