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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. Soccer to Host Four-Team U-20 Women’s Tournament at the NTC in Carson

CHICAGO (May 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will stage a four-team Under-20 women’s international tournament from June 2-6 as the USA will host Brazil, Japan and Mexico in the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

Each of the match days – June 2, 4 and 6 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public. Parking is free on June 2 and 4, but not on June 6 as there is a Los Angeles Galaxy game that evening at the StubHub Center. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Tues., June 2

Mexico vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Tues., June 2

USA vs. Japan

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

Brazil vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

Japan vs. Mexico

12 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

USA vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

All of the teams are currently preparing for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Papau New Guinea. Like the USA, Brazil has participated in all seven of the FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested thus far. Japan has participated in four tournaments and Mexico has played in all but the 2004 tournament in Thailand that was a U-19 event.

U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called in 20 players for the tournament, seven of whom are already in college (two players enrolled early and have yet to play a college season in forward Kelcie Hedge (University of Washington and defender Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State) with seven more graduating this summer and heading off for their freshman seasons this fall.

Seven players on the roster were born in 1996, which is the age cut-off for next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Nine were born in 1997 with midfielder Jordan Harr, midfielder Savannah DeMelo and forward Mallory Pugh (all 1998s) and forward Ashley Sanchez (1999), the youngest players on the roster. Pugh was a starter for the U.S. team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, while Sanchez was recently called up from the U-17 WNT and is age-eligible for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Jordan.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Ks.)
FORWARDS (4): Hana Kerner (Match Fit FC; Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

Additional Notes:

  • The CONCACAF qualifying tournament 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in December in Honduras.
  • Each team is allowed to name 20 players on its tournament roster.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • After goal difference and goals scored, the next tie-breakers will be the head-to-head result.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.

U-20 WNT Heads to Carson for Training ahead of NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (May 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from May 9-18 as 24 players will come to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

U.S. head coach Michelle French will use the camp to make her final roster selections for the upcoming 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational, which will be held at the U.S. Soccer NTC from June 2-6. All the matches of the tournament will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

In addition to the USA, the four-team NTC Invitational will also feature U-20 sides from Japan, Brazil and Mexico, bringing some of the top young players in the world to southern California. More details on the tournament, along with the game schedule, will be released at a later date.

French’s roster features 12 current college players, plus several who are finishing up high school and heading to college this summer to prepare for their freshman seasons. Midfielder Ashley Sanchez, who has been playing with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, has been called up to the U-20s for this camp; she was born in 1999. Forward Mallory Pugh, who was a starter on the USA’s 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, and midfielders Jordan Harr and Savannah DeMelo, were all born in 1998. The rest of the roster is made up of ’96- and ’97-born players.

This age group is 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. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea and the CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-13, 2015 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Jorian Baucom (LSU; Phoenix, Az.), Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabrielle Matulich (UCLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)

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.)

U17 WNT vs New Zealand Highlights Reaction Feb 7 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its second game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, midfielder Marley Canales, and midfielder Ashley Sanchez talk about the win which gave the Americans the tournament lead heading into the final game against Japan on Feb. 9.
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