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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-20 WNT Holds Final Preparation Camp Ahead of FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (July 2, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named 27 players for a two-week training camp being held from July 9-23 in Seattle, Washington, that will be the final event before the USA departs for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

TheU-20 WNT is coming off a successful two-match stint in France where it defeated its French counterparts, who will also be competing in Canada, by 1-0 and 2-1 score lines.

Following the camp in Seattle, French will name the 21 players who will represent the USA in the seventh FIFA championship for this age level. The first two were held as U-19 tournaments in 2002 and 2004 with the last four being staged as U-20 events. 

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will run from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the tournament. The USA was drawn into Group B and will open its tournament on Aug. 5 in Edmonton against Germany, who the U.S. beat in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup final. The U-20 WNT will then face Brazil on Aug. 8 in Edmonton and finish group play against China PR on Aug. 12 in Moncton.

"As we head into our final camp prior to the World Cup, there is certainly a heightened feeling of excitement and anticipation as we look to put the final pieces in place," said French.  "At the conclusion of this camp, we’ll have our final roster and will also have layered in some final key elements to help in our overall performance on the field once we get to Canada."

The training camp roster features 17 players who helped the USA qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup by winning the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship last January in the Cayman Islands.

Two players, defenders Cari Roccaro and Stephanie Amack, are holdovers from the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, while nine others represented the USA at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Rose Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Joanna Boyles (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State; Wayne, N.J.), Rachel Hill (UCONN; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (7): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

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.)

U17 WNT vs Japan Highlights Reaction Feb 9 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 in the final game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, forward Mallory Pugh, midfielder Taylor Racioppi, defender Ellie Jean, and defender Natalie Jacobs talk about winning the tournament and playing the last game of this current U-17 WNT cycle.

U.S. U-17 WNT Defeats Japan 2-1 to Win U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team came from behind to defeat an extremely talented Japan team by a 2-1 score in its final match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, getting a 29th minute equalizer from midfielder Taylor Racioppi's penalty and then a game-winner from midfielder Mallory Pugh in the 80th minute.

It was Pugh’s fourth goal in three games of the tournament; in which the USA also defeated China 5-0 and New Zealand 2-0. China defeated New Zealand 5-1 in the third place match.

The Americans gave up a goal just five minutes into the game to Moeka Minami but battled back for the victory in a tightly contested match.

Racioppi set up both goals, first being brought down in the penalty area and then converting the spot kick herself. With just 10 minutes left, the midfielder set up Pugh, who slotted her shot into the right corner from just inside the penalty area.

The tournament saw the USA register three victories against countries that are headed to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in March in Costa Rica. The young Americans were denied their berth due to a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

This was last event as U-17s for players born 1997 and 1998 as they will now transition to the U-18s and U-20s. The ‘99s will then become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

 - U-17 WNT vs. Japan Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. Japan
Date: Feb. 9, 2014
Competition: 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational
Venue: GlennMooch” Myernick Field – U.S. Soccer National Training Center - Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Weather: 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F         
USA                             1          1          2
JPN                              1          0          1

JPN – Moeka Minami                               5th minute
USA – Taylor Racioppi (penalty kick)         29                    
USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi)        80                       

Lineups:
USA:   18-Kat Hess; 10-Ellie Jean, 9-Zoe Morse, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 12-Tegan McGrady; 4-Marley Canales,14-Taylor Racioppi, 17-Mallory Pugh; 8-Kelcie Hedge (20-Leah Pruitt, 66), 3-Maddie Haley (2-Dorian Bailey, 74), 11-Michelle Xiao (7-Mia Gyau, 66)
Subs not used: Ashley Sanchez, Taryn Torres, Frankie Tagliaferri, Karlie Paschall, Zoe Redei, Anika Rodriguez, Maddy Schultz, Alana Cook, Chloe Castaneda, Lauren Rood
Head Coach: BJ Snow

JPN: 1-Natsumi Asano; 6-Shiho Matsubara (21-Mizuka Sato, 77), 13-Moeka Minami, 3-Nana Ichise, 9-Hikaru Kitagawa; 10-Hina Sugita, 5-Asato Miyagawa, 14-Yui Hasegawa; 4-Nishida Meika, 8-Rikako Kobayashi, 18-Fuka Nagano (20-Mizuki Saihara,60)
Subs not used: Yukiko Abe, Wakaho Kanda, Fumika Yamashita, Mamiko Matsumoto, Yo Tachibana, Maho Hashinuma, Fuka Kono, Aimi Kunitake
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: USA / JPN                                
Shots: 6 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 7
Fouls: 7 / 4
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Nana Ichise          37th minute

Officials:
Referee: Juliana Duncan (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Fourth Official: Adrienne McDonald (USA)

An important player on the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team in 2013 and 2014, she a key member of the U.S. team at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, but the USA fell in a penalty kick shoot-out in the semifinal and did not qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Made the U-20 Women’s World Cup roster during her first camp with the U-20s … Finished her U-17 career with two goals in 14 international caps … Scored an assisted goal in a 2-1 win against eventual U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Japan during the U-17 NTC Invitational Tournament in February … Played with the U.S. U-18s in May of 2014 in San Diego … Played with the U.S. U-15 GNT in 2011 and 2012, and then started the U-17 cycle in 2013.

Has committed to attend Duke University in the fall of 2015 … Will enter her senior year at The Academy of Allied Health and Science, a magnate school for students who aspire to enter the medical field, in the fall of 2014 … Played high school soccer as a freshman and sophomore … She was the team MVP as a freshman and the Newark Star-Ledger County Player of the Year as sophomore.

Has played with PDA since U-12s … Was the captain of the PDA ECNL U-17 Clash … A 2013 NSCAA Youth All-American … Helped her club advance to the ECNL Nationals the past three years, placing fourth, fourth and eighth.
Full name is Taylor Marie Racioppi … Nicknames are T, Rass, Tay and Rass in the Grass … Is planning to be a pre-med major a Duke … She is CPR/AED certified … Won a Magnum Cum Laude Latin Award as a freshman … Has black lab named Mia (who is named after Mia Hamm) … Dad is an excellent cook and has a brick oven for pizza in the back yard …Yes, she’s from the Jersey shore … Likes to snowboard in the winter and hit the beach in the summer … Really enjoys day trips to New York City to take in all of the great food … Loves to travel and wants to continue to see the world … She has been told she bears a resemblance to U.S. WNT player Tobin Heath, who grew up an hour from her hometown in New Jersey … Is a youth soccer referee for U-11 and under … Loves to read, and has a wide range of tastes, from fiction novels, to biographies to history … Competed in the Penn Relays as junior in high school, running the 4 x 100 M and 4 x 400 M.
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