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Amy Rodriguez Replaced on WNT Training Camp Roster by Zakiya Bywaters

CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2013) – U.S. forward Amy Rodriguez has been replaced on the roster for the upcoming U.S. Women’s National Team training camp by forward Zakiya Bywaters, who was the first overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars.

Rodriguez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who has earned 102 caps and 26 goals, will be having a baby with her husband Adam and is due in August.

Bywaters, the 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American, was a member of the USA’s squad at the 2010 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Germany. She scored against Switzerland in that tournament. This will be her first training camp with the full Women’s National Team.

New U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has called in 29 players for the camp in Jacksonville, Fla., that begins on Feb. 2 and will lead into the USA’s first match of the year against Scotland on Feb. 9 at EverBank Field. The match will kick off at 5 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

The USA will also face Scotland on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., at LP Field in a match that kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will also be streamed live on ussoccer.com. Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.

Zakiya Bywaters Select No 1 by Chicago Redstars in NWSL College Draft

The Chicago Red Stars used their first overall selection in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League’s college draft to select UCLA forward Zakiya Bywaters. The four-round draft is took at the Indianapolis Convention Ce

U-16 GNT Opens Training Camp in Florida

The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team began training camp on Saturday (March 31) in Sunrise, Florida, as head coach Kazbek Tambi has brought 24 players for a week of training from April 1-7. Tambi is trying out several new players as he continues to form a pool from which he will choose a team that will attempt to qualify for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held late next year in New Zealand. Twenty-one of the players in camp were born in 1991 with three being born in 1992 in defenders Mia Bruno and Megan Oyster and midfielder Alex Crown.

Goalkeepers (3): Lauren Arnold (Hoover, Alabama), Julie Blaszczak (Northville, Mich.), Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.);
Defenders (8): Mia Bruno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Lucretia Lee (Bothell, Wash.), Kristin Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Alev Perusse (Eagle River, Alaska), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.);
Midfielders (7): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Washington), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Alex Crown (Lake Mary, Florida), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Rachel Merick (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (Centreville, Va.);
Forwards (6): Kim Castleberry (McKinney, Texas), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Megan Jurado (San Jose, Calif.), Carlee Payne (Pleasanton, Calif.), Ahsha Smith (Oakland, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.).

Was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Championships in Guatemala in January of 2010 … Played in four matches during qualifying and had one assist … Played in 14 total matches for the USA in 2010 heading into the World Cup, including 12 international games … Scored one international goal, that coming against Mexico in a pre-World Cup friendly … Called into her first U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team camp in January of 2009 … Represented the U.S. Under-17 National Team at the Future Stars Tournament in New Zealand in 2008 … Earned five caps and scored one goal for the USA at the U-17 level, but was one of the last roster cuts for the World Cup Team ... Played for the Under-16 U.S. National Team in 2007 … Attended the U.S. U-14 Development I.D. Camp in 2005.

Played club soccer for Southern California Blues at a U-18 and for the Slammers FC in U-17s … Played for the U-11 through U-16 for Neusport FC … Won four Nevada state titles with Neusport and helped the team to a regional final at the U-14 level … Also played in a Western Regional final with the Blues.

Full name is Zakiya Abeni Bywaters ... Nickname is Z … Zakiya is Swahili for intelligent … Majoring in anthropology … Admires Argentina's Lionel Messi ... Enjoys singing and dancing … Ran 400m and 4 x 400 m in track in high school … Has an older sister and two older brothers who all played soccer … Enjoys hanging out with her family and close friends … Loves attending college in California and going to the beach (there are no beaches in Nevada) … Favorite boxer is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who lives in Las Vegas.

Played in all 25 games for UCLA as a freshman in 2009, starting 23 of them … Scored two goals with seven assists and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team … A Parade All-American at Rancho High School in 2009 ... An NSCAA All-American in 2008 and 2007.

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