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U-23 WNT Defeats England 2-1 to Sweep Three Games in La Manga Tournament

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated England 2-1 on goals from Sarah Killion and Lynn Williams to sweep all three matches at the Six Nations tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA had previously defeated Japan 1-0 and Norway 2-0. 

In a game that had a physical edge, the USA opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when forward Cheyna Williams turned the corner on a defender in the right side of the penalty box and was taken down. Midfielder Sarah Killion stepped up to finish the spot kick to give the USA a 1-0 lead. 

The USA doubled its advantage in the 51st minute on a gaff in the back as England goalkeeper Mary Earps couldn’t control a bouncing ball near the left edge of the six-yard box. Williams stole the ball and slotted into the open net from close range. 

England pulled a goal back in the 81st minute through their own Williams, first name Paige, as she took a free kick from about 25 yards out on the right side and finished low to the near post. 

The 22-player U.S. squad featured 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. Those players will soon be heading to their pro clubs. The U.S. U-23s will next get together in late April for a domestic training camp that will mostly feature current college players. 

- U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs. England U-23 Women’s National
Date: March 2, 2015
Competition: Six Nations International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

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

USA – Sarah Killion (penalty kick)                       33rd minute
USA – Lynn Williams                                          51
ENG – Paige Williams                                        81 

USA:, 18-Abby Smith, 4-Caprice Dydasco (13-Emily Sonnett, 76),15-Cari Roccaro, 25-Abby Dahlkemper, 7-Jaelene Hinkle; 8-Sarah Killion (Capt.), 3-Vanessa DiBernardo, 2-Danielle Colaprico; 11-Stephanie McCaffrey (16-Daphne Corboz, 46), 20-Lynn Williams, 19-Cheyna Williams (10-Stephanie Verdoia, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Jane Campbell, 5-Makenzy Doniak, 6-Shea Groom, 9-Rose Lavelle, 14-Samantha Mewis, 17-Andi Sullivan, 21-Lo’eau LoBonta, 23-Kristin Grubka
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield 

ENG: 1-Mary Earps, 2-Becky Jane, 5-Jemma Rose, 6-Satara Murray, 12-Aoife Mannion, 14-Emma Follis (15- Beth Mead, 74), 7-Sherry McCue (4-Paige Williams, 74), 8-Kasia Lipka (18-Jade Bailey, 61),16-Ashleigh Hodson (17-Kirsty Linnett, 61), 9-Nikita Parris,10-Danielle Carter
Subs not used: 3- Martha Harris, 11-Jessica Sigsworth, 13-Megan Walsh, 19-Lucy Whipp, 20-Bianca Bragg,
Head Coach: Julie Chipchase 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside:  3 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: C. Eide
Assistant Referee 1: M. Lokkeberg
Assistant Referee 2: E. Thoresen

U-23 WNT Competes in Spain Ahead of NWSL Camps

The U.S. U-23 WNT returns to beautiful La Manga, Spain, for three games in a six-team invitational tournament. It’s an exciting time for thirteen players on the roster as they are set to begin their professional careers, heading straight to their NWSL preseason camps following this event. Head coach Janet Rayfield shares her optimism for the squad as Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) and Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), all youth WNT veterans, talk about going pro and embracing the unique environment of the U-23s.

U-23 WNT Headed to La Manga, Spain, for Three-Game Trip

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 21-March 3 for three matches in a six-team invitational tournament. The USA will face the U-23 squads from Japan (Feb. 26), Norway (Feb. 28) and England (March 2). The friendly tournament also features China PR and Sweden.

With current U.S. U-23 WNT head coach Steve Swanson serving as an assistant coach for the senior team at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, Janet Rayfield will be the head coach for this trip. She was an assistant to Swanson when the USA won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.

The 22-player squad features 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. The only one-year pro is Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who along with Sarah Killion (second pick overall to Sky Blue FC), Samantha Mewis (fourth overall to Western New York Flash) and Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, were all 2012 world champions.

Of the nine NWSL first-round draft picks, seven are heading to La Manga with top pick Morgan Brian of the Houston Dash in Portugal with the full team.

Just one player on the U-23 roster has caps with the full WNT, that being Mewis, but five additional players have been called into senior camps: goalkeepers Jane Campbell and Abby Smith, DiBernardo, Killion, and forward Stephanie McCaffrey.

Four players from the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team were called up in Campbell and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Andi Sullivan from Stanford, Roccaro, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle and Virginia forward Makenzy Doniak, who scored against Korea DPR at the World Cup.

The U.S. U-23s will precede the U.S. U-20s in La Manga. The U-20s are part of a 10-team friendly tournament and will play Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Western NY Flash; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash; Castle Rock, Colo.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Kristin Grubka (Sky Blue FC; Melbourne, Fla.), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Lo’eau Labonta (Sky Blue FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash; Hanson, Mass.), Stephanie Verdoia (Boston Breakers; Salt Lake City, Utah)
FORWARDS (5): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers; Winchester, Mass.), Cheyna Williams (FSU; Hampton, Ga.), Lynn Williams (Western NY Flash; Fresno, Calif.)

U.S. U-23 WNT Kicks Off 2015 with Camp at National Training Center

CHICAGO (Dec. 31, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-woman roster for the first training camp of the year as the squad will come together at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from Jan. 3-10. 

The roster features nine overage players, all currently competing in the NWSL, many of whom had standout seasons in the league last season. The roster features 12 total NWSL players with the remainder made up of some of the top collegiate players in the country, several of whom will be top picks in the January’s 2015 NWSL Draft. Part of the camp will run concurrently with the full U.S. Women’s National Team event and the U.S. coaching staff will be observing training sessions. 

The roster includes two players who have earned caps with the full WNT in Sarah Hagen (two caps in 2014) and 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak (two caps in 2013, one in 2014) as well as six more who have trained at some point with the senior National Team: goalkeepers Jane Campbell (Stanford) and Abby Smith (Texas), Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, Seattle Reign FC midfielder Keelin Winters, former UCLA midfielder Sarah Killion, who will be a top pick in the 2015 NWSL Draft, and forward Katie Stengel, who is currently playing with Bayern Munich in Germany. 

Three players from the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team were called up in Campbell, fellow goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who set NCAA records last season for UCLA in single-season and career shutouts, and Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle. 

Five players on the roster were a part of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Smith (who was a back-up goalkeeper), DiBernardo, Killion, Stengel and Kealia Ohai of the Houston Dash, who scored the winning goal in the Final victory against Germany. 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Sky Blue FC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC; Upland, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Taryn Hemmings (Chicago Red Stars; Windsor, Colo.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars; Palmdale, Calif.), Kassey Kallman (Boston Breakers; Woodbury, Minn.), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign FC; Birmingham, Ala.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit; Cincinnati, Ohio), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.), Keelin Winters (Seattle Reign FC; Seattle, Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City; Appleton, Wisc.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.)

U-23 WNT to Hold Summer Training Camp in Seattle

CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-player roster for the third training camp of the year for this age group as the squad will come together in Seattle for an event running from July 15-22.

The entire roster is made up entirely of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons last fall. The roster includes four players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel (who has completed her college eligibility and will play in Germany with Bayern Munich this coming season) have also trained with the senior side this year.

Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars on U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.

Brian, who has seen the majority of her National Team action this year with the senior side, was also named to the U-23 roster. She is up to 11 caps with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad while scoring two goals. Brian has started all eight games she has played for the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year.

Oregon defender Bri Pugh is the older sister of U-20 WNT midfielder Mallory Pugh who is with the U-20s training in Seattle in an event that will run concurrently with the U-23 camp.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida; Melbourne, Fla.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Denver, Colo.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mary Luba (Marquette; Shorewood, Wis.), Rachel Mercik (UC Berkeley; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak Alaska), Ashleigh Ellenwood (Arkansas; Michigan City, Ind.), Jannelle Flaws (Illinois; Glenview, Ill.), Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.)

A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played in three games at qualifying and totaled 111 minutes … Heads into the Women’s World Cup with 14 career U-20 caps … Came into training camps with the U.S. Under-18s in 2008, 2009, and 2010 … Attended the U.S. Under-14 Identification Camp in 2005.

Full name is Sarah Christine Killion … Major is undecided … Was a member of the National Honors Society … Enjoys hanging with friends, watching movies, and fishing … Sister Gina plays soccer at Murray State … Favorite food is pizza … In fact, if she were stranded on a desert island, one of the things she would want is an unlimited supply of pizza (and an iPhone and a bag of comfy clothes) … Favorite desserts are brownies … Likes the Rascal Flatts … Loves reading inspirational books … Favorite women’s soccer player is Kristine Lilly … Is a big Boston Celtics fan … Some of her favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy, Vampire Diaries and Revenge … Has a teacup Yorkie named Lola.

As a freshman, she played in 21 games for UCLA and had two assists … Captain of the Bishop Dwenger High School Saints as a senior … Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year as a senior … An NSCAA All-American as a junior and senior … An NSCAA Scholar All-American as a senior … ESPN Rise All-American as a senior … The Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior, and senior … Totaled 63 goals and 73 assists in her high school career... Club: Played for Fort Wayne Fever for her entire club career … Also played with the Cleveland Internationals for one summer and won the Super Y Championship in 2007 … As a member of Fort Wayne Fever she won the Indiana State title in 2004, 2007, and 2010 … Played W-League for Fort Wayne Fever from 2007-2010 … Also played in the WPSL for Fort Wayne FC in 2011.