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U-20 WNT Heads to StubHub Center for Training Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from Aug. 23-30 as U.S. head coach Michelle French has called 31 to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

As the women’s college season begins this Friday, the roster is made up entirely of pre-college youth club players, with 12 born in 1997, 13 born in 1998, four players born in 1999 and two in 2000. French will use the camp to continue to deepen the player pool and look at players in various age groups compete against each other as the team focuses on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Papau New Guinea.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to bring together some of the younger talent that has been identified over the past few months,” said French. “With the depth of our U-20 pool, coupled with the emergence of players from our U-17, U-18, and U-19 National Team programs, I’m confident the camp will feature a highly competitive environment with the naming of the World Cup qualifying roster being just a few months away.”

The age cut-off for this group is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for the end of 2015 in Honduras.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire FC; Camas, Wash.), Brittany Wilson (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (8): Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Nigel; Calif.), Mia Gyau (McLean Soccer Club; Silver Spring, Md.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire FC; Newcastle, Wash.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Amanda Visco (PDA; Manalapan, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Olivia Erlbeck (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Alissa Gorzac (Eclipse Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (12): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse Soccer Club; St. Charles, Ill.), Kirsten Davis (SLSG – Missouri; Chesterfield, Mo.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Meghan McCool (Penn Fusion; Glenside, Penn.), Katie Pingel (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.),
Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)

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.).