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U.S. U-20 WNT Heads to Olympic Training Center as 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Prep Continues

CHICAGO (April 4, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called 25 players to a camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., running from April 13-20. It will be the USA’s third-to-last domestic camp before the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup takes place in Canada in August.

The USA will have a domestic camp in May at the OTC, followed by trip to Europe in June and then a final domestic training camp in July before heading to Canada where it will face Germany, Ghana and Brazil in Group B play. The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup runs from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.

French has called up most of the usual core of regulars, but is giving several players first looks as she continues to formulate the roster ahead of the World Cup. Forward Lindsey Horan, the USA’s only professional player who is currently playing her trade at Paris Saint-Germain in France, was not made available for the camp due to club commitments.

The U-20s will play two scrimmages on Saturday, April 19, against college teams, taking on UCLA at 12:30 p.m. PT followed by USC at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4):
Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Madalyn Schiffel (USF; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8):
Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), 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.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Liz Slattery (Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7):
Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)

U.S. U-20 WNT Sweeps Two-Game Series against China PR with 5-1 Win in Florida

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (March 1, 2014) – Forward Lindsey Horan scored twice and 15-year-old Mallory Pugh added two more goals as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team also benefited from a China PR own goal to win 5-1 in the second of two friendly matches at the USA’s training camp in Florida. The Americans won the first game 3-0 on the strength of two Horan goals and one from Margaret Purce.

On the day the USA and China were drawn into the same group at the upcoming 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Chinese took an early lead, scoring in the 7th minute to go up 1-0.

The USA equalized in the 15th minute when center back Cari Roccaro played a long ball in behind the Chinese backline to Horan, who brought it down on her chest in the penalty box before striking a smart finish low into the lower left corner from 15 yards out.

The Americans had to wait until the 51st minute to take the lead, but it started a deluge of four goals in 26 minutes that put the game away.

The game-winner came off an out-swinging corner kick from Andi Sullivan. Her service from the left side found Horan, who sent a six-yard header between the goalkeeper and the player standing at the right post.

Less than five minutes later Pugh put a Chinese center back under high pressure and stripped the ball at the top of the penalty box. She took a single touch and struck a shot high into the upper right corner from 15 yards out.

Pugh made it 4-1 in the 71st minute off an assist from Summer Green, who attacked down the left flank and slipped the ball between two defenders. Pugh ran onto it and bounced her first-time shot low and hard into the lower left corner.

The goals were the first for Pugh at the U-20 level in just her second U-20 cap after being called up from the U.S. U-17 WNT. Horan, the USA’s only professional player, scored her 19th and 20th goals in her 21st U-20 cap.

The USA added a fifth goal in the 77th minute ball when a Chinese defender inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net trying to clear a cross on the ground.

The next training camp for the U.S. U-20s will take place the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., in mid-April as the young Americans continue preparations for the upcoming U-20 Women’s World Cup at which they will face Germany, Brazil and China PR in Group B play.

- U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team v. China Under-20 WNT
Date:
March 1, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Weather:
60 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          1 4 5
CHN                          1 0 1

CHN – n/a 7th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (Cari Rocarro) 15
USA – Lindsey Horan (Andi Sullivan) 51
USA – Mallory Pugh 56
USA – Mallory Pugh (Summer Green) 71
USA – Own Goal (CHN) 77

Lineups:
USA: 18-Katelyn Rowland (24-Jane Campbell, 46); 8-Andi Sullivan, 14-Cari Roccaro, 22-Katie Naughton (7-Maddie Bauer, 69), 11-Brittany Basinger (2-Laura Leidle, 61); 19-Stephanie Amack (5-Morgan Andrews, 46), 12-Rose Lavelle, 20-Mallory Pugh (23-Ashley Meier, 74); 16-Mallory Weber (9-Summer Green, 69) 15-Lindsey Horan, 17-Savannah Jordan (4-Margaret Purce, 74)
Subs not used: 1-Morgan Stearns, 6-Christina Gibbons, 10-Claire Wagner
, 21-Jaycie Johnson, 3-McKenzie Meehan
Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: 1-Lu Feifei, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 15-Lyu Siqi, 2-Yao Lingwei (13-Li Mengwen, 46), 16- Zhao Xinzhai (11-Shi Tianlun, 46), 21- Tan Ruyin, 17-Zhu Beiyan (7-Liu Yanqui, 69) 18-Tang Jiali, 10-Song Duan, 8-Dong Jiabao,, 6-Jiang Tingting
Subs not used: 4-
Wang Xi, 5-Sun Shudan, 9-Zhang Chen, 12- Lo Xiang, 14-Wu Chengshu , 19-Xiao Yuyi, 20- Lv Yueyun, 22-Wang Xin, 23-Li Mengyu

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 12/ 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: n/a
Offside: 5/3
Saves: 2/6

Misconduct Summary:
None

USA Tops Group A at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship with 10-0 Win against Guatemala

  • McKenzie Meehan Notches Second Hat Trick of Tournament for USA, Adds an Assist
  • Mallory Weber Scores Two Goals, Dishes One Assist in First Cap for U-20 WNT
  • USA Faces Either Mexico or Trinidad & Tobago in Friday’s Second Semifinal at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Jan. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team topped Group A at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Monday with a 10-0 victory against Guatemala – the USA’s largest win at this tournament since 2004. The USA will face either Mexico or Trinidad in the semifinals, which kick off Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO.

The winner of the two semifinal matches and the third-place match on Jan. 19 qualify for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Forward McKenzie Meehan scored three goals to lead the way for the U.S. – the second hat trick of the tournament for the Americans after Lindsey Horan notched three in the opening match against Costa Rica. She was followed on the score sheet by U-20 WNT debutant Mallory Weber, who scored two second-half goals after coming on as a sub for Savannah Jordan, who scored the USA’s final goal of the first half on a penalty kick.

Stephanie Amack, Brittany Basinger, Rachel Hill and Margaret Purce also tallied goals for the USA, with Hill also contributing four assists as she pulled the strings from the attacking midfield spot for a relentless American attack.

Guatemala did not record a shot in the match as Jane Campbell, making her first start of the tournament in goal for the USA, and defenders Laura Liedle, Cari Roccaro, Katie Naughton, who captained the side for the evening, Maddie Bauer, Brittany Basinger and Lauren Kaskie kept the team’s third straight clean sheet.

An early pair of chances for Jordan in the opening five minutes signaled the USA’s intent, before Meehan opened the scoring in the eighth minute. A corner kick from Morgan Andrews pinged around the Guatemala penalty area before falling to Hill, who chipped the ball to the far post where Meehan put a one-time half-volley past goalkeeper Yoselin Franco.

The USA was not afraid to unleash shots from long range with Andrews going closest in the 20th minute. Her shot went narrowly wide of Franco’s right post. Two minutes later Andrews served a solid corner kick into the heart of the Guatemala box where Amack rose highest to power home her first goal of the tournament.

A minute past the half-hour mark, Hill hit a shot from the top of the box on goal, but Franco spilled a rebound into the path of a crashing Basinger, who slotted her shot home with her left foot from a tight angle on the left side. The first international goal for the left back put the USA up 3-0.

Purce set up the final goal of the half with a slaloming run through the Guatemala defense, before she was brought down in the box by Celeste Gatica in the 38th minute. Jordan ripped the ensuing penalty kick into the right upper corner of the net to give the Americans a 4-0 lead at the break.

When the second half got underway, Maddie Bauer replaced Katie Naughton on the back line while Weber was inserted up front in place of Jordan.

Only three minutes after the restart, Liedle was hauled down on a corner kick and Hill stepped up to bury the second PK of the game in the 48th minute for her first international goal and a 5-0 USA lead.

Six minutes later, Purce dashed into the Guatemala box to steal a back pass off Franco’s feet. Before the goalkeeper could recover, Purce swiveled and rolled home her first U-20 international goal, and in doing so, became the 60th different all-time U.S. goal scorer at the tournament.

Meehan made it 7-0 in the 57th minute, taking a feed from Weber and picking out the top shelf of Franco’s net.

Weber bagged the next two goals on smart finishes off feeds from Hill and Meehan in the 61st and 67th minutes, respectively.

Meehan capped the scoring in the 74th minute after a slick square ball into the box from Hill helped give the striker her hat trick and cemented the final 10-0 score line in favor of the young Americans.

Additional Notes :

  • The USA rested a few regular starters as goalkeeper Jane Campbell made her first start of the tournament for the USA, while Stephanie Amack, Laure Liedle, Midge Purce and McKenzie Meehan also were handed their first starts of the competition.
  • The USA is now 28-2-1 all-time in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship and holds a 13-game winning streak dating back to the opener of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Guatemala.
  • During that 13-game span, the USA has scored 58 goals and allowed three.
  • All 20 players on the roster have now seen action in the tournament with Campbell, midfielder Lauren Kaskie, Liedle and forward Mallory Weber getting their first run-outs against Guatemala.
  • Only center back Cari Roccaro has played all 270 minutes of the tournament so far.
  • Roccaro, who is in her second U-20 cycle, is the most-capped player at this level with 25 games played.
  • Ten U.S. players have shared the USA’s 19 goals scored in the tournament so far (which also includes an own goal from Costa Rica): Meehan (4), Horan (3), Jordan (3), Weber (2), Amack (1), Basinger (1), Green (1), Hill (1), Purce (1) and Sullivan (1).
  • Basinger, Bauer, Hill, Jordan, Kaskie and Weber were all looking for their first U-20 cap heading into the tournament. With Kaskie and Weber seeing the field against Guatemala, all six have now earned their first cap at this level.
  • Stephanie Amack’s goal was her first at the U-20 level.
  • Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • Purce is the first player from Harvard to make a U.S. WNT qualifying roster. She was the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. She led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.
  • U.S. right back Sullivan wore the captain’s armband against Jamaica and regular U.S. captain Roccaro wore it against Costa Rica in the first match. Against Guatemala, Naughton became the third different player to captain the side in this tournament.
  • The 10-0 win was the fifth time the USA has scored double-digit goals in the U-19/U-20 qualifying tournament. It was the most lopsided victory since the team’s 11-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago on May 30, 2004, in the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament; It was USA’s largest-ever win since the tournament moved from U-19s to U-20s in 2006.
  • Costa Rica follows the USA out of Group A after earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw that eliminated Jamaica in Monday’s early match.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Jan. 13, 2014
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group A
Venue: Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,479
Weather: 79 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 6 10
GUA 0 0 0

USA – McKenzie Meehan (Rachel Hill) 8th minute
USA – Stephanie Amack (Morgan Andrews) 22
USA – Brittany Basinger (Rachel Hill) 31
USA – Savannah Jordan (penalty kick) 39
USA – Rachel Hill (penalty kick) 48
USA – Margaret Purce 54
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Mallory Weber) 57
USA – Mallory Weber (Rachel Hill) 61
USA – Mallory Weber (McKenzie Meehan) 67
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Rachel Hill) 74

Lineups:
USA:
18-Jane Campbell; 10-Laura Liedle, 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton (capt.) (2-Maddie Bauer, 46), 4-Brittany Basinger (8-Lauren Kaskie, 61); 7-Morgan Andrews, 16-Stephanie Amack, 14-Rachel Hill; 15-Margaret Purce, 11-McKenzie Meehan, 13-Savannah Jordan (12-Mallory Weber, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Katelyn Rowland, 5-Summer Green, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Laura Liedle, 17-Rose Lavelle, 19-Andi Sullivan
Head Coach: Michelle French

GUA: 1-Yoselin Franco; 3-Darlin Sermeño, 2-Lisbeth Mazarigos, 5-Sara Fetzer (11-Leslie Rosales, 88), 6-Jeniffer Barrios, 7-Alida Argueta, 13-Barbara Ramirez (9-Mia Espino, 46), 19-Celeste Gatica, 14-Aisha Solorzano, 15-Lauren Markwith, 8-Yoselin Sanchez
Subs Not Used: 4-Megly Ordoñez, 10-Vivian Herrera, 12-Estefani Rosales, 16-Yuvitza Mayen, 17-Madelyn Ventura, 18-Gabriela Rodriguez, 20-Stephanie Rodriguez
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 29 / 0
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0
Saves: 0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 4
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Savannah Jordan (caution) 17th minute

Officials:
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Wendy Fisher (CAY)
4th Official: Irazema Aguilar (CUB)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Rachel Hill

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Costa Rica: Post-Match Quotes - Jan. 9, 2014

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-20 WNT vs. Costa Rica
CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group A
Jan. 9, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT Head Coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On the match:
“I think we were ready to go. We had a good week here and it was time for us to show what we could do it on the field. I was really impressed with the focus, the energy and really the chances we created in the first few minutes of the game. It was a great way to start the tournament for us.”

On the USA’s attack:
“We had a lot of different personalities come out in the game and that’s kind of what we hoped. We saw the ability to combine, to slip balls in behind and we saw the one-v-one presence that players displayed. We had a lot of variety and that helped us be successful today.”

On Lindsey Horan’s four-goal performance:
“To have Lindsey come in and automatically lift our chemistry and be a difference maker, you can’t ask more from her and obviously she had some world class finishes.”

On what the USA can improve in the next game against Jamaica:
“Our standards are really high. We can get better with our back line. I think that has to do a little bit with not quite being aware of what each other are doing quite yet because they are new to each other. Our midfield can be sharper in our final pass and their speed of play, and our forwards, we have to be able to finish the opportunities that we get. So we’ve got a lot of things to look at on film and try to fix as we move forward in this tournament.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward LINDSEY HORAN
On the match:

“I thought we really came out strong and brought so much energy. After a week of training, I thought we played so well in our first game. I’ve played in two World Cup qualifying tournaments before this, I don’t think we’ve ever came out with that much energy and played that well in our first game so I was really happy.”

On her four goals:
“Those four goals wouldn’t have come if my teammates didn’t play me perfect balls. We were possessing so well and the goals came from good play though the middle and from our backs. I’m happy I scored, but it came from my team’s work.”

On Savannah Jordan and Summer Green getting on the score sheet:
“I was so happy for them. Savannah had so many chances, and I was just waiting for her goal to come. Summer came on and brought so much energy to the game. It’s awesome when you see a sub come onto the field and really bring our team up and provide more options and chances on goal. I was really happy for her.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward SUMMER GREEN
On the match:

“When I was on the bench, I definitely thought we were playing well. It was cool to see how we came together and combined. We did many of the things we wanted to do, knocking the ball around and keeping possession.”

On her goal:
“That goes to Lindsey. Her ball through was amazing. It split their defense completely and gave me a good shot.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder CARI ROCCARO
On the match:

“There were definitely nerves to start out, but I think once we got the first goal under our belts we started to relax and the goals started coming. It was a good team performance.”

On Costa Rica:
“They weren’t a team that sat back. They came at us and they weren’t afraid to press us and play, so we just had to work to break them down.”

On looking forward to the next game:
“I think the feeling is that we had some positive play, but definitely we can lean from some of it. We can improve some things, like speed of play and connecting our passes through and combination play from the backs to midfield to the forward, but I think we are doing great and we’ll be ready for the next game.”

French Names 20-Player U.S. Roster for 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands

CHICAGO (Dec. 23, 2013) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named the 20-player roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, to be held from Jan. 9-19 in George Town, Cayman Islands.

The roster consists of 18 collegiate players, one professional and one player still in high school. The lone professional player is forward Lindsey Horan of French club Paris Saint-Germain, while midfielder Andi Sullivan from Bethesda SC is the youngest player on the roster, having just turned 18. Players born on or after January 1, 1994, are eligible for the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

“At every position, we feel these players are technically proficient and possess a great understanding of how we want to play in order to be successful as a team,” said French. "We have players with very unique qualities ranging from creative and effective finishers, to players who are threatening with their dynamic movement in the midfield, to players who are defensively strong and physical in one-on-one situations. Our overall athleticism will be another strength of this team.”

The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

The USA opens Group A play on Thurs., Jan. 9, against Costa Rica, faces Jamaica on Sat., Jan. 11, and finishes the group against Guatemala on Mon., Jan. 13. The winner of Group A will meet the Group B runner-up, and vice versa, in the semifinal matches on Fri., Jan. 17, and the Championship and Third-Place Matches will take place on Jan. 19. All three of the USA's group games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and the tournament will be played entirely at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

“The process of narrowing the roster down to twenty players was extremely difficult,” said French, who saw 45 players in game action this year with the U-20s and many more during college matches this fall. “With such a short amount of time following the college season and before qualifying, it was crucial to find the right mix of players that complement each other's personalities on and off the field.”

Additional Notes:

  • Host Cayman Islands, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico are in Group B.
  • French, a member of the USA’s silver medal winning team at the 2000 Olympics in Australia, became head coach of this age group last February and will be coaching in her first qualifying tournament.
  • Eight players on the roster have played two years of college soccer, while 10 recently completed their freshman season.
  • Two players are from the 2013 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins in goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and midfielder Lauren Kaskie.
  • Four players are represented from Stanford University in Amack, goalkeeper Jane Campbell, former U-17 co-captain Maddie Bauer and outside back Laura Liedle.
  • Notre Dame has three players – Roccaro, former U-17 captain Morgan Andrews and defender Katie Naughton.
  • Penn State has two in defender Brittany Basinger and forward Mallory Webber. Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • North Carolina, Virginia, Boston College, Florida, UConn, Harvard and Wisconsin have one player each on the roster.
  • While six players have yet to earn their first caps at the U-20 level, the roster is fairly experienced internationally with 10 players having represented the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 or U-20 level.
  • Three players on the roster – defenders Stephanie Amack, midfielder Cari Roccaro and striker Horan – were a part of the USA’s last qualifying team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Panama. Horan, the team’s leading scorer during the last cycle, missed the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a knee injury, but Amack and Roccaro were a part of the squad that won the tournament, defeating Germany 1-0 in the championship game played in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Roccaro, the current team captain who played center-back at the last U-20 World Cup, leads the way with 22 career U-20 caps, while Horan has scored 13 goals at the U-20 level in 17 matches.
  • The 5-foot-9 Horan is the only player on the roster to have earned caps with the full WNT, playing off the bench against China at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March and against Brazil on Nov. 10 where she picked up her first assist at the senior level.
  • Horan has seven goals in 10 appearances so far this season for PSG and scored 17 goals in 20 games last year in the Feminine Division 1.
  • Eight players on the roster were key members of the U.S. team that played at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan where the Americans tied eventual champions France and runners-up Korea DPR in group play but became the first women’s team in FIFA history to earn five points and fail to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Forward Savannah Jordan scored 23 goals as a freshman for the Florida Gators while Makenzy Doniak knocked in 20 as a sophomore in helping lead UVA to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Women’s College Cup Final Four.
  • Sophomore McKenzie Meehan also scored 20 times for Boston College.
  • Harvard freshman Margaret Purce led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.

UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 9-19

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Mallory Weber (Penn State; Novi, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6):
Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (Pairs Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Michelle French Seattle, Wash.
Technical Director: April Heinrichs Clifton, Va.
Assistant Coach: Erica Walsh State College, Pa.
Goalkeeper Coach: Philip Wheddon Syracuse, N.Y.
Fitness Coach: Ryan Alexander Jonesborough, Tenn.

2013 Athlete of the Year Voting Kicks off U.S. Soccer Awards Season

CHICAGO (Nov. 19, 2013) – U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2013 Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for the finalists in five categories – Male, Female, Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Athletes of the Year – on ussoccer.com throughout the week. The winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The opening of the Athlete of the Year ballot kicks off a busy awards season for U.S. Soccer. In December, the Best of U.S. Soccer: #100Years Edition will ask fans to select their favorite moment from the past 100 years in a fun, bracket-style competition. U.S. Soccer will also name an All-Time Best XI for the Men’s and Women’s National Teams as the Centennial year draws to a close.

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This is the second year U.S. Soccer will name a Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Two previous winners are included in the Male Athlete of the Year finalists: goalkeeper Tim Howard (2008) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012). This is Michael Bradley’s fifth nomination for the award and Jozy Altidore’s second. Both are former winners of the Young Male Athlete of the Year Award (Altidore in 2006, Bradley in 2007). This is the first nomination for defender DaMarcus Beasley since 2007, when he was nominated as a midfielder.

The list of Female Athlete of the Year finalists features three previous winners: midfielder Carli Lloyd (2008), forward Abby Wambach (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011) and last year’s winner Alex Morgan. These past winners are joined by first-time nominees, forwards Christen Press and Sydney Leroux, and NWSL MVP Lauren Holiday, who was also nominated in 2011.

Previous Young Female Athlete of the Year nominees Morgan Brian (2010 and 2011) and Crystal Dunn (2010 and 2012), both of whom debuted for the full WNT this year, are joined by first-time nominees Cari Roccaro, a defender for the U.S. U-20 WNT, U-20 and full WNT forward Lindsey Horan and 15-year-old Mallory Pugh.

Defender Shaquell Moore earns his second straight Young Male Athlete of the Year nomination. Midfielder Wil Trapp and defenders Kellyn Acosta, Shane O’Neill and Erik Palmer-Brown all earn their first nominations for the award. Nominees must be age eligible for any of the Youth National Teams and can only win the award once in his career. Forward Rubio Rubin was the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year.

U.S. Soccer will also name a Disabled Athlete of the Year, which honors the achievement of disabled soccer players in the United States. This is the second year for the award, which began in 2012.

Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Jozy Altidore, Forward
DaMarcus Beasley, Defender
Michael Bradley, Midfielder
Clint Dempsey, Forward
Tim Howard, Goalkeeper

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Lauren Holiday, Midfielder
Sydney Leroux, Forward
Carli Lloyd, Midfielder
Alex Morgan, Forward
Christen Press, Forward
Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Kellyn Acosta, Defender
Shaquell Moore, Defender
Shane O’Neill, Defender
Erik Palmer-Brown, Defender
Wil Trapp, Midfielder

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Morgan Brian, Midfielder
Crystal Dunn, Defender
Lindsey Horan, Forward
Mallory Pugh, Midfielder
Cari Roccaro, Defender

U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year Finalists
Lexi Heer, Power Soccer
Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer
Rene Renteria, Paralympic Soccer

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 with one goal in 270 minutes … Heads into the Women’s World Cup with 10 caps and one goal while playing the majority of minutes at center back … Played for the U.S. Under-18s in 2011 … Was a member of the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team that competed in the 2010 CONCACAF U-17s Women’s Qualifying Tournament where it outscored its opponents 38-0 over the five games … Scored one goal against Haiti … Attended the U.S. Under-14 I.D. Camp in 2008.

Full name is Cari Elizabeth Roccaro … Nickname is Cer (pronounced Ker) … Was a part of the Girls Leader Club … Participated in Just For Kicks, an organization to help kids with autism … A member of the National Honor Society … Was on the yearbook staff … Was All-Conference in track and field in 8th and 9th grades  and was the 9th grade division champion for 400 meters where she set a school record … Enjoys dancing, singing, watching movies, going to the beach, barbeques, and playing cards … Favorite foods are chicken, bagels, and mac and cheese … Favorite desserts are flag cookies … Likes listening to Dream street, Backstreet Boys, and John Mayer … Can’t go anywhere without her Carmex Chapstick.

Has committed to play for the University of Notre Dame and will play her freshman season following the Women’s World Cup … Led East Islip High School Redmen as captain as a sophomore, junior, and senior … Named All-League, All-Conference, and All-County as a freshman, junior, and senior … Team MVP as a freshman and senior … NSCAA All-American as a junior and senior … Parade All-American as a junior … New York Gatorade Player of the Year, Long Island Player of the Year, and New York State Player of the Year as a senior … Suffolk County Player of the Year as a junior and senior … Scored 11 goals as a senior and 16 as a freshman ... Club: Played for East Islip Explosion from U-10 to U-13 … Played for Albertson Fury ’93 from U-13 to present … State champions in 2009 and 2011 … Regional Semifinalists in 2009 and 2011 … Took 5th place in ECNL National Championship in 2011.  

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