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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.)

U-23 WNT Head to OTC for Second Camp of 2014

CHICAGO (May 27, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a roster for the second training camp of the year as 26 players will come together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, for training camp from June 7-14.

The entire roster is made up of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons this past fall. The roster includes five 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 is playing with L.A. Blues this summer), 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 with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas), Kalijah Terilli (Pennsylvania; Bronx, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): McKenzie Berryhill (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jessie Ayers (Colorado College; Seattle, Wash.), Kaysie Clark (Missouri; Liberty, Mo.), Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Cali Farquharson (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Elise Krieghoff (Cal Poly SLO; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Lynn Williams (Pepperdine; Malibu, Calif.)

WNT vs. Denmark: Highlights - March 10, 2014

The U.S. WNT lost by a 5-3 score to Denmark in its final Group B match at the 2014 Algarve Cup. They USA went behind 3-0 in the first half before making a run in second on goals from Christen Press, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe, but fell short in a match that featured five total goals after the break.

Studio 90 Kristie and Samantha Mewis Make Sister History

In the 68th minute of the U.S. WNT’s match against Sweden March 7, 2104 at the Algarve Cup, sisters Kristie and Samantha Mewis entered the match together as substitutes. It marked just the third time in the 30-year history of the U.S. WNT that sisters had been on the field together at the same time and first since 1997, when identical twins Lorrie and Ronnie Fair played two matches together. We sat down Kristie (23) and Samantha (21) to talk about realizing a dream they’ve had since they were little girls: playing together on the U.S. Women’s National Team.

WNT vs Sweden Reaction March 7 2014

U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni, midfielder Carli Lloyd, captain Christie Rampone and Samantha Mewis and Sarah Hagen, who both earned their first caps at the senior level, react to the USA’s 1-0 loss to Sweden in Group B play at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

One of the most capped players in this cycle of U-20s, she heads into the Women’s World Cup having played 33 times for the USA at this level …  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 five games, totaling one goal and one assist in 305 minutes … Scored two goals against Switzerland in La Manga, Spain in February … Scored two goals in two games against China in April… A member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Played in two games, starting one … Played in 13 total games for the USA heading into the 2010 Women’s World Cup, including eight internationals and scored one goal, that coming against New Zealand … Had 16 total caps and two goals for the 2010 U-20s … One of the three players born in 1992 to make the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup roster in New Zealand … Ended her U-17 career with eight goals in 13 U-17 caps … Played in five games in New Zealand, starting four … Played in four matches at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying, scoring three goals with one assist, including two goals in the opening game win over Costa Rica … Played for the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team in 2007 … Played for the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team in 2007 and attended the U.S. Soccer Under-14 Girls’ I.D. Camp in 2006.

Has played from U-8 through U-16 with the Scorpions SC … Won 2006 U-13 State Cup and Regional titles … Won 2008 U-15 State Cup and Regional titles … Missed Nationals due to CONCACAF Qualifying in T&T.

Full name is Samantha June Mewis … Nickname is Sam … Majoring in English at UCLA … An Honor Roll student in high school … Likes to read and go to the beach … Loves to listen to Taylor Swift … Mom attended Northeastern on a full basketball scholarship and has run a marathon … Dad played soccer at Fitchburg State College and has also run a few marathons … Played varsity basketball as a freshman and ran track as a junior … Older sister Kristie is a star at Boston College and a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Player Pool … With Kristie, they became the first sisters ever to represent the USA at a Women’s World Cup, playing together on the U-17s in New Zealand in 2008 … Also played with Kristie at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany … Highlighted with Kristie in Sports Illustrated's "Where Will They Be?" feature in August of 2010 ... Once got 15 stitches in her head when she collided on a header during a club match.

As a freshman at UCLA, played 21 games, tallying six goals and seven assists … As captain at Whitman Hanson Regional High School, she earned the honor of NSCAA National Player of the Year as a senior … She was an Atlantic Coast League All-Star and a member of the Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team as a junior … Eastern Mass. GSCA Div. First-Team selection as a junior … NSCAA All-State and All-New England and an NSCAA All-American as a junior … Scored 32 goals with 11 assists as a junior … Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, ESPN Rise First-Team All American and Parade All-American as a junior and senior … Also named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team … Won the South sectional championship as a junior and won the league title all four years … Scored 15 goals as a freshman … Played only a handful of high school games as a sophomore due to National Team commitments... Club: Played from U-7 through U-19 with the Scorpions SC … Won State Cup in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012 … Earned regional titles in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

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