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U-23 WNT to Norway for Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Norway for a four-team tournament running from May 27-31 that also includes Norway, Sweden and England. The matches will be held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden. Both stadiums have artificial turf. 

The USA’s 22-player roster features 19 college players in addition to three current professionals, all whom play outside the United States: Daphne Corboz (Manchester City), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal) and Kate Stengel (Bayern Munich). Ubogagu and Stengel were members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith was also on that squad. 

The roster features seven members of the U.S. team that got knocked out on penalty kicks by Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell, Duke defender Christina Gibbons, Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, Stanford defender/midfielder Andi Sullivan, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle, Florida forward Savannah Jordan and Harvard forward Margaret Purce. 

The USA opens the competition on May 27 against the Sweden U-23 WNT at Fredrikstad Stadium, faces England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium, and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium. 

WOMEN’S U-23 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

May 27
USA vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
Norway vs. England at Sarpsborg Stadium 

May 29
Sweden vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. Norway at Sarpsborg Stadium

May 31
Norway vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daphne Corboz (Manchester City FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (FSU; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (7): Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal; Coppell, Texas), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

U.S. U-23 WNT Wins Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain with 2-1 Victory Against Norway

CHICAGO (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, by defeating Norway 2-1 on goals from Portland Thorns FC midfielder Meleana Shim and former Wake Forest star Katie Stengel.

The win was the third in three games at the tournament for the USA, which also defeated Japan 1-0 and Sweden 2-1 earlier in the competition.

Shim’s goal, her first at the U-23 level, came just before halftime. Midfielder Danielle Colaprico crossed from the end line to the top of the penalty area where Stengel laid a pass off to Shim, who scored into the right corner.

Stengel’s goal, also her first for the U-23s after a solid U-20 career in which she scored six times in 20 caps, came in the 75th minute and would prove to be the game-winner. The goal came after Chioma Ubogagu played a ball down the left wing to Carpice Dydasco, who fed Stengel about 10 yards out for a first-time shot that beat the goalkeeper low.

Norway pulled a goal back three minutes later as U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith hit a clearance from the goal mouth that went short to Martine Flakk who passed to Victoria Ludvigsen and she finished from 14 yards out, but the USA, which held Norway to just two total shots on goal, was able to salt the game away.

The U.S. U-23 WNT also won this tournament last year, and now will make way for the U.S. U-18 WNT that will arrive in La Manga to play in the 12 Nations Tournament, which features three friendly matches for each of the competing teams.

Seven players on head coach Steve Swanson’s roster will now head to pre-season camps with their respective NWSL teams and the U.S. U-23s will gather again in June for a domestic training camp that will feature mostly college-aged players.

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

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 5, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field G
Weather:
68 degrees; windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
NOR 0 1 1

USA - Meleana Shim (Katie Stengel) 44th Minute
USA - Katie Stengel (Caprice Dydasco) 75
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (Martine Flakk) 78

Lineups:
USA:
18-Abby Smith; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 8-Emily Sonnett, 6-Kassey Kallman, 19-Jaelene Hinkle (11-Frances Silva, 77); 7-Kealia Ohai (17-Caprice Dydasco, 46), 9-Meleana Shim, 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Danielle Colaprico (15-Erika Tymrak, 63); 27-Katie Stengel, 5-Maya Hayes (10-Chioma Ubogagu, 58)
Substitutes not used: Aubrey Bledsoe, Jennifer Hoy

Head Coach: Steve Swanson

NOR: 1-Guro Pettersen; 2-Cecilie Brattland Liane, 3-Ina Gausdal, 4-Ida Jeanett Fjordbakk (13-Elrin Bjerkreim Kleppa, 58), 14-Mali Lilleas Naess (5-Anette Tengesdal, 46); 15-Martine Flakk, 20-Marita Holmen Iversen (6-Tonje Pedersen, 70), 9-Ina Skaug, 16-Camilla Christensen (17-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 19-Lisa Marie Karlseng Utland (18-Andrea Thun, 67), 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hergerberg
Substitutes not used: Guro Reiten, Melissa Bjanesoy, Emile Bosshard Haavi, Josefine Ervik
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 2 / 3
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Runa Kristin Stefansdottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birna Bergstad Thormundsdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sonia Khan (NOR)

U23 WNT vs Sweden Highlights Reaction March 3 2014

The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 2-1 on goals from Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu and FC Kansas City draft pick Frances Silva.

U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats Sweden 2-1 in Second Match of the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (March 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 2-1 on goals from Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu and FC Kansas City draft pick Frances Silva.

U.S. head coach Steve Swanson switched up his starting lineup from the first game of the tournament, making six changes from the side that beat Japan 1-0 on March 3, and Silva came through with what would be the winning goal in the 31st minute.

Ubogagu, a veteran of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team, opened the scoring in the 16th minute after running onto a through ball from Portland Thorns midfielder Meleana Shim. Ubogagu dribbled to the right side of the six-yard box and shot to the bottom corner at the near post. Sweden goalkeeper Hilda Carlen bobbled the ball, but it slipped through her legs and into the net.

The USA doubled its lead through Silva, who was taken by FCKC in the third round of the 2014 NWSL College Draft at No. 21 overall, off an assist from Texas Tech defender Jaelene Hinkle.

Sweden pulled a goal back off a penalty kick by Irma Helin in the 61st minute, but the American defense, led by center-backs Abby Dahlkemper from UCLA (who finished third in voting for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy) and Emily Sonnett from Virginia, helped limit Sweden to just three shots on goal.

The USA will finish the competition against Norway on March 5.

- U.S. Under-23 Wmone’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 3, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
Weather:
64 Degrees, windy

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

USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Meleana Shim) 16th minute
USA - Frances Silva (Jaelene Hinkle) 31
SWE - Irma Helin (penalty kick) 61

Lineups:
SWE:
1-Hilda Carlen; 2-Catrine Johansson (9-Pauline Hammarlund, 54), 3-Sanna Svensson, 4-Jennie Nordin (14-Malin Winberg, 70), 16-Elin Bragnum, 15-Johanna Andersson (5-Anna Hjalmqvist, 70), 6-Irma Helin, 7-Petra Andersson (19-Julia Karlenas, 54), 8-Malin Dias Pettersson, 10-Fridolina Rolfo (11-Jonna Andersson, 54), 17-Mimmi Larsson
Substitutes not used: Emelie Lundberg; Elin Landstrom; Emma Lennartsson; Marija Banusic
Head Coach: Anneli Andersen

USA: 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Emily Sonnett, 19-Jaelene Hinkle; 11-Frances Silva (7-Kealia Ohai, 67), 9-Meleana Shim (4-Danielle Colaprico, 63), 16-Jenna Richmond, 15-Erika Tymrak; 27-Katie Stengel (22-Jennifer Hoy, 46); 10-Chioma Ubogagu (5-Maya Hayes, 46)
Substitutes not used: Abby Smith, Kassey Kallman
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 9
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: B. Bergstad (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Runa Stefansdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: A. Olsson (SWE)

U.S. U-23 WNT to Open Year in La Manga, Spain, with Three International Matches

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will open its 2014 campaign with a challenging trip to La Manga, Spain, for the Six Nations Tournament running from Feb. 24-March 6. The USA will play three international matches, facing the U-23 sides of Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).

U.S. head coach Steven Swanson will bring a 20-player roster to Spain featuring a mix of young pros and top collegiate players. Swanson named nine NWSL players, six that are heading into their rookie season and three that played in the league last year in Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars) and Erika Tymrak (NWSL Rookie of the Year with FC Kansas City). Tymrak just completed a three-week stint with the senior Women’s National team and currently has three caps and one goal for Tom Sermanni’s team.

The roster includes four first round picks from the 2014 NWSL Draft including No. 2 overall in forward Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), No. 5 in defender Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), No. 6 in forward Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC) and No. 7 in defender Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC). Additional draftees include: midfielder Jenna Richmond, who went in the second round at No. 16 overall to FC Kansas City and midfielder Frances Silva who was the first pick of the third round, going No. 19 overall to FC Kansas City.

The roster also includes five members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan: Ohai (who scored the game-winner in the World Cup Final), Kallman, Hayes, Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith and Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu.

The remainder of the roster is completed by some of the top collegians in the country, including 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA.

The U.S. U-23 WNT will be followed into La Manga by the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, which will play international matches there on March 8, 10 and 12.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6):
Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC; McKinney, Texas), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City; Woodbury, Minn.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City; Centreville, Va.), Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC; Honolulu, Hawaii), Frances Silva (FC Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.); Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6):
Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC; West Orange, N.J.), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars; Sellersville, Pa.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)

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, tallying two goals and one assist in 169 minutes … Her dramatic 89th minute score in the championship game earned the regional title for the USA with the 2-1 victory over Canada ... Scored against Switzerland and Norway in La Manga, Spain in February … Scored two goals in two games against China in April … Scored against New Zealand in May … Heads into the Women’s World Cup as one of the team’s top scorer with eight goals in 11 U-20 caps … Was a part of the U.S. Under-18 team from 2008 to 2011.

                                                                                                             

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