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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-18 WNT Roars Back From Three Goals Down to Tie Sweden U-19s 3-3 in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (March 8, 2014) -- The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team mounted an epic comeback after falling behind 3-0 after 63 minutes, scoring three times in just over a half-hour, including an 86th minute equalizer from Imani Dorsey, to tie the Sweden U-19 WNT 3-3 in its first match of the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

The friendly competition features three matches for each of the teams and the U.S. is playing against players that are one year older.

Sweden took the lead in the 15th minute off a nice finish from the left side of the penalty box into the lower right corner from Stina Blackstenius and it stayed 1-0 until the 55th minute when Blackstenius doubled the lead.

She ran onto the ball in the penalty area and beat the first defender with a nice cut back. U.S. goalkeeper Rose Chandler came out to smother at her feet, but the ball squirmed loose and Blackstenius latched onto the free ball to push it into the empty net from six yards out.

Sweden seemingly had put the game out of reach in the 63rd minute after Lina Hurtig took advantage of a free ball that had been tackled away from one of her teammates, dribbled into the right side of the box and slotted into the left corner.

Two minutes later the younger U.S. side began its comeback.

In the 65th minute, Amber Munerlyn crossed from the right side on the ground into the penalty area and Darian Jenkins ran over the ball leaving it for the crashing Rebecca Rasmussen, who first-timed it into the net from six yards out.

The USA pulled to within one goal in the 76th minute on a mistake in the back by Sweden as Kayla Cappuzzo picked off a back pass and finished to make it 3-2.

The USA equalized with four minutes left, as Cappuzzo crossed the ball from the right and Dorsey headed home at the far post from the top of the six-yard box.

Up next for the USA is a match against the Norway U-19s on March 10 followed by a game on March 12 against the France U-19s.

- U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 8, 2014
Competition
: Ten Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
Weather:
60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 3 3
SWE                         1 2 3

SWE - Stina Blackstenius (Lotta Okvist) 15th Minute
SWE - Stina Blackstenius 55
SWE - Lina Hurtig 63
USA - Rebecca Rasmussen (Amber Munerlyn) 65
USA - Kayla Cappuzzo 76
USA - Imani Dorsey (Kayla Cappuzzo) 86

Lineups:
USA:
1-Rose Chandler; 2-Gabrielle Matulich, 16-Jessica Vigna, 22-Megan Keeth (4-Kaleigh Riehl, 46), 5-Maddie Elliston (17-Ellie Jean, 46); 9-Jaye Boissiere (10-Emily Ogle, 85), 7-Katie Cousins, 8-Jordan DiBiasi; 19-Amber Munerlyn (12-Kayla Cappuzzo, 75), 6-Annie Kingman (11-Rebecca Rasmussen, 46), 3-Darian Jenkins (15-Imani Dorsey, 66)
Substitutes not used: Anna Bialczak, Casey Murphy, Carlyn Baldwin

Head Coach: April Heinrichs

SWE: 1-Zecira Musovic; 2-Elin Bjorklund (17-Anna Oskarsson, 82), 3-Julia Ekholm, 4-Elin Karlsson, 5-Nellie Karlsson; 7-Filippa Curmark (18-Tove Almqvist, 76), 6-Julia Wahlberg, 8-Fanny Andersson (14-Julia Zigotta Olme, 62), 15-Lotta Okvist (16-Olivia Welin, 62); 9-Stina Blackstenius (11-Moa Hedell, 62), 10-Lina Hurtig
Substitutes not used: Matilda Hadlund, Nathalie Bjorn, Ida Andersson, Filippa Angeldal

Head Coach: Calle Barrling

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

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Henrikke Nervik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Anniken Haugen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Marit B. Folstad (NOR)
Fourth Official: R. Kjorstad

U.S. U-18 WNT Will Travel to La Manga, Spain for Matches vs. Sweden, Norway and France

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will compete in the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, traveling to Europe from March 3-13 to face Under-19 teams from Sweden (March 8), Norway (March 10) and France (March 12).

U.S. Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 20 players, all but two born in 1996, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Four of the players on the roster are currently in college: defender Niki Romero (UNC), forward Amber Munerlyn (UNC), forward Darian Jenkins (who scored 11 goals for UCLA last season) and Rebecca Rasmussen, who enrolled early at the University of Georgia this spring. Munerly and Jenkins, both members of the U.S. team at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, are the two players born in 1995.

The U.S. U-18s will arrive in La Manga as the U.S. U-23s are finishing their competition which will see the oldest of the USA’s Youth National Teams play Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Casey Murphy (PDA; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6)
: Anna Bialczak (Maryland United FC; Lutherville, Md.), Madeline Elliston (OMA Elite Girls’ Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Megan Keeth (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Niki Romero (UNC; Las Vegas, Nev.)
MIDFIELDERS (7)
: Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Jaye Boissiere (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Annie Kingman (PSV Union FC; Woodside, Calif), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Jessica Vigna (PDA; Farmingdale, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5)
: Kayla Cappuzzo (Albertson Fury; Merrick, N.Y.), Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Amber Munerlyn (UNC; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)

U.S. National Teams: A member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala and qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Played in two games in Guatemala, starting one, and scored one goal against Panama … Scored twice against the China U-17s during a match in August … First call-up with the U.S. U-17s came in April of 2011 … Attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2009.

Personal: Full name is Darian Michelle Jenkins … Nickname is D … On the honor roll … Likes dancing and just hanging out with friends … Could have the most hair on the team … Her father, Cody, is a former bull rider who now fixes powers lines and her mom rode horses … Three words that best describe her off the field are “goofy, sweet and easy-going” … Three words that best describe her on the field are “intense, speedy and strong” … Best present she has received is a necklace from her dad that she always wears … Her favorite class is sports psychology … Favorite food is sushi … Favorite snack is Fruit Roll-Ups … Favorite soccer players are Brandi Chastain and Neymar and Marcelo … Best soccer moment so far is representing her country in World Cup qualifying … Has an English Mastiff named Matty … Likes watching TV shows Jersey Shore and Awkward … Favorite super hero is Batman … Favorite cereal is Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch … Favorite dessert is a half-cooked chocolate chip cookie with milk … Favorite smell is cotton candy … Her biggest supporters in her life are her grandpa Reed, her grandma Peggy, her uncle Zach, as well as her parents, her four siblings and her coach, Ab Reese.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend UCLA in the fall of 2013 … Attends Riverton High School … An All-Region and All-State selection for the Silverwolves … The top goal scorer in 5A in the state in the Utah … Has been team captain her junior and senior years.

Club: Has played for Sparta United from U-13s until present … Has captained her club for the past five years … Played for the USA club in West Jordan for two years before joining Sparta … Won the 2012 State Cup with Sparta.

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