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U-20 WNT Holds Final Preparation Camp Ahead of FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (July 2, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named 27 players for a two-week training camp being held from July 9-23 in Seattle, Washington, that will be the final event before the USA departs for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

TheU-20 WNT is coming off a successful two-match stint in France where it defeated its French counterparts, who will also be competing in Canada, by 1-0 and 2-1 score lines.

Following the camp in Seattle, French will name the 21 players who will represent the USA in the seventh FIFA championship for this age level. The first two were held as U-19 tournaments in 2002 and 2004 with the last four being staged as U-20 events. 

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will run from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the tournament. The USA was drawn into Group B and will open its tournament on Aug. 5 in Edmonton against Germany, who the U.S. beat in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup final. The U-20 WNT will then face Brazil on Aug. 8 in Edmonton and finish group play against China PR on Aug. 12 in Moncton.

"As we head into our final camp prior to the World Cup, there is certainly a heightened feeling of excitement and anticipation as we look to put the final pieces in place," said French.  "At the conclusion of this camp, we’ll have our final roster and will also have layered in some final key elements to help in our overall performance on the field once we get to Canada."

The training camp roster features 17 players who helped the USA qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup by winning the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship last January in the Cayman Islands.

Two players, defenders Cari Roccaro and Stephanie Amack, are holdovers from the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, while nine others represented the USA at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Rose Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 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.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Joanna Boyles (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State; Wayne, N.J.), Rachel Hill (UCONN; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (7): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

Horan, Purce Goals Help U-20 WNT Defeat France 2-1

PLOUGASTEL, France (June 13, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team swept its two-game series against its counterparts from France with a 2-1 victory that featured a free kick goal from Lindsey Horan and a headed goal by Margaret Purce that proved to be the game-winner.

The USA defeated France 1-0 on June 10 with a Savannah Jordan goal and these two matches were the final international games for the U.S. before it begins 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup play on Aug. 5 vs. Germany in Edmonton. The U-20 Women’s World Cup curtain-raiser will match the same two countries which played in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final in Tokyo.

The USA scored in just the 11th minute off a fabulous direct free kick from Horan, the USA’s only professional player, who plays in France for Paris Saint-Germain. The shot from outside the penalty area on the right side flew over the wall and beat the goalkeeper high into the right side of the net. It was Horan’s 21st international goal in 22 U-20 caps.

The USA doubled its lead in the 21st minute as its youngest player, 16-year-old Mallory Pugh, beat a defender down the left flank and dribbled into the penalty area before playing a cross to Purce at the far post. Purce finished with her head into upper right corner for her sixth international goal at the U-20 level.

France pulled a goal back in the 39th minute after Faustine Robert picked off an errant back pass and finished low into the right corner.

Neither team could find the net in the second half, as the Americans picked up their second victory over a talented France side in four days. U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell got the win, making two saves.

The U.S. team now returns home and will have a final domestic training camp in July before heading north to Canada for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will run from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the tournament.

The USA is in Group B with Germany, Brazil and China PR.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. France U-20 WNT
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Complexe Sportif de Kerbrat; Plougastel, France

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          0          2
FRA                             1          0          1      
USA - Lindsey Horan                                      11th minute
USA - Midge Purce (Mallory Pugh)               21
FRA - Faustine Robert                                   39

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 18-Katie Naughton, 10-Brittany Basinger (15-Laura Leidle, 27), 20- Kaleigh Rieh, 5-Stephanie Amack; 19-Andi Sullivan (4-Carlyn Baldwin, 61),  2-Rose Lavelle,  Mallory Pugh, 13-Makenzy Doniak (11-Summer Green, 61);  25-Savannah Jordan (14-Rachel Hill, 82), 6-Lindsey Horan (9-Margaret Purce, 11, 16-McKenzie Meehan, 86)
Subs not used:  12-Katelyn Rowland, 3-Cari Roccaro, 8-Morgan Andrews
Head Coach: Michelle French

FRA: 1-Durand (16-Garcia, 46); 2-Hoarau, 3-Gagnet, 5-Mbock Bathy (4-Tounkara, 45), 6- Diallo; 7-Robert, 19-Kerrache (15-Dafenr, 45), 14-Catalano, 20-Thomas; 10-Tarrieu (11-Sarr, 39), 9-Le Bihan, 20-Ghersi (8-Bueno, 45)
Subs not used: 17-Douessin, 21-Belkaichi, 13-Lorgere
Head Coach: Giles Eyquem

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 8/ 5
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 9
Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

U-20 WNT Will Travel to Face France on June 10 and 13

CHICAGO (May 22, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to northwest France for two matches against its age-group counterparts on June 10 in Plabennec and June 13 in Plougastel as head coach Michelle French’s squad continues preparations for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

French will bring 20 players to France in what will be the team’s last full international matches before the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Both the USA and France have qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA is in Group B with Germany, Brazil and China PR, while France is in Group D with Paraguay, New Zealand and Costa Rica.

The roster features 17 players from the squad that qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup while winning the CONCACAF championship last January in the Cayman Islands. Additionally, four players on this roster are still in high school, including the youngest player on the squad, 16-year-old Mallory Pugh. Defender Kaleigh Riehl, a rising senior, and Tennessee bound-midfielder Carlyn Baldwin are part of the high school contingent, and co-captain Andi Sullivan, also a graduating senior, will attend Stanford in the fall.

After the trip to Europe, the USA will have a final domestic training camp in July before heading north to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will run from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the tournament. (21 will make the Women’s World Cup Team)

“The chance to play against one of the top U-20 teams in the world prior to the World Cup is an incredible opportunity,” said French. “The experience and knowledge we’ll gain from these two games against France will push us to sharpen our focus and drive even more as we continue to grow as a team in these final stages of preparation for the World Cup.”

The roster includes USA’s lone professional in Lindsey Horan, a forward whose availability this year has been limited by commitments to her French club Paris Saint-Germain. Horan has scored 20 goals in 21 international matches at the U-20 level.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 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.)
MIDFIELDERS (7):  Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), 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.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

U20 WNT vs China PR Highlights Reaction Mar 1 2014

Highlights and reaction from the U-20 U.S. WNT’s 5-1 victory over China PR to end its training camp in Florida. Lindsey Horan and 15-year-old Mallory Pugh scored twice each for the USA, which also benefited from an own goal by China.

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

The only player on the World Cup roster who has caps (2) with the full U.S. Women’s National Team, she played off the bench against China PR at the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal and against Brazil in the USA’s final match of the year in Orlando, Fla.... A member of the U.S. team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands to earn a berth to the World Cup, but played in just two matches before being recalled to France by her club PSG … Still scored three goals in with one assist in 180 minutes of action … Heads into the World Cup as the USA’s leading scorer and most experienced player with 21 international goals in 22 U-20 caps … Scored a pair of braces against the China PR U-20s in 2014 and also scored against the France U-20s … Helped the U.S. U-20s to the title of the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship in Panama, thereby earning a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, but missed the tournament due to a knee injury … Played in all five games during the qualifying tournament, starting in four, totaling 330 minutes ... Scored four goals, three of which were against Guatemala, and assisted one in the qualifying tournament ... Competed in La Manga, Spain with the U-20s, scoring a hat trick against Switzerland and the winning goal against Germany in Spain … Scored two goals against China with the U-20s … Scored one goal against New Zealand with the U-20s … Member of the U.S. U-18 National Team in 2011 … Finished her U.S. U-17 National Team career with 15 goals in 17 international appearances … Leading scorer of the U-17 qualifying tournament with nine goals and six assists … Member of the U.S. U-15 National Team 2009 … Attended the U.S. U-14 National Identification Camp in 2008.
Committed to play for University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for the fall of 2012, but instead opted to bypass college and signed professionally for PSG in France, becoming the first American female to skip college soccer and go straight to the pros … Opted not to play high school soccer in order to train with the U-15/16 Colorado Rush Development Academy Boys and U-17 Nike Boys teams.

Has played two season with Paris Saint-Germain in the Feminine Division 1 … Has scored 31 goals in 38 games in two seasons for PSG … Scored 20 goals in all competitions in the 2013-2014 season and scored 17 in 20 games during the 2012-2013 season … Made her UEFA Champions League debut against Tyreso of Sweden in October … Helped PSG to a runner-up finish in the French Cup in 2014 … Helped PSG qualify for the 2014-2015 UEFA Champions League after finishing second in the French Feminine Division I … Was the youngest player on PSG during her first two seasons ... Played U-5 through U-10 for the TMSA Great White Sharks … Played from U-11 through U-12 with Edge … Played U-13 through U-18 for Colorado Rush ... Also trained with the U-15/16 Colorado Rush Developmental Academy boys and U-17 Nike Boys … Won State Cup from 2006-2010 … Most Valuable Player of State Cup in 2009 and 2010 … Regional Champion in 2010 and took third place in Nationals … Trained with two-time European champion Olympique Lyonnaise of France for a week in the Fall of 2011. 

Full name is Lindsey Michelle Horan … Nickname is Linds … Enjoys traveling, seeing new places, hiking and anything outdoors … Always loves to BBQ with the family and looks forward to the Sloppy Joe’s and baked beans … Obsessed with Eminem and Timeflies … Father Mark runs 100-mile ultra-marathons and is her inspiration … Speaks fluent French (just ask Cari Roccaro) … While living in France, she has traveled to Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Italy … Aspires to meet Michael Bradley, who is one of her favorite players … Also, Messi, hit her up on Twitter … She’s best friends with PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimović (ok, she’s met him a few times while in Paris).
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