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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.)

U-20 WNT Gathers for Training Camp ahead of Stretch Run before 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (April 28, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called up 27 players to a camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, running from May 11-18. It will be the USA’s penultimate domestic event before the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup takes place in Canada in August.

Eighteen players return from the USA’s April camp at the OTC, while midfielders Stephanie Amack, Rachel Hill and Morgan Andrews who all played key roles in the USA’s successful qualifying run return from injury/illness.

This will also be the USA’s last camp before French chooses a 20-player roster to travel to France in June for two matches against the France Under-20 Women’s National Team. After the trip to Europe, the USA will have a final domestic training camp in July before heading to Canada for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which runs from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. The U.S. will face Germany, China PR and Brazil in Group B play. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

“Without a doubt, there is a definite sense of urgency for the players coming in to our May camp,” said French.  “Having only three events left prior to the World Cup, the identifying players who are best able to successfully implement the ideas of our system and style of play will be crucial to the naming of our final roster. New players and personalities have continued to emerge every camp, and I wouldn’t expect this camp to be any different.”

Twenty-three of the 27 players named for the May camp are in college, while four are still in high school. The USA’s lone professional player – Lindsey Horan of Paris Saint-Germain – was not made available by her club for this event.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Karlie Mueller (Texas A&M; Sioux Falls, S.D.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Morgan Reid (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Joanna Boyles (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), Cameron Castleberry (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), 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 (7): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Kodi Lavrusky (UCLA; Yucaipa, Calif.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

U-20 WNT Prepares for the Hunger Games!

During the recent training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team forward Margaret “Katniss” Purce and midfielder Mallory “Rue” Pugh took time out for a lesson from the folks at USA Archery. It was valuable training should either one ever find themselves in the Arena.
Played for the USA at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, seeing action in one match … She will be the first player from an Ivy League school to represent the USA in a FIFA Women’s World  Cup … 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, she played in three games, starting all three … Was the USA’s second leading scorer in CONCACAF qualifying with three goals, all coming against the Bahamas … Attended one training camp with the U.S. U-15s in 2011 and that earned her a first call-up to the U-17s.

Had an excellent season as a freshman at Harvard in 2013 … She was a NSCAA third-Team All-America ... She was the Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, the first freshman to earn the Player of the Year award in league history … Also a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy First-Team …  An NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First-Team selection ... Led the Crimson and the Ivy League with 11 goals … Ranked first on the team and second in the conference in points with 26 … Also had four assists in 2013  and started 16 of 18 matches she played … Attended Good Counsel High School … The All-Met Player of the Year as a junior … An NCSAA All-American as a sophomore and junior … The WCAC Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior … First-Team All-State as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Won the league title as a freshman and sophomore … Concluded her prep career with 101 goals and 39 assists.

Played for Freestate Soccer under head coach and 1991 Women’s World Cup champion Shannon Cirovski … She was the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year for 2012 … Played for SAC United U-16s and U-15s … Played for Bethesda for U-13s and U-14s … Before that, she played with Potomac … Advanced to the national championship with SAC United 2011.

Full name is Margaret Melinda Purce … Nickname is Midge, but likes to be called Katniss … Majoring in psychology … Ranked in the top-five academically of her high school class … Aspires work in pediatric psychiatry or sports psychology … Favorite snack is Sour Patch Kids … Favorite food is Sour Patch Kids … Favorite dessert is Sour Patch Kids … Favorite people in her life are her dad James and her brother JP … One of her favorite movies is “Talladega Nights” and just got a lift kit on her truck … Loves to dance and sing and aspires for a career as a free-style rapper with her teammate Mallory Pugh (just call her “Money Midge”) … Takes the chance to compete in paintball whenever she gets the chance (it’s how she channels her inner-Katniss) … Loves to sing karaoke … Still plays the “American Idol” game from 2002 and gets five stars on every song, but her best is “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé … Her celebrity crush is Luke Bryan.

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