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U-23 WNT Competes in Spain Ahead of NWSL Camps

The U.S. U-23 WNT returns to beautiful La Manga, Spain, for three games in a six-team invitational tournament. It’s an exciting time for thirteen players on the roster as they are set to begin their professional careers, heading straight to their NWSL preseason camps following this event. Head coach Janet Rayfield shares her optimism for the squad as Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) and Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), all youth WNT veterans, talk about going pro and embracing the unique environment of the U-23s.

U-23 WNT Headed to La Manga, Spain, for Three-Game Trip

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 21-March 3 for three matches in a six-team invitational tournament. The USA will face the U-23 squads from Japan (Feb. 26), Norway (Feb. 28) and England (March 2). The friendly tournament also features China PR and Sweden.

With current U.S. U-23 WNT head coach Steve Swanson serving as an assistant coach for the senior team at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, Janet Rayfield will be the head coach for this trip. She was an assistant to Swanson when the USA won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.

The 22-player squad features 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. The only one-year pro is Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who along with Sarah Killion (second pick overall to Sky Blue FC), Samantha Mewis (fourth overall to Western New York Flash) and Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, were all 2012 world champions.

Of the nine NWSL first-round draft picks, seven are heading to La Manga with top pick Morgan Brian of the Houston Dash in Portugal with the full team.

Just one player on the U-23 roster has caps with the full WNT, that being Mewis, but five additional players have been called into senior camps: goalkeepers Jane Campbell and Abby Smith, DiBernardo, Killion, and forward Stephanie McCaffrey.

Four players from the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team were called up in Campbell and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Andi Sullivan from Stanford, Roccaro, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle and Virginia forward Makenzy Doniak, who scored against Korea DPR at the World Cup.

The U.S. U-23s will precede the U.S. U-20s in La Manga. The U-20s are part of a 10-team friendly tournament and will play Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Western NY Flash; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash; Castle Rock, Colo.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Kristin Grubka (Sky Blue FC; Melbourne, Fla.), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Lo’eau Labonta (Sky Blue FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash; Hanson, Mass.), Stephanie Verdoia (Boston Breakers; Salt Lake City, Utah)
FORWARDS (5): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers; Winchester, Mass.), Cheyna Williams (FSU; Hampton, Ga.), Lynn Williams (Western NY Flash; Fresno, Calif.)

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.)

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)

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