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Christine Nairn Replaces Jill Oakes on WNT Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 16, 2009) – Midfielder Christine Nairn has replaced Jill Oakes on the U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will start a 17-day training camp on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Oakes, a member of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup, had to withdraw from camp due to a knee injury and has been replaced by a member of the USA’s most recent youth world champions.

Nairn, 18, played in all six matches for the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, starting in the semifinal and final, while playing a vital role in the midfield during the American’s run through the knockout games. She registered the assist on the USA’s first goal in the 3-0 quarterfinal victory over England, sending a pin-point cross for Keelin Winters to head home for the game’s first goal.

The 5-foot-6 Nairn, who hails from Bowie, Md., was the youngest member of the U-20 Women’s World Cup Team and will be the youngest player in WNT camp. She delayed her enrollment as a freshman at Penn State last fall to focus on preparations for the U-20 Women’s World Cup, but recently started her first semester of college. Nairn, who is age-eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, has earned 11 caps so far with the U.S. U-20s and has extensive experience with younger U.S. youth national teams as well.

Following the training camp, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will choose an 18-player roster to participate in the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, this year running from March 4-11.

U.S. U-17 WNT Heads to Florida for Training Camp

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under new head coach Dean Duerst, opened training camp last weekend in Sunrise, Fla., with 24 players.

The camp will run until April 21, during which time the team will scrimmage the University of Miami as well as several boys club teams. The match against Miami will take place on Tuesday, April 17, in Coral Gables, with a kickoff of 5:30 p.m. ET.

This will be Duerst’s first camp officially at the helm, after running the previous training camp as the interim head coach.

U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jill Mastroianni (Durham, Conn.), Cat Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.), Chante Sandiford (Owings Mills, Md.);
DEFENDERS (4): Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Michelle Olivier (Rosewell, Ga.), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Julia Bouchelle (Cockeysville, Md.), Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Shawna Gordon (Rialto, Calif.), Alexandria Hampton (Piedmont, Okla.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Whitney Sharpe (Des Moines, Iowa), Alie Vernon (Homer Glen, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.);
FORWARDS (8): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Sade Ayinde (North Bellmore, N.Y.), Brittani Bartok (Union, N.J.), Merritt Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.), Caitlin Mooney (Edmond, Ok.), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.)

U-17 WNT Posts 4-1 Win vs. University of Miami

CHICAGO (April 17, 2007) - The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under new head coach Dean Duerst, rolled over the University of Miami by a 4-1 score on the evening of April 17 as forwards Lauren Alwine and Caitlin Mooney each tallied two goals. The training camp runs until April 21st in Sunrise, Florida.

The USA’s first goal came in the 10th minute off a throw-in from the left side. The ball was switched over to the right wing where Camille Levin served in a cross that Mooney met at the top of the box , only to have her shot blocked. The ball deflected out the right side where Alwine finished it back into the far post to make it, 1-0. Miami tied the game shortly after, but the USA responded with two more goals in the first half.

The USA made it 2-1 in the 33rd minute when Tiffany McCarty was played through and took a shot from the right side that was blocked by the goalkeeper, but Mooney was first to the rebound to knock it home.

Alwine got her second goal in the 37th minute after Christine Nairn won a header off a Miami goal kick, putting Alwine in for a one-one with the goalkeeper and she slotted it to the corner.

It was Alwine who set up Mooney for the final score in the 75th minute as she served a ball up the right flank. Mooney ran onto the pass and hit a dipping volley from the top of the 18-yard box for the final margin.

The U.S. team, which out-shot the Hurricanes 12-5, hit the post twice in the first half as well. The USA put 10 of those shots on goal while goalkeeper Jill Mastroianni was not forced to make a save.

U.S. Starters:
USA: Jill Mastroianni; Camille Levin (Allie Vernon, 70), Ashley Rape, Michelle Olivier, Sade Ayinde (Whitney Sharpe, 70); Shira Averbuch (Beth West, 70), Julia Bouchelle, Christine Nairn; Lauren Alwine, Caitlin Mooney, Tiffany McCarty.

Goals: Alwine (10, 37), Mooney (33, 75)

U.S. U-20 Women Head to Mexico for Two Matches

U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will take 18 players to Mexico from Feb. 18-23 as the team will play the full Mexico Women's National Team in two games. These will be the first full international matches for the U-20s during the new cycle as the team begins the long road to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup to be held sometime in the early fall in Chile. The U.S. team will face Mexico on Feb. 20 and 22 at 4 p.m. in Ixtapan de la Sal, located about 80 miles from Mexico City. The matches will be highly competitive for the young U.S. side as Mexico is deep into preparations for two crucial Women's World Cup playoff matches against Japan on March 10 (in Japan) and March 17 (in Mexico). The U.S. roster features midfielder Tobin Heath, a veteran of the U.S. team that participated in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. Heath is the only player on the roster with previous caps at the U-20 level.

U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Olsen (USC), Chanel Jones (Virginia);
DEFENDERS (4): Meghan Klingenberg (Hotspurs), Lauren Barnes (Alta Loma Arsenal), Carly Peetz (Nebraska), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Lonestars 88), Tobin Heath (UNC), Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Christine Nairn (Free State Shooters), Kristin Stannard (Stanford);
FORWARDS (5): Kendra Chandhoke (Portland), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Elli Reed (Utah Avalanche Premier).

Ellis Names 30 Players to Camp Roster as New U-20 World Cup Cycle Begins

CHICAGO (Feb. 2, 2007) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team’s head coach Jillian Ellis will bring 30 players to participate in the first training camp of the new cycle, running from Feb. 4-11 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

This will be the first U-20 training camp for Ellis, who previously coached the U.S. Under-21 Women, but also for this group of players, all of whom were born on or after January 1, 1988. The end-goal will be to represent the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile, with dates and venues to be determined. The USA has gone two straight FIFA youth world championships without a title after winning the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002. The U.S. U-19s finished third in Thailand in 2004 and the U.S. U-20s finished fourth last year in Russia.

“We are going to try to evaluate as many players as we can over the next year,” said Ellis. “Some of the more experienced players in this age group are not coming into this first camp, but that will give us the chance to see more players in the pool and that will help us down the line. We have a little less than year before qualifying, but we’re excited to get the process started.”

The U-20s will play their first international matches of this cycle on a trip to Mexico from Feb. 18-23, facing the full Mexican Women’s National Team in two games. The Mexicans are in preparation for huge Women’s World Cup qualifying playoff matches against Japan in March, with the winner of that two-game series earning the last berth to China for the FIFA Women’s World Cup next September.

Several players who may figure prominently in the team’s preparations for CONCACAF qualifying, tentatively to take place in January of 2008, are injured or involved in college exams. While starting to evaluate the pool, Ellis will also use this training camp to pick players for the Mexico trip, but may also name players to that roster who could not attend this camp due to school commitments.

Three players from the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship are still age-eligible for the 2008 team in midfielder Tobin Heath and forwards Kelly O’Hara and Casey Nogueira. None of the three will be at this first training camp, but Heath and Nogueira participated in the most recent Women’s National Team training camp and Nogueira got her first cap at the senior level in China on Jan. 26 against England at the Four Nations Tournament.

Numerous players in the training camp have seen significant action with the U.S. Under-16 and/or Under-17 National Teams and several completed fine freshman seasons last fall for their colleges. Colorado striker Nikki Marshal scored 17 goals with three assists for the Buffs. Forward Gina DiMartino of Boston College, sister of Tina DiMartino, a midfielder on the 2006 U.S. team that played in Russia, scored 13 goals with five assists for the Eagles. Kendra Chandhoke scored 10 goals with seven assists for the University of Portland while Katie Schoepfer scored eight goals with five assists for Penn State. Emily Beans scored 13 goals with three assists for Colorado College and six-foot goalkeeper Kristin Arnold had a solid season for Texas A&M, starting 23 games and allowing less than a goal a game while picking up eight shutouts.

Twenty-eight players have been confirmed for the camp with two more to be named before the start of training.

UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M), Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Lauren Mann (Harvard);
DEFENDERS (7): Brianna Bak (California), Lydia Cook (UCLA), Kelly Eagan (Villanova), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A&M), Meghan Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.), Julie Lancos (Belford, N.J.), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Gina Demaio (Rutgers), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Kristin Stannard (Stanford), Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Kristy Zurmuhlen (Walpole, N.H.);
FORWARDS (8): Emily Beans (Colorado College), Kendra Chandhoke (Portland), Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Park City, Utah), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State).

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