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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.)

Morgan Reid: Crossover

U.S. U-17 Women's National Team defender Morgan Reid has plenty of game on the court and the field, but she has had to adapt to a different role when swapping her high top sneakers for Nike cleats.

Morgan Reid loves having the basketball in her hands. She is all swagger as the starting point guard for the 1,200-student Cardinal Gibbons High School Crusaders in Raleigh, N.C., a position she’s held since the very beginning of her freshman year. With her ponytail flying, she’s a confluence of starts and stops, fearless drives to the basket, superior court vision, a sweet stroke from long range and a crossover that has broken more than a few ankles. She dictates the tempo of the game and calls the plays on the court.

On the soccer field, she’s all about defense. An outside back for her club and country, she’s a rough-and-tumble tackler who refuses to be beaten one-on-one.

Her skill set in the two sports is different and so is her role. She’s used to running the show for her high school hoops team and her AAU team (where she played for one of the top squads in the country). For the USA, however, she’s been primarily a reserve, and it’s something she’s had to learn to adjust to in her young national team career.

“It really is humbling to watch your teammates win a CONCACAF championship game and not play a minute, whereas in basketball I’m the player with the ball in her hands with the last shot on the line,” said Reid, who also plays practically every minute for her club soccer team – the CASL Chelsea Ladies - back in North Carolina. “It is tough to feel like you’re not contributing to your team, but after a while you realize that you can contribute in different ways.”

She understands even if she’s not running the show, she can show great leadership by embracing her role to the fullest.

“Everyone has a role on each team you play for, and in the end, you want to do what’s right for the team,” she said. “On some teams, that might be handling the ball on every possession and scoring a bunch of the points, and on another that might be being a supportive teammate and being ready to step up when you are called on. The coach knows what he’s doing in all situations, and you have to respect that and do what is asked of you.”

Reid was called upon in the USA’s second match of the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Gambia, playing the entire 90 minutes at right back. She was thrilled to get some World Cup action, which whet her appetite to keep improving her soccer game even more. But like most teenagers, she wants to do it all.

“I just love playing both sports,” said Reid. “Soccer is a game where you need all eleven players. Basketball is of course a team game as well, but you can also make a big difference individually. In soccer, one player doesn’t usually take over a game, but in basketball, you can score 12 points in a row and change the momentum of the game by yourself.”

Reid says another positive aspect of being a two-sport athlete is one definitely helps the other. Just call it some serious cross-training.

“I think soccer and basketball have a lot to do with each other,” said Reid. “One might be more hand-eye and the other foot-eye, but seeing things on the basketball court helps you see things in soccer as well and vice-versa. The sports are different but the pressures are similar. If we’re down by two with 10 seconds left, and I have the ball, that puts me in these intense situations. And you are always in intense situations with the national team. That experience dealing with pressure helps a lot with both sports. And if you can run for 90 minutes in soccer, the fitness for a basketball game is not that hard.”

Morgan will play soccer at Duke in the fall of 2014, but of course there is a part of her that would love to play basketball as well. Her mom, Cheryl, was a star point guard at Ohio State who held several records and can still light it up from outside the arc.

Whether Reid does play two sports will be up to both of the college coaches and how she progresses as a point guard, but truth be told, she’s not sure she can balance two sports plus the academics of a school like Duke.

“I’ve loved Duke from the time we moved to North Carolina,” said Reid. “Cameron Indoor Arena is just amazing. There is a great atmosphere there and I got to play on that court when I went to the Duke Basketball recruit camp. It would be a dream to play there, but a girl only has so much time in a day.”

Basketball and the U.S. Women’s National Teams have a long-standing history. Of course, team captain Christie Rampone was a star point guard in high school, scoring more than 2,000 points, and started for the Division I Monmouth hoops team. Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Cheney, Amy LePeilbet, Shannon Boxx and Heather O’Reilly – to name a few -- all played high school hoops with some success.

For now, as one of the few high school juniors on the U.S. team, Reid will just focus on her two remaining years of high school and continue to work as hard as she can on the court and the field. Then see where life takes her. She knows it’s good to have options, and as long as she’s having fun playing both sports, she’s happy

This year Reid nailed the winning penalty kick in the shootout to give her club its second consecutive Elite Clubs National League title. Sounds like an athlete you want with the ball in her hands, or at her feet, with the game on the line.

“It’s sort of the question of my life,” said Reid. “People ask me, ‘are you going to play soccer and basketball?’ In different seasons I say different things, but I’m only seventeen, so who knows? Right now, I just feel really fortunate to be able to play two awesome sports and have two groups of great teammates I love.”

Studio 90 Doin Home Work

How hard is it for the players of the U.S. U-17 WNT to keep up on their high school studies while traveling the country and the world? Truth be told, it's very difficult, but the U-17s are showing the same discipline and dedication to their studies that helped them get to the highest levels of their sport.

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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, she played one game off the bench … Scored her lone international goal in 2011 against the Japan U-17s … First call-up to the U-17s came in August of 2011.

Personal: Full name is Morgan Nicole Reid … Nickname is Morgs … Enjoys taking her dog, Riley, a Goldendoodle, on runs … Enjoys hanging out at the lake and water skiing … Her mom, Cheryl, played point guard at Ohio State and led her team in assists and three-point percentage … Her dad Brian wrestled for Ohio State … She is the starting point guard for her high school hoops team … As a sophomore, she was the team MVP, the Conference Player of the Year and the team leader in points and assists … As a freshman, she was First-Team All-Conference and led her teams in steals, assists and points … Aspires to play both soccer and basketball in college … All of her four siblings play basketball … Her brother Justin played varsity as a freshman … Has been on the A-B Honor Roll for both years of high school … Is in the Student Ambassador Program while also participating in the Surf Club and dance … The three words that best describe her off the field are “sweet, energetic and courteous” … The three words that best describe her on the field are “aggressive, determined, fighter” … Her motto is “never give up, hard work pays off” … Favorite class is English … Dream job would be a professional soccer player/Nike spokesmodel … Favorite foods are cheese pasta and twice-baked potatoes … Favorite snack is Chex Mix with chocolate in it … Doesn’t like anything with mayonnaise … Favorite soccer players are Alex Morgan, Heather O’Reilly and Lionel Messi … Says best part about being a soccer player is staying in shape and having an excuse to eat junk food … Greatest soccer moments so far was winning back-to-back national titles with her club … Favorite musical artist is Justin Bieber … Favorite cereal is Honey Bunches of Oats … Favorite dessert is a chocolate chip cookie with ice cream … Favorite smell is brown sugar vanilla and fresh cut grass … One of her life role models is her grandma, Susan, who is fighting an inspirational battle with cancer.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Duke University in the fall of 2014 … One of the two juniors in high school on the roster, she attends Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh, N.C. … As a freshman, she was an All-League, All-District and All-Region.

Club: From U-6 to present she has played for CASL Spartan Elite and currently plays for the CASL Chelsea Ladies with U.S. teammates Joanna Boyles and Claire Wagner … From U-9 through U-11 she also played for Next Level Academy run by U.S. U-15 GNT coach Damon Nahas, and won two national indoor titles … In July of 2012, she helped the Chelsea Ladies win the U-17 ECNL National Championship and she nailed the winning penalty kick on the seventh kick of the shootout … In 2011, she helped her club win the U-16 ECNL National Championship … Also won the Region 3 title … In 2010, she won the U-16 State Cup title … In 2009, she won the U-15 State Cup and advanced to the USYSA National Championship game … In 2009, her club was the U-15 USYSA Region 3 champions … In 2008, she helped her club with the U-14 Super-Y National Championship … Helped her club to the 2008 U-14 regional title and finished runners-up in the USYSA National Championships.

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