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U-20 WNT Heads to Carson for Training ahead of NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (May 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from May 9-18 as 24 players will come to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

U.S. head coach Michelle French will use the camp to make her final roster selections for the upcoming 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational, which will be held at the U.S. Soccer NTC from June 2-6. All the matches of the tournament will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

In addition to the USA, the four-team NTC Invitational will also feature U-20 sides from Japan, Brazil and Mexico, bringing some of the top young players in the world to southern California. More details on the tournament, along with the game schedule, will be released at a later date.

French’s roster features 12 current college players, plus several who are finishing up high school and heading to college this summer to prepare for their freshman seasons. Midfielder Ashley Sanchez, who has been playing with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, has been called up to the U-20s for this camp; she was born in 1999. Forward Mallory Pugh, who was a starter on the USA’s 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, and midfielders Jordan Harr and Savannah DeMelo, were all born in 1998. The rest of the roster is made up of ’96- and ’97-born players.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea and the CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-13, 2015 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Jorian Baucom (LSU; Phoenix, Az.), Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabrielle Matulich (UCLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)

U-20 WNT Heads to U.S. Soccer NTC for Training Camp with U-19 WNT

CHICAGO (April 6, 2015) – After going undefeated in three matches at a friendly tournament in La Manga, Spain, in early March, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a domestic training camp from April 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. The event will be held in conjunction with a U-19 Women’s National Team camp.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players – 12 college players and 12 currently still playing for their youth clubs – with 13 players born in 1996, seven in 1997 and three in 1998, including Jordan Harr and Mallory Pugh, both of who scored goals in La Manga. French will add one more player to the camp before it begins.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea.

The U-20s will split its squad on Friday, April 17, to play matches against USC (4:45 p.m. PT) and UCLA (6:30 p.m. PT).

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

GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Schuyler DeBree (Duke; Fair Haven, N.J), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabrielle Matulich (UCLA; Los Gatos, Claif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
FORWARDS (5): Alexa Ben (DePaul; Schaumburg, Ill.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.) 

U-20 WNT Preps for First Internationals of New Cycle

Along the coast of La Manga, Spain, the U.S. U-20 WNT is preparing to play three matches in a 10-team invitational tournament. Head coach Michelle French and defenders Natalie Jacobs and Sabrina Flores speak on the benefits of international competition early in the cycle.

U-20 WNT to Bring 22 Players to La Manga Tournament Starting Feb. 28

CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will bring 22 players to a U-19 invitational tournament in La Manga, Spain, running from Feb. 28-March 10. At the 10-team competition that features three matches for each country, the USA will face Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 11 players currently in college and 11 still playing club for the matches against three countries who have all sent their senior sides to this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The roster features three players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in midfielder Mallory Pugh, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The U.S. U-20s will be preceded in La Manga by the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team that will play three matches in a six-team tournament between Feb. 26 and March 2.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC, Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (Players Development Academy; Ocean Township; N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

U-20 WNT Opens 2015 with Florida Camp and Match vs. Bayern Munich

CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin its 2015 programming with a training camp in Sanford, Florida, running from Jan. 24-31.

U-20 head coach Michelle French has called up 28 players: 18 college players and 10 currently still playing for youth clubs. With almost all the players born in 1996 or 1997, the lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter for the U-20s at age 16 during last summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The USA will enjoy a unique match-up during this camp as Frauen-Bundesliga side Bayern Munich comes to Florida to play the U-20s on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. ET at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford. Bayern Munich features forward Katie Stengel, who won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with the USA and has trained with the senior U.S. Women’s National Team.

Bayern Munich, which starts several members of the full German Women’s National Team, is second in the Frauen-Bundesliga behind current UEFA Women’s Champions League holders VFL Wolfsburg.

Besides Pugh, the U.S. roster features three other players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup team in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The USA will also play the University of Florida during the camp on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

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

GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (10): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Hailey Harbison (Pepperdine; San Diego, Calif.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Hailie Mace (Eagles Soccer Club; Ventura, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Virginia), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Allyson Swaby (Boston College; Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (8):  Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Maddie Huster (Wake Forrest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Hannah Lopiccolo (Northeastern; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio),  Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugarland, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Mallory Eubanks (Mississippi State; Lexington, Ky.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)

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