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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.)

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.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-20 Women’s World Cup … Played in three games off the bench at the World Cup qualifying tournament and had a goal and assist … Scored on a long-distance blast against T&T … Played with the U.S. U-15 GNT in 2009 and 2010 … Attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2009 and attended U-14 Girls’ National Team training camp … Played for the U.S. U-17s at the 2010 Nordic Cup, helping the USA to the title.

Personal: Full name is Joanna Bess Boyles … Nickname is Jo … Holds a GPA of 4.6, putting her seventh in a class of 510 … Some of her favorite hobbies involve athletics: swimming, tennis, basketball and football … Loves reading, the beach and huge puzzles … Brother, Ben, runs track and field at Wofford College … Three words that describe her off the field are “driven, hard-working and loyal” … Three words that describe her on the field are “intense, competitive, intelligent” … Her motto is “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” … Best present she ever received was “a bag of soccer balls” … Favorite class is math … Aspires to be a professional soccer player or college soccer coach … Favorite food is Bridge’s BBQ … Favorite snack is a juicy apple … You won’t catch her eating rice … Favorite soccer players are Carli Lloyd and Xavi … Best part of being a soccer player is “playing the game I love with others who share the same passion for the game” … Greatest so moment so far was winning back-to-back ECNL Nationals with her club … Some of her favorite musical artists are Drake, Lil’Wayne, Keith Urban and Darius Rucker … Loves her dog Brady, who is mutt that is part Pit Bull and part Border Collie … Named after both her grandma Joe Ann and her aunt Joette … Her favorite cereal is Honey Bunches of Oats with strawberries … Favorite desert is vanilla ice cream … Favorite smell is a freshly cut soccer field.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend the University of North Carolina in the fall of 2013 … Will graduate from high school a year early and enroll at Chapel Hill … Attends Sanderson High School in Raleigh, N.C. … She did not play high school soccer.

Club: Played U-12s through U-17s with CASL Spartan Elite, but changed to the CASL Chelsea Ladies for U-17s, where she plays with U.S. teammates Morgan Reid 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 … 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 … Took third place in the 2010 U-15 ECNL National Championships … 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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