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U.S. U-20 Women Head to Maryland for Pan-Am Prep

CHICAGO (June 4, 2007) - In its final training camp before heading to Brazil for the 2007 Pan-American Games, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Maryland as head coach Jillian Ellis brings in 24 players for eight days from June 9-16, a period that will include scrimmages against two W-League teams.

As the Pan-American Games is an “open” tournament for women, Ellis will bring four “overage” players into this camp, none of whom who are age-eligible for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, the ultimate goal of this team, to be held at the end of next year in Chile.

Those “overage” players are forwards Michele Weissenhofer and Lauren Cheney (who spent most of the last three months in Residency Training Camp with the full Women’s National Team), midfielder Amanda Poach (a member of the FIFA All-Star Team at the 2006 U-20 WWC in Russia) and defender Brittany Taylor.

Ellis also named four players just graduating from high school in Gatorade Girl’s National High School Player of the Year Melissa Henderson, a forward from Garland, Texas, headed to Notre Dame, and defender Meghan Klingenberg from Pennsylvania and forward Rachel Givan from Mississippi, both headed to UNC, and midfielder Kylie Wright, who will attend UCLA. Ellis also named the Parade Girl’s High School Player of the Year, junior Teresa Noyola, who at 17 is the young player on the roster.

For the first time, Ellis will have on her roster the three players from U.S. team that competed in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship who are age-eligible for the next U-20 WC, in midfielder Tobin Heath and forwards Casey Nogueira and Kelley O’Hara, all of whom spent some time training with the full Women’s National Team in 2007. Ellis also gives a first call-up to midfielder Nikki Washington, who performed so well for UNC during the NCAA Final Four last fall. Ellis has some serious height in her goalkeeper corps, calling in 5-foot-11 Chantel Jones, 5-foot-9 Alyssa Naeher and 6-foot Kristin Olsen. The camp may have an emphasis on attacking as Ellis has called in 10 forwards among the 24 players.

While in Maryland, the U-20s will take on the Virginia Majestics on June 12 and face the Washington Freedom on June 14. The Pan-Am games will be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 12-26 and will feature two groups of five teams each with Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the USA participating on the women’s side. Matches will be held on July 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23 and 26.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Roster – Boyds, Maryland
June 9-16, 2007

Goalkeepers (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC)
Defenders (4): Meghan Klingenberg (Hot Spurs), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA)
Midfielders (7): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Tobin Heath (UNC), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Nikki Washington (UNC), Kylie Wright (So Cal Blues)
Forwards (10): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi United), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)

U.S. U-20 Women Win Both Matches in England

CHICAGO (May 14, 2007) - The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team won both of its matches in England, downing the Leeds Ladies, 3-1, on May 10 as forward Melissa Henderson tallied twice and Gina DiMartino added a single score, and defeated the Blackburn Ladies, 2-0, on May 12 as forward Whitney Hooper got a goal and an assist and midfielder Teresa Noyola add the other goal.

The U-20s were supposed to play the first match on May 8 against the Everton Ladies, but the game was cancelled due to an unplayable field.

Against Leeds, the 18-year-old Henderson scored in the 13th minute off an assist from Noyola, before making it 2-0 in the 39th minute, this time off a feed from midfielder Michelle Enyeart, who also assisted on the USA's third goal. Leeds pulled a goal back just before halftime but DiMartino, the younger sister of former U.S. U-20 and current U.S. U-21 Tina DiMartino, put the game away with a goal in the 74th minute.

The USA dominated Blackburn, out-shooting them 25-3, but could not find the net until the 72nd minute when Hooper scored off an assist from Hendreson. Noyola, one of the youngest players on the roster, put the game away in the 80th minute, this time off an assist from Hooper.

U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis is preparing the team for the Pan-American Games to be held in July in Brazil, as well as qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, to be held at the end of next year in Chile. CONCACAF qualifying will be sometime in the second quarter of 2008.

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date       Opponent                  Result          U.S. Goal Scorers
May 8     Everton Ladies         Cancelled    n/a
May 10   Leeds Ladies           3-2 W            Melissa Henderson (2), Gina DiMartino
May 12   Blackburn Ladies    2-0 W            Whitney Hooper, Teresa Noyola

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia); Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (4): Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A & M), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Ali Hawkins (UNC), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Kylie Wright (So CalBlues);
FORWARDS (7): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Ashlee Elliott (Florida),Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Given (Ridgeland, Miss.), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College).

U.S. Under-20 Women Head To England For Three Matches

CARSON, Calif. (May 7, 2007) - The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and head coach Jillian Ellis headed to Manchester, England for three matches against top English women’s clubs.

The U-20s will play Everton Ladies on May 8, the Leeds Ladies on May 10 and the Blackburn Ladies on May 12. Leeds and Blackburn may be without some National Team players as England plays Northern Ireland in a European Championship qualifier on May 12 and has a friendly on May 17. Everton, however, could have as many as nine National Team players in its side for the first match of the tour.

Ellis, who was born and grew up in England before coming to the USA at the age of 15, continues to form a pool of players that will look to qualify the USA for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held at the end of next year in Chile. Qualifying is tentatively set for the second quarter of 2008. 

Players born on or after January 1, 1988, are age-eligible for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Most of the players on the roster were born in 1988, with several in 1989 and one in 1990 in midfielder Teresa Noyola.

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date       Opponent               Venue
May 8     Everton Ladies      Netherton
May 10  Leeds Ladies         Harrogate
May 12  Blackburn Ladies  Clitheroe FC

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia); Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (4): Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A & M), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Ali Hawkins (UNC), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Kylie Wright (So Cal Blues);
FORWARDS (7): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Ashlee Elliott (Florida), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi Fire), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College)

U.S. U-20 Women Head to Texas for Three Matches

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will take her squad to Texas from March 23-28 for three matches against college teams currently in the midst of their spring seasons. All the matches will be played at Texas A&M in College Station, site of the 2007 NCAA Women’s College Cup. The U-20s will take on BYU on March 24 at 6 p.m., then play SMU on March 25 at 4 p.m. The USA will finish the tour with a game against the host Aggies at 6 p.m. on March 28. The U-20s went to a similar event last year in early match in College Station, and lost to both BYU and Texas A&M, in what were the only losses of the year for that U-20 squad against non-international sides. Ellis has brought 22 players for the three matches, as the team continues its very early preparations for qualifying to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile. Players born on or after January 1, 1988, are eligible for the next U-20 World Cup. Ellis has called in two players from the host Texas A&M in goalkeeper Kristin Arnold and midfielder Whitney Hooper, as well as two players born in 1990, midfielder Teresa Noyola and forward Rachel Wood. The majority of the roster is1988s with a few players born in 1989.

U.S. Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC);
Defenders (5): Lauren Barnes (Alta Loma Arsenal), Hannah Cerrone (Lewisboro Xtreme), Kelly Eagan (Villanova), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
Midfielders (6): Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury);
Forwards (8): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Ashlee Elliot (Florida), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi United), Laure Heyboer (Bloomfield Force), Allie Sadow (Wake Forest), Brittney Steinbruch (Miami), Rachel Wood (Slammers FC).

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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