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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 Will Travel to Face France on June 10 and 13

CHICAGO (May 22, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to northwest France for two matches against its age-group counterparts on June 10 in Plabennec and June 13 in Plougastel as head coach Michelle French’s squad continues preparations for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

French will bring 20 players to France in what will be the team’s last full international matches before the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Both the USA and France have qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA is in Group B with Germany, Brazil and China PR, while France is in Group D with Paraguay, New Zealand and Costa Rica.

The roster features 17 players from the squad that qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup while winning the CONCACAF championship last January in the Cayman Islands. Additionally, four players on this roster are still in high school, including the youngest player on the squad, 16-year-old Mallory Pugh. Defender Kaleigh Riehl, a rising senior, and Tennessee bound-midfielder Carlyn Baldwin are part of the high school contingent, and co-captain Andi Sullivan, also a graduating senior, will attend Stanford in the fall.

After the trip to Europe, the USA will have a final domestic training camp in July before heading north to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which 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. (21 will make the Women’s World Cup Team)

“The chance to play against one of the top U-20 teams in the world prior to the World Cup is an incredible opportunity,” said French. “The experience and knowledge we’ll gain from these two games against France will push us to sharpen our focus and drive even more as we continue to grow as a team in these final stages of preparation for the World Cup.”

The roster includes USA’s lone professional in Lindsey Horan, a forward whose availability this year has been limited by commitments to her French club Paris Saint-Germain. Horan has scored 20 goals in 21 international matches at the U-20 level.

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

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 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 (7):  Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), 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 (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), 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.)

U20 WNT vs China PR Highlights Reaction Feb 26 2014

Lindsey Horan scored twice and Margaret Purce scored once as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 during the first of two matches between the teams at the USA’s Florida training camp. Midfielder Mallory Pugh had an assist in her first cap at the U-20 level after being called up from the U.S. U-17s as the Americans continue preparations for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

U.S. U-20 WNT Defeats China PR 3-0 in First of Two Matches in Florida

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2014) – Forward Lindsey Horan scored twice and Harvard freshman Margaret Purce added another as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 in the first of two friendly matches during the USA’s training camp in Florida.

The USA opened the scoring in the 24th minute as midfielder Rachel Hill slipped a pass behind the China defense to Horan, who was making a diagonal run. Horan went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, touched it around her and rolled the ball into the net from six yards out.

The young Americans had to wait until the 76th minute to double the lead and it came off an assist from 15-year-old Mallory Pugh, who is in her first camp since getting called up from the U-17s. She won the ball at the top of the penalty box on the right side and took a long touch to the end line before whipping a cross low and hard into the middle. There was a bit of scramble before the ball popped out to Purce, who finished with pace to make it 2-0.

Horan clinched the match two minutes later when she headed the ball over the ‘keeper off a Stephanie Amack cross from the right wing.

Horan’s two goals upped her career total to 18 at the U-20 level in just 20 matches. Purce’s goal was her fifth in nine U-20 caps.

The teams will meet again on Sat., March 1, at 1 p.m. ET.

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. China U-20 WNT
Date:
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff:
4 p.m. ET
Weather:
70 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
CHN 0 0 0

USA-Lindsey Horan (Rachel Hill) 24th minute
USA-Margaret Purce (Mallory Pugh) 76
USA-Lindsey Horan (Stephanie Amack) 78

Lineups:
USA: 18-Katelyn Rowland; 8-Andi Sullivan (2-Laura Liedle, 46), 14-Cari Roccaro, 22-Katie Naughton, 11-Brittany Basinger, 19-Stephanie Amack, 12-Rose Lavelle (20-Mallory Pugh, 46), 13-Rachel Hill (5-Morgan Andrews, 64), 9-Summer Green (4-Margaret Purce, 46), 15-Lindsey Horan, 17-Savannah Jordan (3-McKenzie Meehan, 64)
Subs not used: 1-Morgan Stearns, 6-Christina Gibbons, 7-Maddie Bauer, 10-Claire Wagner, 16-Mallory Weber, 21-Jaycie Johnson, 23-Ashley Meier, 24-Jane Campbell

Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: CHN: 1-Lu Feifei, 12-Lo Xiang, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 4-Wang Xi (15-Lyu Siqi, 70), 2-Yao Lingwei (13-Li Mengwen , 55), 16-Zhao Xinzhai (11-Shi Tianlun, 87), 21- Tan Ruyin, 20-Lv Yueyun (14-Wu Chengshu, 33), 17- Zhu Beiyan, 18-Tang Jiali, 10- Song Duan (19-Xiao Yuyi,55)
Subs not used: 5-Sun Shudan, 6-Jiang Tingting , 7-Liu Yanqui, 8-Dong Jiabao, 9-Zhang Chen, 22-Wang Xin, 23-Li Mengyu

Stats Summary:
USA / CHN

Shots: 7 / 2
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 9
Offside: n/a

Misconduct Summary:
None

Was the youngest player on the team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan and the only member of the roster that was still in high school during the tournament … Did not see action in the World Cup … Had eight career U-20 caps heading into the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and now has 17 caps and three goals heading into the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Played in all five games at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, starting three of them while helping the USA to the championship …  Scored three goals in the tournament, tallying once against Guatemala in group play and twice against Trinidad & Tobago in the 6-0 semifinal victory that booked the USA’s place in the World Cup … A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship, and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played in one game in the qualifying tournament – the third group game against Panama – playing all 90 minutes … Played for the U.S. U-18s in 2011 … Part of the U.S. U-17 player pool in 2010 ... Had eight caps and two goals for the U-17s in 2010 … Scored one goal against the Netherlands in July of 2010 and another against Germany in July of 2010 …  Played with the U.S. U-16s in 2009 … A part of the U.S. U-15 GNT program in 2008 … Attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2007.

As a freshman at Stanford in 2013, she battled a knee injury but played in 17 matches, with 14 starts ... Scored in her collegiate debut against Loyola Marymount ... Had one goal and one assist on the season ... Named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team … Attended Dougherty Valley HS and graduated in 2013 … Earned team MVP in 2011 as a sophomore … Was a three-time Diablo Foothill All-League selection, earning First-Team honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior … Played only part of her junior high school season due to national team commitments … A two-time selection to the NSCAA Youth All-America team, she led her Mustang Blast club team to two national titles and three regional championships.
Played U-13 to U-18 for Mustang Blast … Team captain for the Mustang Blast … Played U-9 through U-13 for Mustang Rampage … Won Northern California state titles from U-11 through U-16 … Her club won the 2009 and 2010 regional and national titles … Blast also was West region champion in 2011.
Full name is Stephanie Rae Amack … Nickname is Steph … A bio-engineering major at Stanford and earned a 3.4 GPA in her freshman year … Mom and dad are physical therapists and have housed foster children for the past 15 years … She enjoys hiking, football, basketball, and horseback riding … Her family lives on a small five-acre ranch and has horses, chickens, dogs and cats … Once owned a small blind cow … One of five siblings, she has a fraternal twin sister named Kenzie who attends Baylor .. Her brother Brady played football for the U.S. Air Force Academy and now flies F-22 fighter jets … Her brother Andy attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and now is an emergency room doctor … Her sister Lani played soccer at Washington State and UC Irvine and attends UCLA med school … Favorite place to eat is Sweet Tomatoes … Loves eating fondue … In the candy family, her favorites are Take 5 and Reese’s … Her favorite foods are eggs benedict and Granny Smith apples … Favorite movies include Dumb and Dumber and Forest Gump … Likes the color green and country music … Can drive a tractor.
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