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Four U.S. Youth Women's National Teams Kick Off 2009 With Super-Camps in Florida and California

CHICAGO (Jan. 15, 2009) – Four U.S. Women’s Youth National Teams will kick off 2009 with two 48-player super-camps at the end of January. Coming off an extremely successful 2008 in which the USA won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and finished second at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, the youth programs now begin a new cycle as the U.S. Under-20s and Under-18s combine for a training camp in Chula Vista, Calif., from Jan. 25-Feb. 1 while the U.S. Under-17s and Under-15s combine for a camp in Sunrise, Fla., from Jan. 28-Feb. 5.

The combination of the four programs into two training camps will give the coaches a chance to evaluate a large number of players in each age group as the teams begin their runs to what will hopefully culminate in the 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

The U-20 tournament will be for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, while the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup will be restricted to players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993.

U.S. Women’s National Team assistant coach Jillian Ellis will oversee the first U-20 camp of the year along with assistant Dave Chesler, who will guide the U-18s. U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Kaz Tambi, who led the 2008 U.S. U-17s last year at the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, will oversee the next group of players for his age group, along with U.S. Women’s National Staff Coach Mike Dickey, who served as a scout and assistant in New Zealand.

The combined U-20 and U-18 camp, which features players born in 1990 (15 players), 1991 (17 players) and 1992 (16 players), includes 16 players from the USA’s 2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup roster. Among that group is midfielder Kristie Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, as well as forwards Vicki DiMartino and Courtney Verloo, who combined for nine of the USA’s 12 goals in New Zealand. Eleven players in the U-20/U-18 training camp are college freshmen while the majority of the remaining players are seniors in high school.

The combined U-17 and U-15 camp features players born in 1993 (28 players) and 1994 (18 players) with two born in 1995. The 20-player U.S. roster for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team had 15 players born in the oldest eligible age-bracket (1991), four a year younger (1992) and one in 1993. That one 1993 was defender Morgan Brian, the youngest player on the U-17 WWC team, who will be the only player in this Super Camp with world championship experience.

“After having gone through the first U-17 World Cup, I’m really excited to get this process going again,” said Tambi. “These are the initial stages of the process, and as such, the top priority in the short run will be to identify as many good players as possible. It will be less about nailing down specific positions or worrying about scores in scrimmages. It’s about putting players in tough situations and seeing how they deal with it on an individual basis. We learned at this last World Cup that even at the U-17 level, on the international stage, the players are becoming much more sophisticated and are able to cope with the pressure of a world competition. So we will quickly get on the path of identifying players that will fit the recipe for another success at the World Cup two years from now.”

U.S. Under-20 & Under-18 WNT Super Camp Roster
Chula Vista, Calif.
Jan. 25 – Feb. 1, 2009

GOALKEEPERS (7): Bianca Henniger (Los Gatos, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jillian Mastroianni (Durham, Conn.), Emily Oliver (Flossmoor, Ill.), Anna Sieloff (Troy, Mich.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (12): Tori Allen (Stafford, Va.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Meagan Morris (Montclair, N.J.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Bailey Powell (Fayetteville, Ga.), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Whitney Sharpe (West Des Moines, Iowa)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Chelsea Cline (Fairbault, Minn.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Danielle Hubka (Strongsville, Ohio), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Jazmin Ponce (Lawndale, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (Centerville, Va.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Claire Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Wendy Travis (Cary, N.C.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.), Allie Vernon, (Homer Glen, Ill.)
FORWARDS (13): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Kelly Cobb (Chugiak, Alaska), Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (West Orange, N.J.), Courtney Jones (Danville, Calif.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah), Alev Perusse (Eagle River, Alaska), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Coppel, Texas), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. Under-17 & Under-15 WNT Super Camp Roster
Sunrise, Fla.
Jan. 28 – Feb. 5, 2009

GOALKEEPERS (6): Britt Eckerstrom (Boyds, Md.), Bryane Heaberlin (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Megan Kufeld (Fremont, Calif.), Molly Poletto (Englewood, Colo.), Katelyn Rowland (Vacaville, Calif.), Abby Smith (Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (14): Stephanie Amack (Danville, Calif.), Melissa Bomberger (Dublin, Ohio), Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.), Whitney Church (Ashburn, Va.), Miranda Cornejo (Vista, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Miranda Freeman (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Laure Liedle (San Diego, Calif.), Megan Marsack (Macomb, Mich.), Sarah Molina (Rocky River, Ohio), Rachel Price (Melbourne Beach, Fla.), Maya Theuer (Carlsbad, Calif.), Tera Trujillo (Valencia, Calif.), Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis.)
MIDFIELDERS (19): Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Meg Cassells-Hamby (Winter Park, Fla.), Kaysie Clark (Liberty, Mo.), Gabby Cuevas (Wayne, N.J.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda, Md.), Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Bellevue, Wash.), Jenna Gibney (Wayne, N.J.), Jessica Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Indiana Mead (Boulder City, Nev.), Ashley Meier (Strongsville, Ohio), Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (East Islip, N.Y.), Dana Rosney (Philadelphia, Pa.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore, Md.), Kaili Torres (Orange Park, Fla.), Haley Washburn (Folsom, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Mariana Galvan (San Jose, Calif.), Jocelyn Jeffers (Perio, Ariz.), Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Corey Persson (Danvers, Mass.), Courtney Proctor (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Elk Grove, Ill.), Brittany Ratcliffe (Franklin Township, N.J.), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.), Taylor Smith (Fort Worth, Texas)