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Ellis Names 23-Player Roster For Pre-World Cup Matches Against New Zealand and Mexico

Two-Week Training Camp in Los Angeles and San Diego Will Feature Two Games Each Against the Kiwis and Tricolor Femenino

CHICAGO (May 3, 2010) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 23 players for a two-week training camp taking place from May 8-23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

This U-20 camp will mark the second-to-last domestic event for the U.S. U-20s before leaving for Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, being held from July 13-Aug. 1 in Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden.

The team will play four international matches during the camp, spending May 8-15 at The Home Depot Center where they will face the New Zealand U-20 Women’s National Team twice (May 13 at 4 p.m. PT and May 15 at Noon PT) before traveling down to San Diego from May 16-23 for another week of training, during which they will play the Mexican U-20 Women’s National Team twice at the Olympic Training Center (May 20 and 22, both at 4 p.m. PT).

The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will hold a concurrent training camp from May 9-16 at The HDC.

The U.S. team found out its first round group and opponents on April 22 as the Final Draw was held in Dresden. The young Americans will face Ghana (July 14), Switzerland (July 17) and the Korea Republic (July 21) in Group D.

“We’ve certainly narrowed down our group of players and my expectation will be to name the World Cup roster at the end of May,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “We are playing four quality matches against countries in the World Cup and at this point we are going to start to refine our team play. We will work on our formations, how we want to play defensively, our attacking and set plays. We will be focusing on very match-specific training.”

Of the 23 players called up for this camp by Ellis, 17 represented the USA at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship last January in Guatemala and nine have previous experience at a FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two players – forward Sydney Leroux and midfielder Christine Nairn – were a part of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Leroux is the most capped player on the roster with 25 games and by far the top scorer with 20 career goals at this level. Nairn, the only player on the roster with caps at the full national team level (two caps, one goal) has 19 U-20 caps.

Seven players – defenders Rachel Quon, Crystal Dunn and Vicki DiMartino, midfielders Amber Brooks, Kristie Mewis and Samantha Mewis and forward Courtney Verloo, all represented the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.

Four of the players on the roster are still in high school while the rest have at least one season of college experience. Ellis has called up 16-year-old goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin who was the starter for the U.S. U-17s at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament earlier this year. She is the youngest player in camp and joins Adrianna Franch from Oklahoma State and Bianca Henninger from Santa Clara to fill out the goalkeeper corps.

“We want to finalize the roster spots as the selection process is essentially over,” said Ellis. “Now, it’s about getting the right players in the right positions and building our team play. One of positive things with this team is that we have great versatility and one of my goals is to work toward picking a starting lineup by the end of this camp.”

The U.S. U-20s have compiled an overall record of 10-1-2 so far in 2010, falling only to the Atlanta Beat of WPS. Ellis may add one more player to the roster before the start of camp.

Training Camp Roster
May 8-23, 2010
Carson, Calif. & Chula Vista, Calif.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina*; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Danielle Hubka (Maryland; Strongsville, Ohio), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kayla Grimsley (South Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA*; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): Maya Hayes (Penn State*; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

National Team Staff:
Head Coach:
Jill Ellis (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Tom Stone (Lubbock, Texas)
Assistant Coach: B.J. Snow (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Kat Mertz (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Strength & Conditioning: Robbie Elliott (Newcastle, England)
Athletic Trainer: Brittany Gillenwater (Atlanta, Ga.)
Equipment Coordinator: Beto Cuevas (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Team Coordinator: Rachel Grushkin (Redondo Beach, Calif.)

*High school senior, committed for the 2010 school year