U-18 WNT Heads to Olympic Training Center in San Diego to Open 2012 Schedule
The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team, under the guidance of U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, will open its year at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., with a training camp from Jan. 7-15 that will run almost concurrently with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team event.
Heinrichs has called in 24 players for a week of training that will include scrimmages against the Shanghai Women’s Football Club of China on Jan. 9 and Jan. 15.
Twenty-two of the players called in were born in 1994, which is the age cutoff for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the tournament for which this group of players is working toward. However, as all of these players are age-eligible for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the camp is running alongside the U-20 camp, U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Steve Swanson will get a chance to evaluate these 1994s and several 1993s.
U.S. U-18 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Laura Glew (SC Del Sol; Chandler, Ariz.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Andi Tostanoski (Pride Predator; Colorado Springs, Co.)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Rachel Blauner (South Shore Select FC; East Bridgewater, Mass.), Laura Leidle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Alexis Shaffer (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Brittany Von Rueden (FC Milwaukee Nationals; Mequon, Wis.), Ryan Walker (Mustang Blast; Oakland, Calif.), Christen Westphal (Cleveland Internationals SC; Brecksville, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Rachel Conners (Real So Cal; Moorpark, Calif.), Isabelle Farrell (Crossfire Premier, Bellevue, Wash.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Gabrielle Seiler (Concorde Fire SC; Peachtree, Ga.), Allison Wetherington (Concorde Fire SC; Acworth, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Janine Beckie (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Makenzy Doniak (Slammers FC; Chino Hills, Calif.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Anna McClung (GSA Phoenix; Gate City, Va.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.)