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U.S. U-20 WNT to Face Japan Twice During Camp at Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista

CHICAGO (May 23, 2001) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will face its counterpart from Japan twice during a training camp running from June 4-12 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. U.S. head coach April Heinrichs has called up 24 players for the event. The two matches against the perennial Asian power will take place on Wednesday, June 8 and Saturday, June 11 with both games kicking off at 4 p.m. PT. The two countries will feature players born in 1992 and 1993 with both teams in preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan.

Heinrichs named 14 players who are currently in college and nine who are finishing up their high school academic years. Five players have previous youth World Cup experience for the USA as midfielders Morgan Brian, Mandy Laddish and Samantha Mewis played for the USA in the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and forwards Maya Hayes and Mollie Pathman represented the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Mewis was also on that team.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Kori Chapic (Cleveland Cobras; Russell, Ohio), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Wilmore, Ky.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Megan Oyster (Windy City Pride; Naperville, Ill.), Dominique Richardson (Missouri; Fullerton, Calif.), Catie Sessions (Wisconsin; Woodbury, Minn.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Lindsey Bos (Washington; Snohomish, Wash.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Sarah Killion (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (7): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Jamia Fields (Florida State; Alta Loma, Calif.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Stephanie McCaffrey (FC Stars of Mass.; Winchester, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durhham, N.C.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.)