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U.S. U-20 Women Come to the HDC for Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 5, 2010) -- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis will bring 26 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as she continues to move towards finalizing a roster for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Ellis brings most of her regulars in for this camp, during which the USA will split its squad to face the Ajax women’s club and the U.S. U-18 WNT on April 14 at 5 and 7 p.m. PT. After missing the last training camp due to a combination of school commitments and minor injuries, several key players return including forwards Sydney Leroux and Morgan Marlborough, midfielders Zakiya Bywaters and Christine Nairn, and defender Crystal Dunn. Ellis will have one more domestic training camp after this in May, followed by a trip to Germany in June before she selects her 21-player roster to represent the USA at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany from July 13-Aug. 1. The Final Draw for the tournament will take place on April 22 in Dresden and will be attended by both Ellis and U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage. The 16 teams that have qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup are: host Germany, Japan, Korea DPR and Korea Republic from Asia, Ghana and Nigeria from Africa, England, France, Sweden and Switzerland from Europe, the USA, Costa Rica and Mexico from CONCACAF, New Zealand from Oceania, and Brazil and Colombia from South America.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Florida State; Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Cloee Colohan (Portland; West Point, Utah), Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), 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 (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)