Mollie Pathman Replaces Sade Ayinde on USA's 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Roster
CHICAGO (June 18, 2010) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has made a change to the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup being held from July 13-Aug. 1 in four German cities.
Ellis has added defender Mollie Pathman of Durham, N.C. in place of defender Sade Ayinde, who was previously named when Ellis announced the roster on May 31.
Pathman, who was recently named the 2009-2010 Gatorade National Girls’ High School Player of the Year, has two caps at the U-20 level for the USA. She will attend her hometown Duke University in the fall. Pathman has seen most of her national team action in 2010 with the U.S. U-18s, for whom she leads the team in scoring with four goals in six games played.
The official roster is not due to FIFA until June 25.
The U.S. will open the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against Ghana on July 14 before facing Switzerland on July 17, with both games taking place at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden, a newly built 27,000-seat venue that will also host games of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will then travel to Bielefeld for its final group match at the recently renovated 28,000-seat U-20 Women’s World Cup Stadium, where the Americans will conclude group play on July 21 against the Korea Republic.