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U.S. U-20 Women Head to 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (Feb. 18, 2009) - U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will bring 18 players to La Manga, Spain, from March 6-14 for the 10 Nations Tournament that will mark the first international matches of this cycle. The team will play three matches against European U-20 teams, taking on Norway on March 9, France on March 11 and Germany on March 13.

The roster features six players from the USA’s 2008 U-17 Women’s National Team that finished second at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, including the Mewis sisters, Samantha and Kristie, the latter of which won the Bronze Ball as the third best player of the tournament, and Vicki DiMartino, who won the Silver Shoe as the second highest scorer.

The roster also features two players from the USA’s 2008 U-20 Women’s National Team that won the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Chile, including Golden Ball and Golden Shoe winner Sydney Leroux, who scored five times in Chile to lead the Americans to victory. Ellis is preparing the USA to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Germany.

“As always, these games will be part of an evaluation process,” said Ellis. “It really gives me an opportunity to test players against some very talented international opposition. Many of them have experience at the international level, but of course this is a step up for the players who played in the U-17 World Cup.”

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team 10 Nations Tournament Roster 
La Manga, Spain
March 6-14, 2009

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henniger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.)
DEFENDERS (5): Cloee Colohan (Black Diamond Park City SC; West Point, Utah), Camille Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Whitney Sharpe (UCLA; West Des Moines, Iowa), Brianne Young (Texas A&M; Castle Pines North, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Neusport SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Alexis Harris (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (6): Vicki DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.).

10 Nations U-20 Tournament Schedule
La Manga, Spain

March 9
Scotland vs. Denmark
Netherlands vs. England
France vs. Sweden
Norway vs. USA
Germany vs. Italy

March 11
USA vs. France
Denmark vs. Italy
Sweden vs. Netherlands
Germany vs. England
Norway vs. Scotland

March 13
Italy vs. Norway
Scotland vs. Sweden
USA vs. Germany
France vs. Netherlands
England vs. Denmark