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Under-19 Women's National Team Takes First Steps Towards World Championships as Leone Names Roster for Two Matches vs. Canada


CHICAGO (Monday, June 25, 2001) - U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team head coach Tracey Leone has named her 18-player roster for two matches vs. the Canadian Under-19 National Team. The two youth national teams will meet on June 30 in Toronto at 4:30 p.m. ET in a preliminary to the Independence Day Series clash between the full national teams of the USA and Canada which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. The two U-19s teams will meet again at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough on July 2 with a kickoff at 1 p.m. ET. The full national teams travel to Minnesota to play their second match on July 3 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

The U-19 matches mark a major step towards the first-ever FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship to be held from Aug. 17-Sept. 2, 2002, in Canada as the U-19s will get some important seasoning on Canadian soil. Canada has already qualified for the tournament as the host, but the USA must qualify at a date and venue to be determined.

Leone's team recently ran over the competition at the U.S. Youth Soccer annual international tournament in Houston, Tex., defeating a U.S. Youth Soccer All-Star Team, 3-0, in the championship game of the competition that also featured China, Finland, Canada and Japan. The U.S. U-19s got two goals from Lindsay Tarpley and one from Leslie Osborne in the championship game.

Leone has a talented squad which features four players that earned caps with the full U.S. National Team at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March in defender Amy Steadman, midfielders Sara Randolph and Lori Chalupny and forward Kristen Weiss. Randolph was the youngest member of the USA's 2000 Olympic Residency Camp. Two players, midfielder Jill Oaks and defender Keeley Dowling, trained with the U.S. Under-21 National Team last week in San Diego at head coach Jerry's Smith's pre-Nordic Cup camp. Dowling, who is representative of an extremely athletic U-19 team, has a vertical jump of 29 inches, putting her in the top percentile of full national team players. The U-19s also have a remarkably talented goalkeeper in the acrobatic Ashlyn Harris, the youngest member of the team at 15-years-old.

United States Under-19 Women's National Team Roster
NamePos.Ht.BirthdateHometownClub/School
Ballweg, Jessica D5'5"03/10/83Metuchen, N.J. MCorPDA Dynamo/Union Catholic HS
Bingham, Kim GK5'7"10/23/84San Ramon, Calif. Pleasanton Rage/California HS
Boland, Mary F5'9"01/01/83Hudson, Ohio Internationals/Hudson HS
Chalupny, Lori M5'2"01/29/84Chesterfield, Mo. JB Marine/Nerinex Hall
Cooper, Brittany M5'6"06/18/84Albuquerque, N.M. Striker Fire/El Dorado HS
Dowling, Keeley D5'8"02/17/83Carmel, Ind. Carmel Cosmos/Carmel HS
Ebner, Stephanie D5'4"02/05/84Taylorsville, Utah Utah FC/Taylorsville HS
Harris, Ashlyn GK5'9"10/19/85Satellite Beach, Fla. Seminole Ice/Satellite HS
Hunt, Hayley D5'7"02/28/84San Marino, Calif. Santa Anita Strikers/Pasadena Poly HS
Graham, Allison M5'3"08/20/84Fayetteville, Ga. Lightning '84 White/Starr's Mill HS
Kakadelas, Megan F5'9"07/26/83Carlsbad, Calif. San Diego Surf/La Costa Canyon HS
Oakes, Jill M5'4"07/18/84West Hills, Calif. Valley United/Birmingham HS
Osborne, Leslie D5'7"05/27/83Menomonee Falls, Wisc.Eclipse Select/Catholic HS
Randolph, Sara M5'5"02/27/83Cincinnati, Ohio Hammer FC/Sycamoretts HS
Steadman, Amy D5'2"09/08/84Brevard, N.C. Greensboro Twisters/Brevard HS
Tarpley, Lindsay F5'6"09/22/83Kalamazoo, Mich. Michigan Hawks/Portage Central
Wilson, Kelly F5'6"02/11/83Odessa, Texas Dallas Sting/Permian HS
Weiss, Kristen F5'3"05/01/84Brecksville, Ohio Internationals/Walsh Jesuit HS

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