CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will compete in the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, traveling to Europe from March 3-13 to face Under-19 teams from Sweden (March 8), Norway (March 10) and France (March 12).
U.S. Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 20 players, all but two born in 1996, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Four of the players on the roster are currently in college: defender Niki Romero (UNC), forward Amber Munerlyn (UNC), forward Darian Jenkins (who scored 11 goals for UCLA last season) and Rebecca Rasmussen, who enrolled early at the University of Georgia this spring. Munerly and Jenkins, both members of the U.S. team at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, are the two players born in 1995.
The U.S. U-18s will arrive in La Manga as the U.S. U-23s are finishing their competition which will see the oldest of the USA’s Youth National Teams play Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).
U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Casey Murphy (PDA; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6) : Anna Bialczak (Maryland United FC; Lutherville, Md.), Madeline Elliston (OMA Elite Girls’ Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Megan Keeth (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Niki Romero (UNC; Las Vegas, Nev.)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Jaye Boissiere (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Annie Kingman (PSV Union FC; Woodside, Calif), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Jessica Vigna (PDA; Farmingdale, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5) : Kayla Cappuzzo (Albertson Fury; Merrick, N.Y.), Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Amber Munerlyn (UNC; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)