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2008 U.S. Under-17 Women's World Cup Team Bio Shorts


2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team
Bio Shorts

GOALKEEPERS
ALEXA GAUL
Naperville, Ill. – Eclipse Select

The 5-foot-7-inch Gaul has shared most of the minutes in goal this year with Taylor Vancil. She reads the game very well and is excellent with her feet. Quick off her line, she can play high and serve as a sweeper-‘keeper when needed. She started three of the five matches at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying Tournament.

JENNIFER PETTIGREW
Kearney, N.J. – Arsenal World Class

A soccer nut and extremely hard worker, she improved her fitness and technique over the past year to earn her spot on the World Cup Team.

TAYLOR VANCIL
South Elgin, Ill. – Eclipse Select

Has shared minutes in goal this year with Alexa Gaul who also plays for the same club team as Gaul. A great athlete and leader by example, she is one of the best shot-stoppers of any goalkeeper in this age group and is excellent in the air inside the penalty area.

DEFENDERS
Amber Brooks
New Hope, Pa. – Arsenal World Class

From Pennsylvania, she attends prep school in New Jersey where she has played her club soccer for the last few years. One of the USA’s best markers, she can win air balls and is hard into the tackle. She came back from a recent minor knee injury to make the final World Cup squad. She started all five games at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying tournament.

CLOEE COLOHAN
West Point, Utah – Black Diamond SC

The USA’s leader in the back, she is a very composed defender who is talented at defusing dangerous opportunities for the opponents. She started all five matches at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying tournament and rarely leaves the field for the U.S. She has excellent size and is a strong tackler.

CRYSTAL DUNN
Rockville Center, N,Y. – Albertson Fury

The USA’s smallest player, but she might be the toughest. She played every minute of the five matches at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying Tournament. One of the best athletes on the team, she is extremely quick and a great one-v-one defender. She plays striker for her club team, so she is very familiar with forwards’ tricks of the trade.

ALEXIS HARRIS
Plano, Texas – Dallas Texans

The only player from Texas on the roster, Harris has plenty of speed and can send excellent long services to the forwards. Her speed and versatility in playing multiple positions contributed to her making the final roster.

RACHEL QUON
Lake Forest, Ill. – Eclipse Select
The skillful defender is a great decision-maker and has an excellent feel for the game. A good ball-winner despite her small stature, she was one of the four players not on the squad during CONCACAF qualifying to make the final World Cup roster.

MIDFIELDERS
JULIA ROBERTS
Fredrick, Md. – McLean Freedom

The USA’s stalwart defensive midfielder is one of the team leaders in games played and has a key role in setting the team’s attacking rhythm. She is very difficult to get around and also contributes to the USA’s attack on set plays.

KATE BENNETT
Clyde Hill, Wash. – Crossfire Premier

The midfield workhorse is an excellent passer, two-footed and has no problem doing the dirty work to get her teammates into scoring positions. She adds depth to the USA’s center-midfield positions.

MORGAN BRIAN
St. Simon’s Island, Ga. – Ponte Vedra SC

The youngest player on the team, she plays with confidence and has great vision on the ball. She is excellent in the air, versatile in her ability to play as a defender or in the midfield and has a good sense in attacking out of the back.

ELIZABETH EDDY
Costa Mesa, Calif. – SC Blues

The relentless worker on the flanks made a late run to make the final World Cup roster. One of four players on the final squad who did not participate in CONCACAF Qualifying, her creativity in scoring and passing from the flank midfield adds depth to the U.S. attack.

OLIVIA KLEI
Pleasanton, Calif. – Pleasanton Rage

One of the fittest players on the U.S. team, she is willing to do the work of a flank midfielder, but also has stepped up her defensive presence in tackling and heading. The leader in games played for the U.S. in 2008, she has proved to be a “super-sub” coming off the bench in almost half her games.

MANDY LADDISH
Lee’s Summit, Mo. – Blue Valley Stars

One of four players that didn’t participate in CONCACAF Qualifying, Laddish made a late run to earn her spot on the World Cup roster as an excellent option off the bench in the center midfield. Good with both feet and in tight space, she is proof positive of the USA’s depth in versatility and athleticism.

KRISTEN MEWIS
Hanson, Mass. – SC Scorpions

The older Mewis sister, she is the USA’s leading scorer in 2008 in total goals. One of the team’s fastest players in the open field, she has created danger on the wings all year long. She is an opportunistic scorer who has a knack for finding space in which to create danger for herself or her teammates.

SAMANTHA MEWIS
Hanson, Mass. – SC Scorpions

The younger Mewis sister, she is the tallest player on the team at 5 feet 11 inches and is excellent on head balls. She hits a fantastic long service, but can also score from distance and is one of the team’s leading scorers in 2008. She plays a big part in running the U.S. midfield.

ERIKA TYMRAK
Bradenton, Fla. – IMG Academy

One of the USA’s most improved players over the past year, she is a tremendously fit runner who does the job up and down the flanks on both offense and defense. Able to find her teammates from the wings, she had four assists in one match at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying tournament.

FORWARDS
TANI COSTA
Honolulu, Hawaii – Leahi Premier

One of the USA’s strongest athletes, she can hold the ball up top as a post player, but also turn and run at goal. A banger in the box, she has scored five international goals in five games, including three in two matches at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying tournament.

VICKI DiMARTINO
Massapequa Park, N.Y. – Albertson Fury

A non-stop runner up top for the U.S., she enjoys doing the work to get herself or her teammates in scoring positions. One of the USA’s leader scorers and a great competitor, she is from a soccer family that includes her older sisters Tina and Gina. Tina was a member of the 2006 U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, is a member of the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team, is a star at UCLA and has one senior team cap. Gina is a star at Boston College and is also a member of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team.

SAMANTHA JOHNSON
Palmdale, Calif. – Real So Cal

One of the USA’s best athletes, she has elevated her game over the last half year and shown she can create dangerous opportunities with her work rate and finishing ability. An active striker, she is tough to defend one-on-one and can play at forward or attacking midfielder.

COURTNEY VERLOO
Tualatin, Oregon – FC Portland Sapphire

At 5 feet 9 inches, she is an imposing forward with long strides and quick feet that have scored eight international goals this year, most on the team. With the speed to run by players or beat them with crafty dribbles, she is also very good at taking advantage of her height to win head balls on goal. She also gets on the end of crosses and helps create a lot of scoring opportunities for the USA.

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