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U.S. U-21 Women Hit HDC for Training Camp

The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, Calif., from March 26-April 3. U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan, who recently returned from Portugal where he coached the full Women’s National Team to the Algarve Cup title, will bring 24 players to the Home Depot Center as preparations continue for the 2005 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women.

This summer the Nordic Cup will be held in Sweden. The USA has won an unprecedented six straight Nordic Cups, including an astounding run last summer in Iceland when the oldest of the USA's women’s youth national teams won all four games by 3-0 scores. The roster for this camp includes six players who were members of that team.

Santa Clara sophomore Marian Dalmy and high school senior Kasey Moore get their first call-ups to the U-21 team at this camp. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, a member of the 2003 Nordic Cup squad, returns to the U-21s after spending 2004 with the U.S. U-19s, for whom she started every game in goal at the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship. Harris was also the starting ‘keeper on the 2002 U-19 team that won the FIFA World Championship. Other U-19 world championship veterans in the camp are defender Rachel Buehler (2002 & 2004), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (2004), midfielder Sarah Huffman (2002), midfielder Manya Makoski (2002) and forward Megan Rapinoe (2004).

U-21 Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Erica Bohn (Notre Dame), Joanna Haig (Iowa State), Ashlyn Harris (UNC); DEFENDERS (8): Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Mary Castelanelli (UCLA), Holly Gault (Kansas), Hayley Hunt (Stanford), Jessica Maxwell (UNC), Kasey Moore (Laguna Hills Eclipse), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (UNC), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Noelle Keselica (Virginia), Carli Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Manya Makoski (Arizona State); FORWARDS (7): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Lauren Cheney (Carmel Heat), Marian Dalmy (Santa Clara), Kristen Gracysk (UConn), Esmeralda Negron (Princeton), Megan Rapinoe (Portland), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State).