U.S. U-18 WNT To Hold First Camp of the Year, And First Since 2001
The newly re-instated U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will hold its first training camp of the year from Feb. 17-24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as head coach Dean Duerst has called in 24 players.
The U.S. U-18s existed from 1998-2001, but have been brought back in 2008 to give international competition to players who have just finished a cycle with the U.S. U-17s, but are a year away from the next U-20 cycle. The U-18 WNT provides a transition for players who could make up the core of the team that would attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups are held every two years. Almost all of the players on the roster competed extensively with the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team last year when it was coached by Duerst, including the U-17s leading scorer in 2007, forward Tiffany McCarty.
Top players from the U-18s could also possibly get a look with head coach Tony DiCicco’s U-20 side that is preparing for qualifying for the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile.
U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster
Feb. 17-24 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Los Gatos, Calif.), Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich.), Cat Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.);
DEFENDERS (6): Sade Ayinde (Bellmore, N.Y.), Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Ameila Mathis (Ventura, Calif.), Michelle Olivier (Roswell, Ga.), Whitney Sharpe (West Des Moines, Ia.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Charney Burk (North Tustin, Calif.), Sarah Chapman (Silver Spring, Md.), Kiley Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Lydia Hastings (Dewey Beach, De.), Brittany Kerridge (Trenton, N.J.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.);
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Brianna Garcia (Babylon, N.Y.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.), Caitlin Mooney (Edmond, Okla.), Laurie Noshbush (Mequon, Wis.), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.), Casey Short).