U.S. Under-23 Women Head to Spain For Three Matches
CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2008) - The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will get three excellent matches on a trip to La Manga, Spain, from February 8-16, as head coach Bill Irwin’s squad squares off against U-23 sides from England (Feb. 11), Norway (Feb. 13) and Germany (Feb. 16). Spain and Portugal are regular training sites for northern European teams looking to escape the cold in the early part of the year, and this four-team competition will give the USA three games against several of the top women’s youth teams in the world at the U-23 level. Irwin, who is coaching the team in its first year as a U-23 program after moving from U-21s, will bring 18 players to Spain, including eight who have represented the United States at FIFA youth world championship. With numerous young players getting looks with head coach Pia Sundhage’s full Women’s National Team, Irwin will get the opportunity to see several more of the top college-aged players in the country against top competition from Europe. These will be the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-23s. In a rare occurrence in international women’s soccer, both the U.S. U-20s and U-23s will be facing England on Feb. 11 and Norway on Feb. 13, the U-20s in La Serena, Chile, and the U-23s in La Manga, Spain.
U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Roster
La Manga Tournament
La Manga, Spain – Feb. 8-16
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Carrie Dew (Notre Dame), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Kasey Moore (Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbush (North Carolina), Elizabeth Eng (Connecticut), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Ashley Nick (USC), Lindsey Ozimek (UNC-Charlotte), Meghan Schnur (Connecticut);
FORWARDS (4): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Ashlee Pistorius (Texas A&M), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame).
|Feb. 11||USA U-23 vs. England U-23||La Manga, Spain|
|Feb. 13||USA U-23 vs. Norway U-23||La Manga, Spain|
|Feb. 16||USA U-23 vs. Germany U-23||La Manga, Spain|