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U.S. U-18 WNT Comes to the HDC for Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 5, 2010) -- U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team head coach Dave Chesler will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center from April 10-17 that will run almost concurrently with the U.S. U-20 WNT camp. All of the players in with the U-18s are age-eligible to compete in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and will be trying to make an impact on the U-20 coaching staff with the possibility of an invite into events before U-20 head coach Jill Ellis chooses her squad for the U-20 WWC in Germany. The U.S. U-18s will face UC Irvine, the U.S. U-20s and a W-League team during camp. Among the five goalkeepers called in with the U-18s is U-17 WNT starter and high school sophomore Bryane Heaberlin, who has performed extremely well with the U-17s this year. Chesler also has a talented group of strikers in Michelle Cruz from Real So Cal, Kealia Ohai from the Utah Avalanche, Courtney Procter from Slammers FC, Katie Stengel from Florida’s Space Coast United and Chioma Ubogagu from D’Feeters out of Texas. The U.S. U-18s were most recently together at the La Manga Tournament in Spain in early March where they defeated the U-19 squads of Germany and Sweden, but lost to Norway.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (5): Britt Eckerstrom (FC Frederick; Boyds, Md.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Megan Kufeld (Mustang Soccer; Fremont, Calif.), Abigail Steele (Mustang Soccer; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (7): Torri Allen (McClean Dragons; Stafford, Va.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, KY), Vanessa Laxgang (Eclipse; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Riliegh McHugh (Hershey Attack SC; Hummelstown, PA), Dominique Richardson (Legends FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Samantha Scofield (Eclipse; Geneva, Ill.), Courtney Smith (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Natasha Anasi (Dallas Texans; Arlington, Texas), Alexandria Crown (Florida Rush; Orlando, Fla.), Lindsay Elston (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Juliann Jeffrey (Dallas Texans; Richardson, Texas), Amanda Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Meagan Morris (Montclair Aristocrats; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Cruz (Real So Cal; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Courtney Proctor (Slammers; Santa Clarita, Calif.), Katie Stengel (Space Coast United; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)