The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to Germany from June 19-27 for matches against the England and German Under-19s, who are both preparing for the UEFA Under-19 Women’s Championships which will be taking place July 13-25 in Belarus.
The players on the U.S. team, mostly born in 1990 and 1991, are the same age as their European counterparts. The trip will be especially beneficial to the U.S. team, not only giving them experience in the host country of the next U-20 world championship, but also giving the young players two quality games against teams that could be playing in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that the Germans will host in the late summer.
The U.S. U-20s have a 6-1-2 record in 2009, including a 1-1-1 mark in international matches, all played in La Manga, Spain during a tournament in March. The USA lost to Germany, 2-0, in that competition. U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis will bring 18 players to Germany, including 10 that were members of either the USA’s 2008 U-17 or U-20 Women’s World Cup Teams.
The roster includes midfielder Christine Nairn, who earned her first full national team cap on May 25 in the USA’s 4-0 win over Canada in Toronto. The roster also includes goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, who won the Golden Glove as the top ‘keeper at the 2008 U-17 WWC in New Zealand and forward Sydney Leroux, who swept the top player and top scorer awards at the 2008 U-20 WWC in Chile. Ellis called-up both Mewis sisters, Kristie and Samantha, who were the first siblings to play for the United States in a Women’s World Cup together when they represented the USA in New Zealand. Kristie won the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament.
The young Americans will face England on Monday, June 22, at Stadion Flensburg in Flensburg and will take on the host Germans on Friday, June 26, at Wolfgang Meyer Stadion, in Hamburg.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Cloee Colohan (Portland; West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualitin, Oregon), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Alwine (Virginia; Elizabethtown, Pa.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.)