U.S. U-17 WNT Heads to Florida for Final Training Camp Before CONCACAF Qualifying
CHICAGO (Feb. 12, 2010) -- The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together from February 20-27 in Sunrise, Fla., for its final training camp before head coach Kazbek Tambi chooses a 20-player roster for the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships that will qualify two teams to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. Tambi brings 20 players to Florida after coaching this age group through six events in 2009 and one so far this year. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships will be held in Costa Rica from March 10-20 and the USA will face Haiti, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica in the first round. The 16-game, 11-day tournament will be played at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Like at the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in January, all matches from the U-17 event will be streamed live free of charge at CONCACAF.com. Each game will also be available on-demand shortly after its conclusion. The group winners and second place finishers will cross-over to the all-important semifinals on March 18 with the two semifinal winners earning berths to the U-17 Women’s World Cup. As the tournament is being held in the CONCACAF region, and T&T gets an automatic berth as host, the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship will send just two nations to the U-17 Women’s World Cup, instead of the three that qualified for the inaugural tournament two years ago in New Zealand. Of the 24 players called up, 17 were born in 1993, the age cut-off year for this U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be held this September. Six were born in 1994 and one in 1995. Tambi’s squad will play several scrimmages while in Florida, including one against the University of Miami on Feb. 26.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburgh, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (6): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Havana Salaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainseville, Fla.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Alesha Blair (Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)