CHICAGO (Jan. 9, 2012) -- The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will begin its year of activity with a training camp in Sarasota, Florida, being held from Jan. 15-22. This will be the first training camp under new U-23 WNT head coach Randy Waldrum.
This year’s U.S. U-23s will mostly feature players born in 1989, 1990 and 1991, but of course younger players are eligible for call-ups. The 24-players roster that Waldrum has named for his initial training camp consists primarily of top collegians, including forward Lindsay Taylor and defender Camille Levin from NCAA champion Stanford and defender Natasha Anasi and forward Laura Weinberg of runners-up Duke. Camp also features four players with professional experience in WPS in Lauren Barnes, Elli Reed, Amanda DaCosta and Bianca D’Agostino.
Several players from the camp are expected to be taken in the WPS Draft on Jan. 13.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Emily Kruger (California; Woodside, Calif.), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Freemont, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (10): Natasha Anasi (Duke; Arlington, Texas), Lauren Barnes (Philadelphia Independence; Upland, Calif.), Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Camille Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Taylor Lytle (Texas Tech; Las Cruces, N.M.), Blake Miller (West Virginia; St. Louis, Mo.); Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Elli Reed (Boston Breakers; Park City, Utah), Sammy Scofield (Notre Dame; Geneva, Ill.), Kika Toulouse (Virginia; Arlington, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Bianca D’Agostino (out of contract; Longmeadow, Mass.), Amanda DaCosta (Sky Blue FC; Katonah, N.Y.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centerville, Va.), Elizabeth Tucker (Notre Dame; Jacksonville, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Florida; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Co.), Lindsay Taylor (Stanford; Los Altos, Calif.), Laura Weinberg (Duke; Boca Raton, Fla.)