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U.S. U-20 WNT Will Hold Pre-World Cup Training Camp in Orangeburg, N.Y.

The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will hold a three-day training camp from July 4-6 at the Orangetown Soccer Complex in Orangeburg, N.Y. before departing for Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will arrive on July 3, play two scrimmages over the next three days and depart for Europe on July 7. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will of course bring the 21-player Women’s World Cup squad to camp for the final preparations. At the U-20 Women’s World Cup, the USA will be playing in Group D along with Ghana, Switzerland and the Korea Republic. The U.S. will open against Ghana on July 14 before facing Switzerland on July 17, with both games taking place at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden, a newly built 27,000-seat venue that will also host games of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will then travel to the recently renovated FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium in Bielefeld, a 28,000-seat venue, to conclude group play against the Koreans. Ellis has made a change to the initial roster that was announced on May 31, adding defender Mollie Pathman of Durham, N.C. in place of defender Sade Ayinde. Pathman, who was recently named the 2009-2010 Gatorade National Girls’ High School Player of the Year, has two caps at the U-20 level for the USA. The official roster is not due to FIFA until June 25.

U.S. 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Crystal Dunn (UNC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)