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U.S. U-23 WNT to End Cycle with Three Matches in Sweden

CHICAGO (June 6, 2011) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Falun, Sweden from June 11-22 for three matches to end its cycle this year. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin has called up 18 players that will face the Norway U-23 women on June 17 and then play the Sweden U-23 women twice, on June 19 and June 21.

The roster is made up of many of the top college-aged players in the country, all of whom will be heading to pre-season training camps this coming August.

Notre Dame forward Melissa Henderson has five goals for the U-23s this year while Wisconsin-Milwaukee striker Sarah Hagen and Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer have three apiece.

Eight players on the roster have been a part of Women’s World Cup teams at the U-17 or U-20 level, including 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Kristie Mewis, who has seen training time with the full U.S. team this year. Goalkeeper Bianca Henninger was the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2010 after winning the Best Goalkeeper award at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany last summer.

U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Position by Position Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kansas), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Kate Deines (Washington; Issaquah, Wash.), Camille Levin (Stanford, Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Palm Bay, Fla.), Ashley Rape (Duke; Dallas, Texas), Morgan Stith (Virginia; Montclair, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Katy Frierson (Auburn; Homewood, Ala.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Florida; Bradenton, Fla.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.)
Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Laura Heyboer (Michigan State; Hudsonville, Mich.), Merritt Mathias (Texas A&M; Birmingham, Ala.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)