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U-15 GNT: What Makes A Good Teammate?

During a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team tell us what qualities and characteristics they think makes for a good teammate.

Snow Starts New Cycle with U-15 Girls National Team

CHICAGO (April 14, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from April 19-26 as head coach B.J. Snow has called up 36 players.

This age group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The camp will be the last for this group at the U-15 age level before they transition to the U-17 level in June. To be eligible for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup, players must be born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. The majority of players called up are 1999s, with four born in 2000 and one in 2001.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Anna Smith (Crossfire Premier; Issaquah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (11): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Caitlin Cosme (Albertson Soccer Club; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Kai Henderson (Crossfire Premier; Mill Creek, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Brooke Redington (SoCal Blues; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Jenna Soriano (Maryland United FC; Columbia, Md.), Emma Thomson (Team Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Ari Green (Maryland United FC; Bowie, Md.), Nicolette Hernandez (NSA Rockets; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Madison Lowe (Buffalo Soccer Academy; Webster, N.Y.), Casey Palmer (Matchfit Academy; Brick, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Redmond, Wash.) Jillian Wachira (PDA; Plainsboro, N.J.)
FORWARDS (12): Olufolasade Adamolekun (Lonstar SC; Spicewood, Texas), Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Olivia Jones (Ahwatukee Foothills SC; Chandler, Ariz.), Emily Knous (Legends FC; Long Beach, Calif.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles; Newbury Park, Calif.), Taryn Ries (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Allison Schlegel (Colorado Storm; Parker, Colo.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Riley Tanner (Grand Rapids Crew Jr’s; Caledonia, Mich.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio), Kelsey Turnbow (Crossfire Premier; Liberty Lake, Wash.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Opens Year with Training Camp at U.S. Soccer NTC

CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will open its 2014 programming schedule with a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., running from Jan. 4-11.

U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas has called up 24 players, all but one born in 1999; one player was born in 2000. This group will have just two training camps as U-15s before transitioning to the U-17 Women’s National Team cycle under head coach B.J. Snow to begin preparation for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Anna Smith (Crossfire Premier; Issaquah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Kai Henderson (Crossfire Premier; Mill Creek, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emma Thomson (Team Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Madison Alexander (Alliance Academy; Dorr, Mich.), Tess Boade (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Paloma Farias (RGV Dallas Texans; Pharr, Texas), Alexa Ferreira (PDA; Warren, N.J.), Chloe Frisch (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): Abby Grace Cooper (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Reagan Glisson (Tophat Soccer Club; Duluth, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles; Newbury Park, Calif.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Kelsey Turnbow (Crossfire Premier; Liberty Lake, Wash.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Reports to National Training Center for Final Camp of 2013

CHICAGO (Sept. 30, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will hold its fourth and final event of the year from Oct. 5-12 at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, Calif., as U.S. Soccer Development Director Jill Ellis has called in 26 players.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow will be at the event to watch this age group for potential call-ups in the near feature and for the next cycle.

The U-15 GNT will play two matches during the camp, on Wednesday, Oct. 9 (likely against a Cal-South ODP team) and on Friday, Oct. 11 (likely an intra-squad) with times to be determined.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Danielle Greenlee (Solar Chelsea Elite; Rockwall, Texas), Katherine Hess (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Melissa Lowder (DMCV Sharks; San Diego, Calif.), Evangeline Soucie (PDA; Milford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Avery Batson (Gol Soccer Academy; Madison, Ala.), Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Kaitlin Higgins (PDA; Andreas, Pa.), Kate Morris (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.), Jacey Peterson (PSV Union; Palo Alto, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Marissa Bosco (Eclipse Select; St. Charles, Ill.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Alexa Ferreira (PDA; Warren, N.J.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Jade King (Elite Girls Academy; Apple Valley, Minn.), Alia Martin (Eclipse Select; Carmel, Ind.), Megan Massey (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Courtney O’Brien (Real So Cal; Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Isabella Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Julie Doyle (West Coast FC; Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.)

U.S. U-15 GNT To Hold Training Camp At The U.S. Soccer National Training Center In Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will enter its third event of the year from Aug. 10-17 at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., as head coach Damon Nahas has called in 26 players, most born in 1998.

The U-15 GNT will play two matches during the camp, taking on the Cal South 1997 ODP Team on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. PT and the SoCal 1996 ODP Team on Friday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. PT. Both matches will be on the training fields at the NTC.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Katherine Hess (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Ashley Orkus (BUSA; Birmingham, Ala.), Evangeline Soucie (PDA; Milford, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (7): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Julie Doyle (West Coast FC; Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Jlon Flippens (FC Delco; Philadelphia, Pa.), Kaitlin Higgins (PDA, Andreas, Pa.), Tara McKeown (Eagles Soccer Club; Newbury Park, Calif.), Jeanette Paul (South Bay Force; Hawthorne, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Angeline Daly (Ponte Vedra Storm; Pone Vedra Beach, Fla.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Chloe Frisch (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Madeleine Lucas (Michigan Wolves-Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.), Alia Martin (Eclipse Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Megan Massey (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Calif.), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Emily Strouphauer (Lonestar SC; Round Rock, Texas)

FORWARDS (7): Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Ryan Gareis (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Civana Kuhlman (Colorado Rush; Parker, Colo.), Catarina Macario (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.), Mary Alice Vignola (Ohio Elite Academy; Terrace Pk, Ohio)

U.S. U-15 GNT Heads to Dallas for Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 29, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp in Dallas, Texas, at Southern Methodist University from May 4-11.

U.S. head coach Damon Nahas has called up 30 players, 26 born in 1998, three born in 1997 and one in 1999. This will be the second of four training camps scheduled in 2013 for the U-15 GNT.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): McKinley Crone (Orlando City Youth Soccer; Maitland, Fla.), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concorde Fire; Douglasville, Ga.) Rebecca Orkus (BUSA; Birmingham, Ala.), Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Kailey Mattison (Caroline Elite SA; Greenville S.C.), Tatumn Milazzo (Eclipse Select: Orland Park, Ill.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Caroline Saltmarsh (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Mary-Alice Vignola (Ohio Elite Academy; Terrace Park, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Grace Bahr (Internationals SC; Broadview Heights, Ohio), Haley Berg (Dallas, Texans; Celina, Texas), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse SC; St. Charles, Ill.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Spring; Sachse, Texas), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Emily Strouphauer (Lonestar SC; Rock Round, Texas), Ciara Terabasso (Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Oakdale, Pa.), Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
FORWARDS (12): Avery Batson (Gwinnet Soccer Assoc. Phoenix 97; Bob Jones HS), Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Lake Duerksen (West Coast FC; San Clemente, Calif.), Sunny Dunphy (Carlsbad Elite; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kristina Fisher (FC Florida; Jupiter, Fla.), Emily Fox (Herndon Freedom; Ashburn, Va.), Kelsey Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Kamari Hines (San Juan SC; Sacramento, Calif.), Mikayla Mance (Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Newton, Pa.), Madison Schultz (Northwest Nationals; Edmonds, Wash.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.)

U-15 Girls' National Team Opens Year with Training Camp in Chula Vista, Calif.

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will open its 2013 programming with a training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from Feb. 24-March 2.

U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas has called up 24 players, 23 born in 1998 and one born in 1999, for the event that will be the first of at least four training camps this year for this age group. Nahas will be joined by U.S. Soccer Development Director Jill Ellis at the camp which features a group of players who are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. That tournament has an age cut-off date of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, so the top players in this age group may have the chance to break into that squad.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Amanda Dennis (Arsenal FC; Murrieta, Calif.), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concorde Fire; Douglasville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Audrey Hegardt (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Courtney Jones (Carmel United; Carmel, Ind.), Kailey Mattison (Carolina Elite SA; Greenville, S.C.), Madison Meador (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Ballwin, Mo.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Luca Deza (De Anza Force; Belmont, Calif.), Jlon Flippens (FC DELCO; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Elexa Bahr (Atlanta Fire United; Dacula, Ga.), Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Sunny Dunphy (Carlsbad Elite; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kristina Fisher (FC Florida; Jupiter, Fla.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Alia Martin (Carmel United; Carmel, Ind.), Catarina Macario (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Madison Schultz (Northwest Nationals; Edmonds, Wash.)

U.S. Soccer to Hold First Youth Women's Goalkeeper I.D. Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 3, 2012) – U.S. Soccer will hold its first Women’s National Team youth Goalkeeper Identification Camp from Dec. 7-10 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

The goal of the event is to start a process where the U.S. Soccer coaching staff annually identifies and evaluates a larger pool of goalkeepers at each birth year competing for the youth Women’s National Teams as well as investing in and developing a larger pool of ‘keepers for a longer period of time to improve the competitiveness for the starting position on those teams.

U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs and a staff of four goalkeeper coaches – former U.S. WNT goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon, former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Siri Mullinix, former WPS goalkeeper coach Nathan Kipp and former U.S. U-20 MNT and MLS goalkeeper Clint Baumstark – will bring 16 goalkeepers to Chula Vista.

Ten of those goalkeepers will be age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments while six goalkeepers, chosen by U.S. Soccer Director of Development Jill Ellis, will be age-eligible for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament.

The goalkeepers will have birth years ranging from 1994 through 1998. The purpose of the camp is to identify and evaluate the best goalkeepers from the 1994 and 1995 birth years to compete for the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team and the 1997 and 1998 birth years to compete for the 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team.

Several talented goalkeepers in these age groups who have already been identified were not invited, thereby giving this group of players a chance to show themselves for possible selection for future training camps and CONCACAF qualifying rosters.

Five of the goalkeepers are currently in college: Caroline Casey (William & Mary), Andi Tostanoski (Santa Clara), Jamie Simmons (UNC Greensboro), Jordan Brown (Tennessee Tech) and Jillian McVicker (Ohio State). Two of the goalkeepers were on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team in Cassie Miller (Sereno FC) and Morgan Stearns (McLean Power).

U.S. Women’s National Team Youth Goalkeeper ID Camp Roster:
Jordan Brown (Challenge SC; League City, Texas), Paige Brown (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Jackson, Mo.), Caroline Casey (William & Mary; Chesapeake, Va.), Jaelyn Cunningham (Pride SC; Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concord Fire; Douglasville, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Kaela Little (Tulsa SC; Tulsa, Okla.), Melissa Lowder (DMCV Sharks Elite; San Diego, Calif.), Jillian McVicker (FC Penn Strikers; Metuchen, N.J.), Cassie Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Veronica Romines (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Jamie Simmons (Challenge SC; Houston, Texas), Morgan Stearns (McLean Power; San Antonio, Texas), Jalen Tompkins (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Andi Tostanoski (Santa Clara; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Claire Wheatley (Solar Chelsea; Plano, Texas)

U.S. U-15 and U-14 Girls' National Teams to Hold Concurrent Camps in Cary, N.C.

CHICAGO (Oct. 15, 2012) – The U.S. Under-15 and Under-14 Girls’ National Teams will hold concurrent training camps in Cary, N.C. from Oct. 20-28 under the direction of U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas and U.S. Soccer Director of Women’s Development Jill Ellis, who have called up a total of 60 of the top players born in 1997, 1998 and 1999. The U-14s will begin on Oct. 20 while the U-15s start on the 21st. Nahas has called in 32 players for the U-15 camp, almost all born in 1997, but has included three players born in 1998 (forward Mia Gyau from the Bethesda Lions, forward Maddie Schultz from Northwest Nationals and midfielder Mary-Alice Vignola from Ohio Elite Academy) to give them more experience with the older age group as this team enters its final U-15 event before transitioning to U-17s for the next cycle when they will attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. Ellis called 28 into the U-14 camp, most born 1998 with two born in 1999. Both teams will scrimmage local club teams during the week.

U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Melissa Lowder (DMCV Sharks Elite; San Diego, Calif.), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jalen Tompkins (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (10): Michaela Abam (Albion Hurricane FC; Sugar Land, Texas), Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Courtney Corrin (Real So Cal; Playa Vista, Calif.), Jazmin Jackmon (LA Premier; South Pasadena, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA Soccer Club; San Jose, Calif.), Jacey Pederson (PSV Union; Palo Alto, Calif.), Courtney Peterson (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Ally Prisock (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Mary-Alice Vignola (Ohio Elite Academy; Terrace Pk, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Dorian Bailey (KCFC Fury; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Glenn, (Lonestar SC; Round Rock, Texas), Madison Gonzalez (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kayla Hill (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Otto (Spartan Elite Black CASL; Apex, N.C.), Mayra Pelayo-Bernal (West Palm Beach Magic Jacks; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Peyton Perea (Legends FC; Riverside, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ella Stevens (GSA Phoenix; Grayson, Ga.), Ainsly Wolfinbarger (TSC Hurricane; Broken Arrow, Okla.)
FORWARDS (8): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Emily Bates (Dallas Texans; Melissa, Texas), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Springs, Md.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Maddie Schultz (Northwest Nationals; Edmonds, Wash.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Montgomery, Alabama)

U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Amanda Dennis (Arsenal FC; Murrieta, Calif.), Danielle Greenlee (Liverpool Elite; Rockwall, Texas), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concorde Fire; Douglasville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (9): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Courtney Jones (Carmel United SC; Carmel, Ind.), Julie Mackin (Real Colorado; Castle Rock, Colo.), Carly Malatskey (Slammers FC; Newport Coast, Calif.), Kailey Mattison (CESA; Greenville, S.C.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Kimberly Rodriguez (Texas Rush; Porter, Texas), Jaida Scott (Plantation Eagles; Plantation, Fla.), Jaylyn Thompson (PDA; Voorhees, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Jlon Flippens (FC Delco; Philadelphia, Penn.), Margaret Halvorson (Colorado Storm; Englewood, Colo.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Daria Petredes (Corinthians SC; Yorba Linda, Calif.), Lily Schneider (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.)
FORWARDS (11):
Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Abigail Dein (Eclipse Select SC; Glenview, Ill.), Ireland Dunn (Utah Avalanche; Layton, Utah), Sunny Dunphy (Carlsbad Elite; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kristina Fisher (FC Florida; Jupiter, Fla.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Jade King (Elite Girls Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Alia Martin (Carmel United SC; Carmel, Ind.), Kennedy Smith (Irvine Strikers FC; Irvine, Calif.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.)

U.S. Women's National Team Pioneer, Former MLS Exec Betty D'Anjolell Passes Away

CHICAGO (Sept. 13, 2012) – One of the founding mothers of the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team and a former Major League Soccer front office executive, Betty D’Anjolell, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The U.S. Women's National Team will wear black armbands against Australia on Sunday, Sept. 16, in her memory.

A native of suburban Philadelphia, D’Anjolell became heavily involved in soccer beginning in the early 1970s as girls’ soccer coach and eventual president of the Landsdowne (Pa.) Girls Club, as well as serving a large role in the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. Helping foster an interest in the game showed by her children, D’Anjolell, along with several partners, helped create the Tri-County Girls Soccer League to provide a higher level of competition for girls’ soccer in eastern Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Landsdowne-Alden High School, D’Anjolell was active at the local and state level for the sport and was part of a trio of women that helped spearhead an initiative to help women’s soccer fight to gain recognition as a legitimate national sport. Along with eventual U.S. Olympic Committee president Marty Mankamyer and U.S. Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Derflinger, D’Anjolell helped women’s soccer jostle for relevancy in the male-dominated sports landscape of the early 1980s.

The group was able to gain support and women’s soccer was accepted by the USOC for its 1985 Olympic Sports Festival in Baton Rouge, La. It was directly due to participation in that competition that a U.S. Women’s National side was invited to play in a tournament in Jesolo, Italy, in August of 1985.

The U.S. Women’s National Team was born and played its first official match on Aug. 18, 1985 – a 1-0 loss against Italy.

D’Anjolell went on to serve as the national chairperson of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s Girls Olympic Development Program from 1985-1989 and it was due to the success of the program that helped lead to the formation of a full-fledged U.S. Women’s National Team and the team’s appearance and victory in the first Women’s World Cup in China in 1991.

Overlapping her work as USYSA ODP chairperson, D’Anjolell also worked for Soccer USA Partners – the marketing arm of the U.S. Soccer Federation at the time – in New York as director of operations and, eventually, vice president of operations until leaving the organization to join the front office staff of D.C. United in newly created Major League Soccer.

A member of the D.C. United Hall of Tradition, D’Anjolell served as vice president of operations for D.C. United from 1995-98, the first female vice president in the league, and was awarded MLS Executive of the Year in 1997. At United, she was responsible for ticket sales, front office management, game-day operations and new business opportunities.

In 1998, D’Anjolell joined the Miami Fusion as chief operating office and interim general manager, a position she would hold until resigning the following year.

D’Anjolell, along with her husband Ron, devoted much of their extra time and effort to helping grow the game of soccer from a grassroots level in their home state of Pennsylvania and each were inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.

Snow Starts New Cycle with U-15 Girls National Team

CHICAGO (April 14, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from April 19-26 as head coach B.J. Snow has called up 36 players.

This age group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The camp will be the last for this group at the U-15 age level before they transition to the U-17 level in June. To be eligible for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup, players must be born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. The majority of players called up are 1999s, with four born in 2000 and one in 2001.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Anna Smith (Crossfire Premier; Issaquah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (11): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Caitlin Cosme (Albertson Soccer Club; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Kai Henderson (Crossfire Premier; Mill Creek, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Brooke Redington (SoCal Blues; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Jenna Soriano (Maryland United FC; Columbia, Md.), Emma Thomson (Team Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Ari Green (Maryland United FC; Bowie, Md.), Nicolette Hernandez (NSA Rockets; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Madison Lowe (Buffalo Soccer Academy; Webster, N.Y.), Casey Palmer (Matchfit Academy; Brick, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Redmond, Wash.) Jillian Wachira (PDA; Plainsboro, N.J.)
FORWARDS (12): Olufolasade Adamolekun (Lonstar SC; Spicewood, Texas), Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Olivia Jones (Ahwatukee Foothills SC; Chandler, Ariz.), Emily Knous (Legends FC; Long Beach, Calif.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles; Newbury Park, Calif.), Taryn Ries (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Allison Schlegel (Colorado Storm; Parker, Colo.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Riley Tanner (Grand Rapids Crew Jr’s; Caledonia, Mich.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio), Kelsey Turnbow (Crossfire Premier; Liberty Lake, Wash.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Opens Year with Training Camp at U.S. Soccer NTC

CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will open its 2014 programming schedule with a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., running from Jan. 4-11.

U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas has called up 24 players, all but one born in 1999; one player was born in 2000. This group will have just two training camps as U-15s before transitioning to the U-17 Women’s National Team cycle under head coach B.J. Snow to begin preparation for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Anna Smith (Crossfire Premier; Issaquah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Kai Henderson (Crossfire Premier; Mill Creek, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emma Thomson (Team Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Madison Alexander (Alliance Academy; Dorr, Mich.), Tess Boade (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Paloma Farias (RGV Dallas Texans; Pharr, Texas), Alexa Ferreira (PDA; Warren, N.J.), Chloe Frisch (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): Abby Grace Cooper (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Reagan Glisson (Tophat Soccer Club; Duluth, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles; Newbury Park, Calif.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Kelsey Turnbow (Crossfire Premier; Liberty Lake, Wash.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Reports to National Training Center for Final Camp of 2013

CHICAGO (Sept. 30, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will hold its fourth and final event of the year from Oct. 5-12 at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, Calif., as U.S. Soccer Development Director Jill Ellis has called in 26 players.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow will be at the event to watch this age group for potential call-ups in the near feature and for the next cycle.

The U-15 GNT will play two matches during the camp, on Wednesday, Oct. 9 (likely against a Cal-South ODP team) and on Friday, Oct. 11 (likely an intra-squad) with times to be determined.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Danielle Greenlee (Solar Chelsea Elite; Rockwall, Texas), Katherine Hess (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Melissa Lowder (DMCV Sharks; San Diego, Calif.), Evangeline Soucie (PDA; Milford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Avery Batson (Gol Soccer Academy; Madison, Ala.), Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Kaitlin Higgins (PDA; Andreas, Pa.), Kate Morris (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.), Jacey Peterson (PSV Union; Palo Alto, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Marissa Bosco (Eclipse Select; St. Charles, Ill.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Alexa Ferreira (PDA; Warren, N.J.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Jade King (Elite Girls Academy; Apple Valley, Minn.), Alia Martin (Eclipse Select; Carmel, Ind.), Megan Massey (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Courtney O’Brien (Real So Cal; Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Isabella Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Julie Doyle (West Coast FC; Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.)

U.S. U-15 GNT To Hold Training Camp At The U.S. Soccer National Training Center In Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will enter its third event of the year from Aug. 10-17 at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., as head coach Damon Nahas has called in 26 players, most born in 1998.

The U-15 GNT will play two matches during the camp, taking on the Cal South 1997 ODP Team on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. PT and the SoCal 1996 ODP Team on Friday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. PT. Both matches will be on the training fields at the NTC.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Katherine Hess (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Ashley Orkus (BUSA; Birmingham, Ala.), Evangeline Soucie (PDA; Milford, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (7): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Julie Doyle (West Coast FC; Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Jlon Flippens (FC Delco; Philadelphia, Pa.), Kaitlin Higgins (PDA, Andreas, Pa.), Tara McKeown (Eagles Soccer Club; Newbury Park, Calif.), Jeanette Paul (South Bay Force; Hawthorne, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Angeline Daly (Ponte Vedra Storm; Pone Vedra Beach, Fla.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Chloe Frisch (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Madeleine Lucas (Michigan Wolves-Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.), Alia Martin (Eclipse Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Megan Massey (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Calif.), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Emily Strouphauer (Lonestar SC; Round Rock, Texas)

FORWARDS (7): Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Ryan Gareis (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Civana Kuhlman (Colorado Rush; Parker, Colo.), Catarina Macario (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.), Mary Alice Vignola (Ohio Elite Academy; Terrace Pk, Ohio)

U.S. U-15 GNT Heads to Dallas for Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 29, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp in Dallas, Texas, at Southern Methodist University from May 4-11.

U.S. head coach Damon Nahas has called up 30 players, 26 born in 1998, three born in 1997 and one in 1999. This will be the second of four training camps scheduled in 2013 for the U-15 GNT.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): McKinley Crone (Orlando City Youth Soccer; Maitland, Fla.), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concorde Fire; Douglasville, Ga.) Rebecca Orkus (BUSA; Birmingham, Ala.), Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Kailey Mattison (Caroline Elite SA; Greenville S.C.), Tatumn Milazzo (Eclipse Select: Orland Park, Ill.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Caroline Saltmarsh (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Mary-Alice Vignola (Ohio Elite Academy; Terrace Park, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Grace Bahr (Internationals SC; Broadview Heights, Ohio), Haley Berg (Dallas, Texans; Celina, Texas), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse SC; St. Charles, Ill.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Spring; Sachse, Texas), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Emily Strouphauer (Lonestar SC; Rock Round, Texas), Ciara Terabasso (Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Oakdale, Pa.), Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
FORWARDS (12): Avery Batson (Gwinnet Soccer Assoc. Phoenix 97; Bob Jones HS), Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Lake Duerksen (West Coast FC; San Clemente, Calif.), Sunny Dunphy (Carlsbad Elite; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kristina Fisher (FC Florida; Jupiter, Fla.), Emily Fox (Herndon Freedom; Ashburn, Va.), Kelsey Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Kamari Hines (San Juan SC; Sacramento, Calif.), Mikayla Mance (Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Newton, Pa.), Madison Schultz (Northwest Nationals; Edmonds, Wash.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.)

U-15 Girls' National Team Opens Year with Training Camp in Chula Vista, Calif.

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2013) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will open its 2013 programming with a training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from Feb. 24-March 2.

U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas has called up 24 players, 23 born in 1998 and one born in 1999, for the event that will be the first of at least four training camps this year for this age group. Nahas will be joined by U.S. Soccer Development Director Jill Ellis at the camp which features a group of players who are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. That tournament has an age cut-off date of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, so the top players in this age group may have the chance to break into that squad.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Amanda Dennis (Arsenal FC; Murrieta, Calif.), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concorde Fire; Douglasville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Audrey Hegardt (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Courtney Jones (Carmel United; Carmel, Ind.), Kailey Mattison (Carolina Elite SA; Greenville, S.C.), Madison Meador (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Ballwin, Mo.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Luca Deza (De Anza Force; Belmont, Calif.), Jlon Flippens (FC DELCO; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Elexa Bahr (Atlanta Fire United; Dacula, Ga.), Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Sunny Dunphy (Carlsbad Elite; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kristina Fisher (FC Florida; Jupiter, Fla.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Alia Martin (Carmel United; Carmel, Ind.), Catarina Macario (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Madison Schultz (Northwest Nationals; Edmonds, Wash.)

U.S. Soccer to Hold First Youth Women's Goalkeeper I.D. Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 3, 2012) – U.S. Soccer will hold its first Women’s National Team youth Goalkeeper Identification Camp from Dec. 7-10 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

The goal of the event is to start a process where the U.S. Soccer coaching staff annually identifies and evaluates a larger pool of goalkeepers at each birth year competing for the youth Women’s National Teams as well as investing in and developing a larger pool of ‘keepers for a longer period of time to improve the competitiveness for the starting position on those teams.

U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs and a staff of four goalkeeper coaches – former U.S. WNT goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon, former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Siri Mullinix, former WPS goalkeeper coach Nathan Kipp and former U.S. U-20 MNT and MLS goalkeeper Clint Baumstark – will bring 16 goalkeepers to Chula Vista.

Ten of those goalkeepers will be age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments while six goalkeepers, chosen by U.S. Soccer Director of Development Jill Ellis, will be age-eligible for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament.

The goalkeepers will have birth years ranging from 1994 through 1998. The purpose of the camp is to identify and evaluate the best goalkeepers from the 1994 and 1995 birth years to compete for the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team and the 1997 and 1998 birth years to compete for the 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team.

Several talented goalkeepers in these age groups who have already been identified were not invited, thereby giving this group of players a chance to show themselves for possible selection for future training camps and CONCACAF qualifying rosters.

Five of the goalkeepers are currently in college: Caroline Casey (William & Mary), Andi Tostanoski (Santa Clara), Jamie Simmons (UNC Greensboro), Jordan Brown (Tennessee Tech) and Jillian McVicker (Ohio State). Two of the goalkeepers were on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team in Cassie Miller (Sereno FC) and Morgan Stearns (McLean Power).

U.S. Women’s National Team Youth Goalkeeper ID Camp Roster:
Jordan Brown (Challenge SC; League City, Texas), Paige Brown (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Jackson, Mo.), Caroline Casey (William & Mary; Chesapeake, Va.), Jaelyn Cunningham (Pride SC; Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concord Fire; Douglasville, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Kaela Little (Tulsa SC; Tulsa, Okla.), Melissa Lowder (DMCV Sharks Elite; San Diego, Calif.), Jillian McVicker (FC Penn Strikers; Metuchen, N.J.), Cassie Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Veronica Romines (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Jamie Simmons (Challenge SC; Houston, Texas), Morgan Stearns (McLean Power; San Antonio, Texas), Jalen Tompkins (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Andi Tostanoski (Santa Clara; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Claire Wheatley (Solar Chelsea; Plano, Texas)

U.S. U-15 and U-14 Girls' National Teams to Hold Concurrent Camps in Cary, N.C.

CHICAGO (Oct. 15, 2012) – The U.S. Under-15 and Under-14 Girls’ National Teams will hold concurrent training camps in Cary, N.C. from Oct. 20-28 under the direction of U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas and U.S. Soccer Director of Women’s Development Jill Ellis, who have called up a total of 60 of the top players born in 1997, 1998 and 1999. The U-14s will begin on Oct. 20 while the U-15s start on the 21st. Nahas has called in 32 players for the U-15 camp, almost all born in 1997, but has included three players born in 1998 (forward Mia Gyau from the Bethesda Lions, forward Maddie Schultz from Northwest Nationals and midfielder Mary-Alice Vignola from Ohio Elite Academy) to give them more experience with the older age group as this team enters its final U-15 event before transitioning to U-17s for the next cycle when they will attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. Ellis called 28 into the U-14 camp, most born 1998 with two born in 1999. Both teams will scrimmage local club teams during the week.

U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Melissa Lowder (DMCV Sharks Elite; San Diego, Calif.), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jalen Tompkins (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (10): Michaela Abam (Albion Hurricane FC; Sugar Land, Texas), Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Courtney Corrin (Real So Cal; Playa Vista, Calif.), Jazmin Jackmon (LA Premier; South Pasadena, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA Soccer Club; San Jose, Calif.), Jacey Pederson (PSV Union; Palo Alto, Calif.), Courtney Peterson (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Ally Prisock (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Mary-Alice Vignola (Ohio Elite Academy; Terrace Pk, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Dorian Bailey (KCFC Fury; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Glenn, (Lonestar SC; Round Rock, Texas), Madison Gonzalez (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kayla Hill (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Otto (Spartan Elite Black CASL; Apex, N.C.), Mayra Pelayo-Bernal (West Palm Beach Magic Jacks; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Peyton Perea (Legends FC; Riverside, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ella Stevens (GSA Phoenix; Grayson, Ga.), Ainsly Wolfinbarger (TSC Hurricane; Broken Arrow, Okla.)
FORWARDS (8): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Emily Bates (Dallas Texans; Melissa, Texas), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Springs, Md.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Maddie Schultz (Northwest Nationals; Edmonds, Wash.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Montgomery, Alabama)

U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Amanda Dennis (Arsenal FC; Murrieta, Calif.), Danielle Greenlee (Liverpool Elite; Rockwall, Texas), Mikayla Krzeczowski (Concorde Fire; Douglasville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (9): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist Club; Liberty Township, Ohio), Courtney Jones (Carmel United SC; Carmel, Ind.), Julie Mackin (Real Colorado; Castle Rock, Colo.), Carly Malatskey (Slammers FC; Newport Coast, Calif.), Kailey Mattison (CESA; Greenville, S.C.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Kimberly Rodriguez (Texas Rush; Porter, Texas), Jaida Scott (Plantation Eagles; Plantation, Fla.), Jaylyn Thompson (PDA; Voorhees, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Jlon Flippens (FC Delco; Philadelphia, Penn.), Margaret Halvorson (Colorado Storm; Englewood, Colo.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Daria Petredes (Corinthians SC; Yorba Linda, Calif.), Lily Schneider (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.)
FORWARDS (11):
Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Abigail Dein (Eclipse Select SC; Glenview, Ill.), Ireland Dunn (Utah Avalanche; Layton, Utah), Sunny Dunphy (Carlsbad Elite; Carlsbad, Calif.), Kristina Fisher (FC Florida; Jupiter, Fla.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Jade King (Elite Girls Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Alia Martin (Carmel United SC; Carmel, Ind.), Kennedy Smith (Irvine Strikers FC; Irvine, Calif.), Samantha Tran (DeAnza Force SC; Tracy, Calif.)

U.S. Women's National Team Pioneer, Former MLS Exec Betty D'Anjolell Passes Away

CHICAGO (Sept. 13, 2012) – One of the founding mothers of the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team and a former Major League Soccer front office executive, Betty D’Anjolell, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The U.S. Women's National Team will wear black armbands against Australia on Sunday, Sept. 16, in her memory.

A native of suburban Philadelphia, D’Anjolell became heavily involved in soccer beginning in the early 1970s as girls’ soccer coach and eventual president of the Landsdowne (Pa.) Girls Club, as well as serving a large role in the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. Helping foster an interest in the game showed by her children, D’Anjolell, along with several partners, helped create the Tri-County Girls Soccer League to provide a higher level of competition for girls’ soccer in eastern Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Landsdowne-Alden High School, D’Anjolell was active at the local and state level for the sport and was part of a trio of women that helped spearhead an initiative to help women’s soccer fight to gain recognition as a legitimate national sport. Along with eventual U.S. Olympic Committee president Marty Mankamyer and U.S. Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Derflinger, D’Anjolell helped women’s soccer jostle for relevancy in the male-dominated sports landscape of the early 1980s.

The group was able to gain support and women’s soccer was accepted by the USOC for its 1985 Olympic Sports Festival in Baton Rouge, La. It was directly due to participation in that competition that a U.S. Women’s National side was invited to play in a tournament in Jesolo, Italy, in August of 1985.

The U.S. Women’s National Team was born and played its first official match on Aug. 18, 1985 – a 1-0 loss against Italy.

D’Anjolell went on to serve as the national chairperson of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s Girls Olympic Development Program from 1985-1989 and it was due to the success of the program that helped lead to the formation of a full-fledged U.S. Women’s National Team and the team’s appearance and victory in the first Women’s World Cup in China in 1991.

Overlapping her work as USYSA ODP chairperson, D’Anjolell also worked for Soccer USA Partners – the marketing arm of the U.S. Soccer Federation at the time – in New York as director of operations and, eventually, vice president of operations until leaving the organization to join the front office staff of D.C. United in newly created Major League Soccer.

A member of the D.C. United Hall of Tradition, D’Anjolell served as vice president of operations for D.C. United from 1995-98, the first female vice president in the league, and was awarded MLS Executive of the Year in 1997. At United, she was responsible for ticket sales, front office management, game-day operations and new business opportunities.

In 1998, D’Anjolell joined the Miami Fusion as chief operating office and interim general manager, a position she would hold until resigning the following year.

D’Anjolell, along with her husband Ron, devoted much of their extra time and effort to helping grow the game of soccer from a grassroots level in their home state of Pennsylvania and each were inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.

U.S. U-15 Girls' National Team Comes to The Home Depot Center for June Training Camp

The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team under the direction head coach Damon Nahas will come together from June 3-10 for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Nahas has called up 24 players, almost all born in 1997 with a few born in 1998, for the event that will feature scrimmages against Cal-South Girls’ ODP teams on June 5 and June 9 with both kicking off at 6:30 p.m. PT.

This group of players will likely form the core of the player pool that will attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Costa Rica.

U.S. U-15 GNT Training Camp Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Melissa Lowder (Carmel Valley Manchester; San Diego, Calif.), Jalen Tompkins (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Elisabeth Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MLVA Soccer Club; San Jose, Calif.), Jacey Pederson (PSV Union; Palo Alto, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Ally Prisock (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.),
MIDFIELDERS (10): Micheala Abam (Albion Hurricane Club; Sugarland, Texas), Dorian Bailey (KCFC Fury; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Spring, Md.), Mayra Pelayo-Bernal (West Palm Beach Magic Jacks; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Peyton Perea (Legends FC; Riverside, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ella Stevens (GSA Phoenix; Grayson, Ga.) Marisa Viggiano (Vardar; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Montgomery, Ala.)

U-15 GNT: What Makes A Good Teammate?

During a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team tell us what qualities and characteristics they think makes for a good teammate.

Dec 6 2010 US Soccer Respect Initiative

U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna discusses the Respect initiative after meeting with Development Academy coaches and captains during the 2010 Winter Showcase.
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