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PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
Jorian Baucom F Phoenix, Ariz.
Caroline Brockmeier GK Tallahassee, Fla.
Megan Buckingham F 5-5 3/10/96 Novi, Mich. Michigan Hawks
Marley Canales M 5-4 11/16/97 San Diego, Calif. San Diego Surf
Alana Cook D 5-8 4/11/97 Far Hills, N.J.
Katie Cousins M 5-1 9/25/96 Lynchburg, Va. Richmond United
Savannah DeMelo M 5-5 3/26/98 Bellflower, Calif. Beach FC
Madeline Elliston D Omaha, Nebraska OMA Elite Girls' Academy
Sabrina Flores D 5-3 1/31/96 Livingston, N.J. PDA Clash
Jordan Harr M 5-1 3/10/98 Sachse, Texas Dallas Sting
Mikaela Harvey M Liberty Hill, Texas
Kelcie Hedge F 5-8 9/19/97 Post Falls, Idaho
Natalie Jacobs D 5-9 8/16/97 Coto de Caza, Calif. Slammers FC
Samantha Leshnak GK 5-9 4/21/97 Liberty Township, Ohio Ohio Elite
Gabrille Matulich F 5-2 3/15/96 Los Gatos, Calif. MVLA Lightning
Casey Murphy GK 6-0 4/25/96 Bridgewater, N.J. PDA Slammers
Emily Ogle M 5-5 8/5/96 Strongsville, Ohio Internationals SC
Courtney Petersen M 5-5 10/28/97 Canton, Mich. Michigan Hawks
Katie Pingel F Torrance, Calif. So Cal Blues
Mallory Pugh M 5-4 4/29/98 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Real Colorado
Taylor Racioppi M 5-5 2/26/97 Ocean Township, N.J. PDA
Kaleigh Riehl D 5-8 10/21/96 Fairfax Station, Va. BRYC Elite
Ashley Sanchez M 5-3 3/16/99 Monrovia, Calif. SoCal Blues
Jessie Scarpa F 5-7 5/17/96 Lakeland, Fla. VSI West Florida Flames

2015 NTC Training Camp - May 9-18

Jorian Baucom

Birthdate:
1/1/0001

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Phoenix, Ariz.

Caroline Brockmeier

Birthdate:
1/1/0001

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Tallahassee, Fla.

Megan Buckingham

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
3/10/1996

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Novi, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Marley Canales

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:
11/16/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
San Diego Surf

Alana Cook

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
4/11/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Far Hills, N.J.

Katie Cousins

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:
9/25/1996

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Lynchburg, Va.

Club:
Richmond United

Savannah DeMelo

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
3/26/1998

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bellflower, Calif.

Club:
Beach FC

Madeline Elliston

Birthdate:
1/1/0001

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska

Club:
OMA Elite Girls' Academy

Sabrina Flores

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:
1/31/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Livingston, N.J.

Club:
PDA Clash

Jordan Harr

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:
3/10/1998

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Sachse, Texas

Club:
Dallas Sting

Mikaela Harvey

Birthdate:
1/1/0001

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Liberty Hill, Texas

Kelcie Hedge

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
9/19/1997

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Post Falls, Idaho

Natalie Jacobs

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:
8/16/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Coto de Caza, Calif.

Club:
Slammers FC

Samantha Leshnak

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:
4/21/1997

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Liberty Township, Ohio

Club:
Ohio Elite

Gabrille Matulich

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:
3/15/1996

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Los Gatos, Calif.

Club:
MVLA Lightning

Casey Murphy

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:
4/25/1996

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Bridgewater, N.J.

Club:
PDA Slammers

Emily Ogle

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
8/5/1996

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Strongsville, Ohio

Club:
Internationals SC

Courtney Petersen

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
10/28/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Canton, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Katie Pingel

Birthdate:
1/1/0001

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Torrance, Calif.

Club:
So Cal Blues

Mallory Pugh

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:
4/29/1998

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Real Colorado

Taylor Racioppi

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
2/26/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Ocean Township, N.J.

Club:
PDA

Kaleigh Riehl

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
10/21/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fairfax Station, Va.

Club:
BRYC Elite

Ashley Sanchez

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:
3/16/1999

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Monrovia, Calif.

Club:
SoCal Blues

Jessie Scarpa

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
5/17/1996

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lakeland, Fla.

Club:
VSI West Florida Flames

Carli Lloyd Offers Words of Wisdom to U-20 WNT

Carli Lloyd stopped by to talk to the U-20 WNT about the obstacles and challenges she overcame to reach her dreams of playing soccer at the highest competitive level.

U-20 WNT Heads to Carson for Training ahead of NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (May 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from May 9-18 as 24 players will come to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

U.S. head coach Michelle French will use the camp to make her final roster selections for the upcoming 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational, which will be held at the U.S. Soccer NTC from June 2-6. All the matches of the tournament will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

In addition to the USA, the four-team NTC Invitational will also feature U-20 sides from Japan, Brazil and Mexico, bringing some of the top young players in the world to southern California. More details on the tournament, along with the game schedule, will be released at a later date.

French’s roster features 12 current college players, plus several who are finishing up high school and heading to college this summer to prepare for their freshman seasons. Midfielder Ashley Sanchez, who has been playing with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, has been called up to the U-20s for this camp; she was born in 1999. Forward Mallory Pugh, who was a starter on the USA’s 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, and midfielders Jordan Harr and Savannah DeMelo, were all born in 1998. The rest of the roster is made up of ’96- and ’97-born players.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea and the CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-13, 2015 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Jorian Baucom (LSU; Phoenix, Az.), Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabrielle Matulich (UCLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)

U-20 WNT Heads to U.S. Soccer NTC for Training Camp with U-19 WNT

CHICAGO (April 6, 2015) – After going undefeated in three matches at a friendly tournament in La Manga, Spain, in early March, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a domestic training camp from April 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. The event will be held in conjunction with a U-19 Women’s National Team camp.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players – 12 college players and 12 currently still playing for their youth clubs – with 13 players born in 1996, seven in 1997 and three in 1998, including Jordan Harr and Mallory Pugh, both of who scored goals in La Manga. French will add one more player to the camp before it begins.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea.

The U-20s will split its squad on Friday, April 17, to play matches against USC (4:45 p.m. PT) and UCLA (6:30 p.m. PT).

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Schuyler DeBree (Duke; Fair Haven, N.J), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabrielle Matulich (UCLA; Los Gatos, Claif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
FORWARDS (5): Alexa Ben (DePaul; Schaumburg, Ill.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.) 

Photo Gallery: U-20 WNT Sweeps Competition at 2015 La Manga Tournament

Photos from the U-20 WNT's trip to La Manga, Spain, where the USA competed in the 2015 10 Nations Tournament. The U.S. swept all three of its games against Norway 2-0, the Netherlands 2-0 and Sweden 2-0. The U-20s will next gather in mid-April for a domestic training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. 

2-0 Win against Sweden for U-20 WNT Secures Three-Game Sweep at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 9, 2015)The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Sweden, 2-0, to sweep all three games at the 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA also defeated Norway and the Netherlands by 2-0 scores. 

The win gave the U.S. Youth WNT programs an undefeated record at this year’s competitions in La Manga, Spain as the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team also won all three of its games earlier in the month against Japan, Norway and England. 

Speedy forward Ally Watt scored both goals for the U.S. against Sweden after coming on as a substitute in the 61st minute. The first strike came in the 81st minute as she darted in to pick off a back pass from a Sweden defender and finished from 12 yards out. 

She clinched the match in the 86th minute after Mallory Pugh got her head on a long punt from goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak to flick the ball into the path of the sprinting Watt, who took a touch to beat a defender and finish low and hard into the corner. The goals were Watt’s first in international competition. 

This was the first international event for this age group in the new cycle as they focus on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s. 

- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 9, 2015
Competition: 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                             
USA                             0          2          2
SWE                            0          0          0 

USA – Ally Watt                                               81st minute
USA – Ally Watt (Mallory Pugh)                      86 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Samantha Leshnak, 6-Sabrina Flores (22- Courtney Petersen, 46) 19-Natalie Jacobs (capt.), 5-Kaliegh Riehl (14-Jessie Scarpa, 61) 3-Maddie Elliston, 10-Marley Canales, 2-Emily Ogle, 7-Mikaela Harvey (8-Parker Roberts, 69), 12-Jordan Harr (20-Savannah DeMelo, 69), 9-Mallory Pugh, 15-Taylor Racioppi (4-Ally Watt, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Casey Murphy, 11-Michaela Abam, 16- Zoe Redei, 17-Megan Buckingham, 21-Rachel Corboz, 23-Annia Mejia
Head Coach: Michelle French 

SWE: 1-Zecira Musovic (23-Matilda Haglund, 46), 14-Anna Oskarsson (13-Emelie Andersson, 79), 5-Marie Johansson, 3-Julia Ekholm, 2 Ronja Aronsson, 17-Nathalie Persson (15-Maja Göthberg, 66), 8-Filippa Angeldal (18-Michelle De Jongh, 46), 6-Ellen Löfqvist, 11-Julia Zigiotti Olme (7-Tove Almqvist, 46), 9-Stina Blackstenius, 10-Linda Hallin (20-Emma Jansson, 66)
Subs not used: 4-Nathalie Björn, 12-Emma Holmgren, 16-Maja Norrhamn, 19-Anna Anvegård              
Head Coach: Calle Barrling 

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11/ 5
Shots on Goal: 8 /4
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Leshnak (caution)              79th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala
Assistant Referee 1: Nina Hammarberg
Assistant Referee 2: Piia Jäntti
Fourth Official: Linda Andresen

U-20 WNT Defeats the Netherlands 2-0 for Second Win at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 7, 2015)The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team picked up its second 2-0 win in as many games at the 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament in La Manga, Spain, this time taking down its counterparts from the Netherlands. 

Midfielder Mikaela Harvey scored in the last minute of the first half and midfielder Jordan Harr added an insurance goal in the 80th minute as the U-20s out-shot the Dutch by an 18-2 margin. 

The young Americans defeated Norway 2-0 on March 5 and will face the Sweden U-20 WNT on March 9 as they try to make it a three-game sweep at this friendly tournament. 

The USA opened the scoring off a set play almost on the end line as midfielder Emily Ogle served in a free kick from just outside the penalty area on the right side. The low service rolled to Harvey, who was making a darting run up the middle, and she finished low and hard from six yards out. 

With 10 minutes left in the match, Mallory Pugh played the ball wide to Megan Buckingham, who took one touch to beat her defender and crossed to the back post. Harr’s run was perfectly-timed and she finished with a first-time full volley. 

USA goalkeeper Casey Murphy picked up her second consecutive shutout. 

This is the first international event for this age group in the new cycle as the players focus on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s.

U.S. head coach Michelle French called up 11 players currently in college and 11 still playing club for the matches against three countries who have all sent their senior sides to this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

- U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Netherlands U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 7, 2015
Competition: 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                             
USA                           1          1          2
NED                           0          0          0 

USA – Mikaela Harvey (Emily Ogle)             45th minute
USA – Jordan Harr (Megan Buckingham)      80 

Lineups:
USA:, 1-Casey Murphy; 22-Courtney Petersen, 19-Natalie Jacobs, 14-Jessie Scarpa (23-Annia Mejia, 46), 3-Maddie Elliston (6-Sabrina Flores, 69), 20-Savannah DeMelo, 2-Emily Ogle (17-Megan Buckingham, 69), 7-Mikaela Harvey (21-Rachel Corboz, 46), 10-Marley Canales (12-Jordan Harr, 69), 9-Mallory Pugh (capt.), 15-Taylor Racioppi (16- Zoe Redei, 46)
Subs not used: 4-Ally Watt, 5-Kaliegh Riehl, 8-Parker Roberts,11-Michaela Abam, 18-Samantha Leshnak
Head Coach: Michelle French 

NED: 1-Paulina Quaye, 5-Lysanne van der Wal, 12-Lucie Akkerman (14-Maureen Sanders,65), 4-Danique Kerkdijk (capt.), 2- Corine Peels (13-Yvonne van Schijndel,65), 11-Simone Kets, 9-Sisca Folkertsma,65), 10-Sharon Bruinenberg, 3-Vita van Linden, 6-Cheyenne van der Wal, 7-Lineth Beerensteyn, 17-Tiny Hoekstra
Subs not used: 8- Eline Koster, 15-Soraya Verhoeve, 16-Kelly Steen, 18-Pleun Raaymakers
Head Coach: Andre Koolhof 

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 18/ 2
Shots on Goal: 10 /2
Saves: 8 / 2
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offside:  2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Taylor Racioppi (caution)                     17th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Marte Soro
Assistant Referee 1: Helene Johansen
Assistant Referee 2: Ingvlid Aarland
4th Official: Anders Gjermshus

Mallory Pugh's Brace Guides U-20 WNT Past Norway at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 5, 2015) – Midfielder Mallory Pugh scored twice as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Norway, 2-0, in the first of three friendly matches at the 10 Nations Tournament.

Pugh, who was a starter for the USA at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, opened the scoring five minutes before halftime as she latched onto a free ball that bounced off the Norway goalkeeper to score her third international goal at the U-20 level.

The USA held the 1-0 lead until two minutes were left in regulation. Pugh rushed to challenge a back pass and stripped a Norway defender about 30 yards from the goal. She beat one defender on the dribble and when the goalkeeper came out to challenge, she slipped her shot low and hard into the corner to provide the final margin.

The victory gave U.S. Women’s Soccer a three-game sweep of Norway over the past six days as the U-23 WNT defeated the Norwegians 2-0 on Feb. 28 in La Manga and the senior sides squared off on March 4 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal with the USA winning, 2-1.

This was the first international match for this age group in the new cycle as they focus on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The roster features three players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in Pugh, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The USA will next face the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9) at this U-19 invitational event. The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s.

U.S. head coach Michelle French called up 11 players currently in college, while 11 still play club. 

- U-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 5, 2015
Competition: 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                            
USA                             1          1          2
NOR                             0          0          0

USA – Mallory Pugh                           40th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh                           88

Lineups:
USA:, 1-Casey Murphy, 3-Maddie Elliston, 19-Natalie Jacobs, 5-Kaliegh Riehl, 6-Sabrina Flores, 22-Courtney Petersen (10-Marley Canales, 70), 2-Emily Ogle, 8-Parker Roberts (7-Mikaela Harvey, 46), 17-Megan Buckingham (20-Savannah DeMelo, 70), 11-Michaela Abam (4-Ally Watt, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 12-Jordan Harr, 14- Jessie Scarpa, 15-Taylor Racioppi, 18-Samantha Leshnak, 21-Rachel Corboz, 22- Zoe Redei, 23- Annia Mejia
Head Coach: Michelle French

NOR: 1-Aurora Wattern Mikalsen, 14-Kristine Leine (17-Sara Eriksen, 66), 3-Marit Clausen, 4-Tuva Hansen, 5-Marit Bratberg Lund, 8-Karoline Heimvik Hughland (19-SinaTosterrud, 78), 6-Karina Saevik, 7-Cecile Hoegh Dekkerhus, 10-Vilde Hasund, 9-Johanne Fridlund, 11-Pernille Velta (20-Vilde Fjelldal, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Alma Botten, 12-Oda Marie Hove Bogstad, 13-Marikken Kleppe, 15-Nora Eide Lie, 16-Maria Hiim, 18-Ida Marie Fikseth Fossem
Head Coach: Nils Lexerod

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots:  12/ 5
Shots on Goal: 6 /4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tess Petersson
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsen
Assistant Referee 2: Sandra Osterberg
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Gullhav

U-20 WNT Preps for First Internationals of New Cycle

Along the coast of La Manga, Spain, the U.S. U-20 WNT is preparing to play three matches in a 10-team invitational tournament. Head coach Michelle French and defenders Natalie Jacobs and Sabrina Flores speak on the benefits of international competition early in the cycle.

U-20 WNT to Bring 22 Players to La Manga Tournament Starting Feb. 28

CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will bring 22 players to a U-19 invitational tournament in La Manga, Spain, running from Feb. 28-March 10. At the 10-team competition that features three matches for each country, the USA will face Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 11 players currently in college and 11 still playing club for the matches against three countries who have all sent their senior sides to this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The roster features three players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in midfielder Mallory Pugh, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The U.S. U-20s will be preceded in La Manga by the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team that will play three matches in a six-team tournament between Feb. 26 and March 2.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC, Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (Players Development Academy; Ocean Township; N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

U-20 WNT Brings Experience to Start 2016 Cycle

After competing in the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Taylor Racioppi, Kaleigh Riehl, Rose Chandler and Mallory Pugh return as leaders in the new cycle. The players reflect on what they learned and share their high hopes for this cycle's fresh, talented roster in the first camp of the year in Sanford, Fla.
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