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U-23 WNT Takes Four Nations Tournament Title in Norway

The U-23 WNT came away with two wins and one draw at the 2015 Four Nations Tournament in Sarpsborg, Norway. After a short, yet successful, appearance in Norway, the team is happy to have represented the United States well before the start of the 2015 WWC.

U-23 WNT Defeats Norway 2-0 at La Manga Tournament

CHICAGO (Feb, 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team made it two wins in a row at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating its counterpart from Norway, 2-0, on goals from forward Shea Groom and midfielder Danielle Colaprico. 

The USA out-shot Norway 16-2, but didn’t get on the board until a few minutes before halftime. Midfielder Samantha Mewis, the only player on the U.S. roster with senior WNT caps, played a pass into Groom near the left side of the penalty box. Groom took a long touch inside to beat the defender and finished hard inside the near post. 

Groom, a second round pick by FC Kansas City in the 2015 NWSL Draft, turned provider on the insurance goal. In the 70th minute she got to the end line and played a pass back across the face of the goal. Boston Breakers fourth-round draft pick Stephanie Verdoia made a perfect dummy run and the ball rolled to Colaprico, a Chicago Red Stars first-round pick, who finished from the top of the six-yard box. Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell picked up the shutout for the USA. 

The USA was coming off a 1-0 victory against Japan on Feb. 26 and will try to make it a three-game sweep at this friendly tournament against England on March 2. After Mewis captained the side against Japan, defender Emily Sonnet wore the armband against Norway. 

The 22-player U.S. squad features 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. The only one-year pro is Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo. 

- U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway U-23 Women’s National Team
Date: February 28, 2015
Competition: Six Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

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

USA - Shea Groom (Samantha Mewis)               42nd minute
USA - Danielle Colaprico (Shea Groom)             70 

USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 17-Andi Sullivan, 13-Emily Sonnett (capt.), 23-Kristin Grubka, 4-Caprice Dydasco (7-Jaelene Hinkle, 46); 9-Rose Lavelle (16-Daphne Corboz, 78), 21-Lo’eau LoBonta, 14-Samantha Mewis (2-Danielle Colaprico, 46); 6-Shea Groom, 10-Stephanie Verdoia, 5-Makenzy Doniak (19-Cheyna Williams, 65)
Subs not used: 3-Vanessa DiBernardo, 8-Sarah Killion, 11-Stephanie McCaffrey, 15-Cari Roccaro, 18-Abby Smith, 20-Lynn Williams, 25-Abby Dahlkemper
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield 

NOR: 1-Nora Neset Gjoen, 2-Cecilie Redisch Kvamme, 4-Stine Pettersen Reinas, 15-Maria Thorisdottir, 5-Nora Byon-Nilssen, 17-Maria Dybwad Brochmann (6-Tonje Pedersen, 61), 16-Anja Sonstevold, 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg, 7-Victoria Ludvigsen, 9-Melissa Bjanesoy, 8-Guro Reiten (19-Lisa Fjellstad Naalsund, 46)
Subs not used: 3-Ane Sund Walsoe, 11-Synne Skinnes Hansen, 12-Hilde Gunn Olsen, 13-Mali Lilleas Naess, 14-Ingrid Ostervold Stenevik, 18-Therese Asland, 12-Anniken Jerre 

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 16 / 2
Shots on Goal: 11 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside:  1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: J. Lavrenovaite
Assistant Referee 1: I. Siliuniene
Assistant Referee 2: V. Skiptitene

U.S. U-23 WNT Kicks Off 2015 with Camp at National Training Center

CHICAGO (Dec. 31, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-woman roster for the first training camp of the year as the squad will come together at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from Jan. 3-10. 

The roster features nine overage players, all currently competing in the NWSL, many of whom had standout seasons in the league last season. The roster features 12 total NWSL players with the remainder made up of some of the top collegiate players in the country, several of whom will be top picks in the January’s 2015 NWSL Draft. Part of the camp will run concurrently with the full U.S. Women’s National Team event and the U.S. coaching staff will be observing training sessions. 

The roster includes two players who have earned caps with the full WNT in Sarah Hagen (two caps in 2014) and 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak (two caps in 2013, one in 2014) as well as six more who have trained at some point with the senior National Team: goalkeepers Jane Campbell (Stanford) and Abby Smith (Texas), Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, Seattle Reign FC midfielder Keelin Winters, former UCLA midfielder Sarah Killion, who will be a top pick in the 2015 NWSL Draft, and forward Katie Stengel, who is currently playing with Bayern Munich in Germany. 

Three players from the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team were called up in Campbell, fellow goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who set NCAA records last season for UCLA in single-season and career shutouts, and Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle. 

Five players on the roster were a part of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Smith (who was a back-up goalkeeper), DiBernardo, Killion, Stengel and Kealia Ohai of the Houston Dash, who scored the winning goal in the Final victory against Germany. 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Sky Blue FC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC; Upland, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Taryn Hemmings (Chicago Red Stars; Windsor, Colo.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars; Palmdale, Calif.), Kassey Kallman (Boston Breakers; Woodbury, Minn.), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign FC; Birmingham, Ala.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit; Cincinnati, Ohio), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.), Keelin Winters (Seattle Reign FC; Seattle, Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City; Appleton, Wisc.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.)