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U-23 WNT Camp in Florida Features All College Players

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from April 26-May 3, featuring 24 current collegiate players. 

The majority of the roster has extensive experience with the USA’s Youth National Teams, including nine players who have played for the USA at FIFA U-17 or U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments.

The camp will be used as a final evaluation to pick a 20-player roster that will travel to Norway in May to play the U-23 teams from Sweden, Norway and England. 

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Madalyn Schiffel (USF; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Jacqueline Simpson (USF; Lithia, Fla.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (Florida State; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Gabbi Miranda (UCLA; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.), Danielle Weatherholt (Santa Clara; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Hayley Dowd (Boston College; Peabody, Mass.), Ashley Hatch (BYU; Gilbert, Ariz.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; North Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U-23 WNT Defeats England 2-1 to Sweep Three Games in La Manga Tournament

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated England 2-1 on goals from Sarah Killion and Lynn Williams to sweep all three matches at the Six Nations tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA had previously defeated Japan 1-0 and Norway 2-0. 

In a game that had a physical edge, the USA opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when forward Cheyna Williams turned the corner on a defender in the right side of the penalty box and was taken down. Midfielder Sarah Killion stepped up to finish the spot kick to give the USA a 1-0 lead. 

The USA doubled its advantage in the 51st minute on a gaff in the back as England goalkeeper Mary Earps couldn’t control a bouncing ball near the left edge of the six-yard box. Williams stole the ball and slotted into the open net from close range. 

England pulled a goal back in the 81st minute through their own Williams, first name Paige, as she took a free kick from about 25 yards out on the right side and finished low to the near post. 

The 22-player U.S. squad featured 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. Those players will soon be heading to their pro clubs. The U.S. U-23s will next get together in late April for a domestic training camp that will mostly feature current college players. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs. England U-23 Women’s National
Date: March 2, 2015
Competition: Six Nations International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

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

USA – Sarah Killion (penalty kick)                       33rd minute
USA – Lynn Williams                                          51
ENG – Paige Williams                                        81 

Lineups:
USA:, 18-Abby Smith, 4-Caprice Dydasco (13-Emily Sonnett, 76),15-Cari Roccaro, 25-Abby Dahlkemper, 7-Jaelene Hinkle; 8-Sarah Killion (Capt.), 3-Vanessa DiBernardo, 2-Danielle Colaprico; 11-Stephanie McCaffrey (16-Daphne Corboz, 46), 20-Lynn Williams, 19-Cheyna Williams (10-Stephanie Verdoia, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Jane Campbell, 5-Makenzy Doniak, 6-Shea Groom, 9-Rose Lavelle, 14-Samantha Mewis, 17-Andi Sullivan, 21-Lo’eau LoBonta, 23-Kristin Grubka
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield 

ENG: 1-Mary Earps, 2-Becky Jane, 5-Jemma Rose, 6-Satara Murray, 12-Aoife Mannion, 14-Emma Follis (15- Beth Mead, 74), 7-Sherry McCue (4-Paige Williams, 74), 8-Kasia Lipka (18-Jade Bailey, 61),16-Ashleigh Hodson (17-Kirsty Linnett, 61), 9-Nikita Parris,10-Danielle Carter
Subs not used: 3- Martha Harris, 11-Jessica Sigsworth, 13-Megan Walsh, 19-Lucy Whipp, 20-Bianca Bragg,
Head Coach: Julie Chipchase 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside:  3 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: C. Eide
Assistant Referee 1: M. Lokkeberg
Assistant Referee 2: E. Thoresen

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 

Lineups:
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:
None 

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

U-23 WNT Opens La Manga Tournament with 1-0 Victory against Japan

CHICAGO (Feb, 26, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team opened its three-game tournament in La Manga, Spain, with a 1-0 victory against their U-23 counterparts from Japan as forward Lynn Williams scored the game’s lone goal in the 54th minute.

For Williams, a former Pepperdine University standout who was taken in the first round of the 2015 NWSL Draft (sixth overall) by the Western New York Flash, it was her first goal at the international level in her first U-23 cap. 

The goal came off a short corner kick that was taken by midfielder Danielle Coloprico. She played a pass to forward Makenzy Doniak, who gave it back to Colaprico. The ninth pick in the NWSL Draft by the Chicago Red Stars then beat a defender to the end line and played the ball across the face of the goal in the air. Williams connected with a first-time volley to provide a fine finish. 

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, who along with Sarah Killion (second pick overall to Sky Blue FC), Samantha Mewis (fourth overall to Western New York Flash), Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, and University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith, were all on the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will face Norway on Feb. 28 and England on March 2 to complete the friendly tournament, which also features China PR and Sweden. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs Japan U-23 Women’s National Team
Date: February 26, 2015
Competition: U-23 Six Nations International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; La Manga, Spain 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

USA                             0          1          1
JPN                              0          0          0 

USA - Lynn Williams (Danielle Colaprico)            54th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Abby Smith, 17-Andi Sullivan, 13-Emily Sonnett, 25-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Caprice Dydasco, 8-Sarah Killion (9-Rose Lavelle 68), 14-Samantha Mewis, 3-Vanessa DiBernardo (2-Danielle Colaprico, 46), 6-Shea Groom, 20-Lynn Williams, 11-Stephanie McCaffrey (5-Makenzy Doniak, 46)
Subs not used:, 1-Jane Campbell, 7-Jaelene Hinkle, 10-Stephanie Verdoia, 15-Cari Roccaro, 16-Daphne Corboz, 19-Cheyna Williams, 21- Lo’eau LoBonta, 23-Kristin Grubka 
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

JPN: 12-Chica Kato, 15-Natsumi Saito, 3-Shiori Miyake, 4-Tomoko Muramatsu, 2-Yushika Nakamura, 11-Hanae Shibata, 8-Hikari Takagi (14-Ayaka Inoue, 78), 7-Ami Sugita, 10-Rika Masuya (16-Miki Irie, 46), 6-Mai Kyokawa, 9-Mina Tanaka (17-Haruka Hamada, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Rei Takenaka, 5- Mariko Tanaka, 13-Akari Shiraki

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 5
Offside:  2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

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

U-23 WNT Competes in Spain Ahead of NWSL Camps

The U.S. U-23 WNT returns to beautiful La Manga, Spain, for three games in a six-team invitational tournament. It’s an exciting time for thirteen players on the roster as they are set to begin their professional careers, heading straight to their NWSL preseason camps following this event. Head coach Janet Rayfield shares her optimism for the squad as Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) and Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), all youth WNT veterans, talk about going pro and embracing the unique environment of the U-23s.

U-23 WNT Headed to La Manga, Spain, for Three-Game Trip

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 21-March 3 for three matches in a six-team invitational tournament. The USA will face the U-23 squads from Japan (Feb. 26), Norway (Feb. 28) and England (March 2). The friendly tournament also features China PR and Sweden.

With current U.S. U-23 WNT head coach Steve Swanson serving as an assistant coach for the senior team at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, Janet Rayfield will be the head coach for this trip. She was an assistant to Swanson when the USA won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.

The 22-player 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, who along with Sarah Killion (second pick overall to Sky Blue FC), Samantha Mewis (fourth overall to Western New York Flash) and Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, were all 2012 world champions.

Of the nine NWSL first-round draft picks, seven are heading to La Manga with top pick Morgan Brian of the Houston Dash in Portugal with the full team.

Just one player on the U-23 roster has caps with the full WNT, that being Mewis, but five additional players have been called into senior camps: goalkeepers Jane Campbell and Abby Smith, DiBernardo, Killion, and forward Stephanie McCaffrey.

Four players from the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team were called up in Campbell and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Andi Sullivan from Stanford, Roccaro, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle and Virginia forward Makenzy Doniak, who scored against Korea DPR at the World Cup.

The U.S. U-23s will precede the U.S. U-20s in La Manga. The U-20s are part of a 10-team friendly tournament and will play Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Western NY Flash; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash; Castle Rock, Colo.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Kristin Grubka (Sky Blue FC; Melbourne, Fla.), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Lo’eau Labonta (Sky Blue FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash; Hanson, Mass.), Stephanie Verdoia (Boston Breakers; Salt Lake City, Utah)
FORWARDS (5): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers; Winchester, Mass.), Cheyna Williams (FSU; Hampton, Ga.), Lynn Williams (Western NY Flash; Fresno, Calif.)

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.)

U-23 WNT to Hold Summer Training Camp in Seattle

CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-player roster for the third training camp of the year for this age group as the squad will come together in Seattle for an event running from July 15-22.

The entire roster is made up entirely of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons last fall. The roster includes four players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel (who has completed her college eligibility and will play in Germany with Bayern Munich this coming season) have also trained with the senior side this year.

Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars on U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.

Brian, who has seen the majority of her National Team action this year with the senior side, was also named to the U-23 roster. She is up to 11 caps with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad while scoring two goals. Brian has started all eight games she has played for the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year.

Oregon defender Bri Pugh is the older sister of U-20 WNT midfielder Mallory Pugh who is with the U-20s training in Seattle in an event that will run concurrently with the U-23 camp.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida; Melbourne, Fla.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Denver, Colo.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mary Luba (Marquette; Shorewood, Wis.), Rachel Mercik (UC Berkeley; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak Alaska), Ashleigh Ellenwood (Arkansas; Michigan City, Ind.), Jannelle Flaws (Illinois; Glenview, Ill.), Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.)

U-23 WNT Head to OTC for Second Camp of 2014

CHICAGO (May 27, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a roster for the second training camp of the year as 26 players will come together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, for training camp from June 7-14.

The entire roster is made up of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons this past fall. The roster includes five players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel, who has completed her college eligibility (and is playing with L.A. Blues this summer), have also trained with the senior side this year.

Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas), Kalijah Terilli (Pennsylvania; Bronx, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): McKenzie Berryhill (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jessie Ayers (Colorado College; Seattle, Wash.), Kaysie Clark (Missouri; Liberty, Mo.), Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Cali Farquharson (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Elise Krieghoff (Cal Poly SLO; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Lynn Williams (Pepperdine; Malibu, Calif.)

US U23 Internationals Head to NWSL

At the Six Nations Tournament in early March in La Manga, Spain, four 2014 NWSL Draft picks talk about making the transition from college and the youth national teams to the pros. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign) and Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City) explain how playing internationally has helped them prep for their first NWSL seasons.

U-23 WNT Camp in Florida Features All College Players

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from April 26-May 3, featuring 24 current collegiate players. 

The majority of the roster has extensive experience with the USA’s Youth National Teams, including nine players who have played for the USA at FIFA U-17 or U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments.

The camp will be used as a final evaluation to pick a 20-player roster that will travel to Norway in May to play the U-23 teams from Sweden, Norway and England. 

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Madalyn Schiffel (USF; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Jacqueline Simpson (USF; Lithia, Fla.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (Florida State; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Gabbi Miranda (UCLA; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.), Danielle Weatherholt (Santa Clara; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Hayley Dowd (Boston College; Peabody, Mass.), Ashley Hatch (BYU; Gilbert, Ariz.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; North Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U-23 WNT Defeats England 2-1 to Sweep Three Games in La Manga Tournament

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated England 2-1 on goals from Sarah Killion and Lynn Williams to sweep all three matches at the Six Nations tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA had previously defeated Japan 1-0 and Norway 2-0. 

In a game that had a physical edge, the USA opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when forward Cheyna Williams turned the corner on a defender in the right side of the penalty box and was taken down. Midfielder Sarah Killion stepped up to finish the spot kick to give the USA a 1-0 lead. 

The USA doubled its advantage in the 51st minute on a gaff in the back as England goalkeeper Mary Earps couldn’t control a bouncing ball near the left edge of the six-yard box. Williams stole the ball and slotted into the open net from close range. 

England pulled a goal back in the 81st minute through their own Williams, first name Paige, as she took a free kick from about 25 yards out on the right side and finished low to the near post. 

The 22-player U.S. squad featured 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. Those players will soon be heading to their pro clubs. The U.S. U-23s will next get together in late April for a domestic training camp that will mostly feature current college players. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs. England U-23 Women’s National
Date: March 2, 2015
Competition: Six Nations International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

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

USA – Sarah Killion (penalty kick)                       33rd minute
USA – Lynn Williams                                          51
ENG – Paige Williams                                        81 

Lineups:
USA:, 18-Abby Smith, 4-Caprice Dydasco (13-Emily Sonnett, 76),15-Cari Roccaro, 25-Abby Dahlkemper, 7-Jaelene Hinkle; 8-Sarah Killion (Capt.), 3-Vanessa DiBernardo, 2-Danielle Colaprico; 11-Stephanie McCaffrey (16-Daphne Corboz, 46), 20-Lynn Williams, 19-Cheyna Williams (10-Stephanie Verdoia, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Jane Campbell, 5-Makenzy Doniak, 6-Shea Groom, 9-Rose Lavelle, 14-Samantha Mewis, 17-Andi Sullivan, 21-Lo’eau LoBonta, 23-Kristin Grubka
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield 

ENG: 1-Mary Earps, 2-Becky Jane, 5-Jemma Rose, 6-Satara Murray, 12-Aoife Mannion, 14-Emma Follis (15- Beth Mead, 74), 7-Sherry McCue (4-Paige Williams, 74), 8-Kasia Lipka (18-Jade Bailey, 61),16-Ashleigh Hodson (17-Kirsty Linnett, 61), 9-Nikita Parris,10-Danielle Carter
Subs not used: 3- Martha Harris, 11-Jessica Sigsworth, 13-Megan Walsh, 19-Lucy Whipp, 20-Bianca Bragg,
Head Coach: Julie Chipchase 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside:  3 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: C. Eide
Assistant Referee 1: M. Lokkeberg
Assistant Referee 2: E. Thoresen

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 

Lineups:
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:
None 

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

U-23 WNT Opens La Manga Tournament with 1-0 Victory against Japan

CHICAGO (Feb, 26, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team opened its three-game tournament in La Manga, Spain, with a 1-0 victory against their U-23 counterparts from Japan as forward Lynn Williams scored the game’s lone goal in the 54th minute.

For Williams, a former Pepperdine University standout who was taken in the first round of the 2015 NWSL Draft (sixth overall) by the Western New York Flash, it was her first goal at the international level in her first U-23 cap. 

The goal came off a short corner kick that was taken by midfielder Danielle Coloprico. She played a pass to forward Makenzy Doniak, who gave it back to Colaprico. The ninth pick in the NWSL Draft by the Chicago Red Stars then beat a defender to the end line and played the ball across the face of the goal in the air. Williams connected with a first-time volley to provide a fine finish. 

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, who along with Sarah Killion (second pick overall to Sky Blue FC), Samantha Mewis (fourth overall to Western New York Flash), Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, and University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith, were all on the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will face Norway on Feb. 28 and England on March 2 to complete the friendly tournament, which also features China PR and Sweden. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs Japan U-23 Women’s National Team
Date: February 26, 2015
Competition: U-23 Six Nations International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; La Manga, Spain 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

USA                             0          1          1
JPN                              0          0          0 

USA - Lynn Williams (Danielle Colaprico)            54th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Abby Smith, 17-Andi Sullivan, 13-Emily Sonnett, 25-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Caprice Dydasco, 8-Sarah Killion (9-Rose Lavelle 68), 14-Samantha Mewis, 3-Vanessa DiBernardo (2-Danielle Colaprico, 46), 6-Shea Groom, 20-Lynn Williams, 11-Stephanie McCaffrey (5-Makenzy Doniak, 46)
Subs not used:, 1-Jane Campbell, 7-Jaelene Hinkle, 10-Stephanie Verdoia, 15-Cari Roccaro, 16-Daphne Corboz, 19-Cheyna Williams, 21- Lo’eau LoBonta, 23-Kristin Grubka 
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

JPN: 12-Chica Kato, 15-Natsumi Saito, 3-Shiori Miyake, 4-Tomoko Muramatsu, 2-Yushika Nakamura, 11-Hanae Shibata, 8-Hikari Takagi (14-Ayaka Inoue, 78), 7-Ami Sugita, 10-Rika Masuya (16-Miki Irie, 46), 6-Mai Kyokawa, 9-Mina Tanaka (17-Haruka Hamada, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Rei Takenaka, 5- Mariko Tanaka, 13-Akari Shiraki

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 5
Offside:  2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

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

U-23 WNT Headed to La Manga, Spain, for Three-Game Trip

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 21-March 3 for three matches in a six-team invitational tournament. The USA will face the U-23 squads from Japan (Feb. 26), Norway (Feb. 28) and England (March 2). The friendly tournament also features China PR and Sweden.

With current U.S. U-23 WNT head coach Steve Swanson serving as an assistant coach for the senior team at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, Janet Rayfield will be the head coach for this trip. She was an assistant to Swanson when the USA won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.

The 22-player 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, who along with Sarah Killion (second pick overall to Sky Blue FC), Samantha Mewis (fourth overall to Western New York Flash) and Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, were all 2012 world champions.

Of the nine NWSL first-round draft picks, seven are heading to La Manga with top pick Morgan Brian of the Houston Dash in Portugal with the full team.

Just one player on the U-23 roster has caps with the full WNT, that being Mewis, but five additional players have been called into senior camps: goalkeepers Jane Campbell and Abby Smith, DiBernardo, Killion, and forward Stephanie McCaffrey.

Four players from the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team were called up in Campbell and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Andi Sullivan from Stanford, Roccaro, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle and Virginia forward Makenzy Doniak, who scored against Korea DPR at the World Cup.

The U.S. U-23s will precede the U.S. U-20s in La Manga. The U-20s are part of a 10-team friendly tournament and will play Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Western NY Flash; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash; Castle Rock, Colo.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Kristin Grubka (Sky Blue FC; Melbourne, Fla.), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Lo’eau Labonta (Sky Blue FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash; Hanson, Mass.), Stephanie Verdoia (Boston Breakers; Salt Lake City, Utah)
FORWARDS (5): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers; Winchester, Mass.), Cheyna Williams (FSU; Hampton, Ga.), Lynn Williams (Western NY Flash; Fresno, Calif.)

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.)

U-23 WNT to Hold Summer Training Camp in Seattle

CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-player roster for the third training camp of the year for this age group as the squad will come together in Seattle for an event running from July 15-22.

The entire roster is made up entirely of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons last fall. The roster includes four players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel (who has completed her college eligibility and will play in Germany with Bayern Munich this coming season) have also trained with the senior side this year.

Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars on U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.

Brian, who has seen the majority of her National Team action this year with the senior side, was also named to the U-23 roster. She is up to 11 caps with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad while scoring two goals. Brian has started all eight games she has played for the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year.

Oregon defender Bri Pugh is the older sister of U-20 WNT midfielder Mallory Pugh who is with the U-20s training in Seattle in an event that will run concurrently with the U-23 camp.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida; Melbourne, Fla.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Denver, Colo.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mary Luba (Marquette; Shorewood, Wis.), Rachel Mercik (UC Berkeley; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak Alaska), Ashleigh Ellenwood (Arkansas; Michigan City, Ind.), Jannelle Flaws (Illinois; Glenview, Ill.), Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.)

U-23 WNT Head to OTC for Second Camp of 2014

CHICAGO (May 27, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a roster for the second training camp of the year as 26 players will come together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, for training camp from June 7-14.

The entire roster is made up of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons this past fall. The roster includes five players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel, who has completed her college eligibility (and is playing with L.A. Blues this summer), have also trained with the senior side this year.

Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas), Kalijah Terilli (Pennsylvania; Bronx, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): McKenzie Berryhill (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jessie Ayers (Colorado College; Seattle, Wash.), Kaysie Clark (Missouri; Liberty, Mo.), Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Cali Farquharson (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Elise Krieghoff (Cal Poly SLO; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Lynn Williams (Pepperdine; Malibu, Calif.)

U.S. U-23 WNT Wins Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain with 2-1 Victory Against Norway

CHICAGO (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, by defeating Norway 2-1 on goals from Portland Thorns FC midfielder Meleana Shim and former Wake Forest star Katie Stengel.

The win was the third in three games at the tournament for the USA, which also defeated Japan 1-0 and Sweden 2-1 earlier in the competition.

Shim’s goal, her first at the U-23 level, came just before halftime. Midfielder Danielle Colaprico crossed from the end line to the top of the penalty area where Stengel laid a pass off to Shim, who scored into the right corner.

Stengel’s goal, also her first for the U-23s after a solid U-20 career in which she scored six times in 20 caps, came in the 75th minute and would prove to be the game-winner. The goal came after Chioma Ubogagu played a ball down the left wing to Carpice Dydasco, who fed Stengel about 10 yards out for a first-time shot that beat the goalkeeper low.

Norway pulled a goal back three minutes later as U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith hit a clearance from the goal mouth that went short to Martine Flakk who passed to Victoria Ludvigsen and she finished from 14 yards out, but the USA, which held Norway to just two total shots on goal, was able to salt the game away.

The U.S. U-23 WNT also won this tournament last year, and now will make way for the U.S. U-18 WNT that will arrive in La Manga to play in the 12 Nations Tournament, which features three friendly matches for each of the competing teams.

Seven players on head coach Steve Swanson’s roster will now head to pre-season camps with their respective NWSL teams and the U.S. U-23s will gather again in June for a domestic training camp that will feature mostly college-aged players.

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

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 5, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field G
Weather:
68 degrees; windy

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

USA - Meleana Shim (Katie Stengel) 44th Minute
USA - Katie Stengel (Caprice Dydasco) 75
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (Martine Flakk) 78

Lineups:
USA:
18-Abby Smith; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 8-Emily Sonnett, 6-Kassey Kallman, 19-Jaelene Hinkle (11-Frances Silva, 77); 7-Kealia Ohai (17-Caprice Dydasco, 46), 9-Meleana Shim, 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Danielle Colaprico (15-Erika Tymrak, 63); 27-Katie Stengel, 5-Maya Hayes (10-Chioma Ubogagu, 58)
Substitutes not used: Aubrey Bledsoe, Jennifer Hoy

Head Coach: Steve Swanson

NOR: 1-Guro Pettersen; 2-Cecilie Brattland Liane, 3-Ina Gausdal, 4-Ida Jeanett Fjordbakk (13-Elrin Bjerkreim Kleppa, 58), 14-Mali Lilleas Naess (5-Anette Tengesdal, 46); 15-Martine Flakk, 20-Marita Holmen Iversen (6-Tonje Pedersen, 70), 9-Ina Skaug, 16-Camilla Christensen (17-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 19-Lisa Marie Karlseng Utland (18-Andrea Thun, 67), 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hergerberg
Substitutes not used: Guro Reiten, Melissa Bjanesoy, Emile Bosshard Haavi, Josefine Ervik
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 2 / 3
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Runa Kristin Stefansdottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birna Bergstad Thormundsdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sonia Khan (NOR)

U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats Sweden 2-1 in Second Match of the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (March 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 2-1 on goals from Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu and FC Kansas City draft pick Frances Silva.

U.S. head coach Steve Swanson switched up his starting lineup from the first game of the tournament, making six changes from the side that beat Japan 1-0 on March 3, and Silva came through with what would be the winning goal in the 31st minute.

Ubogagu, a veteran of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team, opened the scoring in the 16th minute after running onto a through ball from Portland Thorns midfielder Meleana Shim. Ubogagu dribbled to the right side of the six-yard box and shot to the bottom corner at the near post. Sweden goalkeeper Hilda Carlen bobbled the ball, but it slipped through her legs and into the net.

The USA doubled its lead through Silva, who was taken by FCKC in the third round of the 2014 NWSL College Draft at No. 21 overall, off an assist from Texas Tech defender Jaelene Hinkle.

Sweden pulled a goal back off a penalty kick by Irma Helin in the 61st minute, but the American defense, led by center-backs Abby Dahlkemper from UCLA (who finished third in voting for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy) and Emily Sonnett from Virginia, helped limit Sweden to just three shots on goal.

The USA will finish the competition against Norway on March 5.

- U.S. Under-23 Wmone’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 3, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
Weather:
64 Degrees, windy

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

USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Meleana Shim) 16th minute
USA - Frances Silva (Jaelene Hinkle) 31
SWE - Irma Helin (penalty kick) 61

Lineups:
SWE:
1-Hilda Carlen; 2-Catrine Johansson (9-Pauline Hammarlund, 54), 3-Sanna Svensson, 4-Jennie Nordin (14-Malin Winberg, 70), 16-Elin Bragnum, 15-Johanna Andersson (5-Anna Hjalmqvist, 70), 6-Irma Helin, 7-Petra Andersson (19-Julia Karlenas, 54), 8-Malin Dias Pettersson, 10-Fridolina Rolfo (11-Jonna Andersson, 54), 17-Mimmi Larsson
Substitutes not used: Emelie Lundberg; Elin Landstrom; Emma Lennartsson; Marija Banusic
Head Coach: Anneli Andersen

USA: 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Emily Sonnett, 19-Jaelene Hinkle; 11-Frances Silva (7-Kealia Ohai, 67), 9-Meleana Shim (4-Danielle Colaprico, 63), 16-Jenna Richmond, 15-Erika Tymrak; 27-Katie Stengel (22-Jennifer Hoy, 46); 10-Chioma Ubogagu (5-Maya Hayes, 46)
Substitutes not used: Abby Smith, Kassey Kallman
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 9
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: B. Bergstad (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Runa Stefansdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: A. Olsson (SWE)

U-23 WNT Competes in Spain Ahead of NWSL Camps

The U.S. U-23 WNT returns to beautiful La Manga, Spain, for three games in a six-team invitational tournament. It’s an exciting time for thirteen players on the roster as they are set to begin their professional careers, heading straight to their NWSL preseason camps following this event. Head coach Janet Rayfield shares her optimism for the squad as Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) and Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), all youth WNT veterans, talk about going pro and embracing the unique environment of the U-23s.

US U23 Internationals Head to NWSL

At the Six Nations Tournament in early March in La Manga, Spain, four 2014 NWSL Draft picks talk about making the transition from college and the youth national teams to the pros. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign) and Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City) explain how playing internationally has helped them prep for their first NWSL seasons.

U23 WNT vs Sweden Highlights Reaction March 3 2014

The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 2-1 on goals from Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu and FC Kansas City draft pick Frances Silva.

U23 WNT vs Japan Highlights Mar 01 2014

The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its first match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Japan 1-0 on a 56th-minute goal from Kealia Ohai, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft by the Houston Dash.

US U23 WNT Preps for Six Nations Tournament

The U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team, featuring a squad of young professionals and top collegiate players, is in La Manga, Spain, under the guidance of head coach Steve Swanson to play three tough international matches in a five-day span. The USA will face Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).

US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Best of US Soccer

Which up-and-coming player that is age eligible for a U.S. Youth National Team had the best season in 2011?

Jan 15 2010 McDonald Siblings

Brandon McDonald is a defender for the San Jose Earthquakes while Jessica McDonald is a UNC Tar Heel who was just drafted to the Chicago Red Stars of the WPS. The siblings are both in Carson, Calif. this January, Brandon with the MNT and Jessica with the WNT.
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