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Gallery: U-23 WNT Wins Four Nations Tournament in Norway

Photos of the U-23 WNT at the Four Nations Tournament in Norway, which they won with a 2-0-1 record. 

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 Wins Four Nations Tournament with 2-1 Win Against England

CHICAGO (May 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from England 2-1 to win the Four Nations Tournament in Norway with a 2-0-1 record.

The USA also defeated Sweden 2-1 and tied host Norway 2-2. Sweden finished second, Norway was third and England was fourth.

Midfielder Rose Lavelle had a goal and an assist in the match while forward Taylor Smith scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute.

The USA opened the scoring just seven minutes into the match as Daphne Corboz found Lavelle with a pass near the top of the penalty box. Lavelle quickly turned and fired a shot that gave the Americans an early lead.

England equalized in the 60th minute off a corner kick that was deflected to Jess Sigsworth inside the six-yard box for a finish from close range.

The young Americans scored 13 minutes later as Lavelle chipped as pass over the defensive line to the speedy Smith on the right side. She took a few touches centrally and finished well into the far side netting. Lavelle, one of five players on the U.S. roster who participated in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, picked up an assist in each of the three games to go with her goal in the match today.

Abby Smith started the first match in goal for the U.S., while Jane Campbell went the distance in the final two.

- U.S. U-23 Womens National Team Match Report -

Match:  U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. England Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 31, 2015
Competition: Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Fredrikstad Stadium; Fredrikstad, Norway

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

USA - Rose Lavelle (Daphne Corboz)                 7th Minute
ENG - Jess Sigsworth (Lucy Staniforth)              60
USA - Taylor Smith (Rose Lavelle)                      73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell, 13-Christina Gibbons, 21-Christen Westphal, 2-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 5-Carson Pickett, 19-Andi Sullivan, 10-Rose Lavelle, 6-Daphne Corboz (15-Kayla Mills, 82), 22-Jaycie Johnson (7-Claire Falknor, 65), 17-Savannah Jordan (25-Katie Stengel, 46), 9-Chioma Ubogagu (14-Taylor Smith, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Hope DAddario, Abby Smith, Jessie Scarpa
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

ENG: 1-Mary Earps, 2-Hannah Blundell, 6-Jemma Rose, 3-Millie Bright, 7-Meghan Sargeant, 8-Sherry McCue, 17-Beth England (14-Hannah Dale, 81), 16-Nikita Parris (10-Jess Sigsworth, 59), 15-Lucy Staniforth, 20-Mel Lawley, 19-Natasha Flint
Substitutes Not Used:  Laura-Jayne ONeill, Martha Harris, Abbey-Leigh Stringer, Drew Spence, Alex Brooks
Head Coach: Julie Chipchase

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 2 / 7
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Emilie Rodahl Dokseth (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Linda Andresen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Marit Skurdal (NOR)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

U-23 WNT Draws Norway 2-2 at Four Nations Tournament in Norway

CHICAGO (May 29, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team tied host Norway 2-2 in its second match of a three-game tournament being held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg, Norway in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo.

The USA was coming off a 2-1 victory against Sweden in its first match, but fell behind 1-0 in the 11th minute as Andrine Hegerberg converted a penalty kick.

The USA roared back to take the lead on two second half goals from forward Chioma Ubogagu, who is currently playing her club soccer in England with the Arsenal Ladies.

The USA equalized in the 51st minute after a Norway clearance was won by Daphne Corboz, who fed the ball to Katie Stengel near the top of the penalty area. Stengel in turn found Ubogagu, who took a few touches and put a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper’s arm into the net.

The USA took the lead in the 75th minute, once again after winning possession of a clearance. Ashley Meier touched it to Rose Lavelle, who turned and fed the ball past a defender to Ubogagu on the left side. Ubogagu took a few touches and tucked it past the goalkeeper.

Norway only took three minute to equalize as Cathrine Dekkerhus gained possession of the ball and fed it through the U.S. back line to Synne Hansen. She received the ball about 30 yards out, fought off two defenders, and slipped the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell near the penalty spot.

The USA still has a chance to win the tournament as it finishes up its three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium.

- U.S. U-23 Womens National Team Match Report -

Match:U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 29, 2015
Competition: U-23 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Sarpsborg Stadium, Sarpsborg, Norway

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

NOR - Andrine Hegerberg (penalty kick)                                      11th Minute
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Katie Stengel)                                      51
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Rose Lavelle)                                      75
NOR - Synne Hansen (Cathrine Dekkerhus)                                 78

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 13-Christina Gibbons; 21-Christen Westphal; 2-Cari Roccaro (capt.); 19-Andi Sullivan; 4-Michaela Hahn (6-Daphne Corboz, 46); 11-Alexis Shaffer (8-Ashley Meier, 64); 10-Rose Lavelle; 14-Taylor Smith; 25-Katie Stengel (22-Jaycie Johnson, 64); 16-Margaret Purce (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Kayla Mills, Abby Smith, Jessie Scarpa
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

NOR: 1-Nora Gjoen; 13-Tuva Hansen (Cecilie Kvamme, 46); 4-Stine Reinas; 14-Ingrid Stenevik; 5-Nora Byom Nilssen; 7-Guro Reiten (19-Synne Hansen, 46); 20-Anja Sonstevold; 16-Maria Brochmann (8-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 62); 17-Lisa Naalsund (11-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 10-Andrine Hegerberg (capt.); 9-Andrea Thun (18-Vilde Fjelldal, 62)
Substitutes Not Used: Ane Walsoe, Kristine Nostmo
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 16 / 10
Shots on Goal: 7 / 5
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 10
Offside: 4 / 4

Misconduct:
USA - Rose Lavelle (caution)                 34th Minute
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (caution)        90

Officials:
Referee:  Fatemeh Zangeneh (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rikke Melby (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sonia Kahn (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ole Valen (NOR)

U-23 WNT Defeats Sweden 2-1 to Open Four Nations Tournament in Norway

CHICAGO (May 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 2-1 on goals from Kayla Mills and Cari Roccaro to win its first of three matches at the Four Nations Tournament in Norway.

The tournament, that also includes the U-23 sides from Norway and England, is being held Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden.

The USA opened the scoring in just the fifth minute after a Sweden defender tried to clear the ball from near the end line, but failed to put it out of danger. Mills collected the ball and dribbled to the top of the penalty box before playing a wall pass with Rose Lavelle. Mills dribbled past a defender and finished from about eight yards out.

The USA’s second goal came in the 29th minute off a corner kick that Sweden failed to clear. Claire Falknor fired a shot, but the ball was deflected, and Sweden tried to clear again. Mills collected the ball around the midfield and passed to Roccaro, who turned and hit a spectacular strike from about 35 yards out and over the goalkeeper.

Sweden pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute off a corner kick. U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith came out to clear the cross, but it deflected off her gloves and the goal was credited to Elin Landstrom who had taken the corner.

The USA continues the competition against England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium.

-  U.S. U-23 Womens National Team Match Report -

Match:  U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 27, 2015
Competition: U-23 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Fredrikstad Stadium; Fredrikstad, Norway

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

USA - Kayla Mills (Rose Lavelle)           5th minute
USA - Cari Roccaro (Kayla Mills)           29
SWE - Elin Landstrom                           53

Lineups:
USA: 18-Abby Smith; 15-Kayla Mills (5-Carson Pickett, 77); 21-Christen Westphal; 2-Cari Roccaro; 19-Andi Sullivan; 7-Claire Falknor (4-Michaela Hahn, 46); 6-Daphne Corboz; 10-Rose Lavelle; 14-Taylor Smith; 25-Katie Stengel (17-Savannah Jordan, 89); 9-Chioma Ubogagu (16-Margaret Purce, 66)
Substitutes Not Used: Jane Campbell, Hope DAddario, Ashley Meier
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

SWE: 12-Zecira Musovic; 2-Hanna Glas; 3-Nathalie Bjorn; 4-Jennie Nordin; 5-Elin Landstrom (15-Nina Jakobsson, 68); 14-Fanny Andersson (10-Moa Hedell, 68); 16-Julia Karkrnas (6-Ellen Lofqvist, 73); 7-Petra Andersson; 11-Jonna Andersson; 9-Pauline Hammarlund (18-Amanda Egren, 77); 17-Mimmi Larsson
Substitutes Not Used: Jennifer Falk, Alice Nilsson, Elin Karlsson
Head Coach: Calle Barrling

Stats Summary: USA/SWE
Shots: 14 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct:
USA - Claire Falknor (Caution) - 36th Minute

Officials:
Referee: Cathrine Eide (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marianne Laugerud (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kenneth Johansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ole Valen (NOR)

U-23 WNT to Norway for Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Norway for a four-team tournament running from May 27-31 that also includes Norway, Sweden and England. The matches will be held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden. Both stadiums have artificial turf. 

The USA’s 22-player roster features 19 college players in addition to three current professionals, all whom play outside the United States: Daphne Corboz (Manchester City), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal) and Kate Stengel (Bayern Munich). Ubogagu and Stengel were members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith was also on that squad. 

The roster features seven members of the U.S. team that got knocked out on penalty kicks by Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell, Duke defender Christina Gibbons, Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, Stanford defender/midfielder Andi Sullivan, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle, Florida forward Savannah Jordan and Harvard forward Margaret Purce. 

The USA opens the competition on May 27 against the Sweden U-23 WNT at Fredrikstad Stadium, faces England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium, and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium. 

WOMEN’S U-23 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

May 27
USA vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
Norway vs. England at Sarpsborg Stadium 

May 29
Sweden vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. Norway at Sarpsborg Stadium

May 31
Norway vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daphne Corboz (Manchester City FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (FSU; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (7): Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal; Coppell, Texas), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

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.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Jacqueline Simpson (USF; Lithia, Fla.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
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.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christen Westphal (University of Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

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

Gallery: U-23 WNT Wins Four Nations Tournament in Norway

Photos of the U-23 WNT at the Four Nations Tournament in Norway, which they won with a 2-0-1 record. 

U-23 WNT Wins Four Nations Tournament with 2-1 Win Against England

CHICAGO (May 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from England 2-1 to win the Four Nations Tournament in Norway with a 2-0-1 record.

The USA also defeated Sweden 2-1 and tied host Norway 2-2. Sweden finished second, Norway was third and England was fourth.

Midfielder Rose Lavelle had a goal and an assist in the match while forward Taylor Smith scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute.

The USA opened the scoring just seven minutes into the match as Daphne Corboz found Lavelle with a pass near the top of the penalty box. Lavelle quickly turned and fired a shot that gave the Americans an early lead.

England equalized in the 60th minute off a corner kick that was deflected to Jess Sigsworth inside the six-yard box for a finish from close range.

The young Americans scored 13 minutes later as Lavelle chipped as pass over the defensive line to the speedy Smith on the right side. She took a few touches centrally and finished well into the far side netting. Lavelle, one of five players on the U.S. roster who participated in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, picked up an assist in each of the three games to go with her goal in the match today.

Abby Smith started the first match in goal for the U.S., while Jane Campbell went the distance in the final two.

- U.S. U-23 Womens National Team Match Report -

Match:  U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. England Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 31, 2015
Competition: Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Fredrikstad Stadium; Fredrikstad, Norway

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

USA - Rose Lavelle (Daphne Corboz)                 7th Minute
ENG - Jess Sigsworth (Lucy Staniforth)              60
USA - Taylor Smith (Rose Lavelle)                      73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell, 13-Christina Gibbons, 21-Christen Westphal, 2-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 5-Carson Pickett, 19-Andi Sullivan, 10-Rose Lavelle, 6-Daphne Corboz (15-Kayla Mills, 82), 22-Jaycie Johnson (7-Claire Falknor, 65), 17-Savannah Jordan (25-Katie Stengel, 46), 9-Chioma Ubogagu (14-Taylor Smith, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Hope DAddario, Abby Smith, Jessie Scarpa
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

ENG: 1-Mary Earps, 2-Hannah Blundell, 6-Jemma Rose, 3-Millie Bright, 7-Meghan Sargeant, 8-Sherry McCue, 17-Beth England (14-Hannah Dale, 81), 16-Nikita Parris (10-Jess Sigsworth, 59), 15-Lucy Staniforth, 20-Mel Lawley, 19-Natasha Flint
Substitutes Not Used:  Laura-Jayne ONeill, Martha Harris, Abbey-Leigh Stringer, Drew Spence, Alex Brooks
Head Coach: Julie Chipchase

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 2 / 7
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Emilie Rodahl Dokseth (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Linda Andresen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Marit Skurdal (NOR)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

U-23 WNT Draws Norway 2-2 at Four Nations Tournament in Norway

CHICAGO (May 29, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team tied host Norway 2-2 in its second match of a three-game tournament being held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg, Norway in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo.

The USA was coming off a 2-1 victory against Sweden in its first match, but fell behind 1-0 in the 11th minute as Andrine Hegerberg converted a penalty kick.

The USA roared back to take the lead on two second half goals from forward Chioma Ubogagu, who is currently playing her club soccer in England with the Arsenal Ladies.

The USA equalized in the 51st minute after a Norway clearance was won by Daphne Corboz, who fed the ball to Katie Stengel near the top of the penalty area. Stengel in turn found Ubogagu, who took a few touches and put a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper’s arm into the net.

The USA took the lead in the 75th minute, once again after winning possession of a clearance. Ashley Meier touched it to Rose Lavelle, who turned and fed the ball past a defender to Ubogagu on the left side. Ubogagu took a few touches and tucked it past the goalkeeper.

Norway only took three minute to equalize as Cathrine Dekkerhus gained possession of the ball and fed it through the U.S. back line to Synne Hansen. She received the ball about 30 yards out, fought off two defenders, and slipped the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell near the penalty spot.

The USA still has a chance to win the tournament as it finishes up its three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium.

- U.S. U-23 Womens National Team Match Report -

Match:U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 29, 2015
Competition: U-23 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Sarpsborg Stadium, Sarpsborg, Norway

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

NOR - Andrine Hegerberg (penalty kick)                                      11th Minute
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Katie Stengel)                                      51
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Rose Lavelle)                                      75
NOR - Synne Hansen (Cathrine Dekkerhus)                                 78

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 13-Christina Gibbons; 21-Christen Westphal; 2-Cari Roccaro (capt.); 19-Andi Sullivan; 4-Michaela Hahn (6-Daphne Corboz, 46); 11-Alexis Shaffer (8-Ashley Meier, 64); 10-Rose Lavelle; 14-Taylor Smith; 25-Katie Stengel (22-Jaycie Johnson, 64); 16-Margaret Purce (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Kayla Mills, Abby Smith, Jessie Scarpa
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

NOR: 1-Nora Gjoen; 13-Tuva Hansen (Cecilie Kvamme, 46); 4-Stine Reinas; 14-Ingrid Stenevik; 5-Nora Byom Nilssen; 7-Guro Reiten (19-Synne Hansen, 46); 20-Anja Sonstevold; 16-Maria Brochmann (8-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 62); 17-Lisa Naalsund (11-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 10-Andrine Hegerberg (capt.); 9-Andrea Thun (18-Vilde Fjelldal, 62)
Substitutes Not Used: Ane Walsoe, Kristine Nostmo
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 16 / 10
Shots on Goal: 7 / 5
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 10
Offside: 4 / 4

Misconduct:
USA - Rose Lavelle (caution)                 34th Minute
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (caution)        90

Officials:
Referee:  Fatemeh Zangeneh (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rikke Melby (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sonia Kahn (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ole Valen (NOR)

U-23 WNT Defeats Sweden 2-1 to Open Four Nations Tournament in Norway

CHICAGO (May 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 2-1 on goals from Kayla Mills and Cari Roccaro to win its first of three matches at the Four Nations Tournament in Norway.

The tournament, that also includes the U-23 sides from Norway and England, is being held Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden.

The USA opened the scoring in just the fifth minute after a Sweden defender tried to clear the ball from near the end line, but failed to put it out of danger. Mills collected the ball and dribbled to the top of the penalty box before playing a wall pass with Rose Lavelle. Mills dribbled past a defender and finished from about eight yards out.

The USA’s second goal came in the 29th minute off a corner kick that Sweden failed to clear. Claire Falknor fired a shot, but the ball was deflected, and Sweden tried to clear again. Mills collected the ball around the midfield and passed to Roccaro, who turned and hit a spectacular strike from about 35 yards out and over the goalkeeper.

Sweden pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute off a corner kick. U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith came out to clear the cross, but it deflected off her gloves and the goal was credited to Elin Landstrom who had taken the corner.

The USA continues the competition against England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium.

-  U.S. U-23 Womens National Team Match Report -

Match:  U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 27, 2015
Competition: U-23 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Fredrikstad Stadium; Fredrikstad, Norway

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

USA - Kayla Mills (Rose Lavelle)           5th minute
USA - Cari Roccaro (Kayla Mills)           29
SWE - Elin Landstrom                           53

Lineups:
USA: 18-Abby Smith; 15-Kayla Mills (5-Carson Pickett, 77); 21-Christen Westphal; 2-Cari Roccaro; 19-Andi Sullivan; 7-Claire Falknor (4-Michaela Hahn, 46); 6-Daphne Corboz; 10-Rose Lavelle; 14-Taylor Smith; 25-Katie Stengel (17-Savannah Jordan, 89); 9-Chioma Ubogagu (16-Margaret Purce, 66)
Substitutes Not Used: Jane Campbell, Hope DAddario, Ashley Meier
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

SWE: 12-Zecira Musovic; 2-Hanna Glas; 3-Nathalie Bjorn; 4-Jennie Nordin; 5-Elin Landstrom (15-Nina Jakobsson, 68); 14-Fanny Andersson (10-Moa Hedell, 68); 16-Julia Karkrnas (6-Ellen Lofqvist, 73); 7-Petra Andersson; 11-Jonna Andersson; 9-Pauline Hammarlund (18-Amanda Egren, 77); 17-Mimmi Larsson
Substitutes Not Used: Jennifer Falk, Alice Nilsson, Elin Karlsson
Head Coach: Calle Barrling

Stats Summary: USA/SWE
Shots: 14 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct:
USA - Claire Falknor (Caution) - 36th Minute

Officials:
Referee: Cathrine Eide (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marianne Laugerud (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kenneth Johansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ole Valen (NOR)

U-23 WNT to Norway for Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Norway for a four-team tournament running from May 27-31 that also includes Norway, Sweden and England. The matches will be held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden. Both stadiums have artificial turf. 

The USA’s 22-player roster features 19 college players in addition to three current professionals, all whom play outside the United States: Daphne Corboz (Manchester City), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal) and Kate Stengel (Bayern Munich). Ubogagu and Stengel were members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith was also on that squad. 

The roster features seven members of the U.S. team that got knocked out on penalty kicks by Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell, Duke defender Christina Gibbons, Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, Stanford defender/midfielder Andi Sullivan, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle, Florida forward Savannah Jordan and Harvard forward Margaret Purce. 

The USA opens the competition on May 27 against the Sweden U-23 WNT at Fredrikstad Stadium, faces England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium, and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium. 

WOMEN’S U-23 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

May 27
USA vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
Norway vs. England at Sarpsborg Stadium 

May 29
Sweden vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. Norway at Sarpsborg Stadium

May 31
Norway vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daphne Corboz (Manchester City FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (FSU; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (7): Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal; Coppell, Texas), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

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.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Jacqueline Simpson (USF; Lithia, Fla.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
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.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christen Westphal (University of Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

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.)

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