CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to France from February 23-March 7 for an extended training camp and two games during a trip that will serve as a test run for the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held this coming August.
The trip will feature two international matches against the France U-20 WNT, long one of the strongest youth teams in Europe, with both games being played in venue for the U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in four stadiums in the Brittany region.
The USA will play France on Saturday, March 3 at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes before traveling north for the second leg on Tuesday, March 6th at Stade Marville Saint-Malo. The other two venues are Stade Guy Piriou in Concarneau and Stade du Clos Gastel in Dinan-Léhon.
U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jitka Klimkova has called up 24 players for the trip, 17 of whom helped the USA qualify for the World Cup during CONCACAF qualifying in Trinidad & Tobago last month. The players that were not on the qualifying roster are goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn (Duke), Internationals FC defender Jordan Brewster, defender Samantha Hiatt (Stanford), midfielder Delanie Sheehan (UCLA) and forwards Amirah Ali (Rutgers), Jenna Bike (Boston College) and Chardonnay Curran (Oregon). Heinsohn, Brewster and Hiatt were alternates on the World Cup qualifying team.
The roster features players from three birth years, with nine players born in 1998 (the age cut-off year for the World Cup), 12 born in 1999 and three born in 2000. Brewster, defender Naomi Girma, forward Sophia Smith, and midfielders Jaelin Howell and Brianna Pinto are the only players on the roster who have not yet enrolled in college.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA; Brentwood, Calif.), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (8): Amirah Ali (Rutgers; Voorhees, N.J.), Jenna Bike (Boston College; Trumbull, Conn.), Chardonnay Curran (Oregon; Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton. Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.)
CHICAGO (February 15, 2018) – For the second year in a row, the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will participate in the Thorns Spring Invitational, which will run from March 11-17 in Portland, Oregon, as the USA takes on three NWSL teams at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland.
This is the third year the pre-season tournament has been contested and will feature the U.S. U-23 WNT, Portland Thorns FC, the Chicago Red Stars and the Houston Dash.
The tournament will consist of three match days, with an early game that has free admission and then a later match featuring the Thorns that will be a ticketed event.
The USA opens against the Dash on Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. PT while will Portland take on Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. On Wednesday, March 14, Chicago takes on Houston at 1:30 p.m. PT and the USA will face the Thorns at 7:30 p.m. PT. The USA finishes against the Red Stars on Saturday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. and Portland ends the tournament against Houston at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for preseason tournament matches featuring Thorns FC are general admission. Individual tickets for the three Portland preseason matches, starting at $7, go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. PT online at www.thornsfc.com.
At this event last year, with a team made up entirely of college-aged players and youth club players, the U.S. U-23 WNT fell 2-1 to the Dash as current WNT player Savannah McCaskill scored, defeated the Thorns 2-1 on goals from Michelle Xiao of Stanford and 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year Sophia Smith, and then drew 0-0 with the Red Stars.
2018 THORNS SPRING INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE – All Games at Merlo Field; University of Portland
Sunday, March 11
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Houston Dash 11:30 a.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars 5 p.m. PT
Wednesday, March 14
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash 1:30 p.m. PT
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns FC 7:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 17
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars 1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash 7:30 p.m. PT
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the preliminary roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The tournament features FIFA-ranked No. 1 USA, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 England and No. 6 France playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period.Read more