The U.S. Women's National Team has officially begun preparations for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The team is training in Orlando, Fla. ahead of its opening match vs. Germany on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio.Read more
CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2018) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team have announced the winner of the 2018 SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The contest aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit.
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A panel of seven former U.S. Women’s National Team players narrowed down the field of submissions and selected the four finalists for the SheBelieves Hero™ contest. These finalists’ videos were then shared via social media and a poll was created for people to vote on who they believe best embodied the SheBelieves spirit.
Taking 44 percent of the votes, Hollis Belger was chosen as the 2018 SheBelieves Hero. As part of the prize, Belger will now travel to Harrison, New Jersey to watch the WNT take on France on March 4.
Liv Zeldin finished second, Holly Hunter third, and Lauren Sedewitz fourth.
Conceived and developed by U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment into communities across the nation. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.
A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference.Read more
CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to France from February 23 to March 7 for an extended training camp and two games during a trip that will serve as a test run for this August’s 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
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 venues for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. The tournament will be held in four stadiums throughout the country’s 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 in Saint-Malo. The other two World Cup 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 the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago last month. The players that were not on the qualifying roster are goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn (Duke), defender Jordan Brewster (Internationals FC), 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 for 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 are 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; Nashville, Tenn.)