CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2019) -- The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will come together for a 39-player identification camp from Oct. 1-8 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
U-20 WNT head coach Mark Carr will lead the camp and has called up 39 players, all born in 2002. Three players on the roster were a part of the U.S. team that played at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay in forwards Talia DellaPeruta and Trinity Rodman as well as defender Smith Hunter. Forward Samantha Kroeger represented the USA at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship.
The age cutoff for participating in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 2000, so this group of 2002s are looking to work their way into the consideration for U-20 Concacaf qualifying next year. However, this age group is primarily focusing on the run to the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Thirty-one of 39 players have spent at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Seven players were named to Academy Best XI teams at the end of the 2019-20 season: Mia Justus, Olivia Migli, Amber Nguyen and Paige Tolentino in the East Conference, Emily Matthews in the Central and Hunter in the West.
U.S. U-18 WNT Identification Camp Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Taylor Fox (West Florida Flames; Titusville, Fla.), Leah Freeman (Mustang SC; Berkley, Calif.), Mia Justus (IMG Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Alia Skinner (United Soccer Alliance; Fleming Island, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (9): Abby Allen (Lonestar SC Academy; Austin, Texas), Nya Harrison (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Tabitha LaParl (So Cal Blues SC; Lakewood, Calif.), Emily Mason (Players Development Academy; Flemington, N.J.), Emma Misal (Penn Fusion Soccer Academy; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Madison Perez (Legends FC; West Covina, Calif.), Karly Reeves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Paige Tolentino (NC Courage; Pinehurst, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Margaret Boade (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Aislynn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii), Cailey England (Lonestar SC Academy; Dripping Springs, Texas), Alexa Gonzalez (Legends FC; Riverside, Calif.), Kayleen Gowers (San Jose Earthquakes; Los Altos, Calif.), Isabel Loza (LAFC Slammers; La Mirada, Calif.), Emily Mathews (Nationals; Macomb, Mich.), Amber Nguyen (Tophat; Snellville, Ga.), Michaela Rosenbaum (Star Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Madeline Simpson (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Hannah Waesch (Solar SC; The Colony, Texas), Aki Yuasa (GPS Vermont Synergy FC; Charlotte, Vt.)
FORWARDS (14): Abigail Borchers (San Jose Earthquakes; Fresno, Calif.), Michelle Cooper (IMG Academy; Clarkston, Mich.), Talia DellaPeruta (Koln/GER; Cumming, Ga.), Jazlynn Ellis (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Mollie Griswold (Arizona Arsenal SC; Gilbert, Ariz.), Dilary Heredia-Beltran (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kan.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Paige Lacey (Portland Thorns FC; Central Point, Ore.), Quincy McMahon (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Asha Means (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Huntersville, N.C.), Olivia Migli (FC Virginia; Haymarket, Va.), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues SC; Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues SC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Grace Watkins (LAFC Slammers; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)