CHICAGO (July 17, 2017) – The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp from July 23-30 at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
U-16 WNT head coach Kacey White has called up 24 players with 21 born in 2002, two in 2003 and one in 2004. This is the third domestic camp of the year for the U-16s, who also won a tournament in Belgium in May, downing its counterparts from Croatia (4-0), Belgium (1-0) and Switzerland (2-1). All the goal scorers from those games -- Joyelle Washington (two goals), Michelle Cooper, Samantha Kroeger, Trinity Rodman and Allyson Sentnor – are on this roster.
This group of players moved up from the U-14 level last year and will spend two years as the U-16 GNT before moving on to the U-18s. These players are all age-eligible for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after January 1, 2001, but will eventually be the core age group for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Leah Freeman (Mustang; Berkeley, Calif.), Mia Justus (PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kayla Colbert (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Devi Dudley (Utah Celtic FC; American Fork, Utah), Caroline Gray (Concord Fire; Johns Creek, Ga.), Katherine Groff (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Tabitha LaParl (So Cal Blues; Lakewood, Calif.), Hunter Smith (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Dasia Torbert (Tophat SC; Buford, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Zoe Burns (Crossfire; Issaquah, Wash.), Aislynn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii), Tatiana Fung (Arsenal FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Maggie Graham (Nasa Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Mollie Griswold (Arizona Arsenal; Gilbert, Ariz.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.)FORWARDS (7): Michelle Cooper (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Dilary Heredia-Beltran (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kansas), Shyra James (San Diego Surf; La Mesa, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Joyelle Washington (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.)