By Tim Grainey - 2013 is quickly coming to a close but the U.S. women’s national team and Under-20 WNT are taking full advantage the final days to get in one last train camp. Soccer365’s Tim Grainey looks at the rosters in this week’s Grainey Report.
U.S. National Team Training Camp
A large U.S. National Team training camp will run from December 3 through 15 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California involving players with teams in NWSL, Europe and a few who are still in college.
Two veterans who won Olympic Gold Medals in London last year return after a long break: forward Amy Rodriguez (for maternity leave) and defender Amy LePeilbet (for an ACL injury) while midfield dynamo Megan Rapinoe was not released by her French side Olympic Lyon.
Twenty-one of the 31 call-ups are aligned with NWSL sides, while four are in college, two of which have just completed their senior season: defender Crystal Dunn from North Carolina and Julie Johnston of Santa Clara. Midfielder Morgan Brian from Virginia is a junior and University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith just completed her sophomore season.
3 players were selected from Bayern Munich in Germany–midfielders Amber Brooks, forward Erika Tymrak and uncapped forward Sarah Hagen–but are joining camp late on Dec. 9. Bayern Munich is currently in third place in the German Women’s Frauen-Bundesliga. Hagan—the former University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward–has seven goals so far this reason for the Bavarian side while Amber Brooks has scored five times from midfield. This is Hagen’s first official call-up to the WNT, but she did train with the team for a few days in April when the squad was in Germany, before a friendly against the 2011 World Cup hosts, which ended in a 3-3 draw.
Four other players who were brought in have been active in Sweden in 2013: defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, forward Christen Press and midfielder Yael Averbuch.
Goalkeepers Brittany Cameron, who played 18 matches for Sky Blue FC this past season, and Texas sophomore Smith, both received their first invitations to a full national team training session.
The 2014 schedule will begin with a January 31 clash with Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the home of MLS’s FC Dallas.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (7): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Brittany Cameron (Sky Blue FC), Adrianna Franch (WNY Flash), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Abby Smith (Texas), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (unattached), Meghan Klingenberg (unattached), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Amy LePeilbet (Chicago Red Stars), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (unattached), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Erika Tymrak (Bayern Munich/FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6): Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (unattached), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
Number of Players with NWSL Teams (21)
FC Kansas City 5
Boston Breakers 3
Seattle Reign 3
Sky Blue FC 3
Western New York Flash 3
Portland Thorns FC 2
Chicago Red Stars 1
Washington D.C. Spirit 1
U.S. U-20 Pre-CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament Camp
The U.S. Under-20 women’s national team convened the last week of November for a camp ahead of next month’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament in the Cayman Islands, which will determine the regional qualifiers for the next under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada this coming summer. This camp did not include players tied to college teams still in the NCAA tournament. A second camp in mid-December in Orlando will be the final determinant of roster spots for the Cayman Islands tournament. The team, coached by Michelle French, the former University of Portland player and WUSA veteran, had two high school players on the roster: goalkeeper Darien Dunham and midfielder Andi Sullivan. The rest are in college, with three at the University of Southern California and two each from the University of Connecticut and the University of Georgia. More players should be added to the 16 player roster in December.
The CONCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament has two groups of four teams each. The U.S. is in Group A along with Costa Rica, Jamaica and Guatemala. Group B features the host country Cayman Islands, along with Honduras, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. plays Costa Rica on Thursday, January 9, Jamaica on Saturday, January 11 and Guatemala on Monday January 13. The semifinals between the top two finishers in each group are on Friday January 17 with the championship and third place game on Sunday, January 19. The top three teams advance to the U-20 World Cup next summer in Canada.
U.S. U-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Darien Dunham (Cheshire Academy; Cheshire, Conn.), Tarah Hobbs (Minnesota; Hugo, Minn.)
DEFENDERS (3): Mandy Freeman (USC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Claire Wagner (Clemson, Clemson, S.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Izzy Farrell (Washington; Seattle, Wash.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Stephanie Ribeiro (UConn; Pawtucket, R.I.), Gabby Seiler (Georgia; Peachtree City, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (South County Secondary School; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Marion Crowder (Georgia; Madison, Miss.), Stephanie DeVita (Furman; Simpsonville, S.C.), Jamie Fink (USC; Calabasas, Calif.), Rachel Hill (Connecticut; Rollinsford, N.H.), Midge Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jackie Stengel (N.C. State; Melbourne, F.L.)
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