The U.S. under-17 girls national team continues preparations for next month's Concacaf Championship with a training camp that begins Friday in Jersey City, N.J. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambihas called in 26 players for the camp at Jersey City University. He will select 21 for the Concacaf tournament. The U.S. roster is mostly made up of players born in 1991 and 1992, but Tambi has called in three 1993s in defenders Abby Dalhkemperand Morgan Brian and midfielder Sydney Payne.
The USA will play Costa Rica (July 17), El Salvador (July 19) and host T&T (July 21) in group play. The top two teams in each of the two groups advance to the semifinals, with the semifinal winners earning berths to the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in Trinidad. The winner of the third-place match will earn CONCACAF's third ticket to New Zealand.
The winner of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament was drawn into Group C as the seeded team along with Japan, France and Paraguay at the U-17 World Cup draw held Sunday in Wellington.
U.S. U-17 Roster
GOALKEEPERS:Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Keane (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Lianne Maldonado (Clifton, N.J.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS:Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS:Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Madlyn Evens (Glenside, Pa.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS:Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.).