[USA UNDER-23 WOMEN]Virginia head coach Steve Swanson, who coached the USA to the championship at the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, will hold his first training camp as the new head coach of the U.S. Under-23 women’s national team Dec. 14-21 in Sunrise, Fla.
Swanson, who takes over from Notre Dame coach Randy Waldrum, called up 24 players, including four professionals from the National Women’s Soccer League: Adrianna Franch (Western NY Flash), Katy Freels (Sky Blue FC), Christine Nairn (Washington Spirit) and Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns).
The roster features eight players from Swanson’s U.S. Under-20 Women’s World Cup, including center midfielders Sarah Killion and Samantha Mewis, who just helped UCLA win its first NCAA title. Two other Bruins were called up: Jenna Richmond and Abby Dahlkemper.
U.S. U-23 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Western NY Flash; Salina, Kans.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas); Kelsey Wys (Florida State; Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7):Natasha Anasi (Duke; Arlington, Texas), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Wilmore, Ky.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Emily Menges (Georgetown; Garden City, N.Y.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Mariette, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown, Greenbrook N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Champaign, Ill.), Katy Freels (Sky Blue FC; Homewood, Ala.), Sara Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Washington Spirit; Arnold, Md.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centerville, Va.), Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns; Honolulu, Hawaii)
FORWARDS (5):Maya Hayes (Penn State, West Orange, N.J.), Morgan Marlborough (Santa Clara; Raymore Mo.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)