Paris St. Germain star Lindsey Horan, five other forwards who combined for 82 goals for their college teams in 2013 and co-captain Cari Roccaro, a holdover from the 2012 Under-20 Women's World Cup championship team, will lead the USA in its title defense.
But Coach Michelle French has rang in changes, bringing in seven new players, five of whom were in high school, who didn't take part in qualifying. Six players from the qualifying roster do not return, including four players who played in the semifinal-clinching 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago.
Under-20 Women's World Cup:
Aug. 5 in Edmonton, Alb.
USA vs. Germany (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU, Watch ESPN)
Aug. 8 in Edmonton, Alb.
USA vs. Germany (10 p.m. ET on ESPNU, Watch ESPN)
Aug. 12 in Moncton, N.B.
USA vs. China (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
The biggest change is in midfield, where the USA will be led by Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle, the MVP of the 2014 Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship. Four of the other players listed as midfielders have yet to play in college, including co-captain Andi Sullivan, who started at outside back in qualifying.
Sullivan, who will attend Stanford, and Tennessee commit Carlyn Baldwin will begin college this fall, Duke commit Taylor Racioppi is a rising high school senior, and UCLA commit Mallory Pugh still has two years of high school remaining.
Racioppi and Pugh were called up from the U-17s, who failed to qualify for the 2014 Under-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica. Florida State's Nickolette Driesse, Baldwin, Racioppi and Pugh are all additions since qualifying.
"We have a good mixture of leadership, talent and great technical ability on all three lines," said French. "We have a lot of tactical understanding and creativity based on the way they read the game, and I see a lot of grit and bite in the way we defend. The combination of these factors gives us a very well-rounded team."
Roccaro and Katie Naughton, both of whom attend Notre Dame, return in the back along with outside backs Sullivan, Brittany Basinger (Penn State) and Stephanie Amack (Stanford). Penn State commit Kaleigh Riehl, who has one more year of high school, and Christina Gibbons (Duke) have been added to the backline.
Besides Horan, who recently re-signed for two more years at PSG, the frontline includes 2013 Soccer America Freshman of the Year Savannah Jordan out of Florida and Virginia's Makenzy Doniak, who was named to the 2013 Soccer America MVPs first team.
The squad spans six grades from goalie Katelyn Rowland, who will be a senior at UCLA, to Pugh, a high school junior eligible for the 2015, 2017 and 2019 U-20 championships.
Besides MVP Lavelle, Jordan, Amack, Roccaro, Sullivan and Rowland were all named to the Best XI at the Concacaf Championship.
Congrats to the 21 players named today to the USA's 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup Team. Tourney kicks off on Aug. 5. pic.twitter.com/qZomUcbKNd— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) July 17, 2014
U.S. U-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford), Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford), Brittany Basinger (Penn State), Christina Gibbons (Duke), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame), Kaleigh Riehl (Braddock Road YC), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Carlyn Baldwin (Braddock Road YC), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado), Taylor Racioppi (PDA), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia), Summer Green (North Carolina), Lindsey Horan (Paris SG/FRA), Savannah Jordan (Florida), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College), Margaret Purce (Harvard).