[SIX NATIONS TOURNAMENT]
NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak
, who has three caps and one goal for the U.S. senior national
team, heads a group of nine NWSL players -- three second-year players and six rookies -- named to the U.S. under-23 women's national team for the Six Nations Tournament running in La Manga, Spain,
where it will face under-23 teams from Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).
The roster includes four first-round picks from the 2014 NWSL Draft: No. 2 pick Kealia Ohai
(Houston Dash), No. 5 Kassey Kallman
(FC Kansas City), No. 6 Maya Hayes
(Sky Blue FC) and No. 7 Amanda Frisbie
(Seattle Reign FC).
Also picked were two Wake Forest players, Katie
and Aubrey Bledsoe
, who signed with the W-League LA Blues, and two current players at NCAA champion UCLA (Abby Dahlkemper
) and College Cup semifinalist Virginia (Emily Sonnett
and Danielle Colaprico
). U.S. U-23
Roster: GOALKEEPERS (2):
Aubrey Bledsoe (LA Blues), Abby Smith (Texas) DEFENDERS (6):
(UCLA), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Virginia) MIDFIELDERS (6):
Danielle Colaprico (Virginia), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA), Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City), Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC), Frances Silva (FC Kansas City); Erika Tymrak
(FC Kansas City) FORWARDS (6):
Shea Groom (Texas A&M), Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Katie
Stengel (LA Blues), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford).