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U.S. under-19 women open fourth camp Saturday

By Mike Woitalla

The U.S. U-19 women's national team, under Coach Jitka Klimkova, will hold its fourth and final training camp of the year Oct. 3-10 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

Of the 24 players called in, 15 were born in 1997, and eight were born in 1998. (Jan. 1, 1996, is the age cutoff for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup. The 98s are also eligible for the 2018 U-20 World Cup.)

The 24th player in camp is 21-year-old University of Florida midfielder Gabby Seiler, for “evaluation for possible inclusion in upcoming U-23 women’s national team events.” Seller transferred from Georgia but has not played for the Gators in 2015.

U.S. U-19 women’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jordyn Bloomer (FC Wisconsin Eclipse; Hartland, Wis.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire Premier; Camas, Wash.) Brittany Wilson (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.).
DEFENDERS (8): Malia Berkely (Michigan Hawks; Liberty Township, Ohio),  Brooke Bingham (NC Fusion; Jefferson, N.C.), Holly Daugirda (Utah Avalanche; Salt Lake City, Utah), Taylor Hallmon (Concorde Fire; Panama City, Fla.), Gabby Seiler (University of Florida; Peachtree City, Ga.), Mackenzie Smith (Empire United SA; Bath, N.Y.), Amanda Visco (PDA-Arsenal; Manalapan, N.J.), Natalie Winters (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Grace Bahr (Internationals SC; Broadview Heights, Ohio), Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals SC; Avon Lake, Ohio), Angeline Daly (Jacksonville FC; Ponte Vedra Beach Fla.), Cadie Higginson (Albion Hurricanes FC; New Orleans, La.), Julia Lenhardt (Dallas Sting; Frisco, Texas), Christina Trickett (Internationals SC; Independence, Ohio).
FORWARDS (7): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Sydney Brackett (FC Stars; Hollis, N.H.), Mia Corbin (Crossfire; Maple Valley, Wash.), Stefani Doyle (Dallas Sting; Lewisville, Texas), Cyera Hintzen (Dallas Sting; Plano, Texas), Malia Lyken (Cook Inlet Soccer Club; Anchorage, Alaska), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues SC; Torrance, Calif.).

More than 20 states represented by Alianza finalists

After tryouts in 11 cities across the USA, 48 players from more than 20 states are the finalists for the Powerade Sueno Alianza National Showcase presented by Telemundo that begins Wednesday in Miami, where more than 30 scouts are expected from Mexican Liga MX, USL, MLS, Colombian Liga Dimayor clubs, and the national team programs of Mexico and the USA.

More than 7,000 players took part in the free 2015 Sueño Alianza tryouts in the program that was launched in 2008 to expose young Latino talent to professional scouts. The final showcase in Miami takes place at the KICS International Sports Complex.

Powerade Sueno Alianza National Finalists
Player (birth year) hometown
Goalkeepers
Jorge Rizo 1999 South El Monte, Calif.; Karlo Terrazas 1999 Greeely, Colo.; Erick Cortez Martinez 1998 Winston Salem, N.C.; Austin Salas 1998 Huntington N.Y.
Defenders
Guillermo Dee Perez-Morris 2000 Carson City, Nev.; Gerardo Ortiz 2000 El Paso, Texas; Jonnikas Goicochea 1999 Queens, N.Y.; Carlos Kareem Vargas 1999 Greeley, Colo.; Clemente Quintero 2000 Tucson, Ariz.;; Esteban Lopez Madrigal 1996 Cochella Calif.; Julio Barragan 2000 Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua; Joel Diaz 2000 Miami, Fla.; Eduardo Alfonzo Villa 1998 El Paso, Texas; Stephen Harrison 1997 Manama, Bahrain; Fabian Wence 1998 Antioch, Calif.; Antonio Juarez 1998 San Antonio, Texas; Javier Nieto 1997 West Palm Beach, Fla.; Isaac Arellano 1998 Las Vegas; Ivan Farias Chaidez 1999 Las Vegas.
Midfielders
Missael Cruz 2001 Maywood, Calif.; Luis Muñoz 2000 Fort Worth, Texas; Carlos Soto Merchan 1999 New Hope, Minn.; Alan Ayala 2000 Calumet City, Ill.; Marco Campos 2000 Hayward Calif.; Oscar Humberto Lozano Jr. 2000 Lilburn, Ga.; Kevin Dugay 1999 Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua; Diego Esquivel 1998 Wildomar, Calif.; Sebastian Venegas 1997 Frisco, Texas; Jonathan Cisneros 1996 Carrolltown Texas; Jefferson Portillo 1998 Brentwood, N.Y.; Jose Felix Elias 1996 San Pedro Piedra Gorda, Zacatecas; Alexandro Ayala 1995 Harvey, Ill.; Reynaldo Zarate 1998 Hesperia, Calif.; David Bernal 1998 San Antonio, Texas; Santos Jose Granados 1996 Southgate, Calif.; Jair Maillard 1996 Manville, N.J.
Forwards
Mario Humberto Porras 2001 El Paso, Texas; Bardo Lerma 1999 El Paso, Texas; Jaime Eduardo Gutierrez 2000 Aurora, Colo.; Heriberto Garza 2000 Houston; Ulises "Alex" Gonzalez 1999 Watsonville, Calif.; Cesar Velasquez 1999 Des Plaines, Ill.; Jason Chavez 2000 Las Vegas; Joel Shungu 1997 Mansfield, Texas; Alfredo Ramos 1997 La Cruces, N.M.; Ricardo Zacarias 1995 La Cruces, N.M.; Alonso Fragoso 1995 Cicero, Ill.; Anuar Chalhoulb 1998 Houston.

Around the Net

How much does it cost children to play competitive youth ball in the USA? MONEY's Paul Keegan and Kate Santichen used a California family with four soccer-playing boys as a case study. The parents dug out their receipts. They were fully aware of only about half of their out-of-pocket costs -- the club’s $8,100-per-year team-membership fees that show up on their bank statements ($675 a month) and the club’s $100-per-child annual tournament fees. The rest surprised them. In the past year, they had paid $6,200 for travel to eight tournaments, including $2,400 for restaurants and the rest for hotels, car rentals and gas. Cleats and other gear cost $1,200 a year, while the special ball-striking coach who gives all four boys private lessons runs $30 a week ($1,500 a year). Last year, the family paid $17,400 for soccer-related expenses, by far the biggest item in their budget after their mortgage. How Soccer Bills Devoured This Family’s Budget

From the New York Times' Ken Belson: Students and families at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School are looking forward to homecoming, the highlight of the autumn school calendar for decades. But for the first time, the centerpiece event will be soccer, not football. The school board in Maplewood, a St. Louis suburb, disbanded the high school’s football team in June, even though it reached the state championship game five years ago. A decade ago, such a move would have seemed radical. But concerns are growing about football players’ safety, and soccer and other sports are gaining popularity. ... “The boys I’ve seen, they’re growing up with soccer,” said Betty Pearson, whose oldest son played football at Maplewood but whose youngest son plays soccer. “I come out, and there are 10 kids kicking the ball around in the street. I don’t think I’ve seen that with football." As Worries Rise and Players Flee, a Missouri School Board Cuts Football

MLSSoccer.com's Charles Boehm takes an in-depth look at the Philadelphia Union's academy program, which launched a high school for its players in 2013. The Union's entire U-18 Development Academy team is enrolled at YSC Academy, along with many of their U-16 and U-14 players. With students hailing from across the region, a residential dormitory was considered, but passed over in favor of a more family-oriented solution. Four large houses in the area were acquired and are home to several kids during the week, to help them bypass long commutes and focus on their work. Their parents take turns as the adults in charge on a scheduled rotation. The Philadelphia Union academy project that could transform North American youth soccer

Brian Sciaretta of AmericanSoccerNow.com interviews Tab Ramos, who aims to become the first coach to qualify the USA for three straight U-20 World Cups. Ramos, who in June guided the USA to a quarterfinal appearance at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, held his first camp with the new cycle of U-20s earlier this month. Among the players who impressed were the Chicago Magic's Emmanuel Sabbi ("I think he’s a special player," said Ramos), Seattle Sounders' Victor Mansaray and the Chicago Fire's Cameron Lindley. Tab Ramos Discusses U-20 Outlook & Two New Teams

3 comments about "U.S. under-19 women open fourth camp Saturday".
  1. Ric Fonseca, September 30, 2015 at 6:53 p.m.

    Good article Mike! I was very interested in reading the cost of club soccer and the Jones club soccer related expenses. All I can say is that "... back in the day..." when my son started out in club, the cost was, ready for this: $65.00 for the season, and the club then recycled uniforms. Then again, as the number of tournaments grew literally exponentially, the cost ranged from a low $100/team for a "local event" to at the most $250 for a more "prestigious" or established tourney. this didn't include food and lodging. So while the Joneses are getting some "
    sticker shock," all I can say is welcome to the soccer playing USA connection!" I commiserate with them especially as they face the college years, then again, how about having the boys also earn part of their way with some sort of paying jobs, work-study programs while attending classes. As for the cost private vs public colleges, one HAS to consider the cost factor, since the advisers in the article, IMO, really do not know the cost difference, especially in California, yet I didn't see any mention of public universities/college cost for out of state students, e.g. non-California residents usually pay between 40-80% more than residents, but this doesn't include what a "student-athlete" athletic scholarship includes. The whole scenario, the cost of an "academic" vs "athletic" scholarship, in-state public univ (e.g. the state univ system and the UC system) vs a private university, e.g. Loyola Marymount, USC (if this uni had a men's DI program) USF, DII programs, (and remember that DIII programs do not offer athletic rides!) is vastly different. Anyhow, these are finer points the article didn't cover, but I am sure the Jones are now heavily committed to their boys and I applaud them!

  2. uffe gustafsson, September 30, 2015 at 11:05 p.m.

    Good article and we need more of them.
    But it seem kind of high, especially the tornament costs. 8 tornament really, and the amount spent.
    What they play torney all over the country?
    That said it's really expensive to play on the competitive teams.
    I have only one kid playing and we spend about at most $2500.00/year.
    That said all this tornament they do is a big money pit. Wish we didn't fall into that trap.
    Between league and statecup that is plenty.
    A cpl of pre season torney is fine.
    And then you have high school soccer for that age group and now it's a year all around sport with no time off.

  3. Ric Fonseca, October 3, 2015 at 3:48 p.m.

    Uffe, you raise some excellent points, and I just remember excluding the mere fact that the folks behind the "super clubs" (and there are a poop-pot full of them here in SoCal, formed and organized by former club coaches who saw the value in conducting a "hostile take over" of clubs and making them into their own money-pits. I could mention more than several, right in my own back yard - at least five of these "new" clubs and it happened to me personally (tho I've a ft job and didn't depend on the "club fees!) The so called "evolution" of the pay-for-play soccer club is now full blown, and all one needs to do is go on line and get entry information on various tournament cost, this and the websites of the local clubs, from San Diego to Santa Monica throughout Los Angeles County and Riverside. The cost for/of these clubs is outrageous; for example, recently I saw the site of a former club, and noted that their monthly (or quarterly) club meeting was to take place, in ready for this? at the Beverly Hills Country Club...! Well, I'll stop while I am ahead, but then again, PLAY ON for the same of just PLYING ON!!!

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