USA names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying

Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's World Cup Concacaf qualifying tournament Dec. 3-13 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The roster ranges across four birth years, 1996-1999. Southern California 16-year-old defender Kiara Pickett is the youngest member of the squad.

Two players were part of the USA’s 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup squad in Canada: forward Mallory Pugh and goalkeeper Rose Chandler. Pugh played in all four games of the USA’s quarterfinal run in 2014.

"We have a great mix of talent, sophistication, and athleticism at every position," said U.S. coach Michelle French said in a press release.

The USA faces Mexico, Panama and Haiti in group play. The top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners and the third-place game winner earn berths to the 2016 U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

U.S. U-20 women’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.).
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park; Calif.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Shannon Horgan (Clemson; Long Beach, N.Y.), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame; Coto de Caza; Calif.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Parker Roberts (Kansas; Leawood, Kan.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.).
FORWARDS (4): Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse SC; Highland Park, Ill.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.).

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