Commentary

U.S. girls to prep for U-17 World Cup against Swiss U-19s

By Mike Woitalla

The U.S. U-17 girls national team, which is preparing for the U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan (Sept. 30-Oct. 21), will play two games against the Switzerland team that is prepping for July's U-19 European Championship.

U.S. coach B.J. Snow has called up 22 players, including 18 who were on the squad that in mid-March won the Concacaf U-17 Championship. The players on the roster include 12 born in 1999, the age-cutoff for participation in this fall’s World Cup, seven 2000s, and three 2001s, all three of whom were on the qualifying squad: defenders Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner and forward Jordan Canniff. The Swiss team, which finished atop its European Championship qualifying group that included Norway, Russia and Hungary, is comprised of players born in 1997 and 1998.

Snow's team will be training in Northern Italy May 23-June 3 and will cross the border to Switzerland for the friendlies.

U.S. U-17 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (9): Maycee Bell (Sporting KC; Wichita, Kan.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Ryanne Brown (Indiana Fire; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas).
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.).

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U.S. U-15 and U-16 girls head to Florida camp

The U.S. U-15 girls national team, coached by Mark Carr, and the U-16s, coached by Jaime Frias, will train May 28-June 4 in in Portland, Oregon, and scrimmage against each other.

California and Georgia are the most represented states in the 26-player U.S. U-15 girls national team squad. This age group's ultimate goal is qualifying for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The majority of players were born in 2001.

States represented on U-15 national team:
5 California.
4 Georgia.
3 New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas.
2 Hawaii, Michigan.
1 Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia.

U.S. U-15 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ruthie Jones (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Marzia Josephson (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Maciah Lipsey (Michigan Hawks; Southfield, Mich.) DEFENDERS (6): Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Tori Hansen (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), D'awncey Jones-Black (Honolulu Bulls SC; Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Leah Scarpelli (PDA Storm; Brick, N.J.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Marietta, Ga.), Harper White (Tennessee SC; Franklin, Tenn.).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Eleanor Glenn (Tophat SC; Avondale Estates, Ga.), Sophia Jones (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Julianne Leskauskas (PDA Storm; Farmingdale, N.J.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Gabrielle Robinson (BRYSC; Springfield, Va.), Hollyn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.).
FORWARDS (9): Laney Carroll (Legends FC; Redlands, Calif.), Sunshine Fontes (Honolulu Bulls SC; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Savianna Gomez (Beach Academy; Torrance, Calif.), Emma Hiscock (Michigan Hawks; Fenton, Mich.), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks; Balch Springs, Texas), Madisyn Pilla (PDA Storm; Martinsville, N.J.), Alexandra Russell (Albion Hurricanes; Katy, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select SC; Buffalo Grove, Ill.).

Frias, recently hired as a U.S. Soccer Development Coach, also called in 26 players for the U-16 squad. The majority of the players in the squad were born in 2000 and are in the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

States represented on U-16 national team:
4 California, Colorado.
2 Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington, Michigan.
1 Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas.

U.S. U-16 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Mackenzie Wood (Indiana Fire; Granger, Ind.).
DEFENDERS (9): Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Madison Ellsworth (Crossfire United OR; Hillsboro, Ore.), Cassie Hiatt (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Mililani, Hawaii), Makenna Morris (Bethesda; Germantown, Md.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Margot Ridgeway (Match Fit; Fair Haven, N.J.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sarah Hernandez (Eagles SC; Moorpark, Calif.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Maddie Vergura (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Concord, Mass.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.).
FORWARDS (8): Lia Godfrey (JFC Storm; Fleming Island, Fla.), Sophie Hirst (Crossfire; Seattle, Wash.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Macy Schultz (Colorado Storm; Timnath, Colo.), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Natalie Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Twp., Mich.), Olivia Wingate (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Wilmington, Mass.).

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U.S. U-18 women convene in California

U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs  has named a 26-player squad for a U.S. U-18 women’s national team camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

All the players were born in 1998 and are age-eligible for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has a cutoff date of Jan. 1, 1996, but the 1998ers' main goal is to qualify for the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

U.S. U-18 women’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Gabrielle Kouzelos (Internationals SC; Wadsworth, Ohio), Madison Newsom (FC Elk Grove; Elk Grove, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (8): Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire SC; Newcastle, Wash.), Amayla Johnson (NJ Stallions; Montclair, N.J.), Julie Mackin (Real Colorado; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kaiya McCullough (San Diego Surf; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Taylor Mitchell (Real So Cal; Tarzana, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Natalie Winters (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Olivia Athens (PSV Union FC; Atherton, Calif.), Haley Berg (Solar; Celina, Texas), Samantha Coffey (New York SC; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Sophia Gulati (NJ Stallions; Washington Township, N.J.), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Surf; Henderson, Nev.) Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Nicole Whitley (FC Elk Grove; Elk Grove, Calif.).
FORWARDS (7): Elexa Bahr (GSA; Flowery Branch, Ga.), Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Sunny Dunphy (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Erin Gilroy (East Meadow SC; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Parker Goins (TSC Hurricane; Broken Arrow, Okla.), Abi Kim (Pacific NW SC; Vashon, Wash.), Myra Konte (BRYC Elite Academy; Woodbridge, Va.).

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