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

Coach Michelle French  has named the USA's 21-player roster for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup (Nov. 13-Dec. 3) in Papua New Guinea.

Three players named were also part of French’s team the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup: goalkeeper Rose Chandler and defender Kaleigh Riehl and attacker Mallory Pugh.

Pugh played for the USA under Coach Jill Ellis at last summer's Olympic Games in Brazil

"Throughout this cycle, we have gone through an extensive process evaluating a number of players in various environments," French said. "The final World Cup roster is comprised of players who provide great depth and versatility in every position.”

Included in the squad is forward Ashley Sanchez, who scored three goals and captained the USA at the U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan, where the USA, coached by B.J. Snow, exited in the first round. Sanchez, the youngest player on French’s roster, scored three goals and had five assists at the Concacaf U-20 qualifying tournament and scored the game-winning goal in the championship game against Canada.

At the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the USA fell in a penalty-kick tiebreaker in the quarterfinals to North Korea after a 1-1 tie.

U.S. U-20 Women's World Cup History
Year U.S. finish (U.S. coach)
2014 Quarterfinals (Michelle French)
2012 Champion (Steve Swanson)
2010 Quarterfinals (Jill Ellis)
2008 Champion (Tony DiCicco)
2006 Fourth Place (Tim Schulz)
2004 Third place (Mark Krikorian)
2002 Champion (Tracey Leone)

U.S. U-20 Women's World Cup team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.).
DEFENDERS (7): Madeline Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Taylor Otto (North Carolina; Apex, N.C.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Courtney Petersen (Virginia; Canton, Mich.), Parker Roberts (Florida; Leawood, Kansas).
FORWARDS (4): Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues: Monrovia, Calif.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.).

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