Youth: College stars will join U.S. U-20 women for Nike Friendlies

U.S. under-20 women's national team head coach Jitka Klimkova named four collegians playing at the Women's College Cup, to a 24-player preliminary roster for the first Women's Nike International Friendlies beginning next Thursday at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Three UCLA players -- defender Karina Rodriguez, midfielder Viviana Villacorta and forward Ashley Sanchez -- and Stanford striker Civana Kuhlmann are in the squad. Of the 24 players, 12 recently completed their freshman college seasons, five are sophomores and eight are playing youth soccer.

Klimkova will name 20 players from the roster to suit up for each of the three matches against England, Finland and Brazil.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Claudia Dickey (Charlotte Soccer Academy), Laurel Ivory (Virginia), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech).
DEFENDERS (8): Nicole Albrecht (Minnesota), Julia Bingham (USC), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC), Tara McKeown (USC), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA), Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Samantha Coffey (Boston College), Savannah DeMelo (USC), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado), Zoe Morse (Virginia), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA).
FORWARDS (6): Sophia Smith (Real Colorado), Jordan Harr (Texas Tech), Abigail Kim (California), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA), Taryn Torres (Virginia).
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