Roster: U.S. U-20 women head to Spain for World Cup prep

The U.S. U-20 women will face the U-23 teams of Sweden (April 5), England (April 7) and Italy (April 9) in La Manga, Spain.

U.S. coach Jitka Klimkova, who's preparing the team for the 2018 U-20 World Cup (Aug. 5-24) in France, has called in 24 players for the March 29-April 10 trip to Spain.

The squad is comprised eight players born in 1998 (the World Cup cutoff year), 13 born in 1999 and three born in 2000.

The six players not yet in college are: Jordan Brewster (International SC), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado) and Penelope Hocking (SoCal Blues).

Earlier this month, Klimkova's team traveled to France and played the World Cup host twice, winning 1-0 and tying 2-2. Pinto scored in the first match and Smith scored both goals in the second.

U.S. U-20 women's national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass), Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (8): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, NC), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.).
FORWARDS (7): Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.).

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