U.S. U-20 women prep for World Cup

Three months ahead of the U-20 Women’s World Cup, Coach Jitka Klimkova  is holding a 24-player camp in Carson, California.

Klimkova, who will be picking a 21-player roster for the World Cup, has called in 17 collegians and seven youth club players.

The camp will include two games against the U.S. U-23 women’s national team May 14 and May 17.

The roster is comprised of eight players born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and five born in 2000. (Players born in 1998 or later are eligible for this year’s U-20 World Cup.)

The USA will face Japan, Paraguay and Spain in Group C at the France-hosted U-20 World Cup (Aug. 5-24).

U.S. U-20 women's national team roster
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), Emily Fox (UNC; Chapel Hill, N.C.), 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.).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (LAFC Slammers; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.).
FORWARDS (5): Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Nashville, Tenn.).

1 comment about "U.S. U-20 women prep for World Cup".
  1. R2 Dad, May 4, 2018 at 4:11 p.m.

    I'm thinking back to the last U20 WC against North Korea where we ran into an overtly physical opponent AND a center ref that allowed that strategy to succeed. Our ladies got pummeled. I hope we have a couple players on this team for this contingency. It would be unfortunate to get CONCACAFed again.

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