Youth: U.S. U-17 girls prepping for World Cup

At its first training camp since qualifying for the 2018 U-17 Women's World Cup, Coach Mark Carr  has called in 18 players who weren't part of his Concacaf championship-winning team.

“Obviously, we are very excited to be at the NDC in Kansas City,” said Carr in a press release. “It will be inspiring for our young players, and it will set the standard as we start to build and prepare for the U-17 FIFA World Cup. After qualifying, we wanted to make sure that we looked at the whole U-17 WNT pool again and reward top performers in both the Development Academy and in our younger girls’ national teams.

"We’ve evaluated everyone individually and determined which players needed more programming and who needed a bit of a break. It has been an intensive period for all national team players coming off the club season and World Cup qualifying, and with the injuries we’ve suffered and the schedule ahead, it’s important to open up the pool now, and then narrow it once again as we get closer to the World Cup.”

Ten of the 28 players at the July 12-22 training camp at the new U.S. Soccer National Development Center in Kansas City were part of the USA's first-place team in June at the Concacaf U-17 Championship, from which the USA, Mexico and Canada qualified for the 2018 U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay Nov. 13-Dec. 1.

Defender Kate Wiesner has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for the LAFC Slammers during the U-18/U-19 Development Academy final.

Players born after in 2001 or later are eligible for this year's U-17 World Cup. Carr's roster is comprised of 20 2001s, five 2002s, and three 15-year-olds born in 2003.

The USA faces Cameroon, defending champion North Korea, and Germany in group play at the 2018 U-17 World Cup.

U-17 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (4): Rachael Black (SC del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.), Halle Mackiewicz (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.).
DEFENDERS (11): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass.; Swampscott, Mass.), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Tex.), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Madison Haugen (Concorde Fire SC; Cumming, Ga.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Kellie Pagador (Placer United; Roseville, Calif.), Nicole Payne (Concorde Fire FC; Birmingham, Ala.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Lawson Willis ( Colorado Rush; Centennial; Colo.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Isabella Cook (Eclipse Select; Elmhurst, Ill.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Alexis Missimo (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Tex.), Jadyn Shinn (San Jose Earthquakes; Manteca, Calif.), Ellis Wheeler (FC Virginia; Fairfax Station, Va.).
FORWARDS (6): Trinity Byars (Solar SC; Richardson, Tex.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo), Mia Fontana (San Jose Earthquakes; Burlingame, Calif.), Diana Ordonez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Tex.), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel), Taeya Schueppert (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.).

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