Four European-based players who turned down a chance to play in the NWSL -- Casey Murphy
, Julia Ashley
, Alana Cook
and senior international Hailie Mace
-- are among the 20
players called into the U.S. Under-23 women’s national team for the Women’s International U-23 La Manga Tournament.
The USA will face U-23 squads from Sweden on Friday, France
on Sunday and Italy on next Tuesday.
The team is a mixed squad of U-23 and U-20 age players. Besides the four pros, there are 14 collegiate players and two youth club players (Payton
and Jordan Canniff
The team is different from the U-23 team that won two of three games at the Thorns Spring Invitational, which ended Saturday in Portland,
Oregon. U.S. U-23 Roster: GOALKEEPERS (2):
Meagan McClelland (Rutgers), Casey Murphy (Montpellier/FRA).
Julia Ashley (Linkopings FC/SWE), Malia Berkely (Florida State), Alana Cook (Paris SG/FRA), Alyssa Malonson (Auburn), Tara McKeown (USC), Yazmeen Ryan (TCU), Ella Shamburger
(Vanderbilt). MIDFIELDERS (5):
Meg Brandt (Nebraska), Samantha Coffey (Penn State), Brianne Folds (Auburn), Kelcie Hedge (Santa Clara), Taylor Otto (North Carolina). FORWARDS
Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy), Abigail Kim (California), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford), Hailie Mace (Rosengard FC/SWE), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars), Summer Yates (Washington).