The USA will play Japan in two under-20 women's friendlies Aug. 28 and Aug. 31 during a training camp at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Head coach Mark
has called in 20 players, including two players who have moved to Germany: forward Talia DellaPeruta
(FC Cologne) and midfielder Aki Yuasa
(Bayern Munich). The have not signed
pro contracts, so they are still eligible to attend college.
Of the other 18 players, two are freshmen in college: Bria Schrotenboer
(Michigan State) and Katelyn Duong
All are born in 2001 or 2002. Players born in 2000 should form the nucleus of the team that will attempt to qualifying for the 2020 U-20 World Cup in Nigeria.
“Japan are a long-time world power," said Carr, "so playing them twice will give us a snapshot of where we are, both individually and collectively, as well as the areas we need to improve as
we get closer to World Cup qualifying early next year.” U.S. U-20 Roster: GOALKEEPERS (2):
Mia Justus (IMG
Academy), Halle Mackiewicz (Real Colorado) DEFENDERS (5):
Abby Allen (Lonestar SC), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas academy), Sally Menti (Crossfire Premier), Makenna Morris (McLean Youth
Soccer), Bria Schrotenboer (Michigan State Univ..), Paige Tolentino (NC Courage academy) MIDFIELDERS (6):
Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC), Katelyn Duong (Univ. of Minnesota), Emily
Mathews (Nationals), Amber Nguyen (Tophat), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire), Aki Yuasa (Bayern Munich/GER) FORWARDS (6):
Ainsley Ahmadian (Eclipse Select SC), Talia DellaPeruta (FC
Cologne/GER), Lia Godfrey (United Soccer Alliance), Samantha Meza (Solar SC), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues).