By the Numbers:
7. Players from Dallas-area club Solar SC. 8. Attendees from California (most from any state, ahead of Texas' seven); four each from Northern and Southern California. 13. Total states represented.
• Schoepfer most recently served as technical director at Massachusetts's South Shore Select. She's previously worked as an assistant coach with the U-17 and U-20 U.S. women and U-16 girls national teams. The Connecticut product's professional playing career included four years with the NWSL's Boston Breakers after playing for the Breakers under Tony DiCicco in the 2011 WPS season. She earned all-American honors at Penn State and was in U.S. youth national team player pools from U-17 to U-23.
• Players born in 2007 or later are eligible for this U-15 squad, which will compete in this summer Concacaf Girls Under-15 Championship. All players on the roster besides 2008s Kimmi Ascanio and forward Shiana Samarasinghe were born in 2007.
• Midfielder Lily Yohannes, a Virginia product, is currently with Netherlands club Ajax.
U.S. U-15 Girls Roster
Gabrielle Baker (PDA; Hillsborough, N.J.)
Morgan Farnham (LAFC SoCal Youth; Studio City, Calif.)
Olivia Geller (Solar SC; Southlake, Texas)
Molly Vapensky (Chicago FC United; Evanston, Ill.)
Trinity Armstrong (Solar SC; Dallas Texas)
Mya Brandon (Michigan Hawks, Canton, Mich.)
Leilani Cortez-Ramirez (FC Bay Area Surf; San Jose, Calif.)
Maddie Costello (SUSA; Stony Brook, N.Y.)
Jordyn Hardeman (Solar SC; Frisco, Texas)
Daya King (Legends FC; Moreno Valley, Calif.)
Sadie Leal-Schuman (Lamorinda SC; Orinda, Calif.)
Kai Price (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.)
Kimmi Ascanio (Florida United; Doral, Fla.)
Sofia Atehortua (New York Soccer Club; Fairfield, Conn.)
Addison DeJoseph (United Futbol Academy; Roswell, Ga.)
Kennedy Fuller (Solar SC; Southlake, Texas)
Hannah Harms (Virginia Union; Vienna, Va.)
Hannah Jordan (Solar SC; Southlake, Texas)
Chelsea Leal (STA; New York, N.Y.)
Zoe Matthews (Solar SC, Southlake, Texas) Ainsley McCammon (Solar, SC; Aubrey, Texas)
Y-Lan Nguyen (VDA; Fairfax, Va.)
Chloe Sadler (La Roca FC; Hyde Park, Utah)
Adrielle Salvador (LAFC SoCal Youth; Newhall, Calif.)
Paige Thompson (Mountain View Los Altos; Walnut Creek, Calif.)
Lily Yohannes (Ajax/NED; Springfield, Va.)
Alexa DeJoseph (United Futbol Academy; Roswell, Ga.)
Julianna Harris (Florida United; Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Ava Harrison (San Diego Soccer Club; San Diego, Calif.)
Carrie Helfrich (Virginia Union; Mclean, Va.)
Tessa Knapp (Internationals Soccer Club; Bay Village, Ohio)
Shiana Samarasinghe (Mountain View Los Altos; San Jose, Calif.)
Katie Scott (Internationals Soccer Club; Erie, Penn.)
Mya Townes (TSJ FC Virginia; Stone Ridge, Va.)
The young ladies chosen for these camps and tourneys today form the cohort that will whittle down and create individuals for the USWNT. So the filters used to choose these players are important as they limit the type of players and the preferred skill sets. Is the foundation of this squad based on a midfield with two box-to-box 8s and a 6? Are rabbits/turbo players always preferred over ball-handling midfielders and forwards? This is the age where the Nats are supposed to implement our style of play. Can anyone describe what that is in a couple of sentences? I would like these teams to go to France and Spain during the summer to scrimmage against the top girls teams there, to test how limited our run and gun is against their superior ball-handlers. I'd assume our teams would win, but also get outplayed for long stretches as well.
France and Spain !?!?!?... Top Girls Teams.???... Don't waste your Time... They should play versus Top US College teams.!!!
What would that accomplish? Simply more kicking and running.
Something"Smells" Funny...7 players from ONE TEAM in Texas.???