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January 5, 2009
2 area women training with U-23 NT

Two area women have been selected to train with the U.S. Under-23 women's National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. from Jan. 5-12.

The two are Brittany Taylor (Connecticut) and Kia McNeill (Boston College/Avon, Conn)

They were among among 25 players that coach Bill Irwin invited to the OTC as he begins preparation for the 2009 Nordic Cup, which will be held in July.

The U.S. has won the last two Nordic Cups, including the 2008 tournament in Sweden when the team did not allow a goal. The U.S. has had great success at the Nordic Cup facing Europe’s top teams for this age group, winning 10 of the last 12 tournaments. The roster includes 11 members of the 2008 Nordic Cup champions.

The U.S. roster:

Goalkeepers (3): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA), Mallori Lofton (South Florida).
Defenders (6): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Kasey Moore (Texas), Brittany Taylor (Connecticut), Jessica Tsao (Portland).
Midfielders (9): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Parrissa Eyorokon (Purdue), Katy Frierson (Auburn), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Casey Noguiera (North Carolina), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Kat Reynolds (Santa Clara).
Forwards (7): Danesha Adams (Chicago Red Stars), Brittany Bock (Notre Dame), Amanda Cinalli (St. Louis Athletica), Katie Larkin (BYU), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Kia McNeill (Boston College), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford).

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