October 13, 2016
SHE'S A 'KEEPER
NEFC's Brooke Heinsohn named to U.S. U-20 team
CHICAGO -- New England FC goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn has been named to the U.S. national team for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Thursday.
Heinsohn, granddaughter of former Boston Celtics star Tommy Heinsohn, is among 13 players who were on the roster of the team that advanced through CONCACAF qualifying. The event will be held in Papua New Guinea Nov. 13-Dec. 3.
According to the U.S. Soccer Federation release: “the USA has three quality goalkeepers in Casey Murphy (Rutgers), Chandler (Penn State) and Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC). Murphy and Heinsohn are both 6-foot-1.” Heinsohn, 18, also played at the Rivers School and has committed to Duke University.
Said U.S. coach Michelle French: "The experience and knowledge this group of players will gain through their participation in the U-20 World Cup is extremely valuable. Players have two opportunities at the youth level to try to qualify and compete in a World Cup, so being a part of this roster is massive. The more exposure our Youth National Team players can get to major world events, the heightened physical and emotional demands, and top international competition, the more the players will be prepared moving forward in their respective National Team careers.
"Throughout this cycle, we have gone through an extensive process evaluating a number of players in various environments. The final World Cup roster is comprised of players that provide great depth and versatility in every position. The way in which players competed to be a part of the roster, their commitment to be a part of this cycle, and their overall dedication to each other, has been tremendous. This group of players is highly motivated which has proven to be the impetus for their individual and collective development, particularly over the last six months."
Three players – Chandler, forward Mallory Pugh and defender Kaleigh Riehl -- were part of the team for 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Pugh started in the event in Canada as a 16-year-old, going on to debut for the senior team this year. Pugh has 17 caps and four goals for the WNT, including a goal against Colombia in the 2016 Olympics, making her the youngest U.S. player to score in an Olympic Games tournament. Pugh has 23 caps and 17 goals for the U-20s, leading the team in qualifying with seven goals and winning the Golden Boot as top scorer and the Golden Ball as the best player.
"I think this team is very dynamic, both on and off the field," Pugh said. "We all have this drive when we wake up in the morning to inspire each other to get better and that's really special. Off the field, it's one of the most tight-knit and positive teams I've ever been a part of during my career. We have some big challenges ahead in PNG and we're looking forward to them."
U.S. U-20 Women's World Cup Team
• GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
• DEFENDERS (7): Madeline Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Taylor Otto (North Carolina; Apex, N.C.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
• MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Courtney Petersen (Virginia; Canton, Mich.), Parker Roberts (Florida; Leawood, Kansas)
• FORWARDS (4): Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues: Monrovia, Calif.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.)