July 17, 2014
U.S. PICKS 21 BEST 20-YEAR-OLDS
Team named for U-20 Women's World Cup in Cacada in August
CHICAGO - U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Michelle French has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, being held in Edmonton, Montreal, Moncton and Toronto, Canada, from Aug. 5-24.
"We have a good mixture of leadership, talent and great technical ability on all three lines," said French. "We have a lot of tactical understanding and creativity based on the way they read the game, and I see a lot of grit and bite in the way we defend. The combination of these factors gives us a very well-rounded team."
The U.S. will play its first two Group B matches at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, opening its tournament on Aug. 5 against Germany and facing Brazil on Aug. 8. The USA will finish group play on Aug. 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium. The curtain-raiser between the USA, which has won this tournament three times, and Germany, which has won twice, matches the countries that played in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final in Tokyo.
Among the 21 players named are two who were a part of the U.S. team that won the 2012 U-20 World Cup in Japan. Co-captain Cari Roccaro played every minute of the three knockout matches two years ago and defender Stephanie Amack, the youngest player on the 2012 team, did not play in Japan but is expected to play a large role this time around.
Five of the six forwards named to the roster scored a combined 82 goals for their college teams during the 2013 season. Lindsey Horan opted to skip college to play professionally and scored 20 goals in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain this past season; she is the USA's leading scorer with 21 goals in 22 U-20 caps.
The midfield is led by Rose Lavelle, a rising sophomore at Wisconsin, who was the MVP of the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship last January in the Cayman Islands.
The U.S. defense is a experienced. Roccaro and Katie Naughton, both of whom attend Notre Dame, have played together for both college and country. Outside backs Andi Sullivan, Brittany Basinger (Penn State) and Amack (Stanford), all have extensive experience in USA's youth national team system, while Sullivan and Basinger were starters on the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup team.
Katelyn Rowland, Jane Campbell and Rose Chandler will be in goal. The 5-foot-11 Rowland helped UCLA with the NCAA title last year, the 5-9 Campbell was the USA's starter at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, and the 5-8 Chandler, who will attend Penn State this fall, made a late run for a roster spot
U.S. U-20 Women's World Cup Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Rosemary Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State: Wayne, N.J.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)