With introductions out of the way, now comes the difficult part for U.S. U23 Women’s National Team coach Randy Waldrum.
Having just wrapped his first camp in Sarasota, Florida, after being named the coach just a week earlier, Waldrum must now make sense out of what he’s just seen.
The U23s are scheduled to head to Spain for the La Manga Tournament next month and it’s up to the new guy to select the roster.
Never mind that he’s only had a week to evaluate. It amounts to kind of a crash course for the Notre Dame coach but it’s all a part of the new U.S. Soccer gig.
“The primary purpose of the camp for me was to see what I had,” Waldrum said. “This was my only opportunity to see them before (Spain). I did know most of the players coming in but you really get a different perception of them when you see them train twice a day for an entire week.”
So what did he learn?
U.S. U23 WNT Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Emily Kruger (California; Woodside, Calif.), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Freemont, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (10): Natasha Anasi (Duke; Arlington, Texas), Lauren Barnes (Philadelphia Independence; Upland, Calif.), Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Camille Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Taylor Lytle (Texas Tech; Las Cruces, N.M.), Blake Miller (West Virginia; St. Louis, Mo.); Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Elli Reed (Boston Breakers; Park City, Utah), Sammy Scofield (Notre Dame; Geneva, Ill.), Kika Toulouse (Virginia; Arlington, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Bianca D’Agostino (out of contract; Longmeadow, Mass.), Amanda DaCosta (Sky Blue FC; Katonah, N.Y.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centerville, Va.), Elizabeth Tucker (Notre Dame; Jacksonville, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Florida; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Co.), Lindsay Taylor (Stanford; Los Altos, Calif.), Laura Weinberg (Duke; Boca Raton, Fla.)