Published: January 4, 2012
The top college stars in the country will be back in action beginning this week for the latest U.S. U20 Women's National Team camp in Chula Vista, California.
Of course, there are a few exceptions to the big-name group which will convene this Thursday, January 5, until January 19 in preparation of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in a couple months.
Three club stars will also be a part of the action, including goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, defender Cari Roccaro and forward Lindsey Horan – three standouts who were key players during the 2010 U17 WNT cycle.
It'll be quite the experience for those three, who get to rub shoulders with established college players like Katie Stengel, Maya Hayes and Kealia Ohai.
"I am so honored to be chosen as one of the three non college players to play with the U20 age group," said Albertson SC's Roccaro, who has her fair share of national camp experience, but never with the U20s.
"I know it won't be easy to go from being one of the oldest in my age group to being one of the youngest with the 20s, but it is an adjustment that I will have to make when I get to camp. I am very excited to be playing with some of the best college players from all around the country and I can't wait to see how I fit in with them."
Coach Steve Swanson likely can't wait either.
He'll have some decisions to make in advance of Cup qualifying. The thirty invitees will face off against the Shanghai Women's Football Club of China on two occasions in the coming weeks.
Morgan Brian, Vanessa DiBernardo and Chioma Ubogagu will all be there. They’re just a few of the dominant college names that will jump out at young players like Roccaro.
"I know most of the girls," she said. "I hope they help me adjust to playing at a higher level. I have been working hard and I have high hopes for the best."
U.S. U20 WNT Camp Roster
Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith
(Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Abby Steele (Oregon; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (10): Olivia Brannon (Virginia; Troy, Mich.), Kori Chapic (Penn State; Russell, Ohio), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Denver, Colo.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Casey Morrison (Boston College; York, Pa.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simmons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (Missouri; Liberty, Mo.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (UC Berkeley; Pleasanton, Calif.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Sam Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (9): Micaela Capelle (Portland; Gresham, Ore.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Sophia Huerta (Santa Clara; Boise, Idaho), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Kate Schwindel (West Virginia; Livingston, N.J.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)