The U.S. U17 Women’s National Team is down to its final few matches before Albertin Montoya chooses an 18-player roster for the this month’s international trip to Spain, and more importantly, May’s CONCACAF Qualifying in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
One of them unfolded Monday night when the U.S. side dispatched the U17 German team in a 2-0 victory. The result was the first of three matches this week at the U17 camp in Sunrise, Florida, that will give Montoya the glimpse he feels he needs to finalize his group.
“There are seven players I know are going to be starting for us (in Spain) and so the other spots are still to be determined,” Montoya said. “Players have really stepped up and proved that they need to be in the discussion. It’s very close. They’re making it hard on me, which is good.”
The goal-scorers were Andi Sullivan, in the 53rd minute and Emily Bruder in the 69th, two players who don’t have much to worry about in terms of making the team.
Among those who are not sure bets, striker Margaret Purce also played a nice match alongside regular camp standout Summer Green. Lauren Kaskie is back for her second straight camp after she missed out on a couple gatherings because of a fractured fibula.
“We’re really starting to come together and build chemistry all the way around,” Montoya said. “We created great chances and were very dangerous offensively. We’ll mix things up for our (final two matches) to make sure everyone plays. It’s the best way of making sure we come together.”
All of which serves to give Montoya final pieces of evidence before he chooses his team.
U.S. Lineup vs. Germany USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 8-Brittany Basinger (16-Morgan Reid), 5-Madeline Bauer, 6-Miranda Freeman, 17-Gabrielle Miranda (4-Arielle Ship); 9-Morgan Stanton (20-Antoinette Payne), 3-Morgan Andrews, 2-Sarah Robinson (7-Joanna Boyles); 10-Summer Green, 19-Andi Sullivan (22-Margaret Purce), 14-Amber Munerlyn (25-Emily Bruder) Subs Not Used: 11-Lauren Kaskie, 12-Cameron Castleberry, 13-Caroline Chagares, 15-Elizabeth Raben, 18-Carissa Miller, 21-Gabrielle Matulich, 23-Kayla Mills
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya
U.S. U17 WNT Camp Roster
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Va.), Madeline Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colo.), Morgan Reid (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Joanna Boyles (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C.), Caroline Chagares (PDA Slammers; Wyckoff, N.J.), Miranda Freeman (Lady Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Kayla Mills (Slammers FC; West Covina, Calif.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Sarah Robinson (MVLA Lightning; Los Altos, Calif.), Arielle Ship (Real So Cal; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), Cameron Castleberry (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Antoinette Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), Margaret Purce (Freestate Soccer; Olney, Md.)