Is the U.S. Youth National Team back in action?
The recent letters being sent out to players and clubs would lead you to believe the U.S. Youth National Teams are making a comeback sometime soon in 2021.
The first camp that seems to be in the pipeline is the U17 Women’s National Team, the 2005 age group, as the Federation aims to get a better idea on that age group with the anticipation that youth events might look closer to normal next year. Early indications suggest this is a virtual camp as an introduction for the player pool.
The Girls Academy social media account has been announcing some of the players from the league who have been called up to the team this week on Twitter. Peyton Nourse (Colorado Rush), Bella Garces (NEFC), Cameron Patton (Lonestar SC), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC), and Megan Santa Cruz (LA Surf) are the first players the league has announced as part of the player pool. Sydney Watts, a star for Sporting Blue Valley, is also part of this camp. STA, another Girls Academy club, also announced that goalkeeper Kyla Holmes has been called up. Jenni Groves, Ashley Pennie, and Abriella Moss are also part of the camp.
The Girls Academy League kicks off their first event of the season next week in Texas. The league has advertised that there will be a U.S. Youth National Team scouting presence at the event.
The Academy League is not the only show in town. ECNL clubs are getting the information packets as well for players getting called into the national team player pool. North Carolina Courage Academy announced six players called into the pool on Wednesday. Lauren Martinho, Kiera Clemens, Abby Gundry, Aleigha Arndt, Mia Oliaro, and Phoebe Goldthwaite are the six players included in the pool. Cameron Silva (Mustang SC) is part of the camp as well.
Unsurprisingly, Treasure Byars (Solar SC) is also part of this camp, as she factors to be a key player for this age group moving forward. The midfielder announced her inclusion on social media this week. Blake Olivier (AHFC) also announced on social media that she was called into the camp.
Real Colorado looks to lead the way among clubs with nine players called into the pool. Adelyn Todd, Reagan Kotschau, Jasmine Aikey, Caley Swierenga, Michaela McGowan, Morgan Juran, Addison Whitehouse, Shay Kercher-Pratt, and Thai Quallich represent Real Colorado on the U.S. U17 WNT virtual camp.
TopDrawerSoccer has also been informed Ella Johnson, one of the TDS Standouts from the most recent ECNL National Event in Florida, was also selected for the pool. Johnson is one of the stars of the Wilmington Hammerheads club. Tanner Ijams, a goalkeeper from Beach FC, and Katie Piburn, another member of Beach FC, are also part of the camp. Jamie Campbell and Savannah King, both players from Real So Cal, were also invited to the virtual camp.
Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) Academy standout Lisa McIntyre has also been invited to the camp, her school's athletic department announced on social media on Wednesday. McIntyre played for SJEB Rush in the Development Academy last season. She previously played for Philadelphia SC. She is currently an FC Bucks player. North Harford High School announced that sophomore Finley Lavin, who plays for Pipeline SC at the club level, is also part of the camp. Hannah Jibril, another player for Pipeline, was also included in the camp.
Lauren Woodruff (DKSC), Madison Krakower (Cedar Stars Academy), Olivia Thomas (Michigan Hawks), Hailey Baumann (Michigan Hawks), Grace Ivey (Florida Elite SA), Kearstyn Gladden (UFA), Nena Watts (UFA), Francesca Valverde (FC Stars), Avery Galante (FC Stars), Reese Black (Tophat), Atlee Olofson (Sting Austin), Anna Castenfelt (Utah Royals FC-AZ), Amaris Franco (LA Breakers), Keegan Schmeiser (FC United), Katie Shea Collins (Tampa Bay United), Emma Yolinsky (Sting Black), and Valentina Amaral (FKK Krush 04) were also announced as part of the camp on social media.
The virtual camp is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5.
U.S. U17 WNT Player Pool: Virtual Camp February 2021
Goalkeeper (11): Valentina Amaral (Florida Kraze), Jamie Campbell (Real So Cal), Amaris Franco (LA Breakers), Abby Gundry (NC Courage), Jennifer Groves (SC del Sol), Kyla Holmes (STA), Tanner Ijams (Beach FC), Shay Kercher-Pratt (Real Colorado), Atlee Olofson (Sting Austin), Victoria Safradin (Internationals), Adelyn Todd (Real Colorado)
Defender (20): Hailey Baumann (Michigan Hawks), Lily Camacho (PDA), Talia Coury (Phoenix Rising), Brooke Fabri (Phoenix Rising), Kearstyn Gladden (UFA), Morgan Juran (Real Colorado), Savannah King (Real So Cal), Finley Lavin (Pipeline SC), Olivia Marrone (PDA), Malia McMahon (LAFC Slammers), Imani Newby (Heat FC), Cameron Roller (Solar SC), Keegan Schmeiser (FC United), Kamryn Simpson (Classics Elite), Caley Swierenga (Real Colorado), Abigail Unkraut (CUP), Alena Watts (UFA), Samantha Weiss (Crossfire Premier SC), Lauren Woodruff (D’Feeters), Amelia Van Zanten (Eclipse Select SC)
Midfielder (33): Aleigha Arndt (NC Courage), Mia Bhuta (Internationals), Reese Black (Tophat SC), Treasure Byars (Solar SC), Ella Carter (TSJ FC Virginia), Anna Castenfelt (Utah Royals FC - AZ), Gabrielle Ceballos (Classics Elite), Kennedy Clark (CUP), Kiera Clemens (NC Courage), Melania Fullerton (FC Dallas), Avery Galante (FC Stars), Kennedy Garcia (PDA), Phoebe Goldthwaite (NC Courage), Shae Harvey (LAFC Slammers), Grace Ivey (FESA), Grace Jackson (Internationals), Andrea Leyva (Heat FC), Lauren Martinho (NC Courage), Skyler Miller (Richmond United), Lisa McIntyre (FC Bucks), Abriella Moss (Weston FC), Peyton Nourse (Colorado Rush), Ashley Pennie (Weston FC), Katie Piburn (Beach FC), Thai Quallich (Real Colorado), Megan Santa Cruz (LA Surf), Mia Serna (TSJ FC Virginia), Cameron Silva (Mustang SC), Ella Stanley (Richmond United), Valerie Vargas Arceo (Beach FC), Ava Verplancke (So Cal Blues), Elizabet Velkova (Crossfire Premier), Sydney Watts (Sporting Blue Valley SC), Kayla Wong (PDA)
Forward (28): Jasmine Aikey (Real Colorado), Arianna Brothers (Pac NW), Taylor Cheatham (FC Dallas), Kathleen Collins (TSC), Lillian Danner (CUP), Samantha DeGuzman (Virginia DA), Ava Galligan (TSJ FC Virginia), Isabella Garces (NEFC), Taylor Jernigan (Classics Elite), Hannah Jibril (Pipeline SC), Aryanna Jimison (FC Dallas), Ella Johnson (Wilmington Hammerheads), Courtney Jones (Orlando City), Madison Krakower (Cedar Stars Academy), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC), Michaela McGowan (Real Colorado), Mia Oliaro (NC Courage), Blake Olivier (AHFC), Cameron Patton (Lonestar SC), Melina Rebimbas (PDA), Sarah Rosenbaum (Richmond United), Amanda Schlueter (CUP), Madison Stormberg (FC Dallas), Sierra Sythe (Beach FC), Olivia Thomas (Michigan Hawks), Francesca Valverde (FC Stars), Cassandra Villanueva (So Cal Blues), Addie Whitehouse (Real Colorado), Emma Yolinsky (Dallas Sting), Sophie Zhang (Crossfire Premier SC)