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Class of 2019 set to anchor U.S. U17 WNT

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: May 3, 2017

This week’s 2019 Girls IMG Academy Top 150 update came at an apt juncture, as it also dropped the same week the U.S. U17 Women’s National Team won the Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni.

That triumph came on the back of a number of players set to graduate in 2019. The group will serve as the backbone of the U.S. U17s over the next year and a half for the upcoming World Cup cycle.

While there is plenty of time to prepare for 2018 CONCACAF qualifying, the roster that traveled to Italy featured 14 high school juniors, out of a total of 21.

MORE: 2019 Top 150 Spotlight | U17 WNT roster for Italy | U16 GNT roster for Belgium

Two of those players are veterans of the 2016 U17 World Cup, as both Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner – the top two ranked players in the latest 2019 update – traveled to Jordan.

Plenty could change between now and the 2018 edition of the U17 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Uruguay. New head coach Mark Carr oversaw last week’s trip to Europe, and the success there should be a building block for the group.

Below is a look at each junior’s involvement in Italy (Top 150 rank in parentheses).

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