Two U.S. Youth National Team programs will come together this weekend when the U17 and U18 Women’s teams gather for a weeklong camp that begins on Sunday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
The U17s will be led by their new coach Albertin Montoya
as they continue preparations for the 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. The squad most recently got together in August when they played a pair of friendlies against Japan.
New U17 WNT coach Albertin Montoya.
Strong performers included Toni Payne
, Morgan Andrews, Summer Green and Emily Bruder – all of whom are back this weekend.
On the U18s side, U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 30 players in their first meeting since June.
There are new faces for the U18s, including Freestate Soccer Alliance midfielder Riley Barger who is looking forward to showcase her skills during her first call-in.
“The opportunity to play with some of the best players in the nation is awesome,” Barger said. “I know (Albertson Fury star) Cari Roccaro – she is a really good friend, so I’m really excited to play with her.
“I think combining with the U17s is a great idea and it will make the team that much stronger and the level of play higher.”
Elk Grove Everton FC attacker Devlyn Jeter will also get her first taste of a national team camp, and said she fell off her couch when she found out she’d been invited.
“It's an experience I've been wanting my whole life and I'm so happy I finally have the chance to go,” she said. “I'll be in a competitive environment playing the sport I love. I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm really excited and can't wait to get down there to play!”
Some of the U18 veterans will include Bryane Heaberlin, Sophie Groff and Lindsey Horan.
U.S. U18 WNT Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Caroline Casey (Virginia Rush; Chesapeake, Va.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; Tampa, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Andi Tostanoski (Pride Predator; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Yulie Lopez (Coral Springs United; Wellington, Fla.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carly Jo Olszewski (Real So Cal; Upland, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Alexis Shaffer (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Brittany Von Rueden (FC Milwaukee Nationals; Mequon, Wis.), Ryan Walker (Mustang Blast; Oakland, Calif.), Alexandra Wong (McLean Power; Rockville, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Riley Barger (Freestate Soccer Alliance; Baldwin, Md.), Kate Bettinger (Marin SC; Belvedere, Calif.), Caroline Lindquist (Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Chelsea; Dallas, Tex.), Emily Sonnett (NASA, Marietta, Ga.), Allison Wetherington (Concorde Fre SC; Acworth Ga.)
Makenzy Doniak (Slammers FC; Chino Hills, Calif.), Sophie Groff (Dallas Texans; Grapevine, Texas), Sarah Hardison
(FC Virginia; Hamilton, Va.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Devlyn Jeter (FC Elk Grove; Sacramento, Calif.), Kristiana Konkol-Mroczokowski (Real So Cal; Malibu, Calif.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Anna McClung (GSA Phoenix; Gate City, Va.), Jenna Roering (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Lino Lakes, Minn.)
U.S. U17 WNT Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno FC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Morgan Stearns (McLean Power; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Madeline Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Gabby Byorth (Ohio Premier Eagles; Dublin, Ohio), Zoey Goralski (Chicago Botafogo; Naperville, Ill.), Elizabeth Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colo.), Morgan Reid (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.), Claire Wagner (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joanna Boyles (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C), Miranda Freeman (Lady Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabbi 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.)
Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), Danica Evans (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Darian Jenkins (Sparta; Riverton, Utah), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Toni Payne
(Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.)