CHICAGO – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will come together for a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, running from May 11-18. U.S. Women’s National Teams Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 24 players for the camp, the second of the year for this age group, which will run concurrently with a U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team camp.
This age group, born mostly in 1996 and 1997 (with one player, forward Madison Haley who was born in 1998) will form the core of the team that will attempt qualify for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa. The age cut-off year for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
The roster includes two college players, Mikaela Harvery of Texas A&M and Rebecca Rasmussen of Georgia, and also features eight starters from the last cycle of U.S. Under-17s in defenders Ellie Jean, Natalie Jacobs and Tegan McGrady, midfielders Dorian Bailey, Marley Canales and Taylor Racioppi and forwards Zoe Redei and Haley.
U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Darien Dunham (CFC United; Cheshire, Conn.), Casey Murphy (PDA Slammers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Madeline Elliston (OMA Elite Girl’s Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Dominique Romero (North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nev.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Jaye Boissiere (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Jessica Vigna (PDA Slammers; Farmingdale, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Kayla Cappuzzo (Albertson Fury; Merrick, N.Y.), Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Annie Kingman (PSC Union FC; Woodside, Calif.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)