The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will hold its third training camp of the year when it comes together from July 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
U.S. Soccer is staging U-19 WNT programing this year for the first time since 2004 when the age group switched to Under-20s as FIFA’s world championship moved from a U-19 competition that was staged in 2002 and 2004 to the U-20 Women’s World Cup which has been held in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
The reinstitution of the U-19s is a part of an overall increase in programing for the USA’s youth women’s and girls’ national teams which now has teams at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels.
All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. FIFA has announced that the tournament would be held in Papua New Guinea.
Of the 24 players called up, 15 were born in 1997, and six were born in 1996, which is the age cutoff year for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Jitka Klimkova, one of the USA’s Women’s Development Coaches, will head the camp and also called up several younger players, including two born in 1998 and midfielder Brianna Pinto, who was born in 2000, and is a part of the U.S. U-16 Girl’s National Team pool.
U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Devon Kerr (Glen Shields FC; Barrie, Canada), Kaylan Marckese (Tampa Bay United; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire Premier; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Alana Cook (Match Fit Academy; Far Hills, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Michaela Kovacs (Grand Rapids Crew; Hudsonville, Mich.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA Mercury; San Jose, Calif.), Amanda Visco (PDA; Manalapan, N.J.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna Prima; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals FC; Avon Lake, Ohio), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Madeline McCracken (Richmond United; Lynch Station, Va.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Briana Solis (Florida Krush; Orlando, Fla.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Jorian Baucom (SC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Kirsten Davis (Dallas Sting; Chesterfield, Mo.), Annie Kingman (PSV Union FC; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Grayson, Ga.).