Under-16 WNT Heads to Portland

Under-16 WNT Heads to Portland
by U.S. Soccer
October 18, 2022
Players featured in this article:
MF | Weston FC
MF | San Diego Surf
Mya Brandon |  2025
D | Michigan Hawks
MF | Legends FC
MF | Solar SC
Liv Geller |  2024
GK | FC Dallas
D | Solar SC
MF | Solar SC
Daya King |  2025
D | Legends FC
F | Legends FC
MF | Solar SC
Avery Oder |  2025
F | Beach FC (CA)
F | Tennessee SC
Kai Price |  2025
D | Concorde Fire SC
MF | Michigan Jaguars FC
D | Pac Northwest SC
F | Indy Eleven
Mya Townes |  2025
F | FC Virginia
GK | FC United (IL)
GK | SC del Sol

The U.S. Under-16 Women’s Youth National Team will hold a 23-player training camp at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Ore., running from Oct. 23-30. This will be the first event for new U-16 WYNT head coach Patchy Toledo, whose hiring was announced on Aug. 24, 2022.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Olivia Geller (Sting Dallas Black; Southlake, Texas), Molly Vapensky (Chicago FC United; Evanston, Ill.), Kennedy Zorn (SC del Sol; Peoria, Ariz.)

DEFENDERS (8): Mya Brandon (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Jastel David (Legends FC; Corona, Calif.), Addison DeJoseph (UFA; Roswell, Ga.), Jordyn Hardeman (Solar SC; Midlothian, Texas), Daya King (Legends FC; Moreno Valley, Calif.), Kai Price (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Addison Stendera (Pacific Northwest; Fairwood, Wash.), Lily Yohannes (Jong Ajax; Amsterdam, Netherlands)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kimmi Ascanio (Florida United; Doral, Fla.), Melanie Barcenas (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kennedy Fuller (Solar SC; Southlake, Texas), Hannah Jordan (Solar SC; Southlake, Texas), Ainsley McCammon (Solar SC; Bedford, Texas), Y-Lan Nguyen (VDA; Fairfax, Va.)

FORWARDS (6): Zoe Matthews (Legends FC; Southlake, Texas); Avery Oder (LAFC SoCal Youth; Calabasas, Calif.); Maddie Padelski (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nolensville, Tenn.), Chloe Ricketts (Michigan Jaguars; Dexter, Mich.), Lauryn Thompson (NC Courage; Wake Forest, N.C.), Mya Townes (TSJ FC Virginia; Aldie, Va.)

The age cut-off for this year’s U-16 WYNT Player Pool is Jan. 1, 2007, and 22 of 23 players in camp were born in that year. One player, midfielder Kimmi Ascanio from Florida, was born in 2008.

The roster is a combination of players who have experience with the U.S. U-15s and U-16s, and some players getting their first call-ups with the U.S. Women’s Youth National Teams program.

Nine players on the roster helped the USA win the 2022 Concacaf Girl’s U-15 Championship in August: goalkeepers Molly Vapensky and Kennedy Zorn, defenders Mya Brandon, Jordyn Hardeman, Daya King  and Kai Price, and midfielders Ascanio, Kennedy Fuller and Ainsley McCammon. Fuller led the USA in scoring in that tournament with nine goals while Ascanio had four.

Forward Melanie Barcenas, who hails from San Diego, has some experience with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team and has three international caps at that level.

The 23 players come from 17 different youth clubs and six players are from two different clubs in Texas, five from Solar SC and one from the Dallas Sting. Legends FC out of Southern California has three players on the roster. One player is based in Europe in Lily Yohannes, who was born in the USA but lives in Amsterdam, where she plays for Young Ajax.

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