U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team head coach Albertin Montoya has named the 20-player roster for the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from May 2-12.
Montoya named his squad after a 10-day training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., that ended on April 9 with a 0-0 draw against the China U-20 Women's National Team.
"We feel we are at a very good place right now going into World Cup qualifying," said Montoya. "The team has made a lot of progress in our last three camps, which have been very productive in helping us prepare to head to Guatemala. We've had talented players since the beginning of the cycle, but the difference now is the ability of these talented players to play as a team, which makes us very dangerous. We saw this at our most recent camp, which led to three very good performances against quality teams. Qualifying couldn't have come at a better time for us and the players are excited to showcase their talent at the international level."
The team will now have several weeks off before regrouping to travel to Central America in a quest for one of CONCACAF's three berths to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which will be held from Sept. 22-Oct. 13 in Azerbaijan.
U.S. U-17 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno FC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (7): Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Va.), Madeline Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Miranda Freeman (Lady Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nevada), Gabbi Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Elizabeth Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colo.), Morgan Reid (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Joanna Boyles (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Sarah Robinson (MVLA Lightning; Los Altos, Calif.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), Darian Jenkins (Sparta SC; Riverton, Utah), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Toni Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), Maggie Purce (Freestate Soccer; Olney, Md.)
The U.S. opens the first round of the qualifying tournament against the Bahamas on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. ET, faces Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m. ET, and finishes Group B play against Mexico on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET. Group A consists of host Guatemala, Canada, Panama and Jamaica. The top two finishers in each group advance to the all-important semifinals.
The semifinals will be played on Thursday, May 10, with the final and third-place match held on Saturday, May 12. The finalists and the winner of the third-place game qualify for Azerbaijan. All matches will be played at Guatemala City's Estadio Cementos Progreso, site of the 2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship.
U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Roster Notes: