U.S. U23 WNT roster named for training camp
The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will hold its third event of the year as 23 players will come to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from May 11-18.
U.S. U-23 WNT head coach B.J. Snow will likely name one more player before the game starts. The camp will overlap with a U.S. U-20 WNT training camp also being held at the NTC and the teams will scrimmage twice, on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. PT in the Track & Field Stadium and on Thursday, May 17 at 4 p.m. PT on University Field 1.
Snow has called up all college players, including seven from reigning NCAA champion Stanford and three from NCAA runners-up UCLA. One of those Stanford players, forward Kyra Carusa, has since graduated and transferred to Georgetown where she will play her final season as she pursues a Master’s Degree.
Three players – defenders Tierna Davidson, Tegan McGrady and Hallie Mace – were all with the full U.S. Women’s National Team for its most recent pair of friendly matches against Mexico in April. McGrady and Mace, both rising seniors, at Stanford and UCLA respectively, earned their first senior team caps in a 6-2 win on April 8, while Davidson has started all six games for the U.S. WNT so far this year and is tied for the team-lead in minutes played in 2018.
An additional three players – Penn State defender Kaleigh Riehl, UCLA midfielder Marley Canales and Texas A&M forward Ally Watt – were a part of the U.S. team that finished fourth at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. The speedy Watt scored twice off the bench in that tournament.
The U-23 WNT was last together for three matches in early March against NWSL teams at the Thorns Spring Invitational in Portland, Ore., where it lost to the Houston Dash (2-1), tied the Thorns (2-2) and beat the Chicago Red Stars (1-0). Stanford forward Catarina Macario scored all four goals for the USA in that tournament.
DEFENDERS (7): Julia Ashley (North Carolina; Verona, N.J.), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Hailie Mace (UCLA; Ventura, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Paige Monaghan (Butler; Roxbury, N.J.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Samantha Staab (Clemson; San Diego. Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Dorian Bailey (North Carolina; Mission, Kansas), Jaye Boissiere (Stanford; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Meg Brandt (Nebraska; Ankeny, Iowa), Marley Canales (UCLA; San Diego. Calif.), Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Julie James (Baylor; Fairview, Tex.)
FORWARDS (8): Kyra Carusa (Georgetown; San Diego, Calif.), Caitlin Farrell (Georgetown; Wallingford, Conn.), CeCe Kizer (Mississippi; Overland Park, Kan.), Catarina Macario (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Leah Pruitt (USC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Anika Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Morgan Weaver (Washington State; University Place, Wash.)
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