The 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup is less than a month away and U.S. head coach Michelle French has released the 21-player roster for those representing USA in Edmonton, Montreal, Moncton and Toronto, Canada Aug. 5-24.
The U.S. ladies will have their hands full in Group B, taking on Germany first on Aug. 5 and Brazil Aug. 8 at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton before jetting off to Moncton Stadium to finish against China PR on Aug. 12.
The evaluation process to choose the elite 21 was completely through, with almost 80 players evaluated in training camps and matches. Overall, 13 different colleges and 17 youth clubs are represented.
Two players on the U.S. U20 team that won the 2012 U20 World Cup in Japan- co-captain Cari Roccaro and defender Stephanie Amack, lend vital experience and leadership to the roster. Roccaro leads with 30 caps and played in all three knock out matches in the prior World Cup. Mack, although did not see playing time in Japan, was part of the team that went through to the final, and will play a significant role this time around.
Six talented and capable forwards have been named, five of which have scored a combined 82 goals during the 2013 college season. Lindsey Horan, who missed the 2012 tournament due to a knee injury, will have her chance to shine this time around and is seen as a key asset due to her professional experience playing for Paris Saint-Germain.
2014 CONCACAF Championship MVP Rose Lavelle leads a tough midfield group, which includes Taylor Racioppi, Andi Sullivan, Carlyn Baldwin and the squad’s youngest player Mallory Pugh. Sullivan was a starter in the 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.
Three established goalkeepers will travel to Canada, including Katlyn Rowland, who helped UCLA to the NCAA title in 2013. Jane Campbell started at the 2012 U17 World Cup and Rose Chandler will make the trip, graduating high school a year early to attend Penn State this fall.
“Because we have players that have previously played in the U-20 World Cup, and we have Lindsey Horan who is playing professionally, and we have players who had a great amount of time with the U-17s, in a lot different areas we have players that lead,” French told USSoccer. “That’s not just vocally, but in how they conduct themselves on and off the field. As a staff, to know that we can rely on a number of different people to lead, is a great benefit to this team.”
U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Rosemary Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State: Wayne, N.J.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)