United States women's national under-23 soccer team

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United States Under-23
Nickname(s)Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
The Yanks
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachB.J. Snow
FIFA codeUSA
First colors
Second colors
Nordic Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1997)
Best resultWinners (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)

The United States U-23 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the full Women's National Team. The team's most recent major tournament was the 2008 Nordic Cup, in which the United States team won 3–0 over Germany. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the annual Nordic Cup, which is the top competition for this age group.

History[edit]

Beginnings as a U-20 program[edit]

The United States U-23 team has been active since 1989, however it was run as a U-20 team from its inception until 1998.[1] Its main goal was to prepare college players for the step up to international soccer. Women had no viable opportunities to enhance their playing abilities, aside from overseas, since the United States lacked a top-level domestic league during this time.

The switch to U-21[edit]

In 1998, United States Soccer Federation decided to make the team a U-21 team in order to give women a higher level of play to better prepare them for the full National Team. In accordance with this strategy, the U-21 team frequently rostered "over-aged" players in the U-21 training camps, as well as the Nordic Cup. It remained a U-21 team from 1998 through 2008.

Competing as a U-23 team[edit]

2008 saw the change of the USA's oldest youth national team moved to the U-23 level. The move was made by the United States Soccer Federation in response to age-level changes FIFA had made to its oldest women's youth competition, now named FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The age limit was raised from being a U-19 tournament to a U-20 tournament. This change, coupled with a newly introduced U-23 age limit to the Nordic Cup, prompted the USSF to rethink and eventually change the youth development team. The team continues to serve as a stepping-stone for collegiate and post-collegiate players to the United States Women's National Team.[2] Additionally, many U-23 players develop further through the National Women's Soccer League. While many of the post-collegiate players play in this league to develop their game, the U-23's turned focus on college players who are out of season and may not yet be NWSL-eligible.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up for the 2019 La Manga Tournament, April 5–9, 2019.[3]

Head coach: Mark Carr (interim)

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Meagan McClelland United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights
1GK Casey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 23) France Montpellier

2DF Julia Ashley (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 22) Sweden Linköping
2DF Malia Berkely United States Florida State Seminoles
2DF Alana Cook France Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Alyssa Malonson United States Auburn Tigers
2DF Tara McKeown United States USC Trojans
2DF Yazmeen Ryan United States TCU Horned Frogs
2DF Ella Shamburger United States Vanderbilt Commodores

3MF Meg Brandt (1998-04-19) April 19, 1998 (age 21) United States Nebraska Cornhuskers
3MF Samantha Coffey United States Penn State Nittany Lions
3MF Brianne Folds United States Auburn Tigers
3MF Kelcie Hedge United States Santa Clara Broncos
3MF Taylor Otto United States North Carolina Tar Heels

4FW Jordan Canniff United States Washington Spirit Academy
4FW Abigail Kim United States California Golden Bears
4FW Civana Kuhlmann United States Stanford Cardinal
4FW Hailie Mace (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 (age 22) Sweden FC Rosengård
4FW Payton Linnehan United States FC Stars
4FW Summer Yates United States Washington Huskies

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.

This list may be incomplete.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Laurel Ivory United States Virginia Cavaliers Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
GK Amanda McGlynn United States Virginia Tech Hokies Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
GK Courtney Brosnan (1995-11-10) November 10, 1995 (age 23) France Le Havre AC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
GK Jane Campbell (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 24) United States Houston Dash Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
GK Devon Kerr (1997-07-03) July 3, 1997 (age 21) United States Houston Dash Jan 2018 Training Camp
GK Ella Dederick (1996-07-27) July 27, 1996 (age 22) United States Washington State Cougars May 2018 Training Camp
GK Alison Jahansouz (1995-12-29) December 29, 1995 (age 23) United States Stanford Cardinal May 2018 Training Camp

DF Maycee Bell United States NC Courage Academy Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Schuyler DeBree (1996-09-05) September 5, 1996 (age 22) Czech Republic AC Sparta Prague Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Emily Fox United States North Carolina Tar Heels Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Naomi Girma United States Stanford Cardinal Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Meaghan Nally United States Georgetown Hoyas Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Kirsten Pavlisko United States Florida State Seminoles Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Kiara Pickett United States Stanford Cardinal Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Kaleigh Riehl (1996-10-21) October 21, 1996 (age 22) United States Penn State Nittany Lions Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
DF Maddie Bauer (1995-03-20) March 20, 1995 (age 24) Sweden Djurgårdens IF Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
DF Rachel Bloznalis (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 24) Sweden Umeå IK Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
DF Megan Buckingham (1996-03-10) March 10, 1996 (age 23) Iceland FH Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
DF Deja Davis (1995-06-22) June 22, 1995 (age 23) France Le Havre AC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
DF Mallory Eubanks (1996-06-04) June 4, 1996 (age 23) United States Washington Spirit Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
DF Samantha Staab (1997-03-28) March 28, 1997 (age 22) United States Washington Spirit Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
DF Tierna Davidson (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 20) United States Chicago Red Stars May 2018 Training Camp
DF Tegan McGrady (1997-10-11) October 11, 1997 (age 21) United States Washington Spirit May 2018 Training Camp
DF Paige Monaghan (1996-11-13) November 13, 1996 (age 22) United States Sky Blue FC May 2018 Training Camp

MF Savannah DeMelo United States USC Trojans Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
MF Emina Ekic United States Louisville Cardinals Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
MF Channing Foster United States Ole Miss Rebels Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
MF Jaelin Howell United States Florida State Seminoles Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
MF Jenna Nighswonger United States Florida State Seminoles Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
MF Brianna Pinto United States North Carolina Tar Heels Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
MF Morgan Andrews (1995-03-25) March 25, 1995 (age 24) United States Reign FC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
MF Carlyn Baldwin (1996-03-17) March 17, 1996 (age 23) Portugal Sporting CP Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
MF Haley Hanson (1996-02-22) February 22, 1996 (age 23) United States Houston Dash Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
MF Savannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 22) United States Sky Blue FC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 23) United States Washington Spirit Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
MF Bri Visalli (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 24) England West Ham United Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
MF Dorian Bailey (1997-01-28) January 28, 1997 (age 22) United States Washington Spirit May 2018 Training Camp
MF Jaye Boissiere (1996-02-16) February 16, 1996 (age 23) United States Stanford Cardinal May 2018 Training Camp
MF Marley Canales (1997-11-16) November 16, 1997 (age 21) United States UCLA Bruins May 2018 Training Camp
MF Jordan DiBiasi (1996-10-28) October 28, 1996 (age 22) United States Washington Spirit May 2018 Training Camp
MF Julie James United States Sky Blue FC May 2018 Training Camp

FW Paula Germino-Watnick United States Georgetown Hoyas Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Penelope Hocking United States USC Trojans Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Haley Hopkins United States Vanderbilt Commodores Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Catarina Macario (1999-10-04) October 4, 1999 (age 19) United States Stanford Cardinal Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Ashley Sanchez United States UCLA Bruins Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Martha Thomas France Le Havre AC Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Ally Watt (1997-03-12) March 12, 1997 (age 22) United States Texas A&M Aggies Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Morgan Weaver (1997-10-18) October 18, 1997 (age 21) United States Washington State Cougars Thorns Spring Invitational; March 24–30, 2019
FW Imani Dorsey (1996-03-21) March 21, 1996 (age 23) United States Sky Blue FC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
FW Summer Green (1995-05-02) May 2, 1995 (age 24) Sweden Vittsjö Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
FW Ashley Hatch (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 24) United States Washington Spirit Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
FW Rachel Hill (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 24) United States Orlando Pride Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
FW Darian Jenkins (1995-01-05) January 5, 1995 (age 24) United States Reign FC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
FW Jaycie Johnson (1995-04-18) April 18, 1995 (age 24) United States Reign FC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
FW Toni Payne (1995-04-22) April 22, 1995 (age 24) Spain Sevilla FC Nordic Tournament; August 29–September 3, 2018
FW Kyra Carusa (1995-11-14) November 14, 1995 (age 23) Unattached May 2018 Training Camp
FW Caitlin Farrell Unattached May 2018 Training Camp
FW CeCe Kizer (1997-08-07) August 7, 1997 (age 21) United States Houston Dash May 2018 Training Camp
FW Leah Pruitt (1997-09-05) September 5, 1997 (age 21) United States North Carolina Courage May 2018 Training Camp
FW Anika Rodriguez (1997-01-04) January 4, 1997 (age 22) United States UCLA Bruins May 2018 Training Camp

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 WNT U.S. Soccer Media Guide
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  3. ^ https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2019/04/01/07/05/20190330-news-u23wnt-heads-to-spain-for-three-matches-at-womens-intl-underr23-la-manga