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
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Steve Swanson
FIFA code USA
First colors
Second colors
Nordic Cup
Appearances 12 (First in 1997)
Best result Winners (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.[1] The current head coach is Steve Swanson.

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.[2] 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 serve as a stepping-stone for collegiate and post-collegiate players to the United States Women's National Team.[3] Additionally, many U-23 players develop further through the new national women's league, the NWSL. While many of the post-collegiate players play in this new 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.

Current players[edit]

2014 Six Nations Tournament roster[edit]

The United States won the tournament with victories over Japan (1-0) on March 1, Sweden (2-1) on March 3, and Norway (2-1) on March 5. Defender Abby Dahlkemper was the only U.S. player to play every minute of the three matches in the tournament.[4]

The roster for the Six Nations Tournament from Feb. 24-March 6, 2014 in La Manga, Spain.[5]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Aubrey Bledsoe 1 0 United States Wake Forest
18 1GK Abby Smith (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 United States Texas
13 2DF Abby Dahlkemper 3 0 United States UCLA
12 2DF Amanda Frisbie (1992-05-29) May 29, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 United States Seattle Reign FC
14 2DF Arin Gilliland 3 0 United States Kentucky
19 2DF Jaelene Hinkle 2 0 (1) United States Texas Tech
6 2DF Kassey Kallman (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 United States FC Kansas City
8 2DF Emily Sonnett 3 0 United States Virginia
4 3MF Danielle Colaprico 3 0 United States Virginia
3MF Caprice Dydasco 2 0 (1) United States UCLA
16 3MF Jenna Richmond 2 0 United States FC Kansas City
9 3MF Meleana Shim (1991-09-25) September 25, 1991 (age 23) 3 1 (1) United States Portland Thorns FC
11 3MF Frances Silva 2 1 United States FC Kansas City
15 3MF Erika Tymrak (1991-08-07) August 7, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 United States FC Kansas City
2 4FW Shea Groom 1 0 United States Texas A&M
5 4FW Maya Hayes (1992-03-26) March 26, 1992 (age 22) 3 0 United States Sky Blue FC
22 4FW Jennifer Hoy (1991-01-18) January 18, 1991 (age 23) 2 0 United States Chicago Red Stars
7 4FW Kealia Ohai (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992 (age 22) 3 1 United States Houston Dash
27 4FW Katie Stengel (1992-02-29) February 29, 1992 (age 22) 3 1 (2) United States Wake Forest
10 4FW Chioma Ubogagu (1992-09-10) September 10, 1992 (age 22) 3 1 United States Stanford

Note: Assists in parenthesis in goals column

2013 Four Nations Tournament roster[edit]

The U-23 women competed in the Four Nations Tournament against the U-23 teams of Sweden, England, and Norway Feb. 22-March 5, 2013.[6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jami Kranich (1992-05-27) May 27, 1992 (age 22) United States Boston Breakers
1GK Abby Smith (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 21) United States Texas
2DF Julie Johnston (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 22) United States Chicago Red Stars
2DF Natasha Anasi (1991-10-02) October 2, 1991 (age 23) United States Boston Breakers
2DF Toni Pressley (1990-02-19) February 19, 1990 (age 24) United States Washington Spirit
2DF Camille Levin (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 24) United States Sky Blue FC
2DF Kassey Kallman (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 22) United States FC Kansas City
2DF Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall (1990-09-18) September 18, 1990 (age 24) United States Sky Blue FC
2DF Casey Short (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 24) United States Chicago Red Stars
2DF Courtney Verloo (1991-05-09) May 9, 1991 (age 23) United States Western New York Flash
3MF Zakiya Bywaters (1991-07-24) July 24, 1991 (age 23) United States Chicago Red Stars
3MF Colleen Williams (1991-04-25) April 25, 1991 (age 23) United States Washington Spirit
3MF Morgan Brian (1993-02-26) February 26, 1993 (age 21) United States Virginia
3MF Vanessa DiBernardo (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992 (age 22) United States Chicago Red Stars
3MF Sarah Killion (1992-07-27) July 27, 1992 (age 22) United States UCLA
3MF Samantha Mewis (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 22) United States UCLA
4FW Tiffany McCarty (1990-12-12) December 12, 1990 (age 23) United States Houston Dash
4FW Havana Solaun (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 21) United States Florida
4FW Stephanie Ochs (1990-08-29) August 29, 1990 (age 24) United States Houston Dash
4FW Morgan Marlborough (1990-12-03) December 3, 1990 (age 23) United States Santa Clara

Coaches[edit]

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