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 (2000-08-05) August 5, 2000 (age 18) United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights
1GK Casey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 23) United States Reign FC

2DF Julia Ashley (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 22) Sweden Linköpings FC
2DF Malia Berkely (1998-02-13) February 13, 1998 (age 21) United States Florida State Seminoles
2DF Alana Cook (1997-04-11) April 11, 1997 (age 22) France Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Alyssa Malonson (1999-04-09) April 9, 1999 (age 20) United States Auburn Tigers
2DF Tara McKeown (1999-07-02) July 2, 1999 (age 19) United States USC Trojans
2DF Yazmeen Ryan (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 (age 20) United States TCU Horned Frogs
2DF Ella Shamburger (2000-01-18) January 18, 2000 (age 19) United States Vanderbilt Commodores

3MF Meg Brandt (1998-04-19) April 19, 1998 (age 21) United States Nebraska Cornhuskers
3MF Samantha Coffey (1998-12-03) December 3, 1998 (age 20) United States Penn State Nittany Lions
3MF Brianne Folds (1998-01-25) January 25, 1998 (age 21) United States Auburn Tigers
3MF Kelcie Hedge (1997-09-19) September 19, 1997 (age 21) United States Santa Clara Broncos
3MF Taylor Otto (1997-10-23) October 23, 1997 (age 21) United States North Carolina Tar Heels

4FW Jordan Canniff (2001-07-21) July 21, 2001 (age 17) United States Washington Spirit Academy
4FW Abigail Kim (1998-07-19) July 19, 1998 (age 20) United States California Golden Bears
4FW Civana Kuhlmann (1999-04-14) April 14, 1999 (age 20) United States Stanford Cardinal
4FW Hailie Mace (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 (age 22) Sweden FC Rosengård
4FW Payton Linnehan (2001-01-25) January 25, 2001 (age 18) United States FC Stars
4FW Summer Yates (2000-06-17) June 17, 2000 (age 19) United States Washington Huskies

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Laurel Ivory (1999-08-28) August 28, 1999 (age 19) United States Virginia Cavaliers 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
GK Amanda McGlynn (1998-11-03) November 3, 1998 (age 20) United States Virginia Tech Hokies 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
GK Courtney Brosnan (1995-11-10) November 10, 1995 (age 23) France Le Havre AC 2018 Nordic Tournament
GK Jane Campbell (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 24) United States Houston Dash 2018 Nordic Tournament
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 Chicago Red Stars May 2018 Training Camp

DF Maycee Bell (2000-09-18) September 18, 2000 (age 18) United States NC Courage Academy 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Schuyler DeBree (1996-09-05) September 5, 1996 (age 22) Czech Republic AC Sparta Prague 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Emily Fox (1998-07-05) July 5, 1998 (age 20) United States North Carolina Tar Heels 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Naomi Girma (2000-06-14) June 14, 2000 (age 19) United States Stanford Cardinal 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Meaghan Nally (1998-06-30) June 30, 1998 (age 20) United States Georgetown Hoyas 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Kirsten Pavlisko (1999-10-15) October 15, 1999 (age 19) United States Florida State Seminoles 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Kiara Pickett (1999-04-30) April 30, 1999 (age 20) United States Stanford Cardinal 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Kaleigh Riehl (1996-10-21) October 21, 1996 (age 22) United States Penn State Nittany Lions 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Maddie Bauer (1995-03-20) March 20, 1995 (age 24) France Fleury 91 2018 Nordic Tournament
DF Rachel Bloznalis (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 24) Sweden Umeå IK 2018 Nordic Tournament
DF Megan Buckingham (1996-03-10) March 10, 1996 (age 23) Iceland FH 2018 Nordic Tournament
DF Deja Davis (1995-06-22) June 22, 1995 (age 23) France Le Havre AC 2018 Nordic Tournament
DF Mallory Eubanks (1996-06-04) June 4, 1996 (age 23) United States Washington Spirit 2018 Nordic Tournament
DF Samantha Staab (1997-03-28) March 28, 1997 (age 22) United States Washington Spirit 2018 Nordic Tournament
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 (1998-03-26) March 26, 1998 (age 21) United States USC Trojans 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Emina Ekic (1999-06-06) June 6, 1999 (age 20) United States Louisville Cardinals 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Channing Foster (1998-12-25) December 25, 1998 (age 20) United States Ole Miss Rebels 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Jaelin Howell (1999-11-21) November 21, 1999 (age 19) United States Florida State Seminoles 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Jenna Nighswonger (2000-11-28) November 28, 2000 (age 18) United States Florida State Seminoles 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Brianna Pinto (2000-05-24) May 24, 2000 (age 19) United States North Carolina Tar Heels 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Morgan Andrews (1995-03-25) March 25, 1995 (age 24) United States Reign FC 2018 Nordic Tournament
MF Carlyn Baldwin (1996-03-17) March 17, 1996 (age 23) Portugal Sporting CP 2018 Nordic Tournament
MF Haley Hanson (1996-02-22) February 22, 1996 (age 23) United States Houston Dash 2018 Nordic Tournament
MF Savannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 22) United States Sky Blue FC 2018 Nordic Tournament
MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 23) United States Washington Spirit 2018 Nordic Tournament
MF Bri Visalli (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 24) England West Ham United 2018 Nordic Tournament
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 (1996-12-31) December 31, 1996 (age 22) United States Sky Blue FC May 2018 Training Camp

FW Paula Germino-Watnick (1997-11-17) November 17, 1997 (age 21) United States Georgetown Hoyas 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Penelope Hocking (1999-12-29) December 29, 1999 (age 19) United States USC Trojans 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Haley Hopkins (1998-12-21) December 21, 1998 (age 20) United States Vanderbilt Commodores 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Catarina Macario (1999-10-04) October 4, 1999 (age 19) United States Stanford Cardinal 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Ashley Sanchez (1999-03-16) March 16, 1999 (age 20) United States UCLA Bruins 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Martha Thomas (1996-05-31) May 31, 1996 (age 23) France Le Havre AC 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Ally Watt (1997-03-12) March 12, 1997 (age 22) United States Texas A&M Aggies 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Morgan Weaver (1997-10-18) October 18, 1997 (age 21) United States Washington State Cougars 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Imani Dorsey (1996-03-21) March 21, 1996 (age 23) United States Sky Blue FC 2018 Nordic Tournament
FW Summer Green (1995-05-02) May 2, 1995 (age 24) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 2018 Nordic Tournament
FW Ashley Hatch (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 24) United States Washington Spirit 2018 Nordic Tournament
FW Rachel Hill (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 24) United States Orlando Pride 2018 Nordic Tournament
FW Darian Jenkins (1995-01-05) January 5, 1995 (age 24) United States Reign FC 2018 Nordic Tournament
FW Jaycie Johnson (1995-04-18) April 18, 1995 (age 24) United States Reign FC 2018 Nordic Tournament
FW Toni Payne (1995-04-22) April 22, 1995 (age 24) Spain Sevilla FC 2018 Nordic Tournament
FW Kyra Carusa (1995-11-14) November 14, 1995 (age 23) United States Sky Blue FC May 2018 Training Camp
FW Caitlin Farrell (1997-09-29) September 29, 1997 (age 21) United States Orlando Pride 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