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. 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.[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 2016 Nordic Tournament running from May 28-June 8, 2016.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jane Campbell (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 21) United States Stanford Cardinal
1GK Madalyn Schiffel (1994-09-19) September 19, 1994 (age 22) Norway Avaldsnes IL

2DF Brittany Basinger (1995-06-30) June 30, 1995 (age 21) United States Penn State Nittany Lions
2DF Maddie Bauer (1995-03-20) March 20, 1995 (age 21) United States Stanford Cardinal
2DF Kirsten Crowley (1994-09-24) September 24, 1994 (age 22) United States Florida State Seminoles
2DF Claire Falknor (1993-05-12) May 12, 1993 (age 23) Germany FC Bayern Munich
2DF Kristen McNabb (1994-04-17) April 17, 1994 (age 22) United States Virginia Cavaliers

3MF Meggie Dougherty Howard (1995-07-27) July 27, 1995 (age 21) United States Florida Gators
3MF Caroline Flynn (1994-02-28) February 28, 1994 (age 22) United States Nebraska Cornhuskers
3MF Christina Gibbons (1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 (age 21) United States Duke Blue Devils
3MF McKenzie Meehan (1994-12-25) December 25, 1994 (age 21) United States Boston College Eagles
3MF Toni Payne (1995-04-22) April 22, 1995 (age 21) United States Duke Blue Devils
3MF Morgan Proffitt United States Marquette Golden Eagles
3MF Margaret Purce (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 21) United States Harvard Crimson
3MF Stephanie Ribeiro United States Connecticut Huskies
3MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 20) United States Stanford Cardinal

4FW Ashley Herndon (1994-10-04) October 4, 1994 (age 21) United States James Madison Dukes
4FW Rachel Hill (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 21) United States Connecticut Huskies
4FW Savannah Jordan (1995-01-24) January 24, 1995 (age 21) United States Florida Gators
4FW Tyler Lussi United States Princeton Tigers

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 Diana Poulin (1995-03-06) March 6, 1995 (age 21) United States St. John's Red Storm May 2016 Training Camp
GK Andi Tostanoski (1994-08-29) August 29, 1994 (age 22) United States Seattle Reign FC May 2016 Training Camp
GK Katelyn Rowland (1994-03-16) March 16, 1994 (age 22) United States FC Kansas City 2016 Istria Cup
GK Abby Smith (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 22) United States Boston Breakers v. Republic of Ireland; January 25, 2016

DF Emily Byorth (1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 21) United States Clemson Tigers May 2016 Training Camp
DF Alana Cook (1997-04-11) April 11, 1997 (age 19) United States Stanford Cardinal May 2016 Training Camp
DF McKenzie Karas (1994-10-09) October 9, 1994 (age 21) United States Washington Huskies May 2016 Training Camp
DF Kayla Mills (1995-11-08) November 8, 1995 (age 20) United States USC Trojans May 2016 Training Camp
DF Nini Rabsatt-Smith (1994-05-23) May 23, 1994 (age 22) United States South Alabama Jaguars May 2016 Training Camp
DF Erin Smith (1995-07-21) July 21, 1995 (age 21) United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights May 2016 Training Camp
DF Abby Dahlkemper (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 23) United States Western New York Flash 2016 Istria Cup
DF Caprice Dydasco (1993-08-19) August 19, 1993 (age 23) United States Washington Spirit 2016 Istria Cup
DF Katie Naughton (1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 22) United States Chicago Red Stars 2016 Istria Cup
DF Erica Skroski (1994-02-14) February 14, 1994 (age 22) United States Sky Blue FC 2016 Istria Cup
DF Christen Westphal (1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 23) United States Boston Breakers 2016 Istria Cup
DF Gabrielle Seiler (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 22) United States Florida Gators v. Republic of Ireland; January 25, 2016

MF Rose Lavelle (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 21) United States Wisconsin Badgers May 2016 Training Camp
MF Sandra Yu (1994-11-05) November 5, 1994 (age 21) United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish May 2016 Training Camp
MF Danielle Colaprico (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 23) United States Chicago Red Stars 2016 Istria Cup
MF Mandy Freeman (1995-03-23) March 23, 1995 (age 21) United States USC Trojans 2016 Istria Cup
MF Shea Groom (1993-03-04) March 4, 1993 (age 23) United States FC Kansas City 2016 Istria Cup
MF Michaela Hahn (1994-04-19) April 19, 1994 (age 22) United States Western New York Flash 2016 Istria Cup
MF Havana Solaun (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 23) United States Seattle Reign FC 2016 Istria Cup
MF Samantha Witteman (1994-02-26) February 26, 1994 (age 22) United States Orlando Pride 2016 Istria Cup
MF Marti Corby United States Grand Valley State Lakers v. Republic of Ireland; January 25, 2016
MF Alexis Shaffer (1994-09-20) September 20, 1994 (age 22) United States Virginia Cavaliers v. Republic of Ireland; January 25, 2016
MF Josee Stiever (1995-03-26) March 26, 1995 (age 21) United States Minnesota Golden Gophers v. Republic of Ireland; January 25, 2016
MF Mallory Weber (1994-04-04) April 4, 1994 (age 22) United States Portland Thorns FC v. Republic of Ireland; January 25, 2016

FW Jackie Stengel (1994-12-22) December 22, 1994 (age 21) United States NC State Wolfpack May 2016 Training Camp
FW Makenzy Doniak (1994-02-25) February 25, 1994 (age 22) United States Western New York Flash 2016 Istria Cup
FW Taylor Smith (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 22) United States Western New York Flash 2016 Istria Cup
FW Murielle Tiernan (1994-12-22) December 22, 1994 (age 21) United States Virginia Tech Hokies v. Republic of Ireland; January 25, 2016

Coaches[edit]

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