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 22 players were called up for the 2017 La Manga Tournament running from Feb 25 – March 7.[3]

Head coach: England Laura Harvey

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Casey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 20) United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights
1GK Madalyn Schiffel (1994-09-19) September 19, 1994 (age 22) United States Seattle Reign FC

2DF Mandy Freeman (1995-03-23) March 23, 1995 (age 22) United States Sky Blue FC
2DF Adrienne Jordan (1994-01-30) January 30, 1994 (age 23) Iceland ÍBV
2DF Kristen McNabb (1994-04-17) April 17, 1994 (age 22) United States Seattle Reign FC
2DF Kayla Mills (1995-11-08) November 8, 1995 (age 21) United States Sky Blue FC
2DF Katie Naughton (1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 23) United States Chicago Red Stars
2DF Erica Skroski (1994-02-14) February 14, 1994 (age 23) United States Sky Blue FC
2DF Samantha Witteman (1994-02-26) February 26, 1994 (age 23) United States North Carolina Courage

3MF Morgan Andrews (1995-03-25) March 25, 1995 (age 22) United States Boston Breakers
3MF Tierna Davidson (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 18) United States Stanford Cardinal
3MF Christina Gibbons (1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 (age 22) United States FC Kansas City
3MF Tyler Lussi (1995-01-26) January 26, 1995 (age 22) United States Portland Thorns FC
3MF Emily Ogle (1996-08-05) August 5, 1996 (age 20) United States Penn State Nittany Lions
3MF Margaret Purce (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 21) United States Boston Breakers
3MF Ashley Sanchez (1999-03-16) March 16, 1999 (age 18) United States So Cal Blues
3MF Dani Weatherholt (1994-03-17) March 17, 1994 (age 23) United States Orlando Pride

4FW Celeste Boureille (1994-04-20) April 20, 1994 (age 22) United States Portland Thorns FC
4FW Makenzy Doniak (1994-02-25) February 25, 1994 (age 23) United States North Carolina Courage
4FW Ashley Hatch (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 21) United States North Carolina Courage
4FW Savannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 20) United States South Carolina Gamecocks
4FW Arielle Ship (1995-05-02) May 2, 1995 (age 21) United States Washington Spirit

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 17) United States West Florida Flames January 2017 Training Camp
GK Hannah Seabert (1995-02-27) February 27, 1995 (age 22) United States Pepperdine Waves January 2017 Training Camp
GK Jane Campbell (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 22) United States Houston Dash 2016 Nordic Tournament
GK Diana Poulin (1995-03-06) March 6, 1995 (age 22) 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

DF Maddie Bauer (1995-03-20) March 20, 1995 (age 22) United States Seattle Reign FC January 2017 Training Camp
DF Tavia Leachman (1998-07-28) July 28, 1998 (age 18) United States Utah Utes January 2017 Training Camp
DF Sydney Miramontez (1994-10-11) October 11, 1994 (age 22) United States Nebraska Cornhuskers January 2017 Training Camp
DF Gabrielle Seiler (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 22) United States Florida Gators January 2017 Training Camp
DF Brittany Basinger (1995-06-30) June 30, 1995 (age 21) United States Penn State Nittany Lions 2016 Nordic Tournament
DF Kirsten Crowley (1994-09-24) September 24, 1994 (age 22) United States Florida State Seminoles 2016 Nordic Tournament
DF Claire Falknor (1993-05-12) May 12, 1993 (age 23) Germany FC Bayern Munich 2016 Nordic Tournament
DF Emily Byorth (1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 22) 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 22) United States Washington Huskies 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 Houston Dash May 2016 Training Camp

MF Jordan DiBiasi (1996-10-28) October 28, 1996 (age 20) United States Stanford Cardinal January 2017 Training Camp
MF Meggie Dougherty Howard (1995-07-27) July 27, 1995 (age 21) United States Washington Spirit January 2017 Training Camp
MF Ifeoma Onumonu (1994-02-25) February 25, 1994 (age 23) United States Boston Breakers January 2017 Training Camp
MF Toni Payne (1995-04-22) April 22, 1995 (age 21) United States FC Kansas City January 2017 Training Camp
MF Brianna Pinto (2000-05-24) May 24, 2000 (age 16) United States CASL Elite January 2017 Training Camp
MF Morgan Proffitt (1994-08-22) August 22, 1994 (age 22) United States Chicago Red Stars January 2017 Training Camp
MF Caroline Flynn (1994-02-28) February 28, 1994 (age 23) United States Portland Thorns FC 2016 Nordic Tournament
MF McKenzie Meehan (1994-12-25) December 25, 1994 (age 22) United States Sky Blue FC 2016 Nordic Tournament
MF Stephanie Ribeiro United States FC Kansas City 2016 Nordic Tournament
MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 21) United States Stanford Cardinal 2016 Nordic Tournament
MF Rose Lavelle (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 21) United States Boston Breakers May 2016 Training Camp
MF Sandra Yu (1994-11-05) November 5, 1994 (age 22) United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish May 2016 Training Camp

FW Danica Evans (1995-06-02) June 2, 1995 (age 21) United States Orlando Pride January 2017 Training Camp
FW Sarah Luebbert (1997-12-16) December 16, 1997 (age 19) United States Missouri Tigers January 2017 Training Camp
FW Hailey Skolmoski (1997-05-28) May 28, 1997 (age 19) United States Utah Utes January 2017 Training Camp
FW Crystal Thomas (1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 23) United States Georgetown Hoyas January 2017 Training Camp
FW Ashley Herndon (1994-10-04) October 4, 1994 (age 22) United States James Madison Dukes 2016 Nordic Tournament
FW Rachel Hill (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 21) United States Orlando Pride 2016 Nordic Tournament
FW Savannah Jordan (1995-01-24) January 24, 1995 (age 22) United States Portland Thorns FC 2016 Nordic Tournament
FW Jackie Stengel (1994-12-22) December 22, 1994 (age 22) United States NC State Wolfpack May 2016 Training Camp

Coaches[edit]

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