United States women's national under-23 soccer team

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 competes in a variety of competitions, including the annual Nordic Cup, which is the top competition for this age group.

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)

History

Beginnings as a U-20 program

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

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

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

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the Nordic Tournament, August 28–September 2, 2019.[3][4][5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Emily Boyd (1996-07-25) July 25, 1996 Chicago Red Stars
1GK Casey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 Reign FC

2DF Alana Cook (1997-04-11) April 11, 1997 Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Schuyler DeBree (1996-09-05) September 5, 1996 Reign FC
2DF Brooke Denesik (1996-11-06) November 6, 1996 BIIK Kazygurt
2DF Emily Fox (1998-07-05) July 5, 1998 North Carolina Tar Heels
2DF Madison Pogarch (1997-11-05) November 5, 1997 Portland Thorns
2DF Erin Simon (1994-08-19) August 19, 1994 West Ham United
2DF Samantha Staab (1997-03-28) March 28, 1997 Western Sydney Wanderers
2DF Gaby Vincent (1997-12-07) December 7, 1997 Utah Royals

3MF Carlyn Baldwin (1996-03-17) March 17, 1996 Sporting CP
3MF Jordan DiBiasi (1996-10-28) October 28, 1996 Washington Spirit
3MF Julie James Doyle (1996-12-31) December 31, 1996 Sky Blue FC
3MF Haley Hanson (1996-02-22) February 22, 1996 Melbourne Victory
3MF CeCe Kizer (1997-08-07) August 7, 1997 Houston Dash
3MF Savannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 Chicago Red Stars
3MF Marisa Viggiano (1997-02-05) February 5, 1997 Orlando Pride

4FW Bethany Balcer (1997-03-07) March 7, 1997 Reign FC
4FW Simone Charley (1995-02-04) February 4, 1995 Canberra United
4FW Imani Dorsey (1996-03-21) March 21, 1996 Sky Blue FC
4FW Summer Green (1995-05-02) May 2, 1995 Vittsjö
4FW Hailie Mace (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 FC Rosengård
4FW Paige Monaghan (1996-11-13) November 13, 1996 Sky Blue FC

Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Meagan McClelland (2000-08-05) August 5, 2000 Rutgers Scarlet Knights La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
GK Laurel Ivory (1999-08-28) August 28, 1999 Virginia Cavaliers 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
GK Amanda McGlynn (1998-11-03) November 3, 1998 Virginia Tech Hokies 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

DF Julia Ashley (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 Adelaide United La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
DF Malia Berkely (1998-02-13) February 13, 1998 Florida State Seminoles La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
DF Alyssa Malonson (1999-04-09) April 9, 1999 Auburn Tigers La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
DF Tara McKeown (1999-07-02) July 2, 1999 USC Trojans La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
DF Yazmeen Ryan (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 TCU Horned Frogs La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
DF Ella Shamburger (2000-01-18) January 18, 2000 Vanderbilt Commodores La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
DF Maycee Bell (2000-09-18) September 18, 2000 NC Courage Academy 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Naomi Girma (2000-06-14) June 14, 2000 Stanford Cardinal 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Meaghan Nally (1998-06-30) June 30, 1998 Georgetown Hoyas 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Kirsten Pavlisko (1999-10-15) October 15, 1999 Florida State Seminoles 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Kiara Pickett (1999-04-30) April 30, 1999 Stanford Cardinal 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
DF Kaleigh Riehl (1996-10-21) October 21, 1996 Penn State Nittany Lions 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

MF Meg Brandt (1998-04-19) April 19, 1998 Nebraska Cornhuskers La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
MF Samantha Coffey (1998-12-03) December 3, 1998 Penn State Nittany Lions La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
MF Brianne Folds (1998-01-25) January 25, 1998 Auburn Tigers La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
MF Kelcie Hedge (1997-09-19) September 19, 1997 Santa Clara Broncos La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
MF Taylor Otto (1997-10-23) October 23, 1997 North Carolina Tar Heels La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
MF Savannah DeMelo (1998-03-26) March 26, 1998 USC Trojans 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Emina Ekic (1999-06-06) June 6, 1999 Louisville Cardinals 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Channing Foster (1998-12-25) December 25, 1998 Ole Miss Rebels 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Jaelin Howell (1999-11-21) November 21, 1999 Florida State Seminoles 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Jenna Nighswonger (2000-11-28) November 28, 2000 Florida State Seminoles 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Brianna Pinto (2000-05-24) May 24, 2000 North Carolina Tar Heels 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

FW Kristen Hamilton (1992-04-17) April 17, 1992 Western Sydney Wanderers Nordic Tournament, August 28–September 2, 2019 PRE
FW Sophia Smith (2000-08-10) August 10, 2000 Stanford Cardinal Nordic Tournament, August 28–September 2, 2019 PRE
FW Jordan Canniff (2001-07-27) July 27, 2001 Penn State Nittany Lions La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
FW Abigail Kim (1998-07-19) July 19, 1998 California Golden Bears La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
FW Civana Kuhlmann (1999-04-14) April 14, 1999 Stanford Cardinal La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
FW Payton Linnehan (2001-03-25) March 25, 2001 Penn State Nittany Lions La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
FW Summer Yates (2000-06-17) June 17, 2000 Washington Huskies La Manga Tournament; April 5–9, 2019
FW Paula Germino-Watnick (1997-11-17) November 17, 1997 Georgetown Hoyas 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Penelope Hocking (1999-12-29) December 29, 1999 USC Trojans 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Haley Hopkins (1998-12-21) December 21, 1998 Vanderbilt Commodores 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Catarina Macario (1999-10-04) October 4, 1999 Stanford Cardinal 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
MF Ashley Sanchez (1999-03-16) March 16, 1999 UCLA Bruins 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Martha Thomas (1996-05-31) May 31, 1996 West Ham United 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Ally Watt (1997-03-12) March 12, 1997 Texas A&M Aggies 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
FW Morgan Weaver (1997-10-18) October 18, 1997 Washington State Cougars 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

Coaches

References

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