CHICAGO (Feb. 4, 2016) – The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team will kick off its 2016 programming with a training camp from Feb. 20-27 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.
The U-16 camp will be run by Women’s Development Coach Tricia Taliaferro who is U.S. Soccer’s main scout for the ’00 birth year. She has called up 26 players, 23 born in 2000 with two born in 2001 and one in 2002.
All of the players in this camp are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.
This age group is in the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Ok.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Mackenzie Wood (Indiana Fire; Granger, Ind.)
DEFENDERS (11): Maycee Bell (Sporting Kansas City; Wichita, Ks.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Madison Ellsworth (Crossfire United Oregon; Hillsboro, Ore.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Miliani, Hawaii), Makenna Morris (Bethesda; Germantown, Md.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Julietta Thron (Albertson Fury; Caldwell, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.; Concord, Mass.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.)
FORWARDS (8): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Lia Godfrey (JFC Storm; Fleming Island, Fla.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nv.), Macy Schultz (Colorado Storm; Timnath, Colo.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier; Wadsworth, Ohio), Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Trinity Watson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)