CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2016) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 27-March 7 for three matches against Under-19 teams as part of the annual event in southwest Spain.
The USA will be coached by U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs who has called up 22 players, 19 born in 1998 and three in 1997.
The USA will be playing against older teams comprised mostly of 1997s and will face Denmark on March 3, England on March 5 and finish with Norway on March 7.
All the players traveling to Spain are age-eligible for the team that will participate in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, but the goal for this age group is to ultimately qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Amanda Dennis (Penn State; Palmetto, Fla.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk; Mass.)
DEFENDERS (7): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist SC; Liberty Township, Ohio), Holly Daugirda (Utah Avalanche; Salt Lake City, Utah), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Murrieta, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire FC; Newcastle, Wash.), Julie Mackin (Real Colorado; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kaiya McCullough (San Diego Surf; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Taylor Mitchell (Real So Cal; Tarzana, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Olivia Athens (PSV Union FC; Atherton, Calif.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; Temecula, Calif.), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf, Las Vegas, Nev.), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Surf, Henderson, Nev.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Natalie Winters (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.)
FORWARDS (7): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse Select; St. Charles, Ill.), Sunny Dunphy (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Cecilia Gee (Lamorinda United; Orinda, Calif.), Kennedy Goins (TSC Hurricane; Broken Arrow, Okla.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Abigail Kim (Pacific NW SC; Vashon, Wash.)