CHICAGO (January 19, 2017) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will participate in the Thorns Spring Invitational from March 26-April 1 in Portland, Oregon, taking on three NWSL teams at Providence Park.
The second annual four-team tournament features the U.S. U-23 WNT, Portland Thorns FC, Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash.
The tournament will consist of three doubleheaders. The USA opens against the Dash on Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. PT followed by Portland taking on Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. On Wednesday, March 29, Chicago takes on Houston at 5 p.m. PT and the USA will face the Thorns at 7:30 p.m. PT. The USA closes out the tournament against the Red Stars on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m. and Portland ends the tournament against Houston at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the tournament are included in Thorns FC Annual Memberships. Individual tickets, which allow entry to both matches each day, start at $8 and go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. (Pacific) online at www.thornsfc.com. Full tournament ticket packages, starting at $15, also will be available for purchase online.
2017 THORNS SPRING INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE – All Games at Providence Park
Sunday, March 26
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Houston Dash 2:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars 5 p.m. PT
Wednesday, March 29
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash 5 p.m. PT
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns FC 7:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 1
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars 5 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash 7:30 p.m. PT
CHICAGO (January 13, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has held over five players from the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team camp that ended this morning to train for several days with the full U.S. Women’s National Team, which begins its camp today at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.
“These players showed very well during the U-23 training camp, and this is a great opportunity to see how they perform in the highly competitive environment of January Camp,” Ellis said. “Having a few more players in camp helps us in our 11v11 competition, and as I’ve said on many occasions, the majority of this year is about looking at new players so we can continue to expand our pool.”
The five players include one who was taken yesterday in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, three current college players and 16-year-old Brianna Pinto. Goalkeeper Casey Murphy, a rising senior at Rutgers, played every minute of all six games for the USA at the recent 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. At 6-foot-1, the 20-year-old is the tallest goalkeeper ever called into the full U.S. Women’s National Team.
Ellis also held over defender Mandy Freeman, who played a key role in helping the University of Southern California win the 2016 NCAA Championship. The 21-year-old Freeman was a starting center back on the U.S. team that competed in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. She was taken as 10th and last pick of the opening round by Sky Blue FC.
Midfielder Tierna Davidson, who is 18 years old, started all 21 games for Stanford as a freshman last season, scoring two goals with two assists. The 5-foot-10 Davidson has spent extensive time with the USA’s Youth National Teams and has six caps and one goal at the U-20 international level. Forward Savannah McCaskill is a rising senior at South Carolina, which had a fantastic 2016 season, going 21-2-1 and spending eight weeks ranked in the top-five in the nation. The 20-year-old McCaskill led the Gamecocks in scoring with 17 goals and 11 assists and was named a First-Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year.
Ellis also kept Pinto, who becomes one of the youngest call-ups of the modern era of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She turns 17 on May 24. Pinto was a starter in the center midfield for the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. She finished her U-17 international career with 20 caps and one goal.
The January training camp is a key evaluation period for Ellis and her staff to choose a squad for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup, which – as did the inaugural tournament last year – features four of the world’s top five ranked teams in the USA (No. 1), Germany (No. 2), France (No. 3) and England (No. 5), competing in three doubleheaders from March 1-7.Read more
The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will kick off its 2017 programming with a 30-player camp running from Jan. 6-13 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
The roster is a mixture of top players from the U.S. Youth National Teams, elite college players and four NWSL players. The camp features players from seven different birth years, ranging from 1994 (which is the age cut-off for this year’s U-23 WNT) to 2000, which is when midfielder Brianna Pinto, who played in last year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup, was born.
U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis and her staff will observe several training sessions to evaluate players for potential full Women’s National Team call-ups.
Ten players on the roster have appeared for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level, led by 2016 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year Ashley Sanchez, who played in both the U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments last year.
Two players from the USA’s 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team were named in goalkeeper Laurel Ivory and Pinto, while Casey Murphy, the USA’s starting goalkeeper at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was also called up.
The NWSL players are recent Seattle Reign signee Madalyn Schiffel, who is one of four goalkeepers in camp, Samantha Witteman of the Orlando Pride, Erica Skroski of Sky Blue FC and Makenzy Doniak of reigning NWSL champions Western New York Flash.
Only one player in camp owns a full WNT cap, BYU senior Ashley Hatch, who made her WNT debut as a substitute against Switzerland on Oct. 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sanchez trained with the full WNT for a few days in Orlando, Fla., last year.
The roster includes three players from the 2016 NCAA Champion University of Southern California Trojans in midfielder Morgan Andrews and defenders Kayla Mills and Mandy Freeman.
Numerous players on the roster are expected to be taken in the 2017 NWSL Draft that will be held on January 12 in Los Angeles.
U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Madalyn Schiffel (Seattle Reign FC; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Hannah Seabert (Pepperdine; Riverside, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mandy Freeman (USC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Tavia Leachman (Utah; Long Beach, Calif.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Sydney Miramontez (Nebraska; Lenexa, Kan.), Gabrielle Seiler (Florida; Peachtree City, Ga.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.), Samantha Witteman (Orlando Pride; Redondo Beach, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Andrews (USC; Milford, N.H.), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Megan Dougherty Howard (Florida; Largo, Fla.), Tyler Lussi (Princeton; Lutherville, Md.), Ifeoma Onumonu (California; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Morgan Proffitt (Marquette; Columbus, Ind.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Makenzy Doniak (Western New York Flash; Chino Hills, Calif.), Danica Evans (Colorado; Lakewood, Colo.), Ashley Hatch (BYU; Gilbert, Ariz.), Sarah Luebbert (Missouri; Jefferson City, Mo.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Hailey Skolmoski (Utah; Riverton, Utah), Crystal Thomas (Georgetown; Elgin, Ill.)