Twenty-four players called in for U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team training camp
CHICAGO – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold its final training camp before the 2020 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship when 24 players come together in Bradenton, Florida from Feb. 15-23.
During the camp the USA play two games against the England U-17 WNT, on Feb. 19 (2 p.m. ET) at the IMG Soccer Stadium and Feb. 22 (1 p.m. ET) at the IMG Football Stadium. Admission to both games is free.
U.S. head coach Tracey Kevins has called up 24 players for the camp which will be the final chance for players to earn a spot on the 20-player roster that will travel to Toluca, Mexico for the 2020 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship.
With the 20-team tournament now confirmed for Mexico, the dates have been set from April 18-May 3 and the groups adjusted. The USA is in Group G will now face Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba.
The top-three finishers in each of the four groups will join four winners from regional qualifying in the Round of 16 and then a knock-out tournament will ensue. The teams that advance to the Championship Game as well as the winner of the Third-Place Match will advance to the 2020 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be staged in India from Nov. 2-21.
The training camp roster features 19 players born in 2003, which is the birth cut-off year for players to participate in the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Four players on this roster were born in 2004, including the team’s current leading scorer, forward Allyson Sentnor. The youngest player on the roster is midfielder Olivia Moultrie, who was born in 2005. Moultrie signed an endorsement contract with Nike early in 2019 and became the youngest American female to turn professional. This is the 15-year-old’s second call-up to the U-17 WNT.
The U.S. roster features seven players who scored international goals for the USA in 2019: Sentnor (6), forward Karlie Lema (5), forward Amelia White (5), forward Simone Jackson (4), midfielder Alexis Missimo (3), forward Trinity Byars (3) and midfielder Jillian Shimkin (2).
U.S. U-17 WNT ROSTER BY POSITION – FLORIDA TRAINING CAMP & MATCHES VS. ENGLAND:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nadia Cooper (Challenge SC; Katy, Texas), Haley Craig (Michigan Jaguars; Dexter, Mich.), Neeku Purcell (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Baleigh Bruster (Tophat; Smyrna, Ga.), Andrea Kitahata (San Jose Earthquakes; Hillsborough, Calif.), Aidan McConnell (Michigan Hawks; Dexter, Mich.), Ayooluwa Oke (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Shea O’Malley (NC Courage; Cary, N.C.), Lilly Reale (South Shore Select; Hingham, Mass.), Evelyn Shores (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga. Kolo Suliafu (SoCal Blues; Victorville, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Tatiana Fung (Legends FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Carina Lageyre (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Devin Lynch (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Alexis Missimo (Solar SC; Southlake, Texas), Olivia Moultrie (Portland Thorns FC; Wilsonville, Ore.), Jaedyn Shaw (Solar SC; Frisco, Texas), Jillian Shimkin (Sky Blue-NYSC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Trinity Byars (Solar SC; Richardson, Texas), Simone Jackson (Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Karlie Lema (MVLA; Morgan Hill, Calif.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.), Alyssa Thompson (Real So Cal; Studio City, Calif.), Amelia White (Fort Wayne United FC; Fort Wayne, Ind.)