U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team heads to training camp as World Cup qualifying prep continues
CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow will hold a training camp from Aug. 9-16, at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, California. Snow has called up 24 players for the event, with 16 born in 1999, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup. The remaining eight players were born in 2000.
The U.S. U-17s are still seven months away from qualifying for the next Women’s World Cup. The 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship will be held on the Caribbean island of Grenada next March. The tournament will send three teams to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be played in Jordan in September of 2016.
The Under-17 Women’s Championship will feature eight teams, three from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), two from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America.
Canada, Mexico and the United States are automatically qualified from North America, while the qualifying processes in CFU and UNCAF will take place in coming months. As host country, Grenada is automatically qualified as one of the three representatives of CFU.
The eight teams will be drawn into two groups of four teams each and after the group stage, the winner and second-place team from each group will cross-over for the semifinals. The winner of each semifinal match qualifies directly to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup while the two losing semifinalists will play a third-place match with the winner also advancing to the World Cup.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, IL.), Chyanne Dennis (Lauderhill Lions; Sunrise, Fla.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): McKinley Burkett (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Francesca Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, NJ.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)