Ten WPS players on U-23 roster that will play in Four Nations Tournament

The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team will head to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 21 to March 2, for the Four Nations Tournament. The U.S. will compete against England, Norway, and Sweden’s U-23s. Of the 18 players on coach Bill Irwin’s roster, 10 are on Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) rosters.

Of the 10 WPS players, only three – Casey Noguiera, Nikki Marshall, and Becky Edwards – have played in WPS. Six were selected in the 2011 WPS Draft, and one (Katie Bethke) was signed as a free agent after the draft. Katie Schoepfer, currently listed as “out of contract,” played for Sky Blue FC during the 2010 WPS season. She’s heading into the Boston Breakers preseason camp next month.

U.S. U-23 roster for Four Nations Tournament

Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara)
Defenders: Amber Brooks (UNC), Becky Edwards (Western NY Flash), Lauren Fowlkes (Philadelphia Independence), Nikki Marshall (magicTalk SC), Elli Reed (Western NY Flash), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
Midfielders: Katie Bethke (Atlanta Beat), Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Klingenberg (magicTalk SC), Casey Nogueira (Sky Blue FC), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Kylie Wright (Atlanta Beat)
Forwards: Sarah Hagen (UW-Milwaukee), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego), Katie Schoepfer (out of contract)