U-20s In Camp At End of April

US Soccer will hold a two-week camp for the U-20s in Chula Vista, CA, which will include a scrimmage double-header against local college teams UCLA and USC. The camp will run April 13-30.

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Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Madalyn Schiffel (USF; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.) Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Liz Slattery (Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)

[/column] Some notables: Mallory Pugh looks to have earned herself a spot with the U-20s, as she is back after a great showing in her first U-20 camp in February. Lindsey Horan could not get clearance from her professional team in Paris, and so will not attend this camp; she will almost certainly make the World Cup roster (barring injury), but lack of playing time with her U-20 teammates won’t make it easy for her to keep a starting spot there. But there are three more camps before then, one of which will be closer to her professional base in Europe. Still plenty of time to build team chemistry.

Makenzy Doniak is back after an injury sustained in World Cup Qualifying kept her out of the last camp, and Darian Jenkins is back with the U-20s after not making the WCQ roster; she was with the U-18s just last month.

In addition to Horan, three other players who won the CONCACAF Championship with the team in WCQ are not accounted for here: Weber, Amack, and Kaskie. Kaskie was also left off the last U-20 camp roster (she was a late addition to the team before WCQ). Amack is probably the biggest surprise: she’s played 7 games with the team this year, starting the last 5, and has three goals and two assists.

Of the rest, there are five players new to the team: Schiffel, a goalkeeper; Riehl, a defender; Baldwin and Slattery, both midfielders, and Rasmussen, a forward. Baldwin and Riehl are still in high school, while the others are in college. For Slattery, this is her first call-up with any US YNT. The rest all spent time with the U-18s at some point this year, as well in 2013 (even Schiffel, who will be a junior at San Francisco in the fall); Rasmussen, Baldwin and Riehl were in 4 or 5 such camps this year already, the last one just last month.

Interesting that there 7 forwards and 6 midfielders; a hint that French has found her midfield but it still looking for goal-scorers? If the team plays two full 90 minute games in one day, there will be very little overlap in players between the two games (if any), so it will be a good opportunity for everyone to show what they can do. French could even play all four goalkeepers, if she so wished.

Following this camp, the team will have another in Chula Vista in May,  then a trip to Europe in June, and finally another domestic training camp in July before heading to Canada; the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup runs from August 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.