The 2016 U-20 cycle will kick off international competition at the annual U-19 10 Nation Tournament in La Manga, Spain (as these U-20s are prepping for next year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup, this year they’re still technically U-19s). The team will play matches against Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The tournament runs from February 28th to March 10th.
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Roster by Position: GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.) DEFENDERS (7): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.) MIDFIELDERS (8): Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC, Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (Players Development Academy; Ocean Township; N.J.) FORWARDS (5): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
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There are two new players on this roster: midfielders Jordan Harr and Savannah DeMelo were with the U-18s last year, and as recently as the U-18 camp a few weeks ago.
Marley Canales and Zoe Redei weren’t a part of the last U-20 camp, but were in the October 2014 camp that kicked off this cycle.
The remaining 18 players were all last seen in the U-20 camp in Florida in early February, in which the team lost, 0-4, to FC Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga.