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US Youth Soccer Elite to represent U.S. at U-17 Women’s World Championship in New Zealand

October 22, 2008 10:00 PM
 
US Youth Soccer common thread among all players
Team stacked with 17 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program players
 
Women's soccer in America continues to evolve, providing more and more opportunities to those involved in the game. For the first time ever, the FIFA Women's World Cup has opened to include the Under-17 women. All 21 women rostered for the U.S. got their start and have cultivated their soccer careers as members of US Youth Soccer.

The tournament, to be held October 28 – November 16 in New Zealand, will feature 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The U.S. team was drawn into Group C, which also features Japan, France and Paraguay. The U.S. will play its first two group matches at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, opening with Japan on October 31, followed by a match against Paraguay on November 2.

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) has been the most beneficial in grooming the recently-named U-17 Women's team, as 17 of the 21 have trained, completed and grown-up in the program that identifies players of the highest caliber. Developing so many successful athletes exemplifies the quality and purpose of the US Youth Soccer ODP.
 
US Youth Soccer offers programs for players at every level of play. One of the most prestigious programs is the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, which has seen play from all of the U-17 Women. Of those, Alexis Harris is one who has a US Youth Soccer National Championship Title under her belt. Harris was a part of the Under-16 Girls Dallas Texans Red 92 team that captured the 2008 title in Little Rock, Ark.
 
US Youth Soccer ODP provides unique opportunities for individual players where the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series offers US Youth Soccer club teams the opportunity to train and play for the nation's most revered titles. Both programs offer college, national and professional staffs to see the future of American soccer. 
 
The Americans head to New Zealand on Oct. 23 carrying a 16-1-1 record this year, including 8-0-0 in international matches. Only three players named to the squad are uncapped at the U-17 level. Head coach Kazbek Tambi will also bring a tall, physical team to the Women's World Cup with 11 players standing 5 feet 7 inches or taller.
 
UNITED STATES UNDER-17 WOMEN'S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER
2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup – New Zealand
No.
Player Pos. Hometown Youth Club/High School

U-17 Caps

U-17 Goals

1 Gaul, Alexa

GK

Naperville, Ill. Eclipse Select / Neuqua Valley

5

0

2 Harris, Alexis

D

Plano, Texas Dallas Texans / Plano West

5

1

3 Brooks, Amber

D

New Hope, Pa. Arsenal World Class / The Pennington School

10

4

4 Dunn, Crystal

D

Rockville Center, N.Y. Albertson Fury, South Side

8

1

5 Tymrak, Erika

M

Bradenton, Fla. IMG Soccer Academy / Edison Academic Center

6

0

6 Colohan, Cloee

D

West Point, Utah Black Diamond SC / Syracuse

11

0

7 Verloo, Courtney

F

Tualatin, Ore. FC Portland Sapphire / Tualatin

8

8

8 DiMartino, Victoria

F

Massapequa, N.Y. Albertson Fury / Massapequa

8

4

9 Johnson, Samantha

F

Palmdale, Calif. Real So Cal / Highland

4

1

10 Mewis, Kristen

M

Hanson, Mass. SC Scorpions / Whitman Hanson

10

7

11 Mewis, Samantha

M

Hanson, Mass. SC Scorpions / Whitman Hanson

8

6

12 Costa, Tani

F

Honolulu, Hawaii Leahi Premier / Kalani

5

5

13 Roberts, Julia

D

Fredrick, Md. McLean Freedom / Urbana

8

1

14 Laddish, Mandy

M

Lee's Summit, Mo. Blue Valley Stars / Lee's Summit

0

0

15 Bennett, Kate

M

Clyde Hill, Wash. Crossfire Premier / Vellevue

4

1

16 Brian, Morgan

M

St. Simons Island, Ga. Ponte Vedra SC / Frederica Academy

3

1

17 Quon, Rachel

D

Lake Forest, Ill. Eclipse Select / Lake Forest

2

0

18 Vancil, Taylor

GK

South Elgin, Ill. Eclipse Select / St. Charles North

3

0

19 Eddy, Elizabeth

M

Costa Mesa, Calif. SC Blues / Calvary Chapel

0

0

20 Klei, Olivia

M

Pleasanton, Calif. Pleasanton Rage / Foothill

10

1

21 Pettigrew, Jennifer

GK

Kearney, N.J. Arsenal World Class / Kearney

0

0


Squad features 17 players born in 1991, three born in 1992 and one born in 1993.
 
Scores for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
October 31 - U.S. v Japan  2:3
 

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