Heilferty called up to US Women’s Under-23 Team

CHICAGO, Illinois – Continuing her rise in professional women’s soccer, Boston University women’s soccer alum Anna Heilferty (CAS, 20) has earned a call-up to the US Under-23 National Team as the team prepares for women’s competition. Tri-Nation U-23 Tournament in Sweden.

Heilferty is getting her first call-up to the U-23 team, which means she is on the US Women’s National Team for the first time since joining the U-18 WNT at the U-19 La Manga 12 Nations Tournament in 2018. She becomes the third terrier. to earn a spot on the U-23 WYNT USA roster by joining Kylie Strom (2014 training camp) and Rachel Blosnalis (2018 Nordic tournament).

The U23 Tri-Nation Tournament includes friendly matches between the USA, India and Sweden and will start on June 22. The USA will play India on June 25 in Helsingborg and then take on Sweden on June 28 in Wittsjö.

She is currently in her second season with the Washington Spirit after being selected In all, in the 2021 NWSL College Draft, Heilferty, the first terrier to be selected in the NWSL, has played 32 career games for the club. Starting nine of her 10 games this year, she has made two assists as a linebacker, successfully completing nearly 80 percent of her passes. In 2021, she started in eight of her 22 matches, playing nearly 900 minutes with a pass success rate of 75.7%.

Off the pitch, Heilferty was named the District of Columbia’s first Sustainability Ambassador in May by the Department of Energy and Environment. The initiative to protect the environment and sustainable planning comes from the mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser. As an Ambassador, Heilferty focuses on project development and promotion planning as she raises general awareness and responds to environmental issues facing the nation’s capital and the rest of the world.

Heilferty has been drafted by the All Patriot League throughout her BU career. In 2017, she was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year after leading the team with five goals and 13 points in 21 games. In 2018, she scored the game-winning goal and led the Terriers to the 2018 Patriot League title, earning the Patriot League tournament MVP award in addition to an All-PL first-team spot. In 2019, she was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watchlist and later earned second-team All-PL recognition.


The US Women’s Under-23 National Team is a junior soccer team that is part of US Soccer. The main goal of the team is to prepare the player for the senior women’s team. The team competes in the annual Northern Tournament, the premier international competition at the U-23 level. This year, the team will be coached by Jene Batslavsky, a former South Texas Youth Soccer Association technical director and current US soccer coach who also chairs the US Soccer Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP selection committee.


  • GOALKEEPERS (2): Shelby Hogan (Portland Thorns; Franklin, Massachusetts), Ruthie Jones (Duke; Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • DEFENDERS (5): Kerry Abello (Orlando Pride; Batavia, IL), Megan Bornkamp (Clemson; Mooresville, NC), Emily Madril (Florida State; Boise, Idaho), Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame; Albuquerque, New York) Mexico), Keith Wiesner (Pennsylvania; Monrovia, California).
  • Midfielders (8): Hanna Bebar (Harvard; Naperville, IL), Croix Bethune (Orland Carolina; Alpharetta, GA), Mikayla Cluff (Orlando Pride; Caseville, UT), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC; Long Beach, CA), Sierra Enge (Stanford ; Cardiff, CA), Jenna Nicewanger (FL; Huntington Beach, CA), Brianna Pinto (North Carolina Courage; Durham, NC), Taryn Torres (NJ/NY Gotham, Frisco, TX)
  • Strikers (6): Messiah Bright (TCU; Dallas, TX), Ava Cooke (Chicago Red Stars; Battle Creek, MI), Anna Heilferty (Washington Spirit; Falls Church, Virginia) Samantha Meza (UNC; Dallas, TX), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, MI), Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, CA)

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