CHICAGO (June 15, 2022) – The US Women’s U23 team will play its first international matches since Fall 2019 when a 21-player team travels to Sweden during the upcoming international break for friendlies against India and the hosts of the Women’s U23 team. Tournament of Nations.
On June 25 in Helsingborg, the United States will play India. It will be the first ever match between the US women’s team and the country that will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October. On June 28, the United States will play Sweden in Wittsjö. Australia were supposed to participate in this tournament but withdrew, making it a three-team competition.
The American roster includes eight current Women’s National Football League players, 12 college players and one youth club player in the form of Alyssa Thompson, who plays for the Total Futbol Academy Los Angeles men’s team. The fast winger Thompson was a member of the U.S. Women’s Under-20 Women’s National Team that won the Concacafé Women’s U-20 Championship in the Dominican Republic in March and helped the U.S. qualify for the 2022 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup. Thompson, 17, is the only player from this U-20 team on this roster.
USA U-23 WYNT 2022 THREE NATIONS TOURNAMENT ON POSITION (CLUB OR COLLEGE; HOME TOWN)
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, Mich.), Anna Heilferty (Washington Spirit; Falls Church, VA), Samantha Meza (UNC; Dallas, TX), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia , Brighton, Michigan), Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy, Studio City, California)
Players in the WYNT U-23 pool this year must be born on or after January 1, 1999, but this tournament allows up to five over-limit players born before that date. The United States will bring three such players: Chicago Red Stars forward Ava Cooke, Racing Louisville linebacker Savannah DeMelo, and Portland Thorns backup goaltender Shelby Hogan. All born in 1998.
Nine of the players on this list were part of the WYNT USA Under-23 team that played in the pre-season last March against NWSL teams: Duke goaltender Ruthie Jones, guards Emily Madril (Fla.), Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame) and Kate Wiesner (Pennsylvania), linebackers Hannah Bebar (Harvard) and Croix Bethune (South Carolina), and forwards Messiah Bright (TCU) and Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia). The USA drew 0-0 with the Chicago Red Stars, lost 3-0 against the Portland Thorns and drew 1-1 with the OL Reign.
The U-23s will be coached by Jene Batslawski, a former South Texas Youth Soccer Association technical director and current US soccer coach who also chairs US Soccer’s Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP selection committee.
No player on this list plays for the full US Women’s Team, and the only player with experience training with the full USWNT roster is North Carolina Courage linebacker Brianna Pinto, but six players have played for the US in the World Youth Championship: Wiesner, linebackers Bebar , DeMelo and Pinto, as well as forwards Samantha Meza (UNC) and Spaanstra.