United States women's national under-23 soccer team

The United States U-23 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the full Women's National Team. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the annual Nordic Cup, which is the top competition for this age group.

United States Under-23
Nickname(s)Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
The Yanks
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachvacant
FIFA codeUSA
First colors
Second colors
Nordic Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1997)
Best resultWinners (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)

HistoryEdit

Beginnings as a U-20 programEdit

The United States U-23 team has been active since 1989, however it was run as a U-20 team from its inception until 1998.[1] Its main goal was to prepare college players for the step up to international soccer. Women had no viable opportunities to enhance their playing abilities, aside from overseas, since the United States lacked a top-level domestic league during this time.

The switch to U-21Edit

In 1998, United States Soccer Federation decided to make the team a U-21 team in order to give women a higher level of play to better prepare them for the full National Team. In accordance with this strategy, the U-21 team frequently rostered "over-aged" players in the U-21 training camps, as well as the Nordic Cup. It remained a U-21 team from 1998 through 2008.

Competing as a U-23 teamEdit

2008 saw the change of the USA's oldest youth national team moved to the U-23 level. The move was made by the United States Soccer Federation in response to age-level changes FIFA had made to its oldest women's youth competition, now named FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The age limit was raised from being a U-19 tournament to a U-20 tournament. This change, coupled with a newly introduced U-23 age limit to the Nordic Cup, prompted the USSF to rethink and eventually change the youth development team. The team continues to serve as a stepping-stone for collegiate and post-collegiate players to the United States Women's National Team.[2] Additionally, many U-23 players develop further through the National Women's Soccer League. While many of the post-collegiate players play in this league to develop their game, the U-23's turned focus on college players who are out of season and may not yet be NWSL-eligible.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named to the squad for the 2022 Women's U-23 Three-Nations Tournament.[3]

Caps and goals are current as of June 28, 2022, after match against   Sweden.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ruthie Jones (2001-01-17) January 17, 2001 (age 21) 1 0   Duke University
22 1GK Shelby Hogan (1998-05-10) May 10, 1998 (age 24) 1 0   Portland Thorns

2 2DF Emily Madril (1999-07-01) July 1, 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Florida State University
3 2DF Kerry Abello (1999-09-17) September 17, 1999 (age 23) 1 2   Orlando Pride
5 2DF Megan Bornkamp (2001-11-19) November 19, 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Clemson University
13 2DF Kate Wiesner (2001-02-11) February 11, 2001 (age 21) 2 0   Penn State University
17 2DF Brianna Martinez (2000-01-01) January 1, 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Notre Dame University

4 3MF Taryn Torres (1999-04-23) April 23, 1999 (age 23) 3 0   University of Virginia
6 3MF Sierra Enge (2000-02-23) February 23, 2000 (age 22) 2 1   Stanford University
8 3MF Brianna Pinto (2000-05-24) May 24, 2000 (age 22) 2 0   North Carolina Courage
10 3MF Croix Bethune (2001-03-14) March 14, 2001 (age 21) 2 0   University of Southern California
16 3MF Mikayla Cluff (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Orlando Pride
18 3MF Hannah Bebar (2001-09-05) September 5, 2001 (age 21) 2 0   Harvard University
20 3MF Jenna Nighswonger (2000-11-28) November 28, 2000 (age 21) 2 1   Florida State University
3MF Savannah DeMelo (1998-03-26) March 26, 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Racing Louisville

7 4FW Alexa Spaanstra (2000-02-01) February 1, 2000 (age 22) 1 0   University of Virginia
9 4FW Ava Cook (1998-03-10) March 10, 1998 (age 24) 2 2   Chicago Red Stars
11 4FW Anna Heilferty (1999-04-17) April 17, 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Washington Spirit
14 4FW Samantha Meza (2001-11-07) November 7, 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Texas Tech University
19 4FW Messiah Bright (1999-01-12) January 12, 1999 (age 23) 2 1   Texas Christian University
21 4FW Alyssa Thompson (2005-03-05) March 5, 2005 (age 17) 2 1   Total Futbol Academy

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.

  • 2022 Thorns Preseason Tournament[4][5]
  • Training camp; January 23–28, 2022[6]

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2009 WNT U.S. Soccer Media Guide
  2. ^ "Page Not Found". {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  3. ^ "U.S. U-23 Women's Youth National Team Will Travel To Sweden For Matches Against India And Sweden During Upcoming International Break". www.ussoccer.com.
  4. ^ "U.S. U-23 Women's Youth National Team Will Face Three NWSL Teams In The 2022 Thorns Preseason Tournament". www.ussoccer.com.
  5. ^ @USYNT (March 3, 2022). "D Kirsten Pavlisko (FSU), M Cori Dyke (Penn State) and M Anna Haddock (Auburn) have been added to the #U23WYNT rost…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "U.S. Under-23 Women's Youth National Team Will Come Together In Austin, Texas From Jan. 23-28 For First Training Camp Since Start Of Pandemic". www.ussoccer.com.