U.S. U-20 women's national team coach Tony DiCicco named 20 players to his squad who will attempt to earn a berth to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup through the CONCACAF qualifying tournament being held June 18-28 in Puebla, Mexico.
The U.S. team has arrived in Mexico and opens the eight-team 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 championship against Trinidad & Tobago on June 18 before facing Cuba on June 20 and host Mexico June 22 in Group A play. Group B features Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Jamaica. The semifinals will be held on June 25 with the third-place match championship game taking place on June 28.
"We have a very talented group with us that has excellent team depth, which is important for an event with five potential games in 12 days," said DiCicco. "There might not be a superstar yet at this stage, but we have great team chemistry. I have been really impressed with the leadership we have seen from the players, and the sense of mission they have demonstrated."
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State),
DEFENDERS (4): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland),
MIDFIELDERS (5): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland),
FORWARDS (9): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jessica McDonald (Glendale, Ariz.), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Noguira (North Carolina), Kelley O'Hara (Stanford), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)/