The United States Women’s National Under-20 Team will travel to France for the Sud Ladies Cup as World Cup preparations continue

CHICAGO (June 14, 2022) – The United States Women’s National Under-20 Team will travel to Aubagne, France from June 16-29 to compete in the four-team Sud Ladies Cup.

The United States will face France on June 24, Mexico on June 26 and the Netherlands on June 28. Aubagne is located 20 km east of Marseille in southern France.

These will be the last international matches for the United States U-20s before head coach Tracey Kevins selects a roster for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 which runs from August 10-28 in Costa Rica.

All four teams participating in the Sud Ladies Cup have won places for Costa Rica and the tournament will serve as excellent preparation for the World Cup while also including some intriguing matches for the United States, who beat Mexico, 2- 0, in the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship. Final on March 12. The United States will face the Netherlands in the second group match of the World Cup on August 14 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Eighteen of the 20 players from the squad who won the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship and qualified for the World Cup will travel to France. The two players from this championship team who will not make it to the Sud Ladies Cup are winger Alyssa Thompson, who will be with the United States Women’s Under-23 National Team in Sweden during this window. June, and defender Samar Guidry, who has an excused absence from this event.

Of the six other players in the South Ladies Cup roster who weren’t in the World Cup qualifiers, five – defenders Makenna Morris (Clemson) and Evelyn Shores (Tophat), midfielders Korbin Albert ( Notre Dame) and Carina Lageyre (Florida United) and forward Jaedyn Shaw (Washington Spirit) – was part of training camp and two friendlies against Costa Rica in May at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Only one player from the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship roster attended this camp. as Kevins sought to increase the depth of the player pool.

Additionally, UNC forward Ally Sentnor has been named to the roster as she returns to the youth national teams for the first time after suffering an ACL injury in her first college scrimmage as a rookie. at the start of the 2021 season. Sentnor has extensive experience with the National Women’s Under-18, Under-17 and Under-15 teams.

The United States have been drawn in Group D of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, which will take place from August 10-28 in Costa Rica. The United States opens the tournament on Thursday August 11 against Ghana, plays the Netherlands on Sunday August 14 and concludes the group stage against Japan on Wednesday August 17. USA will play their first and third group matches at the Estadio. Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica and his second group game at the Estadio Nacional in San José.


GOALKEEPERS (2): Mia Justus (Florida State; Lakewood, Ohio), Neeku Purcell (OL Reign Academy; Seattle, Washington)

DEFENDERS (8): Lauren Flynn (Florida State; Arlington, Va.), Emily Mason (Rutgers; Flemington, NJ), Aidan McConnell (Wisconsin; Dexter, Mich.), Makenna Morris (Clemson; Germantown, Md.), Ayo Oke (California; Lawrenceville, Georgia), Lilly Reale (UCLA; Hingham, Mass.), Laney Rouse (Virginia; Cary, North Carolina), Evelyn Shores (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Korbin Albert (Notre Dame; Grayslake, IL), Emily Colton (UNC; Carlsbad, CA), Talia DellaPeruta (UNC; Cumming, GA), Carina Lageyre (Florida United; Cooper City, FL), Sally Menti (Santa Clara; Seattle , Washington), Alexis Missimo (Texas; Southlake, TX), Olivia Moultrie (Portland Thorns; Wilsonville, Oregon)

FORWARDS (7): Trinity Byars (Texas; Richardson, TX); Michelle Cooper (Duke; Clarkston, Michigan); Simone Jackson (USC; Redondo Beach, CA), Andrea Kitahata (Stanford; Hillsborough, CA), Avery Patterson (UNC; Jacksonville, FL), Ally Sentnor (UNC; Hanson, Mass.), Jaedyn Shaw (Washington Spirit; Frisco, Texas)

The roster consists of 19 collegiate players, three youth club players, forward Jaedyn Shaw who is currently training with the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League, and professional midfielder Olivia Moultrie, who at 16 years old became the youngest player to score. in an NWSL game. Moultrie scored in Portland Thorns FC’s 4-0 win over Houston Dash on 12 June.

Forward Michelle Cooper scored eight goals in the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship to win the Golden Boot for Top Scorer and the Golden Ball for Best Player. Forward Andrea Kitahata has scored seven goals despite missing the final three games of the tournament while forwards Simone Jackson and Avery Patterson have scored six each. Midfielder Talia DellaPeruta scored five goals in World Cup qualifying, including the second in the league game after Cooper opened the scoring.

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