CHICAGO (June 15, 2022) – The U.S. U-23 Women’s Junior National Team will play its first internationals since fall 2019 when a 21-player team travels to Sweden during the upcoming international break for friendlies against India and the hosts at U-23 Women’s Three- Tournament of Nations.
The United States will face India on June 25 in Helsingborg, the first match between a United States Women’s National Team and the country that will host the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in October. The United States will face Sweden on June 28 in Vittsjo. Australia was scheduled to participate in this tournament but withdrew, making it a three-team competition.
The US roster consists of eight current National Women’s Soccer League players, 12 college players and one youth club player Alyssa Thompson, who plays for the men’s team at Total Futbol Academy in Los Angeles. Thompson, a speedy winger, was a member of the US U-20 Women’s Junior National Team that won the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship in the Dominican Republic in March and helped the US qualify for the Copa FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022. Thompson, 17, is the only player from that U-20 squad on this list.
2022 US U-23 WYNT TRI NATION TOURNAMENT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB OR COLLEGE; HOME CITY)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Shelby Hogan (Portland Thorns FC; Franklin, Mass.), Ruthie Jones (Duke; Charlotte, NC)
DEFENDERS (5): Kerry Abello (Orlando Pride; Batavia, Ill.), Megan Bornkamp (Clemson; Mooresville, NC), Emily Madril (Florida State; Boise, Idaho), Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame; Albuquerque, NM), Kate Wiesner (Penn State ; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Hannah Bebar (Harvard; Naperville, Ill.), Croix Bethune (USC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Mikayla Cluff (Orlando Pride; Kaysville, Utah), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC; Long Beach, Calif.), Sierra Enge ( Stanford; Cardiff, California), Jenna Nighswonger (Florida State; Huntington Beach, California), Brianna Pinto (North Carolina Courage; Durham, NC), Taryn Torres (NJ/NY Gotham FC; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Messiah Bright (TCU; Dallas, Texas), Ava Cook (Chicago Red Stars; Battle Creek, Mich.), Anna Heilferty (Washington Spirit; Falls Church, Va.), Samantha Meza (UNC; Dallas, Texas), Alexa Spaanstra ( Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, Calif.)
Players in this year’s U-23 WYNT bracket must have been born on or after January 1, 1999, but this tournament allows up to five players born before that date. The United States will bring three of those players: Chicago Red Stars forward Ava Cook, Racing Louisville FC midfielder Savannah DeMelo and Portland Thorns FC backup goalkeeper Shelby Hogan. They were all born in 1998.
Nine players on this roster were part of the US U-23 WYNT roster that participated in the preseason tournament last March against NWSL teams: Duke goalkeeper Ruthie Jones, defensemen Emily Madril (Florida State) , Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame) and Kate Wiesner (Penn State), midfielders Hannah Bebar (Harvard) and Croix Bethune (USC) and forwards Messiah Bright (TCU) and Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia). The USA drew 0-0 with Chicago Red Stars, lost 3-0 to Portland Thorns FC and drew 1-1 with OL Reign.
The U-23s will be coached by Jené Baclawski, a longtime former South Texas Youth Soccer Association head coach and current USA Soccer coach educator who also heads the U.S. Soccer MVP selection committee. US Soccer SheBelieves Visa Cup.
No player on this list has been capped by the full US Women’s National Team, and the only player with experience training with the full USWNT is North Carolina Courage midfielder Brianna Pinto, but six players have played for the US. USA in a youth World Cup: Wiesner, midfielders Bebar and DeMelo and Pinto and forwards Samantha Meza (UNC) and Spaanstra.