FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 3, 2015) The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin its quest to qualify for the 2016 Women’s World Cup at the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, with a roster that is filled with former and current US Youth Soccer National Championship, Olympic Development Program (ODP) and National League players. The tournament will be held from Dec, 3-13 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Of the 20 players on the roster, 19 have US Youth Soccer ties including: 18 former ODP player, 17 former National Championship Series players and five National League players.
Six members of the U-20 roster have represented their state at the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships as Sabrina Flores (New Jersey 1995), Natalie Jacobs (Cal South 1997), Marley Canales (Cal South 97), Savannah DeMelo (Cal South 98) all claimed national titles while Emily Fox reached the 2014 finals with Florida 1997, and Jessie Scarpa tied for the most goals at the 2012 ODP Championships with three as her Florida 1996 team placed third.
The U.S. U-20 roster features nine players who have reached at least the semifinals of a US Youth Soccer Region Championship, and of those nine, three have gone on to play at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Savannah DeMelo won the 2014 Region IV and National Championship with Beach FC 97 Academy (CA-S), while Zoe Redie won the 2013 National Championship with Eclipse Elite Black 97-98 (IL). Parker Roberts played in five Region II Championships with a KC Metro Dynamos (KS) team that twice reached the semifinals of the National Championships. All three players were named to a National Championships Best 11 team.
Of those suiting up for the red white and blue later this month, DeMelo, Redie, Roberts, Flores and Fox also played in the National League with DeMelo (2014-15) being the only player to take home a National League title.
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Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rose Chandler* (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn^* (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.)
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park; Calif.), Sabrina Flores^* (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Emily Fox^* (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Shannon Horgan*^ (Clemson; Long Beach, N.Y.), Natalie Jacobs^* (Notre Dame; Coto de Caza; Calif.), Taylor Otto^* (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Kiara Pickett^* (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales^* (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo^* (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr^ (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey^* (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Kelcie Hedge^* (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Parker Roberts^* (Kansas; Leawood, Kan.), Ella Stevens^* (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)
FORWARDS (4): Mallory Pugh^* (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zoe Redei^* (Eclipse Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Ashley Sanchez^ (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Jessie Scarpa^* (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
^ = US Youth Soccer ODP
*= US Youth Soccer NCS