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November 29, 2017

Michele Vasconcelos Named to U.S. U23 WNT

CHICAGO – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will hold its final training camp of the year from Nov. 28-Dec. 4 in Orlando, Florida.

U.S. head coach B.J. Snow has called 22 college players and four NWSL players to the fifth domestic event of the year for this age group that also took two trips overseas to Spain in March and Sweden in June.

The NWSL players called up are goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who back-stopped the North Carolina Courage to the NWSL Shield in 2017 and was named to the NWSL Second XI, Sydney Miramontez, of the new Utah NWSL side, who played in five matches for FC Kansas City last season, Darian Jenkins of the Courage, who missed the 2017 season while rehabbing a broken leg, and Michele Vasconcelos, a 2017 draft pick of the Chicago Red Stars who missed last season due to the birth of her first child.

The roster includes six players who have represented the USA in a youth World Cup in Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy and Rowland, Penn State defender Kaleigh Riehl, Florida midfielder Parker Roberts, Jenkins, and Texas A&M forward Ally Watt.

Murphy, Riehl, Roberts and Watt were all key players for the USA’s 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that finished fourth in Papua New Guinea. Watt scored twice in the tournament. Rowland was the starter for the USA at the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada while Jenkins scored against Korea DPR at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

Fifty-seven players have seen game action this year with the U-23s, which featured many professionals in the early part of the year and primarily college players with numerous talented youth club players mixed in, during the NWSL season.

U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Courtney Brosnan (Syracuse; Madison, N.J.), Katie Lund (Texas Christian; Plano, Texas), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Katelyn Rowland (North Carolina Courage; Raleigh, N.C.)

DEFENDERS (8): Cienna Arrieta (Texas A&M; El Paso, Texas), Hailey Harbison (Pepperdine; San Diego, Calif.), Kimberly Keever (Washington; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Phoebe McClernon (Virginia; West Chester, Pa.), Sydney Miramontez (Utah NWSL; Lenexa, Kan.), Paige Monaghan (Butler; Roxbury, N.J.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Samantha Staab (Clemson; Clemson, S.C.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Haley Hanson (Nebraska; Lincoln, Neb.), Maddie Huster (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Cece Kizer (Mississippi; Overland Park, Kan.), Parker Roberts (Florida; Leawood, Kan.), Shannon Simon (Washington; Torrance, Calif.), Bri Visalli (Pepperdine; San Jose, Calif.), Morgan Weaver (Washington State; Pullman, Wash.), Sandra Yu (Notre Dame; Strongsville, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): Cyera Hintzen (Texas; Austin, Texas), Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage; Heber City, Utah), Tziarra King (NC State; Raleigh, N.C.), Michele Vasconcelos (Chicago Red Stars; Sandy, Utah), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; College Station, Texas), Maddy Williams (Purdue; Perrysburg, Ohio)

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