Andi Sullivan is the youngest player on the United States' roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images
CHICAGO – United States under-20 women's national team head coach Michelle French has named the 20-player roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship, which will be held January 9-19 in George Town, Cayman Islands.
The selection consists of 18 university players, one professional and another still in high school. The lone pro is forward Lindsey Horan of French club Paris Saint-Germain, while Bethesda SC midfielder Andi Sullivan is the youngest, having just turned 18.
"At every position, we feel these players are technically proficient and possess a great understanding of how we want to play in order to be successful as a team," said French. "We have players with very unique qualities ranging from creative and effective finishers, to players who are threatening with their dynamic movement in the midfield, to players who are defensively strong and physical in one-on-one situations. Our overall athleticism will be another strength of this team."
Horan, who was the top scorer at the 2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship with eight goals, is the only player on the roster to have earned caps with the full national team. She came on as a substitute against China at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March and against Brazil on November 10 where she picked up her first assist at the senior level. The 19-year-old has seven goals in 10 appearances so far this season for PSG and scored 17 goals in 20 games last year in the Feminine Division 1.
French also selected forward Summer Green, the top scorer at the 2012 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship with 12 goals.
"The process of narrowing the roster down to twenty players was extremely difficult," said French, who saw 45 players in game action this year with the U-20s and many more during college matches this fall. "With such a short amount of time following the college season and before qualifying, it was crucial to find the right mix of players that complement each other's personalities on and off the field."
For the CONCACAF event, the U.S. was seeded into Group A and will open play against Costa Rica (January 9), before facing Jamaica (January 11) and Guatemala (January 13).
The two teams to contest the tournament final and the winner of the match for third place will qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S ROSTER
(2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship – January 9-19, 2014 at Cayman Islands)
GOALKEEPERS: Jane Campbell (Stanford University), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA)
DEFENDERS: Stephanie Amack (Stanford University), Brittany Basinger (Penn State University), Maddie Bauer (Stanford University), Lauren Kaskie (UCLA), Laura Liedle (Stanford University), Katie Naughton (University of Notre Dame)
MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Andrews (University of Notre Dame), Rachel Hill (University of Connecticut), Rose Lavelle (University of Wisconsin), Cari Roccaro (University of Notre Dame), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC), Mallory Weber (Penn State University)
FORWARDS: Makenzy Doniak (University of Virginia), Summer Green (University of North Carolina), Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain/France), Savannah Jordan (University of Florida), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College), Margaret Purce (Harvard University)