Lindsey Horan, shown above in a 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship match against Costa Rica, was selected for the United States' 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup roster. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States under-20 women’s national team head coach Michelle French announced Thursday a 21-player roster for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held next month in Canada.
The CONCACAF champion is aiming for a second straight title in the competition and fourth overall.
“We have a good mixture of leadership, talent and great technical ability on all three lines,” said French. “We have a lot of tactical understanding and creativity based on the way they read the game, and I see a lot of grit and bite in the way we defend. The combination of these factors gives us a very well-rounded team.”
The selection is highlighted by the inclusion of Lindsey Horan, who scored 20 goals in all competitions for France’s Paris Saint-Germain this past season, and 2014 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship Golden Ball winner Rose Lavelle.
In Group B, the U.S. will face 2012 runner-up Germany (Edmonton, August 5), Brazil (Edmonton, August 8) and China PR (Moncton, August 12).
UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
(FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014: August 5-24, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Jane Campbell (Stanford University), Rose Chandler (Concorde Fire), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA)
DEFENDERS: Stephanie Amack (Stanford University), Brittany Basinger (Penn State University), Christina Gibbons (Duke University), Katie Naughton (University of Notre Dame), Kaleigh Riehl (Braddock Road Youth Club), Cari Roccaro (University of Notre Dame)
MIDFIELDERS: Carlyn Baldwin (Braddock Road Youth Club), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State University), Rose Lavelle (University of Wisconsin), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado), Taylor Racioppi (Player Development Academy), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC)
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)