U.S. Under-18 women’s national team head coach Jamie Frias and U.S. Under-17 women’s national team head coach Mark Carr have named their rosters for the upcoming concurrent training camp for the two squads at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Reign Academy midfielder Sakura Yoshida will be training with the U-18s, and defender Smith Hunter has been called in for the U-17s.
“Sakky’s [Yoshida] call-up is a tribute to her diligence and dedication as a soccer player. She is entirely crafty, a scoring threat, and soccer’s version of a gym rat,” said Reign Academy Technical Director Kim Calkins. “She is well respected in the local and national soccer communities amongst her peers and coaches. The University of Oregon commit can often be found at the fields before and after trainings putting in extra work. She is no stranger to a Youth National Team call-up and will look to embrace the challenge and opportunity.”
The camp will run from October 21 to October 28. This is the first call up for Yoshida at the U-18 level. While this is Hunter’s first U-17 call up this year, the defender has been part of three U-16 camps in 2017.
“Smith Hunter continues on her upward trajectory of soccer dominance as she has earned the nod from Youth National Team staff to train with an older age group,” said Calkins. “Many of the soccer greats have been given this opportunity and Smith is now presented with a vote of confidence and an opportunity to continue to push her own development as a player. We believe this will provide her a training environment of continued excellence and she will undoubtedly give it her all.”
This group of U-17 players is gearing up for their attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be staged in Uruguay. In preparation for the tournament, the squad has played tournaments in Slovenia, Italy and China, while defeating England in two August games in Portland, Oregon by a 12–3 aggregate score this year.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.) Ruth Jones (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Maciah Lipsey (Michigan Hawks; Southfield, Mich.) Cayla White (Washington Spirit; Arlington, Va.)
DEFENDERS (9): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass.; Swampscott, Mass.), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Brecken Mozingo (Celtic Storm; Sandy, Utah), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire SC; Atlanta, Ga.)
FORWARDS (9): Ainsley Ahmadian (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Jordan Canniff (Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Lia Godfrey (United Soccer Alliance; Fleming Island, Fla.), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass.; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar; Dallas, Texas), Diana Ordonez (FC Dallas; Proper, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)
U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Katherine Asman (Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), Claudia Dickey (CSA; Charlotte, N.C.), Samantha Estrada (Houston Dash; The Woodlands, Texas), Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Claire Constant (McClean SC; Alexandria, Va.), Chai Cortez (Maui United SC; Kahului, Hawaii), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns; San Jose, Calif.), Shea Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Hailey Stodden (Colorado Rush; Broomfield, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Brianna Atterbury (Sereno; Gilbert, Ariz.), Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colo.), Laura Fuentes (Palo Alto SC; Newark, Calif.), Emily Gray (Penn Fusion; Sewell, N.J.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers SC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.), Sakura Yoshida (Seattle Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (8): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Rachel Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Penn.), Aleigh Gambone (McClean SC; Clifton, Va.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Anna Podojil (Ohio Elite; Cincinnati, Ohio); Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC; Medina, Ohio), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.)
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