U.S. Under-16 girls’ national team head coach Kacey White has named the roster for the team’s upcoming camp at the Elite Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Reign Academy defender Smith Hunter is among the 24 players selected.
“I’m excited to go back to camp with the U-16s” said Hunter. “It’s the same location as my first-ever camp with the team, and I’m excited to get back with my teammates and catch up. After playing games in Belgium, I know I’ll be more confident going in.”
After a tournament win in Belgium in May, the U-16s will participate in their third training camp of the year running from July 23rd to July 30th. The players, who moved up from the U-14 level last year, will spend two years on the U-16 GNT before moving on to the U-18s. This group of players will eventually be the core group for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Leah Freeman (Mustang; Berkeley, Calif.), Mia Justus (PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kayla Colbert (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Devi Dudley (Utah Celtic FC; American Fork, Utah), Caroline Gray (Concord Fire; Johns Creek, Ga.), Katherine Groff (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Tabitha LaParl (So Cal Blues; Lakewood, Calif.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Dasia Torbert (Tophat SC; Buford, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Zoe Burns (Crossfire; Issaquah, Wash.), Aislynn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii), Tatiana Fung (Arsenal FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Maggie Graham (Nasa Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Mollie Griswold (Arizona Arsenal; Gilbert, Ariz.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (7): Michelle Cooper (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Dilary Heredia-Beltran (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kansas), Shyra James (San Diego Surf; La Mesa, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Joyelle Washington (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.)
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