Friday Roundup: U.S. U-23 roster announced for La Manga series

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ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, FRENCH AND SNOW ASSUME NEW POSITIONS WITHIN U.S. SOCCER, BECKY EDWARDS COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT TO SIGN WITH KRISTIANSTAD DFF, FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA TO BROADCAST ALL OF AUSTRALIA’S ALGARVE CUP MATCHES, ORLANDO CUTS RIBBON ON NEW STADIUM, AND SCOTLAND NATIONAL TEAM RECEIVES FUNDING TO TRAIN FULL TIME

Casey Murphy (Rutgers) among two goalkeepers named to U.S. U-23 squad ahead of La Manga matchups (photo: Rutgers)

Casey Murphy (Rutgers) among two goalkeepers named to U.S. U-23 squad ahead of La Manga matchups (photo: Rutgers)

Starting on March 2, the U.S. U-23 women’s national team will compete in three consecutive match ups against Japan, English and Norway. The 22-player roster set to be coached by Seattle Reign Head Coach Laura Harvey will take on Japan on March 2, followed by England on March 4 and Norway on March 7 in La Manga, Spain.

The group includes 17 professionals (with 16 coming from NWSL sides and one currently playing in Iceland), four college players and one high school senior in Ashley Sanchez. Nine players from the squad have represented the U.S. in a World Cup at the youth level, and seven have seen training time with the full national team. Of the 16 professional players, 11 will be NWSL rookies this year while five will be starting their second consecutive NWSL season.

{ALSO TODAY: Dash sign defender Claire Falknor}

After this three-game series, the U-23 women’s national team will participate in the Thorns Spring Invitational starting March 26, where they will compete against the Houston Dash, the Portland Thorns and the Chicago Red Starts in this NWSL preseason tournament.

Full roster below.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Madalyn Schiffel (Seattle Reign; Citrus Heights, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (7): Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue FC; West Covina, Calif.), Adrienne Jordan (IBV; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kristen McNabb (Seattle Reign; Montville, N.J.), Kayla Mills (Sky Blue FC; West Covina, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Chicago Red Stars; Elgin, Ill.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.), Samantha Witteman (NC Courage; Redondo Beach, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Andrews (Boston Breakers; Milford, N.H.), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City, Raleigh, N.C.), Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns; Lutherville, Md.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; Silver Spring, Md.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Dani Weatherholt (Orlando Pride; San Clemente, Calif.)

FORWARDS (5): Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns; San Francisco, Calif.), Makenzy Doniak (NC Courage; Chino Hills, Calif.), Ashley Hatch (NC Courage; Gilbert, Ariz.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit; Westlake Village, Calif.)

MICHELLE FRENCH AND B.J. SNOW TAKE POSITIONS WITH SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

USA v Brazil: Group B - FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014

U.S Soccer announced that Michelle French and B.J. Snow will take new coaching positions with the U.S. women’s national teams and leave their current roles with the U-20 and U-17 women’s national teams respectively.

As a coach at the U-20 level, French led the squad at the 2014 and 2016 Women’s World Cups. She also worked as an assistant for the full national team at both the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now, she will join Ellis’ coaching staff as a full time assistant.

At the helm of the U-17 women’s national team, Snow led the team through the last two cycles. He will now be assuming a new role that was just created, as Head of U.S. Women’s National Team Talent Identification, where he will be tasked with identifying potential players both domestically in the NWSL and in college, as well as from clubs overseas.

U.S. Soccer has already begun the search for new head coaches for the U-17 and U-20 national teams to replace both French and Snow.

BECKY EDWARDS COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT TO JOIN SWEDISH CLUB

Becky Edwards, who retired this past September, signed with Swedish club Kristianstad DFF (Photo: Orlando Pride)

Becky Edwards, who retired this past September, signed with Swedish club Kristianstad DFF (Photo: Orlando Pride)

Kristianstad DFF has signed midfielder Becky Edwards, as was announced on Friday. Edwards retired last September at the end of the NWSL season with the Orlando Pride but appears to have changed her mind on that front as she joins the Swedish club for the 2017 season.

Over the last four years, Edwards has played with four different NWSL clubs, most recently with Orlando during the 2016 season. Before that, she spent 2015 with the Western New York Flash, 2014 in Houston and 2013 with the Porland Thorns. Prior to joining the NWSL, Edwards played with KDFF in 2012.

Edwards won three professional-league championships throughout her six professional seasons in the United States. In 2008, she also was the captain of the U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup title winning squad. However, she never made an appearance with the full national team.

FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA TO BROADCAST ALL OF THE MATILDAS’ ALGARVE MATCHES

Matildas secure broadcast deal with Fox Sports for Algarve Cup matches (Getty Images)

Matildas secure broadcast deal with Fox Sports for Algarve Cup matches (Getty Images)

The Australian Federation announced on Thursday that Fox Sports Australia will be broadcasting all of the Matildas matches from the Algarve Cup starting next week. They have locked in all three group stage matches against Sweden, Netherlands and China P.R starting on March 2 as well as their placement match after that.

This will be the first time the Australian women’s national team has competed in the Algarve Cup in 17 years, and it will be the squad’s first international matches since last summer’s Olympic Games where they bowed out in the quarterfinals after losing to Brazil in penalty kicks.

RIBBON CUTTING TAKES PLACE IN ORLANDO FOR NEW STADIUM

Orlando's 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium was unveiled today (Photo: Orlando City SC)

Orlando’s 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium was unveiled today (Photo: Orlando City SC)

Today, Orlando City officially cut the ribbon on the unveiling of their new stadium in downtown Orlando. The new stadium sits within the neighborhood of Parramore, which has historically suffered from poverty. The new home was honored throughout the ceremony specifically by a six panel historical display to be added to the stadium outside of the east gates that showcases the history of the people living in the community.

Orlando City officials believe the stadium will be ready to go for Orlando City’s first game of the MLS season next weekend.

SCOTLAND NATIONAL TEAM WILL BE IN FULL-TIME TRAINING AHEAD OF EUROS

Ahead of this summer’s EURO Championships, the Scotland women’s national team secured funding to allow for a full-time training environment so that the team can prepare for the tournament. Funding from sportscotland, the national agency for sport in Scotland, will make it possible the players to be “full-time employees” so that they can shift their focus towards the EUROs.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is excited about this funding arrangement that’s allowing the women to train full-time ahead of representing their country on the international level. “They have done tremendously well in qualifying for their first major tournament and this will help the squad to arrive in the Netherlands in the best possible shape,” she stated according to SportFirst.

Head coach Anna Signeul is set to step down from her position after the EUROs as she accepted a new role as head coach of the Finland women’s national team. Her squad qualified for their first major championship in September and will begin play for the EUROs mid-July.

  • Som Termanni

    Dash rather subtly demoted Carli Lloyd in their roster announcement:

    https://twitter.com/HoustonDash/status/835239406546128897

    • g2

      Well, as USWNT roster notes “Carli Lloyd (Manchester City)”
      currently Carli is under contract with MC

      • Som Termanni

        Pride had a photo of Morgan in their tweet and counted her as a Pride player. Both Morgan and Lloyd are scheduled to return in June.

        USWNT doesn’t note Morgan’s Pride affiliation either.

        • Steglitz49

          Why should they. Alex and Carli are being paid by their current teams.

          • Som Termanni

            Interestingly, France listed Henry with the Thorns despite her being on loan to PSG.

            All a bit meaningless. Just pointing out the usual Dash indifference to Lloyd compared to how Orlando embraces Morgan, even though both are prioritizing Europe over their NWSL clubs.

  • Reality

    Slightly off topic but rather interesting…

    “La Liga title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to meet each other in Miami this summer, according to reports in Catalonia.”

    http://www.espnfc.com/spanish-primera-division/story/3067973/barcelona-to-tour-united-states-this-summer-sources

  • Rdalford

    US soccer site also has youngish U-20 roster announcement for group that will also be in La Manga, Spain for matches with U-19 of Norway, Germany & France.

    “CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to Spain from Feb. 26-March 8 to play three games as this age group begins a new cycle with the goal of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

    The USA will face the Under-19 sides from Norway (March 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET), Germany (March 5 at 9 a.m. ET) and France (March 7 at 10 a.m. ET) in La Manga, but will be playing against teams with players from the same birth years. The matches will be available to watch online with details coming on U.S. Soccer’s Twitter account for the Youth National Teams @ussoccer_ynt. … (full article at http://www.ussoccer.com )

    The U-20 WNT will be in La Manga at the same time as the U-23 WNT, which will also be playing three matches. U.S. Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs will coach the U-20 team in Spain as the process of hiring a new head coach for the U-20 WNT progresses.

    U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

    GOALKEEPERS (2): Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.)

    DEFENDERS (7): Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Emily Fox (North Carolina; Ashburn, Va.), Samantha Hiatt (Boston College; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (San Diego Surf; Newbury Park, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Samantha Coffey (Match Fit Academy; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Calif.), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado; Henderson, Nev.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Viviana Villacorta (Beach FC; Lawndale, Calif.), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymouth, Mich.)

    FORWARDS (7): Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Ceci Gee (Stanford; Orinda, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Texas Tech; Sachse, Texas), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kulhmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.)

    • guest

      I am shocked that they somehow think than any central defender or midfielder from that u17 mess should be elevated so early in this cycle. What do they think they saw in Jordan?

      • #1Fan

        They saw a great step on the road to development. BJ did a fine job. Apparently Smith did enough in 2 games vs Norway and England to earn a battlefield promotion to the U20s.

        What more do they need to see that justifies them burning the roster spot for another hopeful? It feels like the USSF dont understand that they are not selecting the WC team tomorrow. They have ample time to audition a lot more player. I guess they just dont want to.

        • Breakers fan

          #1Fan – what do you think of the U20 roster above? A lot of new names to me, — I do recognize some – but I don’t know this pool well, It could be that all or almost all of these players are perennial choices. Your thoughts about it?

          • #1Fan

            20 or 23 ?

          • Breakers fan

            20 – listed above here by Rdalford.

          • #1Fan

            No real opinion. The U -17s continue to rise.

          • Breakers fan

            Who on that U20 roster is still U17 eligible? Thanks.

          • #1Fan

            none. There is not one kid from the U17 team who has NOT been invited to the subsequent camp. Conclusion. Every kid performed well enough to carry on.

            Laughable.

          • #1Fan

            BTW, given that in the NE, soccer is dormant, it just goes to show that there is ZERO evaluation going on for NE players. So any that are invited are going purely based on reputation

          • Breakers fan

            NE=New Enlgand, right? By “dormant”, what do you mean – that because it’s Winter now those players aren’t playing right now? I don’t see any New Englanders on that U20 roster anyway, except the Duke keeper who I’m sure they already are familiar with, and unless you’re including NY and NJ, each state having 1 player on the roster.

          • #1Fan

            North East . Dormant as in the kids are not playing competitive soccer outdoors yet.

          • guest

            Well hopefully once they can evaluate the players again there will be some kids getting a chance.

          • Breakers fan

            By “no real opinion” do you mean primarily that you don’t know these players well enough to have an opinion about them? And by “the U-17s continue to rise” — to whom are you referring? Kuhlmann and the 2 Rodriguez defenders?, anyone else?

          • #1Fan

            I know quite a few of them. and by U17s I mean look at the U17 WC roster. this team includes 7 members . The rest of them have all been on teams since.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks – yeah, seems a slight to a lot of 18,19 year olds to be pushed out by all those youngsters. Doesn’t seem right, unless that younger crop would be exceptional and of course the WC performance wasn’t exceptional. It comes down to the actual players involved of course but one would expect that in America that a u20 team wouldn’t have seven 16 or 17 year olds on it.

          • #1Fan

            i have no issue with age. My issue is purely performance. Kuhlmann is another player i just dont get the fascination with. Physically overpowers weak teams. Shoots a lot. To me she is summed up by

            Hat-trick vs Paraguay – Zeros vs Japan and Ghana.

            had nothing to fall back on vs a team that matched her physically (Ghana) or a team that kept the ball (Japan) I would be looking at other kids.

          • Breakers fan

            I haven’t seen her enough but I know you have seen her a good deal. I’ll keep my eyes on her, and will report back. Gotta be tough for those on the outside looking in. Can only hope those players love the game enough whereby playing it isn’t a chore, but rather a joy, its own reward in a sense. If joy in the process is gone that’s a bad sign. You can only do what you can and then realize the world is this big crazy place that you largely can’t control and it doesn’t always act rationally or do the right thing. You can only hope for the best from it but not let it determine your overall happiness (easy for me to say, but I think that’s how I’d try to look at it).

  • Rdalford

    “Kristianstad DFF has signed midfielder Becky Edwards,”
    Nice to see Edwards playing again. quality player who -for whatever set of reasons- did not get as much playing time with Orlando last year as many had expected

    • Steglitz49

      A club that trained many a star. They play on natural grass.

  • Rdalford

    imo a positive development to have Seattle Reign Head Coach Laura Harvey working with the U-23 group. Trip to La Manga and 3 matches not enough time to have a lot of impact but positive to see us soccer/USWNT reach out and utilize NWSL coach.

    • My2cents

      More important is she will have the opportunity to work with players that she may like and trade for, or draft in the future.

  • Som Termanni

    Allie Wisner, a forward out of Utah who trialed with Orlando last preseason, has signed with Konomiya Speranza Osaka-Takatsuki FC in Nadeshiko: https://twitter.com/uppervathletes/status/835295916055638016

    • Som Termanni

      And so has Britt Ambrose of Santa Clara, who went undrafted in the 2017 College Draft: https://twitter.com/uppervathletes/status/835297039592271872

      • Steglitz49

        Congratulations. Cross the Pacifica and experience a new culture. Go for it!

    • Steglitz49

      Smart lass. She gets to experience a totally different culture and make friends across the Pacific. Congratulations!

    • Som Termanni

      And add Tessa Andujar, a defender out of Florida who camped with Portland, Houston, and KC after going undrafted in 2015 but couldn’t make a roster. https://twitter.com/UFGatorSoccer/status/835822012643815424

  • Som Termanni

    Record crowd of 9,263 for Sporting Club Portugal vs. SC Braga in Liga Allianz: https://twitter.com/MonicaGonzo/status/835592503839584258

    • Som Termanni

      Highlights, which suggest the fans were well rewarded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIumV3TRuaI

      • Steglitz49

        Europe is taking over?

    • Steglitz49

      Vow! The Algarve Cup has finally brought fruit after all these years!

  • Som Termanni

    Still no word about the UK, but Germany is broadcasting their SheBelieves Cup matches live on Sport1 with geofenced streams: http://www.dfb.de/frauen-nationalmannschaft/news-detail/sport1-zeigt-shebelieves-cup-live-162718/