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Twelve NWSL players join U-23 USWNT for camp

Seattle Reign FC's Keelin Winters. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Seattle Reign FC’s Keelin Winters (center) is in camp with the U-23 USWNT as an overage player. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Twelve NWSL players, including nine who are overage for the U-23 U.S. women’s national team, will join the squad for a January training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 3-10.

The camp will run simultaneously with the senior U.S. women’s national team camp, allowing U.S. coach Jill Ellis and her staff to evaluate all 24 players, five months prior to the 2015 World Cup.

Among the NWSL players in camp with the U-23 national team are 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak and FC Kansas City teammate Sarah Hagen. Seattle Reign FC defensive midfielder Keelin Winters, who just turned 26 years old, and Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai are also in camp.

Three players from the United States’ 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team were called up: Stanford’s Jane Campbell, fellow goalkeeper at UCLA, Katelyn Rowland, and Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle.

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster

GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Sky Blue FC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)

DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC; Upland, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Taryn Hemmings (Chicago Red Stars; Windsor, Colo.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars; Palmdale, Calif.), Kassey Kallman (Boston Breakers; Woodbury, Minn.), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign FC; Birmingham, Ala.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit; Cincinnati, Ohio), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.), Keelin Winters (Seattle Reign FC; Seattle, Wash.)

FORWARDS (4): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City; Appleton, Wisc.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.)


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