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Friday Roundup: Amy LePeilbet joins Utah Royals FC staff

Also in today’s roundup, U-19 and U-18 USWNTs bring 48 players to Florida for first 2018 camp

LePeilbet retired in 2015 with an Olympic gold medal and two NWSL championships before signing on as an assistant coach with the Royals (Photo Copyright: Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

Laura Harvey and the Utah Royals FC announced the final additions to the club’s technical staff ahead of it’s inaugural NWSL season today. Olympic gold medalist Amy LePeilbet joins the staff as a second assistant coach and former New Zealand international Jason Batty joins as the goalkeeper coach.

Former USWNT defender LePeilbet joins the club as Harvey’s second assistant coach in a role where she will formally reunite with many of her formed FC Kansas City and USWNT teammates. During her playing career, she made 84 appearances for the USWNT, winning an Olympic gold medal in 2012. In the NWSL, she won the league championship in 2014 and 2015 with Kansas City. LePeilbet retired from the game in 2015. Since then, she’s been living in Salt Lake, coaching with the Utah Avalanche club.

The Royals also announced the addition of Jason Batty as the club’s goalkeeper coach. Batty has an extensive coaching background including experience as an assistant at Dartmouth College, the Managing Director of Goalkeeping at Texas Premier, and most recently as the goalkeeping coach for the San Jose Earthquakes. As a player, he made 55 appearances for New Zealand’s men’s national team and won the OFC Nationals Cup in 1998 and 2002.

Stephanie was also added to the staff as Managing Director. Lee worked closely with Harvey in Seattle for three years where she served as the Director of Soccer and Player Operations for Seattle Reign FC.

In addition to LePeilbet, Batty, and Lee, the club also announced Sports Performance Coach Melissa Terry, Head Athletic Trainer Emily Fortunato, Equipment Manager Karly Cebula, and Team Administrator Philippe Tabet.

U-19 and U-18 USWNTs bring 48 players to Florida for camp

Starting February 10, the USWNT U-18 and U-19 teams will begin 2018 training with camps in Florida that will run through February 17.

Keri Sarver, head coach of the U-19 team, called up 24 players to camp. Nineteen of those players are in college, while five are still playing youth club. Jaime Frias, head coach of the U-18 team, also called up 24 players. The U-18 camp includes six college players and 18 youth club players.

All 48 players between the two camps are age-eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup roster should they earn a spot on the U-20 USWNT team.

U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position:
Goalkeepers (3): Hillary Beall (Michigan; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Bethany Kopel (Indiana; Novi, Mich.)

Defenders (8): Nicole Albrecht (Minnesota; Cedarburg, Wisc.), Hannah Cardenas (Colorado; Placentia, Calif.), Claire Constant (McLean Youth Soccer; Alexandria, Va.), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Emily Madril (Florida State; Navarre, Fla.) Emily Smith (California; Los Gatos, Calif.), Hailey Stodden (Colorado Rush; Broomfield, Colo.), Chantelle Swaby (Rutgers; West Hartford, Conn.)

Midfielders (6): Giovanna DeMarco (Match Fit; Gwynedd Valley, Penn.), Samantha Fisher (Notre Dame; Simi Valley, Calif.), Brianne Folds (Auburn; Lakeland, Fla.), Olivia Petit (St. Louis; Akron, Ohio), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA; Brentwood, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Virginia; West Chester, Penn.)

Forwards (7): Joelle Anderson (Pepperdine; San Jose, Calif.), Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.), Eva Hurm (Notre Dame; Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Taylor Malham (Arkansas; Broken Arrow, Okla.), Clara Robbins (Florida State; Stafford, Va.), Kylie Sprecher (Marquette; Menomonee Falls, Wisc.), Frankie Tagliaferri (Penn State; Colts Neck, N.J.)

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
Goalkeepers (3): Katherine Asman (NTH Tophat; Roswell, Ga.), Hensley Hancuff (Villanova; Edmond, Okla.), Meagan McClelland (Sky Blue-PDA; Kearny, N.J.)

Defenders (8): Maycee Bell (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kan.), Messiah Bright (Solar SC; DeSoto, Texas), Madelyn Desiano (UCLA; San Clemente, Calif.), Anna Heilferty (Boston University; Falls Church, Va.), Cassandra Hiatt (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Olivia Stone (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas)

Midfielders (7): Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emily Gray (Penn Fusion SA; Sewell, N.J.), Jenna Nighswonger (LAFC Slammers; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Yazmeen Ryan (Texas Christian; Norman, Okla.), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Summer Yates (Pacific Northwest SC; Pasco, Wash.), Sakura Yoshida (Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.)

Forwards (6): Hannah Betfort (Wake Forest; Charleston, S.C.), Peyton DePriest (Middle Tennessee State; Franklin, Tenn.), Aleigh Gambone (McLean SC; Clifton, Va.), Rachel Jones (NTH Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Cassidy Lindley (Indiana Fire Academy; Carmel, Ind.), Maliah Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC; Medina, Ohio)


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