CHICAGO, ILL. - Coming off a highly successful two-year run that ended in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup championship in Japan, the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp from Feb. 2-9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Two Tar Heel freshman - forward Summer Green and defender Hanna Gardner - were both named to the team this week and will train next month in California.
Green (Milford, Mich.), who played for the U.S. U-17 World Cup Team last year, was a Soccer America first-team freshman All-America on Carolina's 2012 NCAA championship team. Gardner, a recruited non-scholarship player from Chapel Hill, N.C., was also a Soccer America freshman All-America last fall. Both players also were named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, to be held in Canada. U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs (UNC Class of 1987) has called up 24 players for the camp, 13 born in 1994 and 11 born in 1995.
Ten of the players were a part of the U.S. U-17 Women's World Cup Team this past year in Azerbaijan while two players were a part of the team that won the U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.
Nine of the players on the roster are currently in college with the remainder still attending high school and one playing professionally overseas.
The U.S. U-20 WNT training camp will be held concurrently with the U.S. U-18 WNT training camp and the two squads will scrimmage against each other on Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. The U-20s will also scrimmage UCLA on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. PT.