The 2010 US U-20 Women’s World Cup roster is out!

Yesterday, US Soccer released Ellis’ 21-player roster for this year’s U-20 World Cup. I expressed my doubts about this team during qualifiers, and I still have those doubts even now that the roster has changed.

Here is the team that went to Guatemala for qualifiers:

  • GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
  • DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forest, Ill.)
  • MIDFIELDERS (8): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.);
  • FORWARDS (4): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.)

Here is our World Cup roster:

  • GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
  • DEFENDERS (5): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
  • MIDFIELDERS (8): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.),Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
  • FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

A few major differences:

  • Two keepers for qualifying, three for the cup. Keeping Henninger is the smart choice. Dropping Vancil might make sense, but using up roster spots with two keepers with Franch and Haeberlin’s lack of experience at this level… I have read that Franch is a good keeper. The only time I have seen her play was against Santa Clara, which wasn’t exactly a scoring power. And at the U-17 level, Haeberlin was the starting keeper. It’s not her fault the U-17s didn’t qualify for their cup, but this does speak to the level Haeberlin is on. Vancil, for what it’s worth, was a solid starting keeper for the US in the 2008 U-17 World Cup, a team that also took three keepers on their final roster. At the U-20 level, three keepers went to the 2006 U-20 World Cup–two went in 2008. I needn’t remind you how those two competitions turned out. [Corrected in the comments, but I still think that with this selection of three, Ellis would be better off just taking two and putting another body in the back, or not at all.]
  • Some positions have been “corrected,” particularly along that backline. My apologies to Johnson and Portland fans; I say in podcast that she wasn’t at qualifiers, but I completely forgot. Brooks has been moved to the midfield and DiMartino has been moved forward, which only makes sense. This is one DiMartino that definitely isn’t a defender. Sade Ayinde is the big question mark on this tiny backline. But Georgetown proved useful in 2008, so maybe Maryland can do the same in 2010.
  • In the midfield, Eddy was dropped. While I agree that she wasn’t a major player in qualifiers, there were other less-useful (sometimes counterproductive) players that made this final cut. A positive note on the midfield, though: both Mewis sisters have stuck, and if you saw the Our Game Magazine preview, you know you can read more about them in the first issue–which comes out today.
  • As mentioned, Vicki DiMartino has been moved forward, which seems like such an obvious move that I won’t grace it with the label “smart.” Marlborough has thankfully been switched out for Verloo, who played in the 2008 U-17 World Cup and had a decent freshman season at Stanford this past year. Being a leading scorer out of Nebraska isn’t quite the same as having youth world cup experience and a decent season on a packed Final Four team.
  • Supposedly, US Soccer’s Heifetz is actually going to be working with this team. I cannot even begin to express my cynicism.

There are still a lot of question marks with this squad. The big one for me is, “Why were all these flashy, useless players kept?” But at the same time, I see some players that I know are dependable… and I remember that I didn’t like the team’s chances in 2008. So we will wait and see. Ahead of the World Cup, the US will play Japan on June 10 and Germany on June 13.

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4 Responses to The 2010 US U-20 Women’s World Cup roster is out!

  1. teamongolia says:

    “At the U-20 level, three keepers went to the 2006 U-20 World Cup–two went in 2008”

    Q: Two U20 keepers went to the 2008 U-20 World Cup?

    A: Cat Parkhill.

    Ahem. ;)

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