Measuring US U-20 WC players in the WPS

Let’s talk about U-20s. The US U-20 World Cup team recently dropped a 2-1 match to Japan and a 3-1 match to Germany. I’ve already expressed my doubts about this squad, and these results have done nothing to change my mind.

No, that’s not true. I am actually starting to suspect that the 2010 squad will fail even harder than the 2006 squad did. In fact, they might not even come out on top of their group. Which is not to say that they have dropped so far as to not come out of their group at all, but I am quickly losing faith.

This might be the worst year yet for US youth national teams. The U-23s have essentially been losing games to U-20s, and the U-17s didn’t even qualify for their world cup.

But enough cynicism! I actually came here to write–in a roundabout way–about the Philadelphia Independence. Having recently picked up Christina DiMartino, Philadelphia now has six former U-20 World Cup players on its roster. Five of those played in the 2006 WC (in which the US took fourth place), and one played in 2008 (in which the US took first). Both of the Philadelphia DiMartinos played in U-20 World Cups, and I would love to hear their thoughts on the 2010 team, given that younger sister Vicki DiMartino will be part of the potential catastrophe.

Here are the rostered former US U-20 players at this point in WPS’ 2010 season:

Atlanta Beat

  • Lori Chalupny (2002)
  • Angie Woznuk (2002, 2004)
  • Manya Makoski (2002) – season ending injury
  • Tobin Heath (2004) – season ending injury

Boston Breakers

  • Leslie Osborne (2002)
  • Lindsay Tarpley (2002)
  • Stephanie Lopez (2004, 2006)
  • Jordan Angeli (2006)
  • Lauren Cheney (2006)
  • Alyssa Naeher (2008)

Chicago Red Stars

  • Kelsey Davis (2004, 2006) – season ending injury
  • Megan Rapinoe (2004)
  • Casey Nogueira (2006)
  • Nikki Washington (2008) – injured

FC Gold Pride

  • Rachel Buehler (2002, 2004)
  • Kelley O’Hara (2006)
  • Carrie Dew (2006)
  • Kaley Fountain (2008)
  • Becky Edwards (2008)

Philadelphia Independence

  • Nikki Krzysik (2004, 2006)
  • Amy Rodriguez (2004, 2006)
  • Val Henderson (2006)
  • Danesha Adams (2006)
  • Tina DiMartino (2006)
  • Gina DiMartino (2008)

Sky Blue FC

  • Kendall Fletcher (2002) – developmental
  • Heather O’Reilly (2002)
  • Keeley Dowling (2002)
  • Yael Averbuch (2004)
  • Meghan Schnur (2004)
  • Kiersten Dallstream (2008)

Washington Freedom

  • Sarah Huffman (2002)
  • Ashlyn Harris (2002, 2004)
  • Becky Sauerbrunn (2004)
  • Brittany Bock (2006)
  • Allie Long (2006)
  • Nikki Marshall (2008)

Jill Oakes (2002), Kerri Hanks (2002, 2004), Kelly Wilson (2002), Sheree Gray (2004), Stephanie Logterman (2004, 2006), Sarah Wagenfuhr (2006) have all been rostered in the WPS and are, for various reasons, not with teams this season.

Amanda Poach (2006) was picked up by St. Louis this season but never played for them. Kiki Bosio suggested that Poach might finish her last year of eligibility at Santa Clara this fall. I won’t believe it until she makes it through the summer without an injury.

The current WPS standings are as follows:

  1. FC Gold Pride
  2. Washington Freedom
  3. Philadelphia Independence
    Sky Blue FC
  4. Chicago Red Stars
  5. Boston Breakers
  6. Atlanta Beat
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