(May 31, 2010) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian
Ellis has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the
2010 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, being held in Bochum, Bielefeld,
Augsburg and Dresden, Germany from July 13-Aug. 1.
Ellis named her squad after a two-week training camp in Los Angeles and San
Diego which was the last extended domestic event for the U.S. team before it
departs for Germany in early July. The U.S. team will play its final
international matches before the World Cup in Europe as the squad will
travel to Germany on June 6 for two games, facing Japan on June 10 and
Germany on June 13.
“For us, the timing was important to name the team now,” said Ellis on
choosing the final squad before departing for the exhibition matches in
Germany. “This is our last preparation trip and it is essentially a dry run
for the World Cup. It will be a chance for the players to come together and
really experience a trip to Germany together before the actual tournament.
We also approached it from the point of view that we wanted to let players
settle in and enjoy the experience without the anxiety of making the team.
Now they can focus on gelling and the World Cup.”