U-23 USWNT La Manga Roster with Notes

Last Sunday, the U-23 USWNT roster was announced for their three matches in La Manga, Spain (USSoccer.com). Here is that roster, with basic notes about the players, including some more specific info about their normal playing position(s), along with 2012 or 2011 WPS Draft information, if applicable.

Notes: 

GOALKEEPERS (2):

  • Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.)
  • Bianca Henninger (last with Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.) — 2012 WPS Draft: 14th overall, Philadelphia Independence (first GK taken)

Last year, Henninger started four out of six matches for the U-23 team, with Franch getting the other two starts. I expect we’ll see a similar split at La Manga, with Henninger starting two matches while Franch starts the other match.

DEFENDERS (7):

MIDFIELDERS (5):

FORWARDS (4):

  • Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.)
  • Stephanie Ochs (last with U. of San Diego; San Diego, Calif.) — 2012 WPS Draft: 3rd overall, Boston Breakers
  • Morgan Marlborough (last with Nebraska, transferred to Santa Clara; Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
  • Lindsay Taylor (last with Stanford; Los Altos, Calif.) — 2012 WPS Draft: 6th overall, Western New York Flash
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The team plays Sweden’s U-23 WNT on Sunday (26-Feb), England’s U-23 WNT on Tuesday (28-Feb), and then Norway’s U-23 WNT on Thursday (1-Mar).

Last year, the U-23 WNT played their Swedish cohorts three times, getting victories in all matches. They split two matches with their Norwegian cohorts: a 3-2 win and a 3-2 loss.  And, the team tied the English U-23 WNT, 1-1. (Match reports for those games are available at USSoccer.com.)