Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

U-20 USWNT: Player Profiles and My Take on the Starting Line-Up (CONCACAF 2012)

The U-20 USWNT takes to the field this Friday, in Panama. But, who will start for the United States? That is the guessing game that die-hard fans will be playing until about an hour before kick-off, which is when the actual roster has to be submitted to a match official.

This series of articles is my best educated guess about who will be the go-to starters for the USA in the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship. Continue reading

U-20 USWNT: Goalkeepers (CONCACAF 2012)

The U-20 USWNT has two goalkeepers on its 20-player roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Panama: Bryane Heaberlin, who has committed to and already enrolled at UNC (Chapel Hill); and Abby Smith (older rosters may list her as “Abagail”), a high school senior who has officially committed to the University of Texas. Continue reading

U-20 USWNT: Defenders (CONCACAF 2012)

The U-20 USWNT has six defenders listed on its 20-player roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Panama: Stephanie Amack, who is the youngest player on the roster; “freakishly athletic” Olivia Brannon of Virginia; Crystal Dunn, the most internationally experienced defender on this squad, although she plays forward at UNC; Kassey Kallman of Florida State, who is the anchor of the backline; Gatorade 2009-2010 National High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year Mollie Pathman of Duke, who is also another coverted forward; and Cari Roccaro, another high schooler, who has officially committed to Notre Dame. Continue reading

U-20 USWNT: Midfielders (CONCACAF 2012)

The U-20 USWNT has six midfielders listed on its 20-player roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Panama: 2010 Gatorade High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Morgan Brian of Virginia; the sophomore slump-free Vanessa DiBernardo of Illinois and Julie Johnston of Santa Clara; three-peat Gatorade High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year for Indiana, Sarah Killion; on-field scoring assistant Mandy Laddish of Notre Dame, and 5’11” “little sister,” Sam Mewis of UCLA. Continue reading

U-20 USWNT: Forwards (CONCACAF 2012)

The U-20 USWNT has six forwards listed on its 20-player roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Panama: Oregon’s own Micaela Capelle of Portland; record-breaking Maya Hayes of Penn State; Golden (Colorado) girl Lindsay Horan, a high school senior who has officially committed to UNC; speedy scoring threat Kealia Ohai of UNC; ACC leading scorer two years running, Katie Stengel of Wake Forest; and triple passport-holder Chioma Ubogagu of Stanford. Continue reading

U-20 USWNT: Final Thoughts on Predicting the Starting Line-Up (CONCACAF 2012)

As I mentioned in the introduction, trying to predict a starting line-up, especially in this situation is difficult. And, if you have read the middle articles in this series, then you know that even I am not one-hundred percent confident of what the line-up will be.

(If you’re looking for the entire predicted line-up in one spot, that is after the jump…) Continue reading