Imani Dorsey will get an opportunity to play with the U.S. U-23 women’s national team. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
Sky Blue FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill and forward Imani Dorsey were called into the U.S. Under-23 women’s national team for the Women’s U-23 Nordic Tournament Aug. 29-Sept. 3, it was announced Thursday.
The Americans will play Norway, Sweden and England.
U.S. head coach B.J. Snow has called up 22 professional players and one collegiate player. Of the 22 pros, 12 play for National Women’s Soccer League teams teams and 10 play for European clubs. Those 10 players play in France (3), Sweden (2), and one each from Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Spain and England.
“Playing on the international stage against top competition is a critical part of our players’ development,” Snow said. “For the first time in the history of our U-23 women’s national team, we will be taking a roster consisting almost entirely of professional players. This is an exciting step in the evolution of this team but more importantly provides us a great indicator as to where women’s soccer is heading in our country.”
The roster features six players who have seen time with the full U.S. Women’s National Team, including five who have earned caps: Houston Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell (3 caps), Dash midfielder Haley Hanson (1), Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch (1), McCaskill (6) and Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan (10). Goalkeeper Casey Murphy, the USA’s starter at the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup, has also seen training time with the senior side but has not been capped.
“Throughout the process of selecting this roster, the NWSL clubs and coaches have been nothing short of fantastic to work with,” Snow said. “We feel it’s absolutely critical to nurture our relationships with each other so we can continue to mutually facilitate the development of our top young players. Fortunately, they have all been great in recognizing the opportunity the Nordic Tournament presents for their players, and we are extremely grateful to them for that.”
The U.S. will open its tournament against Sweden Aug. 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium in Sarpsborg and then will face England Aug. 31 in Fredrikstad Stadium in Fredrikstad. The USA’s final match, against Norway Sept. 3, will also be played at Sarpsborg Stadium.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Courtney Brosnan (Le Havre AC; Madison, N.J.), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; Kennesaw, Ga.), Casey Murphy (Montpellier HSC; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maddie Bauer (Djurgårdens IF; Newport Beach, Calif.), Rachel Bloznalis (Umeå IK; Upton, Mass.), Megan Buckingham (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar; Novi, Mich.), Deja David (Le Havre AC; Montclair, N.J.), Schuyler DeBree (AC Sparta Prague; Fair Haven, N.J.), Mallory Eubanks (Washington Spirit; Lexington, Ky.), Samantha Staab (Clemson; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign FC; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (Sporting Clube de Portugal; Oakton, Va.), Haley Hanson (Houston Dash; Overland Park, Kan.), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; Chapin, S.C.), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; Lorton, Va.), Bri Visalli (West Ham United W.F.C.; San Jose, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; Elkridge, Md.), Summer Green (Chicago Red Stars; Brighton, Mich.), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; Gilbert, Ariz.), Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride; Rollinsford, N.H.), Darian Jenkins (NC Courage; Heber City, Utah), Jaycie Johnson (Seattle Reign FC; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Toni Payne (Sevilla FC; Birmingham, Ala.)