Janine Beckie Called into USA U-20 WNT

Janine Beckie in action for the Sounders this summer (Jane Gershovich)

TUKWILA, Wash. – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will come together from Aug. 4-12 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at StubHub Center for a training camp that will feature two full international matches against the Japan U-20 WNT. Included in the 23 player roster is Sounders Women forward, Janine Beckie.

“I’m really excited about being back with the 20s this summer,” Janine Beckie said. “It’s a pivotal camp for us going into the college season in a couple weeks. This will be a great camp to create a high level atmosphere among the team with the World Cup coming up next summer. Im excited to get in and start training.”

Beckie returns to the U-20 National Team after competing for the USA in Sweden for a tournament this summer. The Texas Tech sophomore scored two goals and added one assist during her time with the Sounders Women this summer.

Beckie added, “This summer with the Sounders was a great opportunity for me to play with players from all around the country, coming from different teams; and having to adapt to new players which is what the national team is all about. I was able to work on all different aspects of my game, and I truly feel that the coaching staff aided me in growing as a player and a person this summer.”

The USA will face the Japan on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 at 12 Noon.

The matches against Japan will pit the USA, the country that won the last FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against the country that hosted the tournament, but the Americans have just one hold-over from the last cycle in central defender Cari Roccaro, who played 422 minutes in Japan while starting four of the five matches she played. Roccaro is the most capped player in the current pool having played 20 international matches at the U-20 level for the USA.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 23 total players for the event and will add one more before the camp begins. All but one of the players named will be in college this fall, with the exception of midfielder Andi Sullivan, who is a rising senior. The roster includes 10 players who were a member of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team that played in Azerbaijan, including midfielder Morgan Andrews, who was recently chosen as the 2012-13 Gatorade National Girls’ High School Athlete of the Year.

The USA is preparing for the eight-team CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament that will send the top three finishers to 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup Women’s World Cup in Canada. The qualifying competition will be held from January 9-19, 2014, in the Cayman Islands.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Kaela Little (Notre Dame; Tulsa, OK), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, CA), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, TX)
DEFENDERS (7): Mandy Freeman (USC; Royal Palm Beach, FL), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, CA), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, CA), Karlie Mueller (Texas A&M; Sioux Falls, SD), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Arlington Heights, IL), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, NY), Ryan Walker (Stanford; Oakland; CA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame, Milford, NH), Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, NV), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, OH), Gabbi Miranda (UCLA; Colorado Rush), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, AL), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, VA), Danielle Weatherholt (Santa Clara; Capistrano Beach, CA)
FORWARDS (6): Janine Beckie (Texas Tech; Highlands Ranch, CO), Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, CA), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, MI), Amber Munerlyn (North Carolina; Corona, CA), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Springs, MD), Crystal Thomas (Notre Dame; Elgin, IL)