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Seven NWSL Players Named to U.S. U-23 WNT Roster

CHICAGO (Friday, February 22, 2013) - The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) boasts seven players on the recently announced U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team roster for the squad’s upcoming trip to La Manga, Spain from Feb. 22-March 5. The U.S. U-23 WNT will take on the U-23 sides of Norway, England and Sweden.

U.S. head coach Randy Waldrum has selected seven players that are currently on preliminary rosters for NWSL clubs, having been acquired in the various roster acquisition mechanisms as the teams continue to build their squads. The roster includes the first five picks in the NWSL College Draft in Zakiya Bywaters of the Chicago Red Stars, second overall pick Tiffany McCarty by the Washington Spirit, and Kristie Mewis (picked third by FC Kansas City).

BYU’s Lindsi Lisonbee and Dayton’s Colleen Williams were taken in the fourth round by Sky Blue FC and the Washington Spirit, respectively. Casey Short out of Florida State was taken fifth by the Boston Breakers. Former University of San Diego forward Stephanie Ochs was taken first in the NWSL Supplemental Draft by the Washington Spirit.

The U.S. U-23s will play Norway on Feb. 28, Sweden on March 2 and finish up the four-team tournament against England on March 4.

For more information go to ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Natasha Anasi (Duke; Arlington, Texas); Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Camille Levin (Göteborg FC; Newport Coast, Calif.), Lindsi Lisonbee (Sky Blue FC; Provo, Utah), Toni Pressley (Ryazan VDV; Melbourne, Fla.), Casey Short (Boston Breakers; Naperville, Ill.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.), Colleen Williams (Washington Spirit;
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simon’s Island, Ga.), Zakiya Bywaters (Chicago Red Stars; Las Vegas, Nev.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (4): Morgan Marlborough (Santa Clara; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Washington Spirit; Laurel, Md.), Stephanie Ochs (Washington Spirit; San Diego, Calif.), Havana Solaun (Florida; Gainesville, Fla.)