U-17 USWNT: CONCACAF Roster with Player Profiles

On Thursday, April 12th, US Soccer released the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, which begins May 2nd in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The twenty player roster includes all eighteen players who went to La Manga plus midfielder Joanna “Jo” Boyles and forward Darian Jenkins.

(Carolyn) Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Georgia)
Carissa “Cassie” Miller (Sereno FC; Cave Creek, Arizona)
(Goalkeepers Profiles)

Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Virginia.)
Madeline “Maddie” Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, California)
Miranda “Mandy” Freeman (Coral Springs United; Royal Palm Beach, Florida)
Gabriella “Gabbi” Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colorado)
Morgan Reid (CASL Chelsea Ladies; Cary, North Carolina)
(Defenders Profiles)

Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, New Hampshire)
Joanna “Jo” Boyles (CASL Chelsea Ladies; Cary, North Carolina)
Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nevada)
Antoinette”Toni” Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Alabama)
Sarah Robinson (MVLA Lightning; Los Altos, California)
Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colorado)
(Midfielders Profiles)

Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah)
Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Michigan)
Darian Jenkins (Sparta SC; Riverton, Utah)
Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, California)
Margaret “Maggie”/”Midge” Purce (Freestate Soccer; Olney, Maryland)
Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Virginia)
(Forwards Profiles)

HEAD COACH: Albertin Montoya (US Soccer biography)

(College commitments have mostly been collected from TopDrawerSoccer.com, @soccercbg’s Google spreadsheet, and ESPN’s list of 2013 verbals.)

Roster Source: US Soccer’s press release with the full roster. Also, here is an eight minute US Soccer audio interview with U-17 WNT head coach Albertin Montoya (part of the interview is inaudible due to GPS navigation directions).

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Detailed profiles for individual players are in separate posts, grouped by field position. Click on the links below each group of player to jump to a particular group of profiles, or follow the next/previous links at the end of each post.

Full first names and nicknames are provide where applicable as some of the player’s names are not consistently reported the same way by US Soccer, ECNL, and other sources. Plus, it is likely that some of these player’s may be listed differently in the CONCACAF TV graphics and on CONCACAF.com.

The “Annoying Announcer Factoid” item for each player is some piece of trivia that would likely get repeated ad nauseum by a match announcer. E.g., for Christie Rampone her factoid would be that she is a “soccer mom.”

Several of the players participated in a select ECNL team that traveled to London in August 2011. Mini-interviews and match highlights can be viewed in a separate post.

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A Quick Note About the Team’s Formation and Likely Starters:

(I’ll probably have a more in-depth article later, but since I note the players specific positions and whether they are a starter or substitute, this is provided as a summary.)

The team seems to be using a 4-3-3 formation, with one holding midfielder. Although, an article from 2011 mentioned using a less rigid midfield triangle, so we might see a more flexible midfield shape, compared to the U-20s.  — Especially, since the holding midfielder will likely be Morgan Andrews.

The starting goalkeeper and backline positions appear to be fairly settled with Jane Campbell as the starting ‘keeper, Brittany Basinger as the starting right fullback, Maddie Bauer and Miranda Freeman as the starting centerbacks, and the left-footed Gabbi Miranda as the starting left fullback.

In the midfield, the captain, Morgan Andrews is a lock for a starting position. The next player who is most likely to be starting in the midfield is Morgan Stanton. After that, it is somewhat of a toss-up between Lauren Kaskie and Sarah Robinson. But, based on the most recent camp, it appears that the left-footed Kaskie is a more likely starter.

Up top, Summer Green and the left-footed Emily Bruder seem to be the most likely starters. For the final forward position, Margaret “Midge” Purce now appears to have the inside track, although Andi Sullivan had look liked a probable starter before the most recent camp.

So, from goalkeeper to the front line, the basic formation would like the following:

Campbell (GK)
Basinger (RB) — Bauer (CB) — Freeman (CB) — Miranda (LB)
Stanton (CM) — Andrews (CM) — Kaskie (CM)
Green (FW) — Purce (FW) — Bruder (FW)

With Miranda, Kaskie, and Bruder in the same line-up, that gives the USA three left-footed field players on the pitch at the same time.

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