U-17 USWNT: Forwards (CONCACAF 2012)

(Note: This is part of a series of posts which profiles the current U-17 USWNT.)

The United States Under-17 Women’s National Team will be taking six forwards to Guatemala for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship: Emily Bruder of Sandy, Utah (Stanford, verbal); Summer Green of Milford, Michigan (UNC, verbal); Darian Jenkins of Riverton, Utah; Amber Munerlyn of Corona, California (Stanford, verbal); Margaret Purce of Olyney, Maryland; and Andi Sullivan of Lorton, Virginia (Stanford, verbal).

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EMILY BRUDER

D.O.B.: February 18, 1995
Height: 5’9″
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Club Team: Utah Avalanche (ECNL)
College: Stanford (verbal, 2013)
Specific U-17 USWNT Position: Forward (starter, probably)
Annoying Announcer Factoid: Is a leftie.

Notes & Notables: Is left-footed… Has primarily been used on the wing… Is the 2011-2012 Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year for Utah… Also plays high school soccer, where she is already the school’s leading all-time goal scorer. A U-17 WNT camp regular since April 2011. Was called in to the U-14 ID camp in 2009, where she was listed as a defender.

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SUMMER GREEN

D.O.B.: May 2, 1995
Height: 5’6″
Hometown: Milford, Michigan
Club Team: Michigan Hawks (ECNL)
College: UNC (verbal, 2012)
Specific U-17 USWNT Position: Forward (starter, probably)
Annoying Announcer Factoid: Will be graduating early and attending UNC this fall.

Notes & Notables: Listed as a midfielder, but has mainly been used as a forward, based on the roster order and notation… Montoya describes Green as playing as a “Ronaldo” forward, who drifts back into the midfield… Part of a select ECNL (94/95) team that traveled to England in August 2011… A regular in youth WNT camps since U-14 ID camp in 2009… Has been at all but one camp (April 2011) this cycle… One of four players on the team who participated in the 2010 U-16 Nordic Cup, which the USA won… Also ran track in high school.

Further Viewing:

Interview with Highlights (ECNL England trip)…

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DARIAN JENKINS

D.O.B.: January 5, 1995
Height: 5’9″
Hometown: Riverton, Utah (Also listed as Herriman, Utah)
Club Team: Sparta United (95 Premiere)
College: UCLA (verbal, 2013)
Specific U-17 USWNT Position: Forward (substitute)
Annoying Announcer Factoid: One of her hobbies is wakeboarding

Notes & Notables: Also plays high school soccer… Was at the 2009 U-14 ID camp… Her next youth WNT camp was the April 2011 U-17 camp… Was not at the February 2012 camp. Tends to be used as the left wing forward.

Further Reading: Feature article (DeseretNews.com, 2010)

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AMBER MUNERLYN

D.O.B.: January 15, 1995
Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Corona, California
Club Team: So Cal Blues (ECNL)
College: Stanford (verbal, 2013)
Specific U-17 USWNT Position: Forward (substitute, probably)
Annoying Announcer Factoid: Scored two goals at the 2010 Nordic Cup.

Notes & Notables: Also played high school soccer, but stopped playing in order to focus more on making the national team… Also ran track for her high school team in 2010. Won 1st place in her conference for the 200M dash… A regular in the youth WNT system since 2009 U-14 ID camp… Had a mild groin strain during the February 2012 camp… Also had a “nagging hamstring” issue. One of four players on the team who participated in the 2010 U-16 Nordic Cup, which the USA won. Munerlyn scored two goals and had an assist in that tournament.

Further Reading: Local newspaper feature (November 2010).

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MARGARET “MAGGIE”/”MIDGE” PURCE

D.O.B.: September 18, 1995
Height: 5’5″
Hometown: Olyney, Maryland
Club Team: Freestate Soccer Alliance (ECNL)
College: Undecided (2013)
Specific U-17 USWNT Position: Forward (starter, probably)
Annoying Announcer Factoid: Her nickname is “Midge”

Notes & Notables: Described as speedy… There’s a rumor (BigSoccer.com) that Purce has committed to Harvard… Also ran indoor track for her high school… Her first youth WNT camp was only in December 2011. Her club coach is USWNT 91’er Shannon Higgins-Cirovski (Wikipedia bio).

Further Reading and Viewing: Local newspaper feature (December 2011), Washington Post video feature.

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ANDI SULLIVAN

D.O.B.: December 20, 1995
Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Lorton, Virginia
Club Team: Bethesda SC (ECNL)
College: Stanford (verbal, 2014)
Specific U-17 USWNT Position: Forward (substitute, probably)
Annoying Announcer Factoid:

Notes & Notables: Apparently has an older sister, Kayley, who plays for George Washington University… A regular at USWNT youth camps since 2010, including all U-17 camps this cycle. Was not at the 2009 U-14 ID camp… One of three players who will graduate high school in 2014.

Interview (March, 2012):

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Extra Notes:

Sullivan is listed as a midfielder on the US Soccer roster, as well as her club team roster. Bit, she is described as a forward in two US Soccer press releases (Germany, 2012; France U-19 2012), and has generally been listed in one of the forward spots in match line-ups by US Soccer. Thus, I am listing her as a forward.

Sullivan did not play in the two scrimmages during the April camp for which rosters are available (UC Irvine, China U-20 WNT). Based on that, I have moved Sullivan from a probable starter to a probable substitute. Conversely, Purce did get two starts in those matches, so she gas been bumped up to a probable starter.

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