USWNT: December 2019 Identification Camp Roster Announced (Overview)

Update  #1 (09-Dec-2019):  Emily Fox has been replaced by Florida State junior Jaelin Howell, who is primarily a holding midfielder. (U.S. Soccer)  Also, per Jenn Hildreth (during the College Cup final broadcast), Catarina Macario had been invited to this camp, but declined due to a family commitment in Brazil.  The camp also overlaps with finals week at Stanford. (stanford.edu)

Update #2 (09-Dec-2019):  Naomi Girma, Madison Haley, and Danielle Colaprico will not attend due to injuries.  Two NCAA players, both from Washington State, forward Morgan Weaver and midfielder Makamae Gomera-Stevens, have been added to the roster. (U.S. Soccer)

Update #3 (11-Dec-2019):  Center back Kaleigh Riehl was added to the roster on Tuesday.  For more about her, go here.

Last Wednesday, U.S. Soccer officially announced that the United States Women’s National Team will hold an identification camp during the second week of December (Monday, the 9th, to Saturday, the 14th) in Bradenton, Florida.  New head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called in 24 players, including 10 current collegiate players.  Of the remaining 14 players, all but one, UCLA alumna Hailie Mace, played in the NWSL during the 2019 season.  Of the ten collegiate players, four are age-eligible for next year’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup:  Maycee Bell, Naomi Girma, Brianna Pinto, and Sophia Smith.

External Link:  Andonovski Names 24-Player Roster For U.S. Women’s National Team December Identification Training Camp In Florida (USSoccer.com)

Among the 24 players, 14 players have attended at least one prior USWNT camp, while 7 of those players have at least one senior USWNT cap.  The most capped player called up is the Houston Dash’s Kristie Mewis, who has 15 senior USWNT caps and 1 senior USWNT goal, with her last cap coming back in March 2014.

Not yet Now confirmed by U.S. Soccer:  North Carolina junior Emily Fox is apparently a scratch due to an ACL tear suffered during UNC’s NCAA Championship quarterfinal match versus USC .


For capsules on individual players, see:


Because this camp is being held outside an official FIFA window, professional clubs are not obligated to release their players for this camp, which likely explains why no players who are currently playing in foreign leagues (such as Australia’s W-League and most European leagues, including England’s FA WSL and France’s Division 1 Féminine) have been included.

None of the players from the USWNT’s roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup were called into this camp, as they are in an official rest period under their current collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”).

The rest of this article presents a modified camp roster, as well as tables with additional details and statistics on the players called up.  The final section of this article contains additional notes and notables about the camp roster.


A comparative analysis of the players called into the identification camp and how they may fit into the USWNT, both in the short-term (i.e., CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying and the 2020 Olympics) and the long-term (2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup) should be published by or on December 9th.


DECEMBER 2019 USWNT ID CAMP ROSTER

The following roster is adapted from the press release. Hometowns for all players were added, while college team names were added for current professional players.  Senior USWNT caps and goals details were removed.

Additional details about each player, including senior USWNT caps, date of birth, height, and career NWSL statistics, if available, are including in the next section.

Players with asterisks(*) after their names are current collegiate players
Key:  (current/last professional team, if applicable; college team; hometown)

GOALKEEPERS (2):
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.)
Casey Murphy (Reign FC; Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (9):
Maycee Bell (North Carolina; Wichita, Kansas)*
Malia Berkely (Florida State; Liberty Township, Ohio)*
Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; Duke; Elkridge, Md.)
Emily Fox (North Carolina; Ashburn, Va.)*
Naomi Girma (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.)*
Sarah Gorden (Chicago Red Stars; Depaul; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
Hailie Mace (Rosengård FC; UCLA; Ventura, Calif.)
Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.)*
Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC; Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

MIDFIELDERS (7):
Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; Virginia; Freehold, N.J.)
Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Illinois; Naperville, Ill.)
Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit; Stanford; Littleton, Colo.)
Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC; UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; Boston College; Hanson, Mass.)
Brianna Pinto (North Carolina; Durham, N.C.)*
Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.)*

FORWARDS (6):
Bethany Balcer (Reign FC; Spring Arbor, NAIA; Hudsonville, Mich.)
Madison Haley (Stanford; Dallas, Texas)*
Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; BYU; Gilbert, Ariz.)
Paige Monaghan (Sky Blue FC; Butler; Roxbury Township, N.J.)
Sophia Smith (Stanford; Fort Collins, Colo.)*
Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.)*

Hometown information is pulled primarily from USWNT media guide player pool listings.  Otherwise, collegiate and/or NWSL profiles were used.


ROSTER REFERENCE TABLES

The following three tables provide basic details about each player (caps, height, date of birth, age, et cetera) plus collegiate and NWSL basic career statistics, if available.

The first table lists basic details about each player, including number of senior USWNT caps, height, and date of birth.  The table also includes the estimated ages of each player for the 2020 Summer Olympics and the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Caps and goals data is pulled from this camp’s roster release.   For most players, height and date of birth are pulled from USWNT media guide player pool lists.

Table 1 Legend:

  • PLAYER – Last name, first name
  • P. – Position (from roster)
  • C – senior USWNT caps (matches played).  The “at” symbol (“@”) indicates uncapped players who have been previously called into a senior USWNT camp.
  • HT. – Height (feet, inches)
  • PRO_YR – Year first played professionally (e.g., NWSL draft year). For current collegiate players, this is the year they are expected to turn professional.
  • D.O.B. – Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
  • AGE’20 – Age at start of 2020 Summer Olympics (22-Jul-2020)
  • AGE’23 – Estimated age for 2023 Women’s World Cup (01-Jul-2023)

Table 1:  2019 USWNT ID Camp Roster (Sorted By Position and Age)

PLAYER               P.   C  HT.   PRO_YR     D.O.B.    AGE'20   AGE'23
Campbell, Jane       GK   3  5'9"   2017    02/17/1995   25.43    28.37
Murphy, Casey        GK   @  6'0"   2018    04/25/1996   24.24    27.18
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Gorden, Sarah        DF      5'4"   2016    09/13/1992   27.85    30.80
Purce, Margaret      DF   1  5'5"   2017    09/18/1995   24.84    27.78
Dorsey, Imani        DF   @  5'6"   2018    03/21/1996   24.34    27.28
Mace, Hailie         DF   3  5'7"   2019    03/24/1997   23.33    26.27
Berkely, Malia       DF      5'7"   2021    02/13/1998   22.44    25.38
Fox, Emily           DF   3  5'5"   2021    07/05/1998   22.05    24.99
Pickett, Kiara       DF      5'0"   2021    04/30/1999   21.23    24.17
Girma, Naomi         DF      5'6"   2022    06/14/2000   20.10    23.04
Bell, Maycee         DF      5'11"  2023    09/18/2000   19.84    22.78
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Mewis, Kristie^      MF  15  5'7"   2013    02/25/1991   29.40    32.34
DiBernardo, Vanessa  MF   @  5'3"   2014    05/15/1992   28.19    31.13
Killion, Sarah       MF   @  5'8"   2015    07/27/1992   27.99    30.93
Colaprico, Danielle  MF   2  5'2"   2015    09/06/1993   26.87    29.82
DiBiasi, Jordan      MF      5'6"   2019    10/28/1996   23.73    26.67
Sanchez, Ashley      MF   @  5'3"   2021    03/16/1999   21.35    24.29
Pinto, Brianna       MF   @  5'5"   2022    05/24/2000   20.16    23.10
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Hatch, Ashley        FW   2  5'9"   2017    05/25/1995   25.16    28.10
Monaghan, Paige      FW      5'7"   2019    11/13/1996   23.69    26.63
Balcer, Bethany      FW      5'9"   2019    03/07/1997   23.38    26.32
Watt, Ally           FW      5'8"   2020    03/12/1997   23.36    26.30
Haley, Madison       FW      5'7"   2021    10/25/1998   21.74    24.68
Smith, Sophia        FW   @  5'6"   2022    08/10/2000   19.95    22.89

^Kristie Mewis also has one senior USWNT goal.

This next table lists basic career collegiate statistics for each field player invited to the camp, sorted by position and goals per matches played.  For active players, statistics are as of  November 30, 2019 (through the NCAA Championship quarterfinals).  All non-calculated numerical data (matches played, goals, and assists) are pulled from the player’s college team website (usually from their profile page).

Table 2  Legend:

  • MP – Matches Played
  • G – Goals
  • A – Assists
  • Pts – Points
  • G/MP – Goals per Matches Played
  • A/MP – Assists per Matches Played

Table 2:  2019 USWNT ID Camp Roster – Collegiate Statistics

PLAYER            P.  COLLEGE TEAM     MP   G   A   Pts | G/MP  A/MP
Purce, Margaret   DF  Harvard          69   42  12   96 | 0.61  0.17
Dorsey, Imani     DF  Duke             87   29  22   80 | 0.33  0.25
Mace, Hailie      DF  UCLA             79   24  12   60 | 0.30  0.15
Bell, Maycee*     DF  North Carolina   23    3   1    7 | 0.13  0.04
Girma, Naomi*     DF  Stanford         46    4   5   13 | 0.09  0.11
Pickett, Kiara*   DF  Stanford         71    4  15   23 | 0.06  0.21
Berkely, Malia*   DF  Florida State    73    4  13   21 | 0.05  0.18
Fox, Emily*       DF  North Carolina   57    2  19   23 | 0.04  0.33
Gorden, Sarah     DF  Depaul           77    1   2    4 | 0.01  0.03
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DiBernardo, V.    MF  Illinois         73   43  22  108 | 0.59  0.30
Mewis, Kristie    MF  Boston College   84   38  26  102 | 0.45  0.31
Sanchez, Ashley*  MF  UCLA             68   23  41   87 | 0.34  0.60
DiBiasi, Jordan   MF  Stanford         92   31  23   85 | 0.34  0.25
Pinto, Brianna*   MF  North Carolina   51   17  14   48 | 0.33  0.27
Colaprico, D.     MF  Virginia        100   19  44   82 | 0.19  0.44
Killion, Sarah    MF  UCLA             88   13  32   58 | 0.15  0.36
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Balcer, Bethany   FW  Spring Arbor     98  129  45  303 | 1.32  0.46
Smith, Sophia*    FW  Stanford         32   21  11   53 | 0.66  0.34
Hatch, Ashley     FW  BYU              75   47  21  115 | 0.63  0.28
Watt, Ally        FW  Texas A&M        89   49  12  110 | 0.55  0.13
Haley, Madison*   FW  Stanford         56   18  21   57 | 0.32  0.38
Monaghan, Paige   FW  Butler           80   22  18   62 | 0.28  0.23

*Active collegiate player (one or more years of eligibility remaining)

The final table presents basic regular season career NWSL statistics, if available, for each field player invited to the camp, sorted by position and goals per matches played.  All non-calculated numerical data (matches played, goals, assists, and minutes played) in this table are pulled from FBref.com, which does not include NWSL post-season matches in the NWSL league summaries for each player.

Table 3 Legend:

  • MP – Matches Played
  • G – Goals
  • A – Assists
  • Pts – Points
  • Min. – Minutes Played
  • G/MP – Goals per Matches Played
  • A/MP – Assists per Matches Played
  • G/90 – Goals Per 90 Minutes
  • A/90 – Assists Per 90 Minutes

Table 3:  2019 USWNT ID Camp Roster – NWSL Statistics (Regular Season)

PLAYER           P.   MP   G   A  Pts   Min. | G/MP  A/MP | G/90  A/90
Purce, Margaret  DF   63   9   3  21    4015 | 0.14  0.05 | 0.20  0.07
Dorsey, Imani    DF   36   6   1  13    3007 | 0.17  0.03 | 0.18  0.03
Gorden, Sarah    DF   49   0   0   0    3633 |  -     -   |  -     - 
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DiBiasi, Jordan  MF   22   4   0   8    1747 | 0.18   -   | 0.21   -
Mewis, Kristie   MF  124  20  10  50   10043 | 0.16  0.08 | 0.18  0.09
DiBernardo, V.   MF  115  11  20  42    9237 | 0.10  0.17 | 0.11  0.19
Killion, Sarah   MF  106  11   9  31    9165 | 0.10  0.08 | 0.11  0.09
Colaprico, D.    MF  106   4   7  15    8983 | 0.04  0.07 | 0.04  0.07
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Balcer, Bethany  FW   24   6   2  14    1699 | 0.25  0.08 | 0.32  0.11
Hatch, Ashley    FW   68  18   5  41    5223 | 0.26  0.07 | 0.31  0.09
Monaghan, Paige  FW   23   2   1   5    1759 | 0.09  0.04 | 0.10  0.05

For comparison, Hailie Mace (FBref.com) played in 16 regular season Damallsvenskan matches during 2019, scoring 4 goals and earning 2 assists over a total of 789 minutes (0.46 G/90, 0.23 A/90).


NOTES AND NOTABLES

This is the first-ever USA call-up for Chicago Red Stars defender Sarah Gorden.  All other players on the roster have attended at least one youth camp (U-23 or under).  A majority of the players called in have made the roster of at least one official CONCACAF or FIFA youth tournament.

NWSL Representation – Of the 14 current professional players, 13 hail from 6 NWSL teams:

  • Chicago Red Stars:  3 (Colaprico, DiBernardo, Gorden)
  • Sky Blue FC: 3 (Dorsey, Killion, Monaghan)
  • Houston Dash:  2 (Campbell, K. Mewis)
  • Reign FC:  2 (Balcer, Murphy)
  • Washington Spirit:  2 (DiBiasi, Hatch)
  • Portland Thorns: 1 (Purce)

Four NWSL Rookie of the Year winners have been called up:

  • Bethany Balcer (2019)
  • Imani Dorsey (2018)
  • Ashley Hatch (2017)
  • Danielle Colaprico (2015)

Current College Team Representation – Of the 10 current collegiate players, 8 players are on this year’s College Cup teams:

  • Stanford:  4 (Girma, Haley, Pickett, Smith)
  • UNC:  3 (Bell, Fox, Pinto)
  • UCLA:  1 (Sanchez)

Combined College Team Representation:  Overall, Stanford leads the way with 6 total alumni (Campbell, DiBiasi; Girma, Haley, Pickett, Smith) in this camp, while UCLA (Killion, Mace; Sanchez) and UNC (Bell, Fox, Pinto) follow with 3 each.  No other college teams have multiple past and/or current players attending the camp.

Home States:  California is represented by 4 players (Girma, Mace, Pickett, Sanchez), while Colorado (DiBiasi, Smith, Watt) and New Jersey (Colaprico, Monaghan, Murphy) both have 3 players attending.  Illinois (Gorden, DiBernardo) and Maryland (Dorsey, Purce) are the only other states with multiple attendees.

Players By Birth Year:

  • 2000:  4 (Bell, Girma, Pinto, Smith) – age-eligible for 2020 U-2o WWC
  • 1999:  2 (Pickett, Sanchez)
  • 1998:  3 (Berkely, Fox, Haley)
  • 1997:  3  (Balcer, Mace, Watt)
  • 1996:  4 (DiBiasi, Dorsey, Monaghan, Murphy)
  • 1995:  3 (Campbell, Hatch, Purce)
  • 1994:  0
  • 1993:  1 (Colaprico)
  • 1992:  3 (DiBernardo, Gorden, Killion
  • 1991:   1 (K. Mewis)

Age Summaries:  Nine of the players called-up will be age 25 or younger for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, while four players will be over age 30 (K. Mewis, DiBernardo, Killion, Gorden).

The youngest player on the roster is UNC freshman Maycee Bell (19.22 years), while the oldest player is Kristie Mewis (28.79 years).  The median age of all players is 22.91 years. (ages at the start of the camp)

Heights:  The tallest field player is 5’11” center back Maycee Bell, while the shortest is 5’0″ outside back Kiara “Kiki” Pickett.  The median height of all players is 66.5 inches (5’6.5″).

2019 U-23 Experience:  Over half of the players on the roster attended at least one of the three U-23 camps held this year, including 2000’ers Maycee Bell and Brianna Pinto.  (Other U-23’ers from 2019:  Balcer, Berkely, DiBiasi, Dorsey, Fox, Girma, Mace, Monaghan, Murphy, Pickett, Sanchez, and Watt.)

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For more notables, see U.S. Soccer’s press release for this camp.


For capsules on individual players, see:

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