Vanessa DiBernardo led the Big Ten with 27 points on a conference-best 11 goals as well as five assists.
May 10, 2011
U.S. Soccer Official Release
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois women's soccer midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo will rejoin the U.S. National U-23 Team Training Camp when it begins again on May 15 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. DiBernardo is one of only 24 collegiate players selected by U-23 team head coach Bill Irwin for the week-long training session. DiBernardo previously participated in the U-23 National Team training camp held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from April 24 through May 1.
DiBernardo is one of only three Big Ten players set to train at the Olympic Center, with Michigan's defender Clare Stachel and Michigan State's forward Laura Heyboer also heading to Chula Vista, Calif.
The entire roster is made of up collegiate players and this will be the second-to-last camp of the year for this age group. The U-23 team will head to Europe in June for several international matches to finish up this cycle before the players return for collegiate pre-season training.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Danielle Brunache (California; Belmont, Calif.), Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Kate Deines (Washington; Issaquah, Wash.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Ashley Rape (Virginia; Dallas, Texas), Clare Stachel (Michigan; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Morgan Stith (Virginia; Montclair, N.J.) Gabriella Toulouse (Virginia; Arlington, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Courtney Barg (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Winchester, Calif.), Erika Tymrak (Florida; Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6): Sarah Hagen (UW-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Laura Heyboer (Michigan State; Hudsonville, Mich.), Merritt Mathias (Texas A&M; Winchester, Calif.), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego; San Diego, Calif.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)