Rayfield to Lead Remainder of U.S. U-23 Training Camp
June 11, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield will lead the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team for the remainder of its Olympic Training Camp in Chula Vista, California. With head coach Steve Swanson joining the full national team for its camp and games against France, coach Rayfield has taken over the reins for the current training camp that runs until June 14.
"I am honored by the confidence that U.S. Soccer, director April Heinrichs and head coach Steve Swanson have demonstrated in giving me the opportunity to continue the identification and development process for this group of players," Rayfield said. "The talent in the United States continues to grow and we have a responsibility to give these players every opportunity to reach their potential and this camp is just one step in this process."
The entire U-23 roster is made up of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons this past fall. The roster includes five players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel, who has completed her college eligibility (and is playing with L.A. Blues this summer), have also trained with the senior side this year.
Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis' squad.