CHICAGO (October 18, 2022) – The United States Women’s National Under-16 Team will host a 23-player training camp at Nike’s world headquarters in Portland, Oregon from October 23-30. This will be the first event for new U-16 WYNT Head Coach Patchy Toledo, whose hire was announced on August 24, 2022.
US U-16 WYNT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CITY) – OCTOBER TRAINING CAMP
KEEPERS (3): Olivia Geller (Sting Dallas Black; Southlake, TX), Molly Vapensky (Chicago FC United; Evanston, IL), Kennedy Zorn (SC del Sol; Peoria, AZ)
DEFENDERS (8): Mya Brandon (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Michigan), Jastel David (Legends FC; Corona, Calif.), Addison DeJoseph (UFA; Roswell, Georgia), Jordyn Hardeman (Solar SC; Midlothian, Texas), Daya King (Legends FC; Moreno Valley, Calif.), Kai Price (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Addison Stendera (Pacific Northwest; Fairwood, Wash.), Lily Yohannes (Jong Ajax; Amsterdam, Netherlands)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kimmi Ascanio (Florida United; Doral, FL), Melanie Barcenas (San Diego Surf; San Diego, CA), Kennedy Fuller (Solar SC; Southlake, TX), Hannah Jordan (Solar SC; Southlake, TX), Ainsley McCammon (Solar SC; Bedford, TX), Y-Lan Nguyen (VDA; Fairfax, VA)
FORWARDS (6): Zoe Matthews (Legends FC; Southlake, TX); Avery Oder (LAFC SoCal Youth; Calabasas, Calif.); Maddie Padelski (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nolensville, Tenn.), Chloe Ricketts (Michigan Jaguars; Dexter, Mich.), Lauryn Thompson (NC Courage; Wake Forest, NC), Mya Townes (TSJ FC Virginia; Aldie, Va.)
The age cutoff for this year’s U-16 WYNT group of players is January 1, 2007, and 22 of the camp’s 23 players were born that year. One player, Florida midfielder Kimmi Ascanio, was born in 2008.
The roster is a mix of players who have experience with the United States U-15 and U-16, and some players earning their first call-ups with the United States Women’s National Team program.
Nine players on the roster helped USA win the 2022 Concacaf Women’s U-15 Championship in August: goalkeepers Molly Vapensky and Kennedy Zorn, defenders Mya Brandon, Jordyn Hardeman, Daya King and Kai Price , and midfielders Ascanio, Kennedy Fuller and Ainsley McCammon. Fuller led the United States in scoring in this tournament with nine goals while Ascanio had four.
Forward Melanie Barcenas, a native of San Diego, has some experience with the United States Women’s U-17 National Team and has three international caps at that level.
The 23 players come from 17 different youth clubs and six players come from two different Texas clubs, five from Solar SC and one from the Dallas Sting. Southern California Legends FC has three players on the roster. One player is Europe-based in Lily Yohannes, who was born in the United States but lives in Amsterdam, where she plays for Young Ajax.