Marisa Abegg Named to U.S. U-23 Women's National Team
Jan. 18, 2008
Stanford junior Marisa Abegg was named to the U.S. Women's Under-23 National Team, which will kick off their training camp from Jan. 12-20 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Head Coach Bill Irwin selected the 24-player roster for the camp.
Abegg, a native of Lake Oswego, Ore., is coming off a big season for the Cardinal, where she started all 23 games and was a main cog of the Stanford defense that allowed only 0.74 goals per game. She also was able to chip in three assists and a goal to finish with five points on the year.
The Under-23's will participate in the Nordic Cup this summer, when they will gun for their 10th title in the prestigious tournament.
This is the first U-23 camp on the women's national team side. Formerly the U-21 WNT, the age group changed to U-23 as a result of the Nordic Cup becoming a U-23 competition. As a result, the U.S. U-21s, who dominated the Nordic Cup for the past decade, will become a U-23 squad with no overage players for the summer tournament that brings the USA together with Europe's top youth teams.
The U-23's serve a valuable purpose by giving players on the fringe of the Women's national team pool a chance to keep training at a high level in the National team camps and international matches.During the weeklong camp, the U-23's will play a number of scrimmages against local club teams.
Under-23 Women's National Team Roster by Position
Goalkeepers (4): Cori Alexander (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville),Valerie Henderson (UCLA), Jaimel Johnson (Tennessee)
Midfielders (8): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Stacey Bishop (Florida), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lindsey Ozimek (UNC-Charlote), Ashley Nick (USC), Meghan Schnur (Connecticut)
Forwards (5): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Ashlee Elliott (Florida), Elizabeth Eng (Connecticut), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Michelle Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)