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Schuyler DeBree
DeBree, U.S. U-23 Squad Open 2019 Thorns Invitational
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/25/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – Once again the Duke women’s soccer program is being represented on a United States Women’s National Team, as former Blue Devil All-American Schuyler DeBree was named to the U-23 squad for the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational.

DeBree made her first U.S. National Team appearance of 2019 on Sunday and first since joining former teammates Imani Dorsey and Toni Payne with the U-23 team for the Nordic Tournament, Aug. 29 – Sept. 3. The Fair Haven, N.J., native was named to the squad’s starting XI for its opening match against the NWSL’s Reign FC, a two-time winner of the NWSL Shield.

The 24-member squad continues their time in Portland, Ore., with a showdown against two-time NWSL Champions Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday, March 27. The tournament wraps up with a Sunday, March 30 matchup against the Chicago Red Stars.

DeBree was one of the most decorated players in Duke women’s soccer history after her final season in 2017. The defender earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-America honors en route to the Blue Devils reaching the College Cup for the fourth time in program history. DeBree is currently in her second year with AC Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic.

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U.S. U-23 WNT Roster – 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.) 

DEFENDERS (8): Maycee Bell (NC Courage Academy; Wichita, Kan.), Schuyler Debree (Sparta Prague, CZE; Fair Haven, N.J.), Emily Fox (UNC; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Naomi Girma (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Meaghan Nally (Georgetown; Herndon, Va.), Kirsten Pavlisko (Florida State; Middleburg, Fla.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Emina Ekic (Louisville; Fairdale, Ky.), Channing Foster (Mississippi; Murray, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; Windsor, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Florida State; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (UNC; Durham, NC)      

FORWARDS (8): Paula Germino-Watnick (Georgetown; Chevy Chase, Md.), Penelope Hocking (USC; Anaheim, Calif.), Haley Hopkins (Vanderbilt; Newport Beach, Calif.), Catarina Macario (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.), Martha Thomas (Le Havre, FRA); Weston, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Morgan Weaver (Washington State; University Place, Wash.) 

2019 Thorns Spring Invitational Schedule

Sunday, March 24
Reign FC def. U.S. U-23 WNT, 2-1
Portland Thorns FC def. Chicago Red Stars, 2-1

Wednesday, March 27
Chicago Red Stars vs. Reign FC – 4:30 p.m. ET
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns FC – 10:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, March 30
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars – 4:30 p.m. ET
Portland Thorns FC vs. Reign FC – 10:30 p.m. ET

* All games at Merlo Field; University of Portland