Toni Payne will head to Carson, Calif., from Aug. 4-12 to train with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center. Due to this training, Payne will miss the first six days of preseason practice with Duke.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University incoming freshman
During this training session, the USA will face Japan on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 12:00 p.m., with both contests taking place on field No. 3 (David Vanole Field).
Payne, who was the 2013 Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year, scored 47 goals and registered 35 assists this past season, leading Oak Mountain High School (22-4-2) to the Class 6A state championship game. Payne was the 2012 Birmingham News Player of the Year. She concluded her prep soccer career with 141 goals and 92 assists. Payne was named to the preseason TopDrawerSoccer All-Freshman team earlier this week.
The USA is preparing for the eight-team CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament that will send the top three finishers to 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup Women’s World Cup in Canada. The qualifying competition will be held from January 9-19, 2014, in the Cayman Islands.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kaela Little (Notre Dame; Tulsa, Okla.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Mandy Freeman (USC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Karlie Mueller (Texas A&M; Sioux Falls, S.D.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Ryan Walker (Stanford; Oakland; Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame, Milford, N.H.), Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Gabbi Miranda (UCLA; Colorado Rush), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Danielle Weatherholt (Santa Clara; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Janine Beckie (Texas Tech; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Amber Munerlyn (North Carolina; Corona, Calif.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Springs, Md.), Crystal Thomas (Notre Dame; Elgin, Ill.)