Natalia Astrain Names U.S Roster For 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

CHICAGO (Sept. 22, 2022) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s Youth National Team head trainer Natalia Astrain has named the 21 avid gamers who will constitute the United States on the 2022 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India from Oct. 11-30.


The USA kicks off Group A on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in opposition to host India (10:30 a.m. ET on FS2) in Bhubaneswar. The fit can be performed in a stadium that will probably be stuffed to capability (19,000). The USA continues the gang on Oct. 14 vs. Brazil (7 a.m. ET on FS2) and wraps up first spherical play in opposition to Morocco on Oct. 17 (10:30 a.m. ET on FS2). All of the fits of the match can be broadcast on both Fox Soccer Plus or FS2.


Astrain named the general roster after a a hit three-game travel to Spain on the finish of August by which the US received and drew with Spain after which defeated Germany. Due to the worldwide pandemic, this crew of avid gamers didn’t go back to world play till overdue April of this yr on the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship within the Dominican Republic, a match by which the US received all seven of its video games to qualify for the World Cup and take the regional name.


Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2005, are age-eligible for this World Cup. Astrain selected 16 avid gamers born in 2005 and 5 born in 2006. Eleven avid gamers can be 17 years previous at first of the World Cup and 10 can be 16.


“I give a lot of credit to players for how much this group has grown in a short time,” mentioned Astrain. “They are a very united team, not only in their dedication to playing our style of soccer on the field, but in supporting each other off the field. They are a team full of positive spirit and competitiveness, and the opportunity to represent the USA in a World Cup is one they are embracing with humbleness and tremendous excitement. We are really looking forward to seeing the positive impact this World Cup will have on their developmental journeys.”


Astrain named 15 avid gamers who have been a part of the US’s Concacaf championship crew (partially because of a couple of accidents overdue within the variety procedure) and 6 avid gamers who made overdue runs to earn a World Cup roster spot. This would be the first U-17 Women’s World Cup since 2018 after the 2020 match used to be cancelled because of the worldwide pandemic and thus the 1st World Cup enjoy for each participant at the roster.


The match can be a actually particular enjoy for midfielder Mia Bhuta, whose father used to be born in Mumbai and grew up in Rajkot within the state of Gujarat in Western India. He got here to the US when he used to be 16 years previous and now his daughter, the first-ever participant of Indian descent to constitute the U.S. Women’s National Team in a World Cup, gets to take action in a rustic by which she nonetheless has many family members.


2022 U.S. Under-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by means of Position (Caps/Goals):


GOALKEEPERS (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Courage; Wake Forest, N.C.; 5), Victoria Safradin (Internationals SC; Eastlake, Ohio; 7), Valentina Amaral (Florida Kraze Crush; Oviedo, Fla.; 2)                      


DEFENDERS (6): Ella Emri (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 3/0), Nicola Fraser (Real Colorado National; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 8/1), Jorydn Bugg (San Diego Surf; El Cajon, Calif.; 0/0), Savannah King (Slammers FC HB Koge; West Hills, Calif.; 9/0), Cameron Roller (Solar SC; Sherman, Texas; 8/1), Gisele Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, Calif.; 9/0)             


MIDFIELDERS (5): Mia Bhuta (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, Pa.; 10/2), Riley Jackson (Concorde Fire; Roswell, Ga.; 8/2), Charlotte Kohler (MVLA; Woodside, Calif.; 8/6), Lauren Martinho (NC Courage; Cary, N.C.; 10/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Ky.; 3/0)                                                


FORWARDS (7): Emeri Adames (Solar SC; Red Oak, Texas; 3/2), Onyeka Gamero (Beach FC; Cerritos, Calif.; 9/5), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC; Worcester, Mass.; 8/5), Melina Rebimbas (PDA; Warren, N.J.; 10/8), Samantha Smith (Boise Thorns FC; Boise, Idaho; 10/3), Taylor Suarez (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.; 9/2), Amalia Villarreal (Michigan Jaguars FC; Lansing, Mich.; 10/8)


The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup options 16 international locations divided into 4 teams of 4 groups. The most sensible two finishers in each and every crew advance to the knockout spherical quarterfinals. All 32 fits of the match will happen throughout 3 venues in India: Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar at the east coast and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa and DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, which can be positioned at the west coast.


2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group A Schedule – USA




Kickoff (ET)

Venue; City


Oct. 11

USA vs. India

10:30 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar


Oct. 14

USA vs. Brazil

7:00 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar


Oct. 17

USA vs. Morocco

10:30 a.m.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa



Roster Notes:

  • With 8 occupation targets each and every at this degree, forwards Melina Rebimbas and Amalia Villareal input this World Cup as the US’s main scorers.
  • The six avid gamers at the World Cup roster who weren’t part of the U.S. crew on the 2022 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship are goalkeeper Valentina Amaral, defenders Ella Emri and Jordyn Bugg, midfielder Ella Sanchez and forwards Emeri Adames and Samantha Smith.
  • Nineteen of the 21 avid gamers at the roster had been capped on the U-17 degree, led by means of midfielder Mia Bhuta, Rebimbas and midfielder Lauren Martinho, who all have 10 caps. Bugg and Smith are uncapped.
  • The roster is made up of avid gamers from 17 other adolescence golf equipment and 13 other states. Defender Giselle Thompson performs in MLS Next for the U-17 boys’ crew at Total Futbol Academy in Los Angeles.
  • Six avid gamers hail from California, 4 come from North Carolina and two are from Texas. Players additionally come from Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • The adolescence golf equipment who performed more than one avid gamers at the roster are the NC Courage (3), San Diego Surf (2), Solar FC (2), and Internationals SC (2).
  • Of the 21 avid gamers at the roster, 8 are these days highschool seniors, 10 are of their junior yr and two are sophomores. Bhuta has graduated from highschool and can sign up early at Stanford University in January.
  • This would be the first World Cup as U.S. head trainer for Natalia Astrain, who took over this system in November of 2021. Astrain joined U.S. Soccer after spending the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League season with the Kansas City Current and brings a wealth of training enjoy in each the pro and adolescence ranks. In her local Spain, she served as head trainer for FC Barcelona, Club Damm, Club Levante Las Planas and as an assistant with Atletico Madrid and the Spain Women’s National Team. She additionally frolicked as technical director of Barcelona’s ladies’s academy.

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