The Under-16 Girls’ National Team will travel to the Netherlands from Sept. 16-27 for a training camp and three matches, one of which will be against the Netherlands U-17 Women’s National Team. In attendance will be Youth National Team mainstays Brianna Martinez (NM Rush) and Cori Dyke (CO Rush).
U.S. head coach Jaime Frias has called up 20 players for the trip that will see the USA play the Netherlands U-17s on Sept. 20, along with matches against CTO Amsterdam on Sept. 23 and CTO Eindhoven on Sept. 26. The latter two opponents are regional academy teams. All the matches will be at the KNVB National Training Center located at their headquarters in Zeist.
This will be the second international trip of the year for this age group, participated in the 1st Women’s “Delle Nazioni” Tournament in Gradisca, Italy last spring. Summer Yates and Olivia Wingate combined to score five of the USA’s seven goals in the tournament.
Sixteen of the players in this camp were born in 2000 with four born in 2001. This age group is in the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. The players born in 2001 are age-eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.