PHILADELPHIA - Natalie Capuano, who will be entering her junior year at Penn next fall, is among 18 players taken by U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin to Dortmund, Germany for three matches against top women’s club teams.
The U-21s are coming off a second-place finish at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama, where they fell in penalty kicks to Canada in the championship game. Capuano was on the roster for that event, and saw time in one of the matches for her first international appearance wearing the Stars & Stripes.
The U-21s will face Gutersloh on May 22, followed by a match against SG Essen-Schönebeck on May 24 andthen a game against 07 Bad Neuenahr on May 26. The German women’s Bundesliga is widely hailed as one of the top two women’s leagues in the world, along with Sweden’s top division.
Irwin brought a strong squad to Germany, as 11 of the 18 players named have played in one or more youth world championships for the USA.
Upon returning home, the U-21s will have just a week before re-grouping in Portland, Ore., from June 6-13 for a training camp that will be the last preparation for the 2007 Nordic Cup to be held in Finland from July 18-24.
U.S. U-21 WNT Schedule
May 22 Gutersloh
May 24 Essen-Schonebeck
May 26 07 Bad Neuenahr
U.S. U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Kara Karellis (Wisconsin), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (4): Natalie Budge (Portland), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Ella Masar (Illinois), Jessica Rostedt (Virginia).