Hobbs Returns to U-20 WNT Training
Tarah Hobbs called to final training camp for the U-20 WNT before the World Cup Qualifiers

Dec. 10, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota freshman goalkeeper, Tarah Hobbs, was one of the 24 players called into the final training camp for the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team before the Cup qualifying tournament in January. The camp will run from Dec. 14 through Dec. 21 in Sunrise, Fla. 

Hobbs first traveled to Carson, Calif. in November to participate in a training camp for the U-20 WNT after a successful season for the Golden Gophers. Hobbs was named the 2013 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year as well as being named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the All-Freshman Team. She ended the season with a conference-best 122 saves and posted four Big Ten shutouts in conference play. Hobbs is one of four Big Ten players to be called to the training camp.

Hobbs will be joined by three other goalkeepers as she vies for a final roster spot on the 20-player team that will travel to the Cayman Islands in January. Head coach Michelle French will announce the full roster at the conclusion of the camp. 

The U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team camp will be held at the same time allowing the two teams to scrimmage each other throughout the weeklong camp. 

The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship will be held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands from Jan. 9-19. 

The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship's top three finishers will advance to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup being held in Canada next August. The tournament in January features eight nations divided into a pair of four team groups with the top two finishers from each group advancing to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal games as well as the third-place finisher will automatically earn berths to the U-20 Women's World Cup. 

The U.S. U-20 WNT will open play on Thursday, Jan. 9 against Costa Rica. The team will then play Jamaica and Guatemala on Jan. 11 and Jan. 13 respectively. The semifinal matches will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 with the tournament concluding on Jan. 19 with the Championship and Third-Place match.

The full release posted by U.S. Soccer regarding the U.S. U20 WNT can be found here.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Tarah Hobbs (Minnesota; Hugo, Minn.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)

DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mandy Freeman (USC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Allison Wetherington (Portland; Acworth, Ga.)

FORWARDS (8): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (UNC; Milford, Mich.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Amber Munerlyn (UNC; Corona, Calif.), Midge Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jackie Stengel (NC State; Melbourne, Fla.)




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