Brewster and Dawson Head to China with U.S. U-19 WNT
Internationals SC are rapidly becoming well recognized for excellence in player development — here is the latest news on two of their players called up to the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team.
The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team, which includes Internationals SC standouts Jordan Brewster and Sydney Dawson, will travel to Duyun, China from Sept. 2-15 to participate in the CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament.
“We are so proud of both Jordan and Sydney,” Internationals SC Founder, President, and Director of Coaching Zdravko Popovic. “They both grew up in the club and today they are in China with the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team. It shows that Internationals SC players are having an impact at national team events all over the world. Jordan and Sydney are paving the road of excellence for our young players.”
The event also features the Under-20 Women’s National Teams of Iran, Japan, and host China PR.
“I was so excited to receive a call up to the U-19 event in Duyun, China,” Dawson added. “I love the opportunity to play with some of the best USA women’s soccer players and also play against some of the world’s top athletes. I am looking forward to playing Japan, China, and Iran. It’s exciting to meet them both on and off the field. As always, I am very thankful for all that the Internationals Soccer Club and staff has done for me over the past 10 1/2 years. I couldn’t have achieved this level without their coaching, knowledge, and continual support.”
All matches will be played at the Qiannan Fitness Center Main Stadium. Duyan is located inland in the southeast part of China, about 565 miles northwest of Guangzhou, the city in which USA won the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“It’s always an honor to receive a call up to camp, whether it’s a domestic or international camp and each camp poses a new challenge and experience,” Brewster concluded. “I am very excited to be able to travel to China with the team to not only train and play against world-class opponents, but to be able to see and experience the Chinese culture first hand. This trip being a tournament, is a new opportunity that I am so grateful to be a part of and leaves me with so many people to thank. I am blessed each and every day by my teammates and staff at Internationals who help and guide me in order to be given these types of opportunities. ”
This tournament will mark just the second meeting between the USA and Iran in women’s soccer. The first came in April of 2016 when the countries met at the U-16 level in Italy at the 1st Women’s Tournament Delle Nazioni. The USA won that historic match, 6-0.
The USA opens the tournament on Sunday, September 10 against Japan, faces China PR on Tuesday, September 12 and finishes against Iran on Thursday, September 14 vs Iran.
22 players have been called up for this trip: 16 born in 2000 (which is the birth year for this age group of U-19s), three born in 1999, and three players born in 2001.
All the players on this roster are age-eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in France. The age cut-off for that World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1998.
U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Claudia Dickey (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, N.C.), Meagan McClelland (Sky Blue – PDA; Kearny, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maycee Bell (SPORTING Blue Valley; Wichita, Kan.), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blue Soccer Club; San Clemente, Calif.), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highland Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emily Gray (Penn Fusion; Sewell, N.J.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (LAFC Slammers; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Aleigh Gambone (Texas Rush; El Paso, Texas), Rachel Jones (NTH Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.)