Congratulations to junior-to-be Kirsten Davis of Lou Fusz Wipke 98-99 squad who is en route to Chula Vista, CA to train with the U19 USWNT this week. She’ll be watching the World Cup Final today with her new teammates at the US Soccer training facility!
UPDATED – Check out the new Page following Kirsten’s career and US Soccer has released the full roster which can be seen below.
U.S. Soccer is staging U-19 WNT programing this year for the first time since 2004. The reinstitution of the U-19s is a part of an overall increase in programing for the USA’s youth women’s and girls’ national teams which now has teams at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels. All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. FIFA has announced that the tournament would be held in Papua New Guinea.
The official announcement and roster has not been made public but I’ll update this story once it is available, likely sometime after the World Cup focus dies down. This is the third camp of the year for the U19’s and based upon the roster for the second camp Kirsten would be the youngest player called in as a 1998 birth year.
UPDATE – US Soccer Releases U19 Camp Roster that includes two born in 1998 (Kirsten is one) and midfielder Brianna Pinto, who was born in 2000, and is a part of the U.S. U-16 Girl’s National Team pool.
The May team was all 1996-1997 and included St Teresa’s Dorian Bailey, the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year who is headed to North Carolina in the Fall.
The training this week is just a part of a whirlwind Summer of soccer for Kirsten. Following her High School season with Westminster, where she finished as the leading scorer in the region with 47 goals, her Lou Fusz Wipke State Champion U16 girls team headed to the Region II Tournament in Wisconsin. The team reached the Finals, only to be eliminated by Futura FC from Kansas City, Missouri.
From Region II she flew to Seattle where she joined the U17 Dallas Sting squad that reached the ECNL Champions League and finished top of its Play-off Group. That means Kirsten will next travel to the ECNL Finals in Richmond, VA. Those games begin July 14 and will feature the 8 Group winners who will play a round robin to determine finalists.
Kirsten was first observed by the U19 staff during a week long training session with the Dallas Sting shortly after the high school season ended and before her Region II event. After watching the first two Dallas Sting matches at the ECNL Champions League playoffs, the formal invitation was extended to Kirsten.
You may recall the feature story I did on Kirsten in April. I’ve updated her historical record below, adding her USWNT call up to the Australian invitations she earned while living overseas for three years.
Again, congratulations to Kirsten. More to come from her and I’ll be here to document her travels! Follow her on Twitter at @kirstendavis22. Kirsten has a verbal commitment to attend and play at Texas Tech where she would join St. Joe’s Carly Wickenheiser.
Youth National Team:
2015, Selected to U19 USWNT July Training Camp
2013, Selected to All – Australia National Team (by U17 Australian NT Coaches)
2013, Invited to train with U19 Australia NT
2013, Australia National Champions, U15 with New South Wales State Team
2012, Australia National Champions, U14 with New South Wales State Team
2011, Australia National Champions, U13 with New South Wales State Team
2014, Region II Inter-Regional (November 2014)
2014, Region II Holdover
2014, Missouri ODP 1998
2015, Region II Finalist
2014, Missouri State Champions, U16
2013, Region II Semi-Finalist
2013, Missouri State Champions, U15 (pictures)
2009, SLSG Elite U12 (McDoniel)
2015, Missouri Class 3 First Team
2015, St. Louis Metro Second Team
2015, Missouri Metro League Conference POY
2015, Regional scoring leader with 47 goals (#1) and 104 points (#1)
2013, 2nd Team All-State, Class 2 (one of three freshman)
2013, 1st Team St. Louis Region, Class 2 (one of three freshman)
2013, 1st Team – Metro League All Conference
35 goals in 19 games (#3 in Area; #1 freshman)
School record for goals
U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Devon Kerr (Glen Shields FC; Barrie, Canada), Kaylan Marckese (Tampa Bay United; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire Premier; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Alana Cook (Match Fit Academy; Far Hills, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Michaela Kovacs (Grand Rapids Crew; Hudsonville, Mich.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA Mercury; San Jose, Calif.), Amanda Visco (PDA; Manalapan, N.J.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna Prima; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals FC; Avon Lake, Ohio), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Madeline McCracken (Richmond United; Lynch Station, Va.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Briana Solis (Florida Krush; Orlando, Fla.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Jorian Baucom (SC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Kirsten Davis (Dallas Sting; Chesterfield, Mo.), Annie Kingman (PSV Union FC; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Grayson, Ga.).