The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team will embark on its first international soccer trip of the year when it travels to New Zealand from June 8-20.
U.S. head coach Jitka Kilmkova has called up 20 players for the trip that will feature a match against the New Zealand Women's National Team, consisting of mostly younger players on June 14, followed by two matches against the New Zealand U-20 WNT on June 17 and June 19.
Local players on the roster including incoming Stanford freshman Tierna Davidson of Menlo Park, a Sacred Heart Prep grad; incoming UCLA freshman Jacey Pederson from Palo Alto High, and Stanford sophomore Jordan DiBiasi.
New Zealand is preparing for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be held from Nov. 13-Dec. 3 in Papua New Guinea and was drawn into a difficult Group C with the USA, as well as France and Ghana.
Of the 20 players called up, 11 are in college, while the remaining nine are still playing youth club soccer. Fourteen of the players on the trip were born in 1997 and four born in 1996, which is the age cutoff year for the next U-20 Women's World Cup, and two born in 1998, making them age-eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France.
The trip is representative of U.S. Soccer's goals of increased international competition for the youth Women's National Teams.