Sky Blue Trio Called Into U.S. U-23 Team

dorsey, Sky Blue FC
Imani Dorsey. Photo: Jeffrey Auger

A trio of Sky Blue FC players who are the foundation of the NWSL side’s future may also play a big role in the future of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Forward Imani Dorsey, midfielder Julie James Doyle and forward Paige Monaghan have been called into the U.S U-23 women’s team. The squad will travel to England for the 2019 Nordic Tournament set for August 28 through September 2. 

Monaghan, Sky Blue FC
Paige Monaghan. Photo: Sky Blue FC

The roster for B.J. Snow, the team’s head coach, features 21 players currently playing professionally. They include 16 from the NWSL and five currently playing for teams in Europe. 

Also, two of the top college players in the country in defender Emily Fox from North Carolina and forward Sophia Smith from Stanford are also on the roster. 

Sky Blue, Julie James Doyle
Julie James Doyle. Photo: Sky Blue FC

Smith, 19, was the 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and is the youngest player on the roster. Fox has three caps with the U.S. senior side while Smith has trained with the full team in the past and was one of the top U.S. players at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The U.S. will face Norway on Aug. 28, England on Aug. 30 and finish with Sweden on Sept. 2. All matches will be played at Loughborough University in Loughborough, England.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster – 2019 Nordic Tournament – England 

GOALKEEPERS (2): Emily Boyd (Chicago Red Stars; Seattle, Wash.), Casey Murphy (Reign FC; Bridgewater Township, N.J.)                         

DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; Worcester, Mass.), Schuyler Debree (Reign FC; Fair Haven, N.J.), Brooke Denesik (Biike Kazygurt/KAZ; Anthem, Ariz.), Emily Fox (UNC; Ashburn, Va.), Madison Pogarch (Portland Thorns FC; Hartland, Mich.), Erin Simon (West Ham United/ENG; Oakhurst, N.J.), Samantha Staab (Washington, Spirit; San Diego, Calif.), Gabby Vincent (Utah Royals; Colombia, Md.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Carlyn Baldwin (Sporting CP/POR; Oakton, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Julie James Doyle (Sky Blue FC/Fairview, Texas), Haley Hanson (Houston Dash; Overland Park, Kans.), Cece Kizer (Houston Dash; Overland Park, Kans.), Savannah McCaskill (Chicago Red Stars; Chapin, S.C.), Marisa Viggiano (Orlando Pride; Troy, Mich.)                               

FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (Reign FC; Hudsonville, Mich.), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; Elkridge, Md.), Kristen Hamilton (NC Courage; Littleton, Colo.), Hailie Mace (Rosengård FC/SWE; Ventura, Calif.), Paige Monaghan (Sky Blue FC; Roxbury Township, N.J.), Sophia Smith (Stanford; Windsor, Colo.)