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Dahlkemper, Stanford players sharpening their soccer skills

This summer is proving to be a busy time for current and soon-to-be Stanford women's soccer players plus a Menlo Park resident as two US Soccer national teams sharpen their skills in training camps.

U.S. Under-23 national team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-player roster for the third training camp of the year for this age group as the squad will come together in Seattle for an event that began Tuesday and runs through July 22.

The entire roster is made up entirely of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons last fall. The roster includes four players from defending NCAA champion UCLA, including 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper. The Menlo Park resident and Sacred Heart Prep grad who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars on U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis' squad.

Brian, who has seen the majority of her national team action this year with the senior side, was also named to the U-23 roster.

The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team, meanwhile, is a week away from wrapping up its two-week training camp (July 9-23) in Seattle, Wash. After that, the team departs for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Following the camp in Seattle, 21 players will be named to represent the USA in the seventh FIFA championship for this age level. The first two were held as U-19 tournaments in 2002 and 2004 with the last four being staged as U-20 events.

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will run from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. The USA was drawn into Group B and will open its tournament on Aug. 5 in Edmonton against Germany, which the U.S. beat in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup final. The U-20 WNT will then face Brazil on Aug. 8 in Edmonton and finish group play against China PR on Aug. 12 in Moncton.

The training camp roster features 17 players who helped the USA qualify for the U-20 Women's World Cup by winning the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship last January in the Cayman Islands.

Two players, defenders Cari Roccaro and Stephanie Amack from Stanford, are holdovers from the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, while nine others represented the USA at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.

Stanford also will be represented by keeper Jane Campbell, defender Laura Liedle and incoming freshman Andi Sullivan.

Sullivan will have to delay her Stanford debut until after the World Cup. She was among the most dominant prep players in the country and was ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit for the class of 2014 on Top Drawer Soccer.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/US Soccer

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