STRONG CONTINGENT OF PDA PLAYERS ON YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM ROSTERS
Corboz sisters, Colaprico, Flores, Murphy, Racioppi Get Call-Ups
Zarephath, NJ - The U-23 and U-20 Women’s National Teams are both preparing for major events and six members of the PDA family have been included in their plans. Both teams will play in the La Manga Tournament in Spain.
Interim U-23 head coach, Janet Rayfield, will have a 22-player roster which includes Daphne Corboz (PDA Tsunami) and Danielle Colaprico (PDA Tsunami). Together they formed a lethal midfield combination that led Tsunami to the U-17 ECNL National Championship. Each concluded outstanding collegiate careers last fall and will next embark on careers at the professional level.
Corboz, whose younger sister Rachel will also be in Spain with the U-20’s, was twice the Big East Offensive Player of the Year and the all-time leading scorer in Georgetown University history. The two-time All-American recently signed a contract to play with Manchester City in the FA Women’s Super League.
Colaprico, the career leader in assists and games played at the University of Virginia, was the 9th overall selection by the Chicago Red Stars in January’s NWSL draft. In her senior season at UVA, Colaprico was named ACC Midfielder of the Year, a Hermann Trophy semi-finalist as well as an NSCAA Scholastic All-American.
The USA will face the U-23 squads from Japan (Feb. 26), Norway (Feb. 28) and England (March 2).
The U-20’s, under the direction of head coach Michelle French, are preparing for matches in La Manga the following week versus Norway (March 5), Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).
Among the 22 players selected were Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash), Casey Murphy (PDA Slammers), Sabrina Flores (PDA Slammers) and Rachel Corboz (PDA Slammers).
Racioppi, the young veteran of the group, played in the U-20 Women’s World Cup in the summer of 2014, and was featured in an interview by US Soccer on the first day of camp. Racioppi, a two-time high school All-American played three years up and was the second youngest member of the U-20 World Cup squad. She will enter her freshman year at Duke University this summer.
Murphy was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team this season at Rutgers University and twice named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week in her nascent season with the Scarlet Knights. She was a key member of three National Championships with her club team, PDA Slammers and has made regular appearances with both the U-18 National team and now the U-20’s.
Flores has been a member of the youth national program since an appearance with the U-15’s in 2011. The freshman was one of only three players to start in every match for Notre Dame last fall, finishing with three assists attacking out of the fullback spot. She was a member of the U-17 ECNL National Champions, PDA Slammers.
Rachel Corboz, who delighted in playing in the midfield with sister Daphne for one season at Georgetown, completed her freshman season as the Hoyas third leading scorer with four goals and eight assists. Her two game winning goals were second only to the elder Corboz. This will be Corboz’ second U-20 camp this year with an eye on the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She was teammates with Murphy on the trio of national title teams for the PDA Slammers.