US Roster Announced for WMF Women's World Cup in Ukraine

The American Association of Soccer 5-6-7 (AAS567) and Director of Coaching and Player Development Craig Rhodis announced the USA's roster for 2021 WMF Women's World Cup in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Twelve players will have the chance to make history by representing the US in the first ever World Cup of women's minifootball.

Eleven of the 12 players have played in the Premier Arena Soccer League, including five players from the Cincinnati Sirens, who won two of the last three PASL championships.

The Byorth twins, Emily and Gabby, were co-captains and All-ACC Academics at Clemson.
Natalia Torres Diaz was born in Colombia, played for Texas Woman's University, and was a standout last month in three friendly games against Mexico.

Jackie Esterkamp played for the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars after graduating from Cincinnati Christian University.

Raeann Garcia, who played college soccer at New Mexico State, was All-PASL 1st Team at this year's PASL Nationals, while playing for the San Antonio Slayers.

Ashley Gogolin was team MVP at Wright State University before captaining the Columbus Eagles.

Kennedy Kessler, currently with Dallas NXT Image, was a two-time All-American at Hardin-Simmons University where she scored 84 goals in 89 games before signing with Villarreal FC in Spain.

Valerie Lelle started all 24 games her senior year at Wheaton College and now plays for the Chicago Munstangs.

The 21-year old Braeleigh McCoy, the team's youngest player, is one of the top young futsal goalies in the nation and is coming off a 9-3 season at Aquinas College.

Alivia Milesky was All-MAC First Team in her 2019 senior year with the Ohio Bobcats and now plays for the Columbus Eagles in the WPSL and PASL.

Erin Yenney played four years at Louisville before signing professionally with Ostersunds DFF in Sweden and Aland United in Finland, as well as the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars.

Christy Zwolski started 64 games at Marquette and has played for the Cincinnati Lady Saints, the Dayton Dynamo, and the Eagles and Sirens.

"In a short period we have tried to build the Women's World Cup roster to have a group with a background in arena and futsal, along with some athleticism," said Rhodis. "The goal is to give us flexibility in the style of play based upon who we are playing or how the game is going, to have a group that is not interested in the individual, but only team success. With the help of our PASL coaches, our player identification staff, and our new assistant coaches we feel very good about the roster we are taking and about the things we have put in place to give us continued success going forward. We continue to add quality staff, identify potential new players, and set up friendlies to prepare for our future events. As we continue to grow our PASL women's league and offer coaching education courses to raise the level of this league, we are excited to see where it takes us."

The World Minifootball Federation has staged three men's World Cups. The US won the first World Cup in 2015, which they hosted. They also went to Nabeul, Tunisia in 2017 and Perth, Australia in 2019. The next men's World Cup is expected to also be held in Kyiv in 2022.

Emily Byorth - D 3/22/95 Cincinnati Sirens (PASL)

Gabby Byorth - D 3/22/95 Cincinnati Sirens (PASL)

Natalia Torres Diaz - M 12/26/93 Dallas NXT Image (PASL)

Jackie Esterkamp - D 4/7/91 Cincinnati Sirens (PASL)

Raeann Garcia - GK 10/7/97 San Antonio Slayers (PASL)

Ashley Gogolin - M 2/17/94 Columbus Eagles (PASL)

Kennedy Kessler - F 1/30/97 Dallas NXT Image (PASL)

Valerie Lelle - M 6/19/91 Chicago Mustangs (PASL)

Braeleigh McCoy - GK 10/11/99 Aquinas College

Alivia Milesky - M 11/8/97 Columbus Eagles (PASL)

Erin Yenney - M 10/20/92 Cincinnati Sirens (PASL)

Christy Zwolski - F 6/21/86 Cincinnati Sirens (PASL)
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