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Four Players from the Washington Spirit Collegiate Academy Began U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup Play Today

Photo Credit: Larry Clark


Kaleigh Riehl, Maddie Elliston, Rose Chandler, and Emily Ogle spent their summer playing for the Washington Spirit Collegiate Academy team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). Now they are spending their November in Papua New Guinea representing the United States at the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team, captained by 2016 U.S. Olympian Mallory Pugh, began their tournament today with a 0-0 draw against the reigning U-19 European Champions France. Elliston, Ogle, and Riehl all played the full match for the U.S., and Chandler was an available substitute. Follow their journey on twitter @ussoccer_ynt 

Player Notes:

  • Maddie Elliston has played at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, and U-20 levels of the U.S. Youth National teams. The defender was a member of the team from Penn State that won the school’s first ever NCAA Championship.
  • As a freshman at Penn State University, Kaleigh Riehl started all 27 matches on the backline for the NCAA Championship winning Nittany Lions. The defender was on the roster for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She has earned 15 caps and scored two goals with the U-20 side.
  • Emily Ogle has played for the U-14, U-18, and U-20 U.S. Youth National Teams. The midfielder has 16 caps and one goal with the U-20 team. While helping Penn State to its historic NCAA title, Ogle was named to the Women’s College Cup All-Tournament team.
  • Rose Chandler played every minute of all five games of the U-20 CONCACAF Championship at the end of 2015 which earned the U.S. the berth into the World Cup. The goalkeeper was awarded the Golden Glove and named to the All-Tournament Team. Chandler was a member of the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup team. The Atlanta, GA native also attends Penn State University.

Group Play Schedule:

  • United States vs New Zealand – Thursday, November 17 4am ET on FOX Sports 1/NBC Universo
  • United States vs Ghana – Monday November 21 1am ET on FOX Sports 1/NBC Universo