Kassey Kallman Named to US WNT U-20 World Cup Squad
After a year and a half of consistent play on the US U-20 Women’s National Team, Woodbury, Minn. native Kassey Kallman has been called on again to represent her country. This time she and a squad of 21 players have been called together by head coach Steve Swanson. Kallman will represent the United States at the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, being held in Miyagi, Kobe, Saitama, Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan from Aug. 19 through Sept. 8.
Kallman, who plays her college soccer for FSU and made it to the semifinals of the College Cup, has been reported to be a leader not only on her college team but the US U-20 squad as well.
Recently Seminoles.com caught up with Kallman and her FSU coach, Mark Krikorian, to reflect on Kassey representing her country in the U-20 World Cup.
Here is more on Kallman and the entire US roster for the U-20 World Cup:
Kassey Kallman (Woodbury, Minn.)
The rugged defender out of Minnesota was the only player to play every minute of the qualifying tournament and is tough into the tackle and on air balls. She was the only freshman to start every game for Florida State as a rookie, then followed that up by starting all 26 games during her sophomore campaign – leading the team in minutes played – to help the Seminoles to the NCAA College Cup.
Roster by Position - DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Taylor Schram (Penn State; Canonsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak, Alaska), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas), Becca Wann (Richmond; Chesterfield, Va.)