Both Killion and Mewis have trained with the full national team this year, with Mewis earning her first cap at the Algarve Cup in March. Dahlkemper and Dydasco were at the first U-23 camp in the spring. This is Smith's first venture with the U-23s after last playing with the U-20s.
All five players started at least 24 games for UCLA's NCAA championship squad in 2013. Both Smith and Mewis contributed over 20 points for the Bruins last year, with Smith ranking second on the team with 26 points on eight goals and 10 assists and Mewis ranking third with 21 points on six goals and nine assists. Killion led the team with 12 assists. Dydasco had two goals and six assists for 10 points. Dahlkemper recorded a goal and two assists and was a finalist for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy and a first-team All-American defender. She and Dydasco led a Bruin defense that allowed just eight goals all season and a nation-leading team goals against average of 0.30.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas), Kalijah Terilli (Pennsylvania; Bronx, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): McKenzie Berryhill (Arizona; Phoenix, Ariz.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida; Melbourne, Fla.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jessie Ayers (Colorado College; Seattle, Wash.), Kaysie Clark (Missouri; Liberty, Mo.), Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Cali Farquharson (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Elise Krieghoff (Cal Poly SLO; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Lynn Williams (Pepperdine; Malibu, Calif.)