Freeman and Mills Travel to Croatia with U.S. Women's U-23 Team

    Mandy Freeman and teammate Kayla Mills are set to travel to Croatia.
    March 1, 2016

    LOS ANGELES – USC juniors Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills are set to travel with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team to Croatia for the team's first overseas trip of the year to play three matches in the eight-team Istria Cup, which runs from March 2-7.

    Both Mills and Freeman were called up to the team's camp which took place in late January.

    The USA opens the competition on March 2 against the full Slovenia Women’s National Team, will face the Poland Under-19 Women’s National Team on March 4 and finishes against the France National “B” Team. France’s full Women’s National Team will be competing in the SheBelieves Cup during that time in the United States.

    The other teams in the tournament are the full National Teams of Croatia, Slovakia and Northern Ireland, as well as the Hungary National “B” Team. Those four teams will play games against each other.

    The U.S. will be coached by Janet Rayfield, who has called up 20 players to travel to central Europe, 11 of whom are already in the NWSL or preparing for their rookie seasons this spring. Freeman and Mills are two of just eight collegiate players named to the team.

    U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

    GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (FC Kansas City; Vacaville, Calif.) DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit; Honolulu, Hawaii), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Chicago Red Stars; Elgin, Ill.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; Galloway, N.J.), Christen Westphal (Boston Breakers; Brecksville, Ohio) MIDFIELDERS (8): Mandy Freeman (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City; Liberty, Mo.), Michaela Hahn (Western New York Flash; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Havana Solaun (Seattle Reign; Gainesville, Fla.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.), Samantha Witteman (Orlando Pride; Redondo Beach, Calif.) FORWARDS (4): Makenzy Doniak (Western New York Flash; Chino Hills, Calif.), Tyler Lussi (Princeton; Lutherville, Md.), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas)