Christina Gibbons Named to U-23 U.S. Women's National Team

Photo by Daniel Bartel courtesy of ISI Photos

Photo by Daniel Bartel courtesy of ISI Photos

KANSAS CITY (May 31, 2017) – U. S. Soccer announced today that FC Kansas City rookie defender Christina Gibbons was selected to play for the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team. The team will travel to Sweden to play the 2017 Women’s U-23 Open Nordic Tournament against Norway, England and Sweden.

Gibbons is one of seven National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) players named to the team. She was also part of the U-23 team that traveled to La Manga, Spain in March for another four-nation tournament. Gibbons started two of the three games and wore the captain’s armband against England.

The U.S. team will depart for Sweden on June 1, although Gibbons is expected to be available for selection on Saturday, June 3rd in North Carolina as FC Kansas City faces the N.C. Courage at 2:30 p.m. CT in the Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week.

U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Roster – 2017 Women’s U-23 Nordic Open Tournament

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; Kennesaw, Ga.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)                                                                                    

DEFENDERS (8): Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City; Raleigh, N.C.), Zoey Goralski (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Hailie Mace (UCLA; Ventura, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Kristen McNabb (Seattle Reign; Montville, N.J.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State, Fairfax Station, Va.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.)                                                  

MIDFIELDERS (8): Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Mayra Pelayo (Florida; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; Silver Spring, Md.), Danielle Weatherholt (Orlando Pride; San Clemente, Calif.), Michelle Xiao (Stanford; Omaha, Neb.), Sandra Yu (Notre Dame, Strongsville, Ohio)                              

FORWARDS (4): Mallory Eubanks (Mississippi State; Lexington, Ky.), Ashley Hatch (NC Courage; Gilbert, Ariz.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.)

Watch Gibbons and FC Kansas City all season long at Swope Soccer Village. Single game tickets are available to purchase here.