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Meleana Shim gets US U23 call up

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The Thorns' fan favorite will get another chance to impress on an international stage.

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Just a month after returning to the Portland Thorns via trade, Melana Shim got more good news on Friday morning. The 22-year-old midfielder has been called back up to the US U23 national team for the 2014 Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. Shim, who was part of Steve Swanson's U23 camp back in December, has previously featured with the U23s in camp and tournaments dating to mid-2012.

The tournament in Spain will last through March 6 so Shim should be back with plenty of time to prepare for the Thorns' season opener at Houston Dash on April 12. Shim and her American teammates will play Japan, Sweden and Norway in the tournament over the next two weeks.

Here's the formal press release announcing the most recent call up:

THORNS FC MIDFIELDER MELEANA SHIM CALLED UP BY U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FOR SIX NATIONS TOURNAMENT

United States to play three international matches in La Manga, Spain

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced that midfielder Meleana Shim has been called up by the United States U-23 Women’s National Team for three matches in the 2014 Six Nations Tournament from Feb. 24-March 6 in La Manga, Spain.

The United States will face the U-23 sides of Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5) during the tournament. Head coach Steve Swanson has named a roster of 20 players, including three players with National Women’s Soccer League experience in Shim, Chicago Red Stars forward Jennifer Hoy and FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak. The roster also includes six players who were drafted by clubs in January’s NWSL College Draft. 

Shim, 22, was part of a 24-player training camp with the U-23 Women’s National Team in Florida from Dec. 14-21, 2013, under Swanson. The Hawaii native has been a feature of the U-23 Women’s National Team in the past, earning call-ups for the Three Nations Tournament in Norway and training camps during 2012. The 2013 Newcomer of the Year for Thorns FC, Shim recorded five goals and two assists during her NWSL rookie season.


The United States will face the U-23 sides of Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5) during the tournament. Head coach Steve Swanson has named a roster of 20 players, including three players with National Women’s Soccer League experience in Shim, Chicago Red Stars forward Jennifer Hoy and FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak. The roster also includes six players who were drafted by clubs in January’s NWSL College Draft.


Shim, 22, was part of a 24-player training camp with the U-23 Women’s National Team in Florida from Dec. 14-21, 2013, under Swanson. The Hawaii native has been a feature of the U-23 Women’s National Team in the past, earning call-ups for the Three Nations Tournament in Norway and training camps during 2012. The 2013 Newcomer of the Year for Thorns FC, Shim recorded five goals and two assists during her NWSL rookie season.