Heilferty Called Up To US U-23 Women’s National Team

CHICAGO, Ill. – Continuing her ascension through the women’s soccer professional ranks, Boston University women’s soccer student Anna Heilferty (CAS, ’20) has earned a call-up to the United States Under-23 Women’s Youth National Team, as the team prepares to compete in the Women’s U-23 Three Nations Tournament in Sweden.

Heilferty receives her first call-up to the U-23 team, marking her first time competing with a U.S. Women’s National Team since joining the U-18 WNT for the U-19 La Manga 12 Nations Tournament in 2018. She becomes the third Terrier to garner a spot on the US U-23 WYNT roster, joining Kylie Strom (2014 training camp) and Rachel Bloznalis (2018 Nordic Tournament).

The U-23 Three-Nations Tournament features friendlies between the United States, India, and Sweden, and begins on June 22. The US takes on India on June 25 in Helsingborg, then squares off against Sweden on June 28 in Vittsjo.

Currently in her second season with the Washington Spirit after being selected 19th overall in the 2021 NWSL College Draft, the first Terrier to be drafted into the NWSL, Heilferty has played in 32 career matches with the club. Starting nine of her 10 games so far this year, she has contributed two assists as a midfielder while successfully completing nearly 80 percent of her passes. In 2021, she started in eight of her 22 appearances, playing almost 900 minutes with a 75.7 percent successful pass rate.

Off the pitch, Heilferty was named the first-ever Ambassador for Sustainable DC in May by the Department of Energy and Environment. An initiative centered on environmentalism and sustainable planning from Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Heilferty’s ambassadorship focuses on project development and promotional planning as it raises general awareness and response to environmental issues facing the nation’s capital and the rest of the world.

Heilferty was an All-Patriot League selection throughout her entire BU career. She was tabbed the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2017 after tying for the team lead with five goals and 13 points across 21 games. In 2018, she scored the game-winning goal to lead the Terriers to the 2018 Patriot League title, earning Patriot League Tournament MVP honors in addition to a spot on the All-PL First Team. She was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List in 2019, and went on to capture All-PL Second Team recognition.


The US U-23 Women’s National Team is a youth soccer team operating as part of US Soccer. The team’s main purpose is to develop player in preparation for the senior women’s national team. The team competes in the annual Nordic Tournament, the top international competition at the U-23 level. This year’s team will be coached by Jené Baclawski, the former long-time Technical Director of the South Texas Youth Soccer Association and current US Soccer Coach Educator who also heads US Soccer’s Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP selection committee.


  • GOALKEEPERS (2): Shelby Hogan (Portland Thorns FC; Franklin, Mass.), Ruthie Jones (Duke; Charlotte, NC)
  • DEFENDERS (5): Kerry Abello (Orlando Pride; Batavia, Ill.), Megan Bornkamp (Clemson; Mooresville, NC), Emily Madrid (Florida State; Boise, Idaho), Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame; Albuquerque, NM), Kate Wiesner (Penn State; Monrovia, Calif.)
  • MIDFIELDERS (8): Hannah Bebar (Harvard; Naperville, Ill.), Bethune Cross (USC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Mikayla Cluff (Orlando Pride; Kaysville, Utah), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC; Long Beach, Calif.), Sierra Enge ( Stanford; Cardiff, Calif.), Jenna Nighswonger (Florida State; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (North Carolina Courage; Durham, NC), Taryn Torres (NJ / NY Gotham FC; Frisco, Texas)
  • FORWARDS (6): Messiah Bright (TCU; Dallas, Texas), Ava Cook (Chicago Red Stars; Battle Creek, Mich.), Anna Heilferty (Washington Spirit; Falls Church, Va.), Samantha Meza (UNC; Dallas, Texas), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Alyssa Thompson (Total Football Academy; Studio City, Calif.)

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