April 9, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Five current Stanford players will join United States women's under-20 and U-23 national team camps in the next two weeks. No school is better represented between the two U.S. teams.
Junior forward Christen Press and freshman midfielder Mariah Nogueira will join the U-23s for a training camp in Corvallis, Ore., on April 18-25, where they will play Oregon State and University of Portland.
The U-20s meet Monday through April 18 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where it will continue to prepare for this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany. Sophomore midfielder Teresa Noyola, freshmen defender Rachel Quon and freshman forward Courtney Verloo will be part of the 26-player roster.
Press, the national leader in assists in 2009 and a second-team All-America, is in her second year with the U.S. U-23 team. She scored 21 goals for Stanford in the fall, including an overtime winner against UCLA in the NCAA College Cup semifinals. Nogueira was a third-team All-American at defensive midfielder and the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Among the U-20s, Quon and Noyola were part of the team that won the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Guatemala in January, allowing the U.S. to advance to the World Cup. Verloo joined the team just after that.
They are among 26 players in the U-20 camp during which the U.S. will split its squad to face the Ajax of Amsterdam women's club and the U.S. Under-18s, on April 14 with matches at 5 and 7 p.m.
The team will be whittled to 21 by the time the team leaves for the World Cup, July 13-Aug. 1.