Feb. 10, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford freshman Courtney Verloo will join teammates Teresa Noyola and Rachel Quon on the United States Under-20 national team that will play in a four-nation tournament in La Manga, Spain from Feb. 18-27.
Noyola and Quon recently returned from the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala, where they helped the U.S. to the tournament title and a qualifying berth in this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany.
The Spanish tournament will begin the team's World Cup preparation in earnest. Coach Jillian Ellis is bringing an 18-player squad - 16 of whom played in the CONCACAF tournament. The U.S. will play the Under-23 national teams of Norway (Feb. 22), Germany (Feb. 24) and England (Feb. 26).
Verloo, who has played defense in the U.S. national team program, will play forward, her position at Stanford. She was the third-leading scorer in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2008 in New Zealand and was captain of the U.S. team that finished second in that event.
Verloo scored four goals and had six assists for Stanford in 2009, starting eight matches, and was selected to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman team while helping the team to a 25-1 record and a berth in its first NCAA final.