Sept. 28, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Three current Stanford players have been called into the U.S. Under-23 women's national team camp next week which will be overseen by U.S. full national team coach Pia Sundhage in her effort to identify players for Olympic qualifying, which begins in January.
Though the camp offers an excellent chance to be seen, it couldn't come at a more inopportune time for Stanford. The camp is Oct. 2-7, the same week the No. 1 Cardinal plays host to USC (Oct. 7) and No. 3 UCLA (Oct. 9), the latter in a match that could decide the Pac-12 title.
Senior defender Camille Levin, senior forward Lindsay Taylor, sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver, and current pro forward Christen Press '11 all have been selected. This will mark the first U-23 camp for Taylor and Oliver.
Levin, Oliver, and Taylor will fly from Seattle to the camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., after Stanford's match at Washington on Sunday afternoon. They are expected to return to Stanford on Thursday without missing a match.
"It's not a good thing because it hurts our preparations," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "But, ultimately, it's great for those players to get the opportunity to play with the full national team.
"I always think of my players and I want to give them the best opportunity to play for the full national team in the future."
Stanford is represented by more current players in the camp than any other school. North Carolina and Wake Forest are next with two. UCLA forward Sydney Leroux also is being called into camp, though USC is not represented. Of the 24 players called in, 16 are collegians, six played in Women's Professional Soccer, and two are club players.
Press, back at Stanford to complete her degree in communications, was named WPS Rookie of the Year after scoring eight goals for magicJack of Boca Raton, Fla.
Besides Sundhage, the camp will be overseen by U.S. Soccer Women's Development Director Jill Ellis, and U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs.
Sundhage will be at the camp to evaluate the group for possible call-ups to U.S. national team camps heading into the Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada, and if all goes well there, the run to the 2012 Olympics in London.