EUGENE, Ore.- Freshman goalkeeper Abby Steele was one of the top 30 soccer stars in the country to be invited to participate in the U.S. U20 Women's National Team camp beginning this week in Chula Vista, California.
"This is such an exciting and well-deserved opportunity for Abby," said Oregon head coach Tara Erickson. "Obviously, anytime you are called in for a US Soccer National Team camp it is an honor and privilege, but this camp is even more meaningful because of the upcoming U-20 World Cup in 2012."
In all, nine forwards, seven midfielders, 10 defenders and only four goalkeepers were tabbed to participate. Of those selections, only four other players from the Pac-12 were invited to the camp. UCLA had three (Abby Dahlkemper-defender; Sarah Killion-midfielder; Sam Mewis-midfielder) and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and NCAA National Champion Chioma Ubogagu from Stanford.
"Abby came in with an outstanding youth resume, which included previous Youth National Team Camps, but I think that her play against some top opponents this year put her on the radar of the National Team Coaches," added Erickson.
Over the next couple of weeks, the soccer players will compete against the Shanghai Women's Football Club of China on two occasions.