April 29, 2010
By: Kimmy Diaz, FSU Sports Information Student Assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In preparation for the start of the 2010 fall season, members of the Florida State soccer team continue to gain valuable experience at the international level competing with their respective national teams.
Four members of the Garnet and Gold were called in to camp with the U.S. U-20 National team in Carson, California from April 11-17, as the team continues to prepare for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup that will take place in June. Toni Pressley, Tiffany McCarty, Casey Short and Kelsey Wys attend the camp on the west coast. During their time, the U.S. faced off against Ajax, a women's club team, as well as the U.S. U-18 National team.
On Thursday, April 22, the U-20 squad also discovered who they will face in the World Cup beginning in July in Germany. The United States was drawn into Group D with Ghana, Switzerland and Korea Republic. The Red, White and Blue will open the tournament July 14 against Ghana (Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden, Germany). The U.S. will then face Switzerland on July 17 (Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden, Germany) before closing out group play against Korea Republic on July 21 (Bielefelder Alm Stadium; Bielefeld, Germany).
In continuing preparation for the tournament, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will hold three more training camps before heading to Germany for the U-20 Women's World Cup. The U.S. team will train at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., in mid-May while also traveling to Germany in June for some pre-World Cup exhibitions against Japan on June 10 and Germany on June 13 in Bielefeld, which will host the USA's final group match this summer.
Sophomore Tori Huster was called in to camp with the U-23 National team for the first time in her career. Camp was held at Oregon State University from April 18-25 as Huster was part of a 24 player pool. During her week of training, the U-23 National team faced off against Oregon State and the University of Portland. Huster played in both matches getting the start and playing all 90 minutes against Portland.
The French native Jaurena participated with the French U-19 squad in the UEFA Championships. The team went 2-0-1 in route to finishing in first place. Jaurena played in all three games for her country; with their record at the tournament France qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup that will take place in June.
Tuija Hyyrynen was away representing her country of Finland with the Full National team as they are attempting to qualify for the Women's World Cup that will take place in the summer of 2011. Hyyrynen played in all four qualifying games, including the most recent game against Italy. Going into the game both teams had undefeated records in qualifying and the two fought to a 1-1 draw. The tie put Italy in first place with 16 points and Finland close behind with 13 points.
For continued updates on all international competition and league action taking place this summer, stay tuned to Seminoles.com.