In 2010, soccer fans heard two things about the US U-17 women’s national team–if they heard anything at all. First, we heard about their game against Haiti. Then, we heard about their dubious distinction of being the first US women’s team not to qualify for their cycle’s World Cup. And if you don’t follow the women’s U-17s with purpose, then that was probably it for you.
But those of us that watch the US women’s YNTs know that those two soundbites sell the team severely short. The U-17s played a refreshingly different game from their older counterparts, the U-20s and senior national team. It wasn’t their results that made them special, but what they did on (and off) the field and the character of their team.
These players have entered the next cycle now. They have appeared on U-17, U-18, and U-20 training camp rosters. They have made their NCAA commitments. They are taking the next step, and for them, the journey is and will be different from all the US women’s teams that came before.
We are going to follow them all the way.
- Kaili Torres (Virginia, 2011)
The 2010 Recap by Chris at The Practice Field