Yokers, Igwe Lea Invited to U.S. Soccer Mega-Camp

May 20, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - California women's soccer will be well represented at the U.S. Women's Soccer Mega-Camp May 22-28 in Carson, Calif.

In a unique women's soccer event, the U.S. women's national team program will hold its largest-ever training camp as the U.S. U-20 and U-21 women's teams will hold concurrent events. Each group will bring a 32-player roster to the Home Depot Center.

Midfielder Kimberly Yokers, who completed her Golden Bear eligibility in 2003, has been invited to the U-21 camp. Cal freshman midfielder Chioma Igwe and freshman forward/midfielder Caroline Lea have been picked for the U-20 camp. All three have participated in previous U.S. youth national team events.

This marks the first training camp for the U.S. under-20 women's national team since the move from U19s after FIFA shifted the age group of its only youth world championship for women up a year. It will also give new U.S. U-20 head coach Tim Schultz a first look at his pool as he begins to form the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship to be held in Russia.

The U-20s and U-21s will be split into two teams per age group with the squads playing a mini-tournament of 90-minute matches on May 24, 26 and 27. The U-21s are preparing for the Nordic Cup, which is held in mid-July in Sweden.

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