One Current, Four Former Soccer Players Set for International Play

Jan. 14, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Five soccer players with ties to the Arizona State University soccer program have recently been selected to attend training camps for national teams with two players earning positions on teams that will take part in international competition starting next week. The remaining three players will soon enter training camps as they look to earn a place on a national team roster. Current Sun Devil Christine Nieva and former standout Amy LePeilbet have already made teams while Elizabeth Bogus, Brittany Cooper and Manya Makoski will enter camp for a place on the team.

Current Sun Devil Nieva, who holds dual citizenship with the United State and Mexico, will compete on the Mexican Under-20 team as it is set to play host to the CONCACAF Qualification Tournament for the 2006 FIFA Under-20 World Championships this summer in Russia. Nieva and her teammates will compete in the event slated for January 18-27 in both Cordoba and Veracruz as they look to finish in the Top 3 to earn a berth to the world event.

Mexico, who is one of four teams in Pool A, will play Panama (Jan. 18), Trinidad & Tibago (Jan. 20) and Canada (Jan. 22) with the Top 2 teams in the pool advancing to the semifinals and finals on Jan. 25 and 27, respectively. The tournament's winner, runner-up and third-place finisher will advance to the World Championships that are slated for August 16-September 2 in Russia.

Moving back to the American teams, LePeilbet again has earned a spot on the full Women's National Team and recently made the 23 hour trip to Guangzhou, China, where the US will compete in the Four Nations Cup. The competition will see the Americans face Norway on Jan. 18, France on Jan. 20 and the tournament hosts on Jan. 22. A member of the defense that held all international foes without a goal during the 2005 season, LePeilbet will look for her 11th career cap after starting three of four appearances in 2005.

Makoski, who competed with the U-21 team in the Nordic Cup over the summer and helped the US to its seventh Cup title in a row, will join Bogus and Cooper at the U-21 training camp set for January 14-21 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Coach Jill Ellis has called in 30 athletes to vie for roster positions on the team that will head to the Nordic Cup in July.

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