Trojans Head Overseas With U.S. National Teams
Feb. 4, 2008
The United States women's soccer programs have enlisted the help of three 2007 NCAA Champions for upcoming international competition, as USC's Kasey Johnson and Kristin Olsen received call-ups to the U.S. Under-20 National Team, and USC captain Ashley Nick joins the U.S. Under-23 National Team for overseas action in the coming weeks. Freshman defender Johnson and sophomore goalkeeper Olsen will team up with the Under-20 squad for three games in Chile from Feb. 11-15. Nick, a junior midfielder, heads to Spain as a member of the Under-23 team for three matches from Feb. 11-16.
Johnson and Olsen - both key elements in USC's defensive dominance in the 2007 season - were added to the Under-20 roster for the Chile trip by new head coach Tony DiCicco. Both have participated in past U.S. camps, but since coming to USC have garnered additional national accolades as members of USC's national championship team, which posted five shutouts during the postseason and allowed only 13 goals all year. Johnson was selected to numerous All-Freshman teams, and Olsen was named an All-American as well as a finalist for the Honda Award. In Chile, the U.S. Under-20 team is lined up to face U-20 squads from England (Feb. 11), Norway (Feb. 13) and Chile (Feb. 15) in La Serena, Chile.
Nick also was an All-American pick following USC's NCAA championship campaign. She, too, has been a member of U.S. camps before, and this year has been selected to Bill Irwin's Under-23 team for competition in Spain. The U.S. team will face U-23 teams from England (Feb. 11), Norway (Feb. 13) and Germany (Feb. 16) in La Manga, Spain.
Recently returned from tallying two goals in three wins with the full U.S. National Team at the Four Nations Cup in China, USC junior forward Amy Rodriguez is lined up to enter full-time training with the U.S. team as it prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games.
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