Alex Morgan and Katie Oakes Travel to Portland for U.S. U-23 Camp
April 18, 2009
BERKELEY - Current California women's soccer players junior midfielder Katie Oakes and sophomore forward Alex Morgan are set to make a trip to Portland, Ore., with the U.S. Under-23 women's national team. The two Golden Bears will participate in a camp, which will be held April 11-19 and will feature a match against the University of Portland Pilots on April 18 at 7 p.m. at Merlo Field.
The U.S. U-23 WNT head coach Bill Irwin brings the squad to Merlo Field in preparation for a Europe tour later this year. The U-23s schedule looks a slightly different this year with the cancellation of the Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for this age group. Irwin led the U.S. to its second consecutive Nordic Cup title in 2008 and its 10th in the last 12 years.
The U-23s is the main source of future full National Team players as the majority of the current WNT player pool has been funneled through the U-20/U-23 program. This is the first year that the U.S. U-23 roster features a majority of professional players with 11 of the 18 having been drafted by clubs in the new WPS.
Morgan scored the eventual gamewinner to help the U.S. Under-20 National Team to gold medals at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Dec. 7 after the U.S. defeated Korea DPR, 2-1. She paced the Bears during the 2008 season with nine goals.
Oakes, who will co-captain the Bears in 2009, notched two goals and two assist last season. Both of her two scores were game-winning goals.