Schott Travels With U.S. Women's Soccer U-21 National Team to Mexico
May 8, 2001
CHICAGO - California sophomore forward Laura Schott is one of 18 players who will travel with the U.S. women's soccer under-21 national team to Mexico today in preparation for two matches against the full Mexican women's national team.
Schott, an All-American from Wilsonville, Ore., is becoming a regular with U.S. national team activities. In March, she was part of a young side which represented the full national team in an exhibition with Italy and at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
The Mexico games will give Jerry Smith, the newly named coach of the U-21 team, a chance to evaluate his roster for the 2001 Nordic Cup to be contested at the end of July in Norway. Without a FIFA-sanctioned championship for this age group, the eight-team Nordic Cup serves as the top competition in the world for U-21 women. The USA will face Mexico on Friday, May 11 at Nicolas Alvarez Ortega Stadium in Tepic, Nayarit. The match kicks off at 8:30 p.m., local time (10:30 p.m. ET). The USA will finish the two-game set on May 13, at the Guasave 89 Stadium in Guasave, Sinaloa, in a match that kicks off at 4 p.m., local time (6 p.m. ET).
Ten players have previous Nordic Cup experience while the 18 players on the roster have combined for 107 caps and 19 goals for the full U.S. women's national team. Schott has accounted for five caps and one goal.
The U.S. U-21s have not played an international match yet this year, but have also yet to lose. The U-21s defeated three college teams during a February training camp and earned two ties and a win against WUSA teams at the Spring Training Tournament in March held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.