Perez's Busy Summer Continues With U-23 U.S. Team

July 6, 2009

SEATTLE - Washington senior-to-be Veronica Perez is continuing her busy summer of international play, joining the Under-23 U.S.A. National Team in England this week for a pair of matches.

Earlier this spring, Perez trained and competed with the Mexican National Team in Mexico. Because she is still a youth player, Perez is eligible to compete with both teams. She also spent two weeks in Brazil with her UW teammates who toured the mecca of soccer, playing several matches in Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding areas.

Last week, Perez traveled to England for the first of two matches against the English U-23s on July 3. That match and the upcoming match on July 7 both take place at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, one of the UK's national sports centres located about 30 minutes west of London.

The U-23s were undefeated heading into the matches against England with an 8-0-1 overall record including 2-0-1 in international matches, having defeated the Norwegian and England U-23s this past March and tying the full National Team of Northern Ireland in May. This week is Perez's first appearance with the U.S. U-23s.

Perez is joining fellow Pac-10 stars Kristin Olson and Megan Ohai of USC, Megan Jesolva of Cal and Kiersten Dallstream from Washington State.

The U.S. fell in their first match against England, 2-0, although the team had only trained together for three days. Perez saw plenty of action in the match, starting and playing 65 minutes.

'We can definitely do better. I think a couple more training sessions together and we'll have it and be ready to kick butt on Tuesday,' Perez said. 'I had some shots and got some good balls and was able to dribble a few. I'm looking forward to playing them again on Tuesday. I'm just trying to play my game and so far its been good. A little more aggressiveness and intensity will help me.'

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