Three Soccer players invited to U.S. Under-21 national team camp
CHICAGO -- Three of Texas soccer head coach Chris Petrucelli's Longhorns are headed to U.S. Women's Soccer Under-21 national team camp from Feb. 17-24 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Sophomore defenders Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas) and All-American Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and second-year goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger (Sugar Land, Texas) have been called to training camp with the team that is one level below the women's national team.
The U-21 squad is preparing for the 2007 Nordic Cup in July under new head coach Bill Irwin, the director of soccer for the University of Portland. Each month a group of selected student-athletes are invited to train for a week until the 18-player roster is announced.
Logterman, Moore and Pfenninger have experience playing in the national team system.
Logterman made the Under-20 team as a defender for the U.S. and competed at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Championship. Logterman was also called up for the first U-21 training camp in Carson, Calif., from January 13-20, 2007.
Moore was called in to Under-20 camp in January of 2006 and Pfenninger was the starting goalkeeper for the 2004 U.S. Under-17 National Team.
"It's definitely good to get called in," said an ecstatic Moore. "I'm very honored. The training is intense because we have two-a-day practices for a week. You definitely get to see what you are made of because you are playing with and against some of the best players in the nation.
"I'm also glad that I'm going with my teammates," Moore continued. "It helps knowing the people next to you on the field. The first few days are tricky but it adds a level of comfort seeing familiar faces out there. It shows a lot about Texas and I'm proud to represent UT on such a high level."
The U.S. won the annual soccer championship in 2000 and 2005, and made the final match in 2006. Petrucelli coached the 2003 and 2004 U.S. Nordic Cup squads.
The Home Depot Center serves as the national team training center for U.S. Soccer.