Dec. 21, 2005
Chicago, IL – Just when it didn’t seem her week could get any better, Florida State junior India Trotter got the biggest news of her soccer career Wednesday. The Seminole midfielder was named one of 28 players being brought into camp to earn a spot with the full US Women’s National Team. Trotter is the first player in FSU history to make it into the pool of players competing for a spot on the nation’s, and one of the world’s top teams.
“I think this is the biggest opportunity you can get in soccer,” said Trotter. “It is indescribable. It is something that is such a rare opportunity that you have to take advantage of it when you get the chance. You never know if you will get another opportunity like this. It is truly a chance of a lifetime.”
The 28 players will convene at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA from January 3-9, 2006 in preparation for the Four Nation’s Tournament held in China January 18-22. Twenty of the 28 players in camp will make the trip to Guangzhou to compete against three teams ranked in the top 10 of the FIFA World Rankings (No. 3 Norway, No. 5 France and No. 9 China).
“India had a fantastic season,” said Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian. “It is nice to see the national team coaches recognizing her fantastic talent. She has the potential to be a national team player and I think she is going to go to camp and establish herself in a very positive fashion.”
Trotter has spent time in the past with the U-15 and U-19 US National Teams. In 2003 she was a member of the U-19 squad that finished in first place at the 2003 Houston Shootout. She also went on a European Tour with the U-19’s in 2003 and was called into U-19 national team camp on two other occasions. Trotter was also a pool player with the U-15 National Team but the Ft. Lauderdale native passed on her last invite to train with the youth national team. She couldn’t pass up the chance this time around to compete for a spot with the full national side.
“I haven’t gone in the past because I was never sure if I could be fully committed to it,” said Trotter. “This is a little different being that is the full national team and it is the highest honor you can receive. This is what every player aspires to when they are growing up. It is the ultimate goal to play on the US Women’s National Team.”
The US Women’s National Team call up caps off a week that has seen Trotter become the first second team NSCAA/adidas All-American in school history, the first NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American ever at FSU and an appearance in Sports Illustrated.
“I don’t get too caught up in the awards and honors,” said Trotter. “I am appreciative but I know they stem from the fact we had a really great year as a team. That gave a lot of our players a chance to be recognized and was probably a big factor in me getting called up. As a team we did so well that it opened the door for me and (Sarah Wagenfuhr) with the U-20’s. It is nice to see Florida State players making national team pools along with players from schools like North Carolina.”
Trotter is listed as a forward by US head coach Greg Ryan and is one of seven strikers on the roster. She is among a group of forwards that features a familiar face in North Carolina’s Heather O’Reilly and one other player that joined Trotter in the 2005 College Cup in Portland’s Megan Rapoine. Trotter will also be competing beside two Florida graduates in Abby Wambach and Danielle Fotopoulos. Rounding out the group are Tiffeny Millbrett and Christie Welsh who have combined for almost 250 caps with the national team.
The training camp roster features the USA’s leading goal scorers from 2005 in Welsh (seven goals, one assist), Wambach (four goals, five assists) and Fotopoulos (four goals), as well as Millbrett and her 100 career goals. It is also a young group as 12 of the players are 23 years old or younger and Trotter is one of three players without a national team cap.
Seven players with ACC roots are on the roster with Trotter being the only non-UNC player among that group. Trotter is also one of only five players called into the camp that will return to campus to finish her collegiate career. She is the only native Floridian and the fourth-youngest player in the group.