Dec. 13, 2005
Chicago, IL – Florida State freshman defender Sarah Wagenfuhr is one of 30 players who has been invited to take part in a nine-day training camp with the US U-20 Women’s National Team. This is the second US National Team camp for the Colorado Springs, CO native. In 2004 she participated with the U-17’s. The camp is in preparation for CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Final Qualifying Tournament, to be held in Mexico from January 18-27, 2006.
“It is an honor to be selected to the pool,” said Wagenfuhr. “I hope I make the team because playing in the U-20 World Cup is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Wagenfuhr is coming off a highly successful rookie season in which she started all 25 matches for Florida State as a center back. She is the first defender since Kelly Rowland to start every game of her freshman season in the Seminole backline. She was recently named second team all-region by the NSCAA becoming just the second FSU player to ever receive NSCAA honors in her rookie season.
“We are thrilled to have Wags (Sarah Wagenfuhr) go in to camp with the U-20’s,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “It will be a great experience for her in a great learning environment. It is a wonderful opportunity.”
Three players from the ACC will be in Carson, CA for the January camp. Wagenfuhr will be joined by Virginia’s Jess Rostedt, the ACC’s Freshman of the Year, and Nikki Krzysik. Wagenfuhr will also see eight other players she faced in 2005 as UCLA, USC and Cal will also have players in camp.
The January training camp will be the second for new U.S. U-20 head coach Tim Schulz as he continues to evaluate a pool of players that will be paired down to 20 to represent the United States in Mexico. Just five of the 30 players called into camp were on the USA’s 2004 U-19 World Championship squad in Thailand. Twenty-seven of the 30 players are either freshman or sophomores in college.