Feb. 24, 2009
By: Britney Wright, FSU Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following a successful United States U-20 super camp in January, freshmen standouts Tiffany McCarty, Toni Pressley and Casey Short were selected to compete as members of the U.S. squad in the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain in March.
The five day tournament marks the first international competition of this U-20 cycle, which features players born after January 1, 1990. The team will travel to Spain from March 6-14 with the U.S. facing off against Norway on March 9, France on March 11 and Germany on March 13. Other countries participating in the tournament include Scotland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and England.
Florida State’s three players on the U-20 roster are the most of any school in the nation and Seminole Head Coach Mark Krikorian could not be more pleased.
“I’m really exciting for them,” stated Krikorian. “I think they will go and have a great experience, the opportunity to play international games at this level is fantastic. I’m sure they’ll come back here with their new experiences and it will enhance their development.”
McCarty capped off one of the best freshmen seasons in Seminole history, earning the program’s first ACC Freshman of the Year award. The Laurel, Md., native got off to a fine start with the U-20 team, notching a goal against UC Irvine in the team’s final game of the super camp. McCarty was also a part of the U.S. U-18 team in 2008, and was the leading scorer on the U-17 and U-16 teams in 2007 and 2006, respectively.
Pressley is one of three freshmen to appear in every game for the Seminoles this past year and finished third on the team in shots (45). The forward from Melbourne, Fla., also participated with the U.S. U-18 team in 2008 and the U-17 team in 2007.
Short’s five assists in ACC play this season tied for the most all-time by a Seminole. The Naperville, Ill., native boasts the most National Team experience of the three freshmen as part of the player pool for the U-14 team and a player with the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 U.S. National teams.
The 10 Nations Tournament is just one of many competitions the U-20 players will participate in as they vie for a spot on the U.S. National Team for the 2010 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Coach Krikorian certainly has confidence in his Seminoles’ potential.
“I think all three of them have wonderful qualities that will enable them to have a wonderful opportunity to continue in the national program for years to come if they continue to perform at an elite level.”