Amber Stearns Called Up to U18 U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp

CHICAGO, IL (October 5, 2012) - U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 24 players, including McLean ECNL player Amber Stearns (2015), for the third and final Women’s National Team (WNT) training camp of 2013, Oct. 21-28, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

All players attending the camp were born in 1996 as this camp represents the first event for the next cycle of the U18s (the previous two U18 training camps this year consisted mostly of players born in 1994). Due to age cut-offs, the current group of U18s is focused on the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. U18s will face the San Diego SeaLions of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) on Saturday, October 27, at 4 p.m. PDT.

Stearns helped propel her current U16 ECNL team (aka the “Force”) to a 7th place finish in the U15 Challenge B flight for the 2011-12 season, securing the team a spot in the Top 8 Play-Off group at the National Finals in Waukegan, IL, last June. A veteran of U.S. WNT camps since 2010, Stearns was named to the Chula Vista roster as a defender.

Stearns, who will graduate from Johnson High School in San Antonio, TX, in 2015, was invited to play in the 2012 Puma Elite Prospect Showcase last July, along with two of her Force U16 Teammates, midfielder Madeline McCracken and goalkeeper Katelyn Jensen. She is a nationally ranked forward (#2) by Top Drawer Soccer, as well.