Congratulations are in order for Spokane Sounders player AJ Crooks. The goalkeeper was informed that she has been selected for the US Under-15 Girls National Team camp set for the first week of October at the US Soccer National Training Center. Boys players Sterling Eaglin and Cameron Weller were also chosen for the Region IV Interregional squad.
Congratulations are in order for Spokane Sounders player AJ Crooks. The outstanding goalkeeper was informed this week that she has been selected to be a part of the 26-player roster for the US Under-15 Girls National Team camp set for the first week of October at the US Soccer National Training Center in Carson, CA.
Crooks is one of four goalkeepers that will be headed to the camp, which will be the final training sessions of the U15 group's cycle before it becomes the U17 pool in 2017. She is the only player among the 26 attending that will be coming from any of the Pacific Northwest states.
The selection for Crooks comes shortly after spending time at the National ECNL Training Camp back in August. She was one of 96 players to attend that camp, which featured only eight goalkeepers, two in her 2001 age group.
Crooks, who has been starting for Central Valley HS of late, is not a stranger to being around high level talent. Earlier this year she spent the much of the first half of the summer with the Spokane Shadow Women's First Team, holding her own playing with and against many of the area's top collegiate talent, making several starts for the eventual Northwest Premier League champions.
Eaglin, Weller headed to Interregionals in Florida
Congratulations are also in order for Spokane Sounders 2001 players Sterling Eaglin and Cameron Weller, who have been selected represent Region IV at the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional held December 14-18 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.
The duo are on a squad of 18, which features only one other player from Washington was named to the squad along with one each fro Idaho and Oregon.
The event features rosters comprised of elite players in the 2001 age group from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions. The event will consist of training sessions and matches in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
(Cameron Weller / Sterling Eaglin)