When the SCVAL De Anza Division track and field championships are held May 3 at Los Altos High, Gunn sophomore Sarah Robinson will not be in the running for a league title. Robinson will be running, just not in this country.
Robinson was one of 20 players named to the team last week by head coach Albertin Montoya, who is also Robinson's club coach with the MVLA Lightning in Los Altos.
While the cutoff date to be eligible for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is Jan. 1, 1995, Montoya made an exception for Robinson, who was born in 1996.
Montoya named his squad after a 10-day training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, which ended on April 9 with a 0-0 draw against the China U-20 Women's National Team.
"We feel we are at a very good place right now going into World Cup qualifying," Montoya told US Soccer. "The team has made a lot of progress in our last three camps, which have been very productive in helping us prepare to head to Guatemala. We've had talented players since the beginning of the cycle, but the difference now is the ability of these talented players to play as a team, which makes us very dangerous.
"We saw this at our most recent camp, which led to three very good performances against quality teams. Qualifying couldn't have come at a better time for us and the players are excited to showcase their talent at the international level."
Robinson will run for Gunn in at least one more track meet, which would be Thursday's annual rivalry showdown with visiting Palo Alto at 3:15 p.m., before regrouping with the soccer team to travel to Central America in quest of one of CONCACAF's three berths to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, set for Sept. 22-Oct. 13 in Azerbaijan.
Team USA (7-0-2) will open the qualifying against the Bahamas on May 3, before taking on Trinidad & Tobago on May 5. The Americans will conclude the first round against Mexico on May 7. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, beginning May 10.
The U.S. Women's Senior National Team, meanwhile, will open a training camp in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday. A total of 27 players will take part in the camp, which runs through April 30 and will serve as preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
The camp allows head coach Pia Sundhage to continue the evaluation process to select the 18-player roster that will travel to London for the Summer Olympics.
Former Stanford All-American Christen Press will be competing in her first senior national training camp. Press, the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, was recently playing in Sweden's top division for Kopparbergs/GĂ¶teborg FC.
Also attending the camp are former Stanford standouts Nicole Barnhart (goalie), Rachel Buehler (defender) and Kelley O'Hara (defender).
Following a May 27 match against China, the U.S. women will face Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. This is the final home match for the U.S. before the London Olympics.
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