Palo Alto's Pederson heads to U.S. U-19 soccer training camp


The Palo Alto girls will have to be at their best next week if they are to remain tied with Mountain View the SCVAL De Anza Division soccer standings.

The Vikings will play three matches, all without standout senior Jacey Pederson. She will be in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., along with Stanford's Michelle Xiao, at the U.S. Soccer U-19 training camp.

The week-long camp begins Saturday and concludes Jan. 30. All players in the U-19 group will be eligible for the team that will participate in the U-20 FAFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Xiao is one of seven current or former Stanford soccer players who have been, or will be, at U.S. women's national team camps across four age brackets.

Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press were called to the full women's national team camp, Andi Sullivan and Jane Campbell are attending the U-23 camp, Alana Cook and Jordan DiBiasi took part in the U-20 camp, and Xiao will participate in the U-19 camp.

O'Hara and Press were part of a group of 26 players participating in the first training camp of 2016, which leads into the first match of the year against Ireland on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The duo continues with the full national team after playing in last year's FIFA Women's World Cup.

Sullivan and Campbell are in Carson for training, which concludes with a match against the Ireland national team on Monday.

Cook and DiBiasi are among a group of 26 players who began preparations for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup with a training camp in Los Angeles earlier this month. The pair looked to secure spots for the World Cup, which will take place from Nov. 13-Dec. 3.

Xiao and Pederson, meanwhile, will be busy in Florida. Sacred Heart Prep senior Tierna Davidson was with this group during the early fall, but will not be at this camp.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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