Lion Freshman to Compete for Puerto Rican U20 National Team
Amanda Dudley will compete for Puerto Rico in the upcoming U20 World Cup qualifying matches in Cuba.
Jan. 3, 2012
LOS ANGELES - While many of her teammates are in the midst of off-season training programs, LMU freshman midfielder Amanda Dudley is starting off the New Year competing internationally as a member of the Puerto Rican U20 National Team.
Dudley, previously a member of the Puerto Rican U17 national squad, joined the U20 squad just a day after Christmas to begin training at the Bayamon Soccer Complex in Puerto Rico for the Caribbean Football Union U20 World Cup Qualifiers, which will take place in Cuba from January 5-12.
Puerto Rico will be competing in Group F along with Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana. The winners of Group E (Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica) and of Group F, as well as one runner-up from both groups combined will qualify for the CONCACAF Women's U20 Tournament - the final round of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup - which will be held in March of 2012.
The 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup will consist of 16 teams and take place in the summer of 2012 in Uzbekistan.
The Yorba Linda, Calif., native who attended Mater Dei High School and played for the SoCal Blues club team, took some time during her travels to Puerto Rico to answer some questions about the opportunity to compete internationally for Puerto Rico.
LMULions.com: How did you first get involved with the Puerto Rican National Team?
LMU: How did you come to be selected to the U20 team for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers?
AD: The team now has a new coach this year and they called back the girls that came last time that were still eligible to play along with some new girls.
LMU: How does competing with the national team compare to playing collegiate soccer at LMU?
LMU: How does it feel to be selected to compete for the national team?
Check back to LMULions.com as we continue to follow and stay in touch with Amanda during the qualifying games.