July 15, 2002
Charlottesville, Va. – Jessica Trainor has been selected as one of 27 players to represent the United States in the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship, taking place in Canada from Aug. 17-Sept. 1, 2002. She was selected as one of 30 players from a pool of 54 back in April, helping the team qualify for the World Championships this past May in Trinidad & Tobago.
Tracey Leone, coach of the U.S. U-19 team, selected 27 players from that original pool of 30 who will participate in a 13-day training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., from July 14-26. From there, she will pick the 18-woman roster that will compete in Canada.
The team will break camp on July 27, but will regroup for training in Portland, Ore., from Aug. 9-12 before heading up to Victoria, B.C., to begin final preparations for the World Championship. This is the first U.S. youth women’s team to participate in a FIFA World Championship.
Trainor scored one goal and three assists in her first year with the Cavaliers, while starting in 22 of 23 games. She scored her first goal in an NCAA quarterfinal loss at Santa Clara. A durable central midfielder for the Cavaliers, only Lori Lindsey and Kelly Worden played more minutes than Trainor did in 2001. She will play in the back for the U-19’s, where she is well-suited to use her distribution skills and ability to win balls defensively. She was also named to the ACC All-Freshman team.