Join Pacific Northwest Soccer Club in congratulating our own player, Summer Yates (G99 Maroon), in her standout performance mentioned here on the U16 US Girls National Team!
Standouts from U17/U16 WNT scrimmage
Article Written by J.R. Eskilson
Published: April 9, 2015
CHULA VISTA, California - If the U.S. U17 Women’s National Team is the best team in the world in this age group (and every indication so far is that they are), then the U.S. U16 Girls National Team might be in the conversation for second in those imaginary rankings. The younger squad pushed the older squad at every turn on Thursday during the scrimmage at the Olympic Training Center.
Over the course of the 90-minute game, there were a number of performances that stood out from a very talented crop of players vying to be a part of this age group for the 2016 U17 World Cup.
Thursday was the first of two scrimmages this week from the combined camp. Here are some of the players that put on stellar performances on the picturesque day in Southern California.
M/F Summer Yates, U16 GNT, Pac NW- There has been a steady pipeline of creative, talented dribblers coming through the youth national team on the girls side lately. Mallory Pugh had the role with the last U17 team and carried that over to the U20s. Ashely Sanchez has been the one dazzling lately with the U17s, but Yates already looks like the next in line. The Washington commit is a brilliant player that finds pocket of space and exploits defenses with her combination of pace and vision. She loves to pull off tight turns and then race off into the open field. She’s highly effective at it, but her game is equally as impressive in front of the goal. She’s an opportunistic scorer and she pounces on everything that she puts her eyes on. She’s smart enough to understand her strength is when she is space, but it will be interesting to see if she is equally as effective when the other team is geared to slow her down or when she is forced to play with tight combination play. For Thursday though, she looked like the best player on the field during the opening 30 minutes of the game.