Berkeley Prep’s Bryane Heaberlin has been named to the U.S. Women’s Under-17 team for their camp in Sunrise later this month as the side prepares for qualification to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup later this year in Trinidad and Tobago.
The training camp opens on Jan. 27 and runs through Feb. 6, meaning should Berkeley advance to the region playoffs after the Class 3A-District 10 tournament next week, they would potentially miss their standout goalkeeper for the entire region tournament.
Heaberlin said she was glad that her teammates were as understanding as they were, but was disappointed she would miss out on the region playoffs.
“It was very disappointing,” Heaberlin said. “It’s a really hard situation to be in.”
The Under-17’s will be playing the German Under-17 team three times as it prepares for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, which begins on March 9 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Heaberlin said she was looking forward to the camp, and was focused on continuing to play well to make the qualifying squad.
“I definitely feel as though if I keep working hard and playing consistently well that I will solidify my spot at No.1 and hopefully make the qualifying team,” Heaberlin said.
In other national team news, Plant City’s Omar Castro has been named to a 36-player U.S. Boys Under-14 national team squad that will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday for an eight-day training camp.
Once in Mexico, the squad will split into two groups that will train and play against local opposition. Castro, who plays for the Plant City Area Soccer Club, previously played for the Region III Olympic Development Program at the Disney Junior Soccer Showcase, putting in a series of impressive performances.