Hill Invited To U-19 National Training Camp

Jan. 12, 2016

FORT WORTH – Fresh off completing her first collegiate season, TCU soccer forward Kayla Hill has earned an invite to USA Soccer’s upcoming U-19 training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

“I am extremely proud of Kayla for earning this opportunity,” remarked head coach Eric Bell. “It’s a testament to the work that she’s put in to get the invite. International experience is always good for player development. Hopefully she can perform at a high enough level to keep getting these chances.”

Hill will depart for Florida on Jan. 23 and return a week later on Jan. 30. This will mark her third stint with USA Soccer. She previously participated in training events in 2011 and 2012.

“I’m looking forward to playing and gaining knowledge from everybody, coaches and players alike,” said Hill. “You compete at a very high level, even if it is just a practice. I gain a lot of knowledge from the coaches. They give you tips and pointers. Playing with such elite players, I can learn a lot from them as well. The opportunity to bring back tactical ideas and different skills that I will learn will be a great benefit for me and hopefully my teammates.”

The U-19 WNT just finished its first year of programing since 2004 when the age group switched to Under-20s as FIFA’s world championship moved from a U-19 competition that was staged in 2002 and 2004 to the U-20 Women’s World Cup which has been held every two years since 2006.

While the squad will not participate in any matches, the opportunity to get noticed and be a potential call-up player is motivation enough for Hill.

“The practices are very competitive,” said Hill. “There are no breaks. You are always being watched and graded. As a player, you can be tentative going into the camp, but you can’t play nervous.”

All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Papua New Guinea.

Hill played in all 19 matches and made 18 starts as a freshman in 2015. She scored a goal and tallied four assists to finish the campaign with six points.


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