The U-20 Women’s National Team captured the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands last weekend. McLean’s Andi Sullivan, the youngest player on the squad, scored directly from a corner kick in the ninth minute. The goal was Sullivan’s second of the tournament. She also scored from the penalty spot in the USA’s 3-0 win against Jamaica.
Marianna Sullivan, McLean ECNL Coach and Recreation Program Director (and Andi's mom!), shares her experiences at the tournament:
“The U20 WNT started the CONCACAF tournament strong and only got better. The individual players all brought such interesting flair and creativity to the game, and tactically were really on the same page. This is a testament to the quality of the coaching. Michelle French and her staff took players from all over the country, some of whom had just met, and were able to lead the group to a specific style of play. To go a whole tournament and give up no goals is a huge feat and showed the depth of the team's organization.
Seeing this all live was a great experience. The stadium environment was festive, with the games drawing a large attendance. At one point during the USA-Trinidad game, everyone stopped watching the game to laugh with two young men, who danced to a crazy drum riff, running back and forth along the bleachers. The local Cayman soccer fans were wonderful hosts and all the teams had great support at the event. I highly recommend watching youth international games to see the qualities of the players and the cultural exchange of ideas, on and off the field.”
Congratulations to Andi and the US Team!