Feb. 15, 2008
BERKELEY - California forward Andrew Wiedeman has been selected as one of 23 collegiate men's soccer players who were invited to a domestic training camp for the U.S. Men's Under-20 National team in New Orleans, La., from Feb. 19-24, as announced by U.S. Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen.
The team, made up entirely of collegiate players, will gather in New Orleans on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and play two games in a four-team event. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the U.S. squares off against the Honduras Under-20 squad, and will face either the New Orleans Shell Shockers or Victoria, a youth team from Honduras, the following day. The two Saturday winners will play on Sunday, while the losing teams will meet in a consolation match.
Wiedeman is no stranger to national competition. Last year, he played all three games for the U.S. Under-18 National team in the SBS Cup, recording an assist in the team's 1-0 victory over Japan.
As a freshman for the Golden Bears in 2007, Wiedeman had a tremendous season, leading a freshman group that was selected by College Soccer News as the 16th-ranked recruiting class in 2007. Wiedeman was most recently selected to Soccer America's All-Freshman team.
Wiedeman tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals (5), with the last one coming in double overtime in the NCAA first-round win over UC Davis. He led the team in points (20), goals (7) and assists (6). Wiedeman, who started every game in 2007, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 9. He was also selected to Soccer America's Team of the Week and College Soccer News' National Team of the Week for his efforts that weekend. Wiedeman earned the conference and national recognition after he recorded two assists in Cal's 2-1 victory against Washington on Oct. 5 and scored the first two goals in the Bears' 3-0 win over Oregon State on Oct. 7.