April 6, 2012
BERKELEY - California goalkeeper Emily Kruger has been selected to participate in the United States Under-20 Women's National Team training camp, the group announced. Kruger will begin training with the U-20 squad April 9.
The six-day training camp runs through April 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and will feature two full international matches against the China U-20 Women's National Team on April 12 and 15. Fans are invited to attend both matches, which will be staged on Field No. 3 at The Home Depot Center. Both games will kick off at 3 p.m. PT and admission is free.
"We are very proud of Emily," said Cal head coach Neil McGuire. "She has a well-deserved opportunity and we look forward to following here progress. We know Emily will represent Cal well with U.S. Soccer like she has in the past."
This will be Kruger's second appearance with U.S. Soccer this year. The goalkeeper was part of the U-23 Women's National Team training camp roster that competed in Sarasota, Fla. Jan. 15-22.
The U-20 Women's National Team has already qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which will be held from Aug. 18 through Sept. 8 in five Japanese cities - Miyagi, Saitama, Tokyo, Kobe and Hiroshima - by advancing to the semifinals of the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship.
Kruger completed her sophomore season with the Golden Bears in the fall, starting all 22 matches in goal. She has started 35 games in goal during her first two seasons with the Golden Bears, including all 22 in 2011. She recorded a 0.91 goals-against average with a .756 save percentage. The net minder posted seven shutouts this past fall, including No. 2 UCLA (the first to hold the Bruins scoreless this past season) during the regular season and No. 16 Boston College in the NCAA Tournament. She has recorded 11 shutouts in her first two seasons in goal for the Bears.
Kruger is among several Golden Bears currently competing in the United States Soccer program, including Alex Morgan and Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick. Morgan is the youngest member of the United States Senior Women's National Team which competed in the FIFA Women's World Cup this past summer. Fitzpatrick was recently selected to the U-20 training camp roster which is currently training in Chula Cista, Calif.