June 30, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo - University of Missouri women's soccer seniors Meghan Pfeiffer and Crystal Wagner were each invited to join the United States under-23 national team as the squad convenes in England this week for 10 days of training and competition.
"This is an incredible honor for both Meghan and Crystal to have been selected amongst an elite group of the nation's best players," Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "Playing at the international level is a tremendous opportunity and it's a mark of distinction for the caliber of players we have at Missouri."
Pfeiffer is unable to attend as she is in the final stages of recovering from an offseason injury, so Wagner will represent the No. 10 Tigers as one of 18 players on the national team. The U-23 team, coached by Bill Irwin, will play two games against the England U-23 team on July 3rd and 7th at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, located 30 minutes west of London.
Wagner led a Tigers' defense that set school records in 2008 with 12 shutouts, a 0.80 goals against average and 19 goals allowed in 23 games. The Houston, Texas, native earned Soccer Buzz All-Central region second team and NSCAA/adidas All-Central region third team honors.
Pfeiffer, a redshirt senior, was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-Central region third team, All-Big 12 second team and to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team in a 2008 season that saw her contribute three goals and three assists from her defensive midfield position.
The two co-captains join junior Alysha Bonnick as current Tigers to receive call-ups to their respective youth national teams. Bonnick, an Ontario native, was chosen to the Canadian U-20 team early last year.
For more information on the US under-23 squad and the trip to England, read the official US Soccer press release announcing the roster here (http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_15073287.html). Additionally, Wagner will be blogging about the experience on mutigers.com and ThisIsMizzouSoccer.com throughout her stay.
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