Senior Kaysie Clark participated in the United States U-23 Women's National Team training camp June 7-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista Calif. The midfielder wrote about her experience at the camp for MUTigers.com.
To me playing soccer for your country is always an honor. No matter if it's competing internationally in a World Cup, trying to get advanced in qualifiers, or participating in a camp, it is such a blessing.
I was lucky enough to get called up to the U23 Women's National Team for a week during the beginning of June. The day I received the email that I was going to be attending camp I was ecstatic! I thought, “This is my chance to prove to myself that I can play and contend at the next level.”
I wasn't happy with my performance at the last U.S. camp I attended two years ago, which really took a toll on me. So I was determined this time was going to be different.
I started training and running right away to prepare for camp. This consisted of both long and short distance workouts to build endurance but also maintain speed. On top of that, I practiced finishing with my high school coach and different dribbling drills. Going into camp I felt prepared, which was a much different feeling than the last time.
The first few days of camp are always hard because the speed of play is extremely fast and kind of hectic. But after those first few days of training, I was a lot more comfortable.
The first day of training we were tested on our endurance, vertical and agility. Then from there we started playing regular drills, like possession 1 v1, 2v2 and those kind of drills. On Wednesday we had an intersquad game, where we split into two teams amongst the girls at camp and played a full game. The next day we went to the beach to get out of the Olympic Training Center, as well as to on regeneration. Then on the final day we played an U-15 boys club team from the San Diego area.
Overall, the camp was a great experience to be a part of and I am pleased I was able to compete at this level again. Hopefully, I can attend more camps in the near future.
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