– Incoming freshman Michaela-Batya Abam
of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team was named to the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team 20-player roster that will travel to Mexico City for an international training camp from July 22-28.
Abam, a two-way player (midfielder/defender) out of Houston, previously played for the U.S. U-17 team in 2013. Additionally, she was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team Program (U-14, U-15, U-17).
“This is a huge honor and opportunity for Michaela to showcase her abilities while representing the United States,” says Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I am thrilled that she was selected for this opportunity.”
This is the third U-18 event of the year. Many of the athletes on the roster will help shape the core of the U-20 Women’s National Team that looks to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa. The U-18 team will next gather in September for a domestic training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
A four-star recruit, Abam was ranked No. 18 on the Girls IMG Academy Top 150 list, was the No. 3-ranked player in the Texas region and the No. 6-ranked defender nationally. She played club for Texas Rush under coach Andy Squire and attended Harmony Science Academy Houston High. She is expected to major in psychology at WVU.