Two Trojan Newcomers Heading To Sweden With U.S. Under-20 Team|
May 23, 2013
Before they settle in for their freshman seasons at Troy, two Trojans-to-be have a trip to Sweden planned this summer. Incoming Women of Troy Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills have been selected to the U.S. Under-20 team for a two-game journey to Gavle, Sweden, in preparation for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup.
Freeman was a member of the USA's Under-17 team at the 2012 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and both she and Mills have been member of the U.S. youth player pools. A Florida native, Freeman will get to team up early with her California-grown fellow defender Mills for this stint in Sweden.
"These two women are not only exceptional soccer players, but they are exceptional people," USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin said of Freeman and Mills. "We are so proud of them, and we know they will have an immediate impact on this program!"
Freeman comes to Troy from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., making the cross-country move to bring a key defensive force to the Trojan lineup. An All-American, Freeman ranks as the top recruit out of Florida and No. 9 player in the nation, hailing from Atlantic High School which won 2010 and 2011 Florida State Championships.
A native of West Covina, Mills ranks as the No. 24 recruit in the country and was a First Team All-CIF honoree out of Flintridge Sacred Heart High School, which won the CIF Southern Section Division I title.
Freeman and Mills are part of a five-player group of signees joining the Women of Troy in 2013 in a class ranked No. 3 in the nation according to Top Drawer Soccer.