U.S. Under 20 Women’s National Team Camp to Feature Four Capital Area Soccer League Players

Joanna Boyles, Cameron Castleberry, Christina Gibbons, and Morgan Reid are four of 27 players called to the camp to run May 11-18

Contact: Katharine Kelley, CASL Director of Relations
(919) 341-4553

May 7, 2014; Raleigh, NC – On April 28, 2014 the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team released the 27 names to be invited to the U-20 Women’s National Team Training Camp to be held May 11-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Four of those 27 spots will be filled with current and former Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) players. Joanna Boyles, Cameron Castleberry, Christina Gibbons, and Morgan Reid will participate in the week long camp, which is in preparation for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be played in Canada in August.

Joanna Boyles just finished her freshman debut with the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Women’s Soccer team. Boyles is a graduate of Sanderson High School where she excelled in the classroom. She graduated in three years and finished 19th in her class of 442. On the field, Boyles was co-captain of the ’94 CASL Elite Clubs National (ECNL) team that won back-to-back ECNL National Championships in 2011 and 2012. Boyles is a veteran of national team experience having played on the U17 Women’s National Team that won the CONCACAF Championship in 2012, the 2010 Nordic Cup, and participated in the U17 World Cup in Azerbaijan. Boyles is one of three members of the ’94 CASL ECNL team that will travel to California. Boyles will be joined by her CASL ECNL teammates, Christina Gibbons and Cameron Castleberry, along with current ’95 ECNL player Morgan Reid.

Christina Gibbons is a rising sophomore at Duke University, where she anchored the back line for the Duke University Women’s Soccer Team. Gibbons, a graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, is no stranger to high level soccer. She played for the ’94 North Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 2008 and 2010 and attended the ’94 Region III ODP Camp in 2010. She was also a member of the ’94 CASL Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) where she helped her team win ECNL National Championships in 2011 and 2012.

Cameron Castleberry is a graduate of Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh where she lettered in varsity soccer and track and was a four year honor roll student. Castleberry spent her time with the ’94 CASL ECNL team as an attacking midfielder and forward, where she helped bring home the 2011 and 2012 ECNL National Championships. She was recognized as a 2012 NSCAA Youth All-America and 2011 NSCAA high school All-America. Castleberry’s experience with the U17 and U18 Women’s National Teams should help her prepare for this upcoming training camp. Castleberry will be entering her sophomore year at UNC Chapel Hill where she will help the Tar Heels in ACC and NCAA competition this Fall.

Morgan Reid is one of four high school players who will be attending the U-20 National Team Camp. Reid is currently a member of the ’95 CASL ECNL team, which is currently in 2nd place in the ECNL Midatlantic Conference. Top Drawer Soccer currently ranks Reid as the top defender in her position as defender and the top recruit in the region. Recently, she was ranked #5 in the IMG Academy top 150 Rankings for girls. In the Fall, Reid will join fellow CASL player, Christina Gibbons, at Duke University.

“Over the past few years, the CASL girls program has taken fantastic strides in player and team development, and this recognition of our players is one illustration of our club’s success,” said Sean Nahas, CASL ECNL Director and Interim Director of Soccer. “Having four players called into the U20 National Team Camp in preparation for the U-20 World Cup is an achievement we are extremely proud of, and we congratulate the girls for all the success they have had. They continue to represent CASL and their collegiate programs at the highest level.”

The 27 players invited to the U-20 National Team Camp will be vying for the U-20 World Cup roster spots and for a 20-player roster to travel to France in June to play the U-20 French Women’s National Team. In August, the U.S. U-20 Team will face Germany, China PR, and Brazil in Group B play. CASL is proud of Boyles, Castleberry, Gibbons, and Reid who are all representing our club at the highest levels of youth soccer competition.

To read the full release from US Soccer, click here.

About CASL

CASL is a Raleigh, NC based non-profit youth soccer organization that provides positive and high quality instructional and competitive soccer opportunities to youth, ages 4-18, in the greater Wake County area. Since 1974 CASL has consistently produced youth athletes who succeed on and off the field. CASL is home to nearly 9,000 youth and their families each season. Through our players and their extended network of parents, family, and friends, CASL is also dedicated to improving the quality of life in Wake County through the game of soccer. To learn more about CASL, please call 919-834-3951 or visit www.CASLnc.com.