February 3, 2013
LIFE OF RILEY
Seton Hall defender, Washingtonville, N.Y. resident training with U.S. U-20 WNT
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Seton Hall University freshman defender D’Yonna Riley has been invited to participate in the U.S. Under-20twomen's training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The camp runs through Saturday.
The Washingonville, N.Y. resident received notification earlier this week.
“I was definitely excited when I received the invitation. It was unexpected but it is a great opportunity and I want to make the most out the trip,” Riley said.
U.S. Soccer women’s technical director April Heinrichs selected 24 players to attend the eight-day camp. Nine of the participants, including Riley, are on college teams, as she will be joined by players from programs such as UCLA, Notre Dame and North Carolina.
The camp is being held concurrently with the U.S. U-18 WNT training session. The two teams will scrimmage on Tuesday. The U.S. U-20 squad will also scrimmage UCLA on Friday.
“I think that will really be able to develop as a player during this trip and return knowing a lot more about myself and my game,” Riley said. “It is exciting to be training with some of the best players in the country and it will be a really great experience.”
Riley had some prior experience with the U.S. Women’s National Team development programs, attending a camp for the U-14 squad in 2009.
In high school, she was selected as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American, one of only seven defenders nationally to earn a spot on the team.
Last season with the Pirates, Riley appeared in 17 games, making 14 starts. She was selected as the Big East defensive player of the week on Aug. 27, and collected her first collegiate point with an assist at Lehigh.