Baucom Recalled to Train with U-19 U.S. WNT

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Baucom Recalled to Train with U-19 U.S. WNT

BATON ROUGE – The work never stops for the U.S. Women’s National Team in preparing its next crop of Women’s World Cup heroes as LSU’s star striker Jorian Baucom is among 24 players from across the country currently training with the U.S. Under-19 squad through Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

This marks the third time in 2015 that Baucom has been invited to train with either the U-19 or U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team as she also trained with the U-19 squad in April and the U-20 team in May in two camps held at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, earlier this spring. The current U-19 camp opened this past Sunday.

Baucom is now part of the U.S. Women’s National Team in both the U-19 and U-20 divisions that will soon qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Papua New Guinea next year.

According to the official website for U.S. Soccer at http://ussoccer.com, the U.S. Women’s National Team is holding programs for the U-19 Women’s National Team for the first time since 2004 as the program moved to the U-20 setup when FIFA changed its world championship for the age group from the U-19 competition in 2002 and 2004 to the U-20 Women’s World Cup held five times in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

U.S. Soccer’s website states that the reinstitution of the U-19 Women’s National Team is part of its overall increase in programming for youth women’s and girl’s national teams in the United States, which now includes Women’s National Team player pools at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels.

A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, and product of Pinnacle High School, Baucom has made her return to the U.S. Women’s National Team setup this season after taking part in national training camps in the U-15, U-16 and U-18 divisions during her youth career before her arrival in Baton Rouge. She signed with the Tigers as a consensus five-star recruit and one of the top strikers nationally in the Class of 2014.

One of the top young strikers in all of college soccer, Baucom was recognized among the SEC’s top players in her debut season as a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.

She was also honored as the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Second-Team All-SEC performer by the online publication College Sports Madness after the 2014 regular season. She was also chosen as the No. 11-ranked freshman nationally by TopDrawerSoccer.com in its list of the Top 100 freshmen across the country for the 2014 season.

Baucom wrapped up her rookie season as LSU’s leading goal scorer with eight goals while also dishing out four assists for a team-best 20 points in 2014. She carried that form into the 2015 spring season in which she scored a team-leading three goals in the four matches in which she featured, helping the Tigers post an unbeaten 3-0-1 mark while on the pitch. Baucom actually missed LSU’s spring season finale against the defending national champion Florida State on April 11 as it was the first day of her first camp with the U.S. U-19s at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.