You’re almost there. The initial ACL injury you sustained months ago seems so distant. You’ve endured all the time healing from the surgery, the rehab, and now you are pushing ahead to get better, stronger and faster. You can almost taste the grass, outperforming your opponents, and scoring a goal in the final minutes of the game.
Athletico Athletic Trainers Tyler Harris and Barrett Jones recently had an amazing opportunity to join the U-17 Men’s National Soccer Team (MNT) on their journey to the World Cup in India. It was the culmination of two years of work with incredible young players and an amazing staff.
As an Athletico Athletic Trainer, I recently had the opportunity to travel with U.S. Soccer’s U-16 Girls National Team (GNT) to Wildeshausen, Germany for a training camp. The camp had two scheduled friendly matches against Germany on September 12th and 14th. This camp was a great opportunity for the team to play together as well as compete against a top International team.
The U-17 Men’s National Team (MNT) came together for a training camp this summer in Atlanta, GA. This is the first time the team assembled since the conclusion of the U.S. Soccer residency program at IMG in May.
Athletico Athletic Trainer Tyler Harris had the opportunity to travel with the U-17 Men’s National Team (MNT) to San Pedro Sula, Honduras from February 24th – March 3rd. This was the team’s last international trip before World Cup qualifying begins in Panama this April.
Athletico Athletic Trainer Barrett Jones traveled to Jamaica with the U-17 Men’s National Team (MNT) in the first week of November for a pair of Friendlies – one against host Jamaica and another against Arnett Gardens.
From September 24th through October 2nd, Athletico Athletic Trainer Tyler Harris had the opportunity to travel with the U-17 Men’s National Team (MNT) to Panama City for a couple of International Friendlies.
This trip was a great opportunity for Tyler and the team to get acclimated to the environment, since World Cup qualifying games will be hosted in Panama. What’s more, the team had the chance to see the venues where they will be playing during qualifying.