Voting for the CSA U17 Player of the Year awards concluded the other day and the results were just released.
Ashley Lawrence took the award on the girls side and as team captain and the only player who is doing her second stint with the team (she was on the squad that competed in the 2010 U17 World Cup in Trinidad) and is fully deserving of the award.
I was very happy though to see Richmond’s Summer Clarke come in second of the six nominees though. It’s a fantastic honour and I know her dad, Clive Clarke (posts here as Rasta), who has coached her all through her youth career is very proud.
Summer now goes to Mexico with the U17 team to play two games against the Mexican U17 team on December 16 and 18 before CONCACAF qualifying for the 2012 Azerbaijan U17 Girls World Cup in the spring. Bryan Rosenfeld will once again be coach of the team.
Always great to see local players recognized at the national team level and I doubt this is the last accolade of this magnitude Summer will receive as she represents Canada.
You may remain that Rosenfeld led Canada to the gold medal at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Costa Rica with victories over the United States in the semi final and then Mexico in the final.
The 2012 team will be looking to duplicate the qualifying efforts of the 2010 team and Clarke’s prowess around the goal will no doubt be key to their success. She’s already scored a goal in one of two exhibition games against Japan last summer.
Here’s some highlights from Canada’s dramatic win against the USA in the last U17 CONCACAF qualifying tournament in 2010.