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Orlando City Defender Tyler Turner Called Up to U-23 U.S. Men's National Team

ORLANDO - May 26, 2015 - Orlando City SC defender Tyler Turner has been called up to the U-23 U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT) for the first time in his career. The 19-year-old right-back will join the U-23s this week as part of head coach Andi Herzog's 20-man roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament in France.

One of the most prestigious soccer events in the world, the Toulon Tournament is set to run from May 27 - June 7 in the south of France.

Turner has previously starred for his native country at the youth level, playing for the U-17s, captaining the U-18s and featuring for the U-20s most recently. In his second season with Orlando City, Turner has made four appearances for the Lions, starting against the Montreal Impact and Toronto



From left, goalkeepers Hope Solo, Ashlyn Harris and Seymour's Alyssa Naeher stand in goal during a United States Women's National Team training session at Swope Park Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 14, 2014. The Associated Press file photo

NEW YORK >> Alyssa Naeher was one of the countless wide-eyed youngsters who made their way to Giants Stadium on that magical mid-June day 16 years ago.

Naeher was an 11-year-old already bitten by the soccer bug when she sat in the stands for the first game in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Watching U.S. soccer legends Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly score goals as the United States' magical quest to glory began with a dominating 3-0 win over Denmark gave a soccer prodigy like Naeher an ultimate goal.

It was on that day that her dream of playing in the World Cup became a part of Naeher's life's ambition.

"It was definitely a passion," Naeher said. "I played a lot of different sports. I enjoyed being really active and soccer was a huge piece of that. It is something I still remember, that was awesome. I remember going with my club team and a bunch of us 11-year-olds running around, being excited and the atmosphere at Giants Stadium was incredible. It was a really inspiring moment."


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