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Audrey Lam Finds Worldwide Success With Staff USA – The Piedmont Highlander

5,779 miles away from her dwelling in Piedmont, California, senior Audrey Lam races throughout a Spanish soccer area, dressed head to toe in purple, white, and blue.

As certainly one of 24 gamers within the nation referred to as to play for the US under-17 ladies’s youth nationwide soccer workforce, Lam spent the start of her senior yr in Madrid the place she competed in two video games towards Spain, and one towards Germany. These video games have been the ultimate occasions for the USA in preparation for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup that started in India on Oct. 11. Lam isn’t taking part within the competitors.

Earlier this summer time, Lam was chosen for the workforce after nationwide scouts got here to see her play at a soccer showcase in Oceanside, San Diego.

“There have been a bunch of scouts that got here to look at me and I caught their consideration,” Lam stated. “They emailed me a month after letting me know that I bought referred to as as much as play.”

Lam has been enjoying for the extremely aggressive Lamorinda Soccer Membership (LMSC), in Moraga, California, for the previous 7 years.

Though internationally Lam maintained her identical soccer method, she stated she was capable of elevate her recreation to a brand new stage.

“The teaching type at my membership and with the nationwide workforce may be very comparable within the sense that our objective is to play lovely soccer whereas dominating the sport,” Lam stated. “Enjoying towards Spain and Germany confirmed me what the very best stage of soccer seemed like. Each groups have been extremely expert, sensible, athletic, and inventive.”

Whereas in Spain, the workforce didn’t solely compete in matches – they spent hours on and off the sector bettering and dealing on their play.

“Together with the video games, we had trainings and conferences day-after-day to give attention to what our objectives have been for every day and the way we will higher ourselves as a workforce and as teammates,” Lam stated. “Enjoying with unbelievable soccer gamers and nice folks helped me study extra and simply develop into a greater particular person and participant. It additionally confirmed me what the very best stage will be in what I can obtain.”

Though the competitors was difficult, and required her to be away from dwelling for 17 days, Lam was additionally uncovered to Spanish tradition. Throughout her time in Spain, Lam was capable of see a reside Atlético de Madrid recreation together with her workforce.

“It was a terrific expertise to get a sense of what soccer was like in a special nation. The stadium was very nice. And simply the general fan-base was unbelievable there,” Lam stated.

Lam started enjoying soccer when she was 4 years outdated, however she didn’t really fall in love with the sport till she began enjoying for LMSC in 2015, and began enjoying extra severely. Since then, she has dedicated an immense period of time to the game.

Picture courtesy of Audrey Lam

“She is prepared to place in work day-after-day. Ella she misses occasions and hanging out with buddies simply to be out on the sector to get higher,” stated Lam’s highschool soccer and LMSC teammate Cameron Lorin.

Lam’s choice for the nationwide workforce isn’t the one mark of her success. Her emphasis by her on teamwork and help of her fellow teammates is the factor that actually units her aside from different gamers, in response to Lam’s LMSC and PHS teammate Charlotte Davies. Though she has solely performed for PHS’ personal varsity workforce for one yr on account of conflicts together with her membership squad, her teammates say that she has made a big influence on the group.

“She’s the kind of participant that may be very supportive and backs up everybody on her workforce,” Davies stated. “She’s at all times operating again to get on protection, though she performs midfield, which not everybody does.”

Incomes a spot on the nationwide workforce was a tremendous private achievement for Lam, and one the Piedmont neighborhood hasn’t seen earlier than, in response to Piedmont ladies’s soccer varsity head coach Dan Chubbock. Lam is the primary Piedmont participant to characterize the US nationwide workforce at her age and stage, Chubbock stated.

“Audrey is unquestionably up there as one of many kind of prime gamers that this faculty has had,” Chubbock stated. “It has been an honor to work together with her.”

In April 2021, Lam introduced her verbal dedication to play Division 1 soccer at Brown College, which she stated would give her extra of a chance to play professionally after school.

“I believe having a superb diploma and setting myself up for the suitable path for soccer could be one of the best hope for me,” Lam stated.

After school, Lam hopes to both be drafted into the US Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League, or play professionally abroad.

“Wherever my journey leads me, I will go.” Lam stated.

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