Lauren Fowlkes Steps to Next Level
(January 18, 2005) - Lauren Fowlkes, a member of the Dynamos (1987 Girls) team that won five US Youth Soccer Kansas State Cup Championships from 1999 to 2003 and now a player with the KCFC Pumas U-17 team, was recently named as a member of the U.S. Women’s U-17 National Team. Fowlkes participated in their training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carlsbad, CA from January 8-16.
Although Fowlkes lives on the Missouri side of the Kansas City Metro area, in Lee’s Summit, she has played on Kansas State Youth Soccer Association (KSYSA) teams since she was eight years old. Her first eight years were spent as a member of the 87G Dynamos team. During this time, Lauren helped the Dynamos become the first and only team from Kansas to win the US Youth Soccer National Championship, when the Dynamos won the Elmer Ehlers Cup (U-14 Girls) at the 2001 US Youth Soccer National Championship. Last summer, Lauren joined the 88G KCFC Pumas and helped them to their fifth consecutive US Youth Soccer Kansas State Cup.
“Lauren has shown incredible dedication, commitment and sacrifice over the years to reach this level”, says her coach of eight years with the Dynamos, Mike Saif. He continued, “Not only is Lauren focused at practice and games to give her best, but she trains with a ball and for her conditioning on her own, outside of practice more than any other player”.
Fowlkes has been rewarded for her hard work before. She has been a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Region II 1988 Team for the last three years.
A true product of the local Kansas City area soccer community, Fowlkes groomed her skills playing in the local Kansas Premier Soccer League at Heritage Park against other KC area teams and her competitive edge was honed by her selection to US Youth Soccer ODP and playing many of the local Kansas City tournaments.
When asked why he thought Fowlkes had been selected to the U-17 U.S. WNT, her Dynamos coach, Mike Saif, said, “It’s obvious a player needs to have ability and talent to make the U.S. Women’s National Team and I believe there are other players in Kansas City with the ability and talent to play at that level. Lauren made it because, not only was she aware of what was needed, but she and her family were prepared to make the commitment and sacrifices to reach that goal when others weren’t.”
Learn more about KSYSA by visiting www.KansasYouthSoccer.org and learn more about US Youth Soccer ODP by visiting www.USYouthSoccer.org.
US Youth Soccer ODP is the first and original ODP program. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and Women’s United Soccer Association, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. And, with programs in all 55 State Associations as well as regional and national championships and participation in international tournaments, US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way for elite player development in the United States.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the original and only true national championship for club soccer teams. It provides approximately 129,000 players on 7,200 teams from the US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The event caps a yearlong series of competitions beginning at the state level for boys and girls club teams throughout the United States followed by the Regional and National Championships.