Charlotte McCormack Called Up to Republic of Ireland National Team; Faces USA on Fox Sports 1 on May 10
Clayton State women's soccer junior goalkeeper Charlotte McCormack (Wexford, Ireland) has been called up to the Republic of Ireland National Team to be part of the club's international friendly with the United States on Sunday, May 10.
Slated for 2:30 p.m. (EST), the game will take place at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. and will air nationally on FOX Sports 1.
McCormack, who went 12-3 this season with a 0.84 goals against average and .818 save percentage in more than 1,500 minutes in net, will backup Niamh Reid Burke. As this is an international friendly, and contested outside of the international calendar, Ireland will not have all of their regular players as their clubs are not required to release them for the game.
This has presented a unique opportunity for McCormack, whose name came to Ireland's National Team Manager Sue Ronan both through her participation on Ireland's Under-19 National Team as well as Clayton State head coach Gareth O'Sullivan.
"I was delighted to receive Sue's call on Saturday regarding Charlotte", said O'Sullivan. "She has had a great year and worked her socks off. She deserves this opportunity and we are thrilled for her and the program as a whole."
McCormack will be one of just two current NCAA student-athletes to dress out for Ireland, the other being senior defender Megan Campbell of Division I Florida State, the 2014 NCAA National Champions.
Ireland will not only be without their full and regular roster, but will be taking on a United States team that is complete and getting ready for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. McCormack will travel out on Thursday, May 7, joining the team in San Francisco to begin preparations for Sunday's game with training on Friday and Saturday.
Ireland's starting keeper, Emma Byrne, is unavailable for the contest against the USA, presenting the opportunity for McCormack, but will return for her country's next scheduled competition against Haiti later in the trip. The junior from Wexford, Ireland enters the game with no preconceived notions and knows her role for her country's team.
"This is a great opportunity for me to see what it's like to train and compete at the highest level and it will give me something to work towards in the future", said McCormack. "I'm likely to be a bit out of my depth seeing as I haven't trained at that level for some time but I am fit and healthy and will grasp the opportunity as best I can."
During her stay with the Republic of Ireland National Team, she will also be reporting on the unique experience as very few, if any, NCAA Division II players get the opportunity to dress for their nation's team in a nationally televised game – and do it as a junior no less.
McCormack will send back posts and pictures as she can which will be presented as full releases on www.ClaytonStateSports.com. The tentative schedule for these will be releases on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the latter following the game.
ABOUT THE GAME
The Republic of Ireland National Team will take on the United States on Sunday, May 10 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The team consists of mostly professional players and will face a USA squad that is readying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup later this year. The game will be aired live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. (EST).