Claudia Cagnina Called to Peruvian U-20 National Team Training Camp|
April 7, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - After excelling on the international stage last summer, Claudia Cagnina has been called to the Peruvian U-20 National Team training camp in Florida and will compete in matches later this month.
“This is a really cool opportunity and I’m really excited,” Cagnina said. “It’s great to play with people from different countries because the style of play is so different and you get to learn so much. I’m just looking to get better and better, and continue playing well.”
Cagnina, a midfielder from Lindenhurst, tallied one goal and a pair of assists during her sophomore campaign in 2016, appearing in 19 out of the Red Storm’s 20 contests on the year.
This will be Cagnina’s second go around with the Peruvian squad as the rising junior participated in Copa Lima 2016 last summer, registering three goals in as many appearances. This time around, Cagnina will train and play with the team in Florida while St. John’s is on Easter break. The Peruvian club will be playing at least two matches against University of Miami and another club local to the Miami area as the team prepares for the 2017 Bolivian Games.
“As a staff and as a program, we are all very proud of the progress that Claudia is making both as a soccer player and as a person,” Head Coach Ian Stone said. “This latest recognition is just a reward for all of her hard work.”
A native of Long Island, Cagnina is eligible for the Peruvian National Team through her maternal bloodline, as her mother was born and raised in the South American nation.
Cagnina is the latest in a long line of Red Storm women’s soccer student-athletes to bring their game to the international level. On the 2016 St. John’s roster, a number of players have had the opportunity to compete for their home countries, including Anna Maria Baldursdottir for Iceland, Zsani Kajan for Hungary and Lucy Whipp for England. A pair of American Johnnies have made appearances in United States Youth National Team training camps, as Madeline McCracken suited up for the U-19 team in January 2016 and Diana Poulin competed for the U-23 squad just a few months later. Last and certainly not least, junior Mariela Jacome made an appearance on the highest stage possible two summers ago, lacing up her cleats for Ecuador in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Just last month, alumna Vaila Barsley was called to train with the Scottish National Team after spending four seasons with a professional team in Sweden. Additionally, fellow alumna Rachel Daly has been receiving regular call-ups to the England National Team since last summer.
The Red Storm resumes its 2017 spring schedule tomorrow, playing host to University of Pennsylvania at 3 p.m. at Belson Stadium.