Meredith Back With U-23 National Team For Training Camp

Rudy Meredith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Team Spent Week Working Out At Home Depot Center In Carson, Calif.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Last June, Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith helped the U.S. Under-23 Women's National team capture a Three Nations Tournament in Stjordalen, Norway. Apparently the powers that be at U.S. Soccer were impressed with his work as an assistant coach.

Meredith was invited back and served as an assistant coach at the team's training camp that was held Apr. 13-20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The camp was held concurrently with the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team. The two squads played a pair of scrimmages.

U.S. head coach Randy Waldrum, also the head coach at Notre Dame, brought in nearly 25 players for the camp. The roster consisted primarily of collegiate players and several professionals who are playing overseas.

Meredith, who finished his 18th season at Yale last fall, is a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year and guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2005, the Bulldogs won a school record 15 games, captured the first outright Ivy League title in Yale history and advanced to the third round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history. In the second round, Yale upset third-seeded Duke 2-1, scoring the winning goal with one second left in the second half, one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the tournament. The Bulldogs were ranked 13th in the final NSCAA/adidas national poll.

In 2002, Yale made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, upsetting Villanova in the first round before dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Nebraska in the second round. The Bulldogs returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 after winning 13 games and finishing second in the Ivy League.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity