May 16, 2014
U.S. Under 20 Men’s National Team Training Camp to Feature Two Capital Area RailHawks Academy Players
Conor Donovan and Caleb Duvernay are two of 24 players called to the camp to run May 17-25 at North Carolina State University
Contact: Katharine Kelley, CASL Director of Relations
Raleigh, NC – On May 15, 2014 the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team released the 24 names to be invited to the U-20 Men’s National Team Training Camp to be held May 17-25 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Two of those 24 spots will be filled with current Capital Area RailHawks Academy players. Conor Donovan and Caleb Duvernay are two of 21 players on the roster who have U.S. Soccer Development Academy experience.
Donovan and Duvernay are both members of the U18 Capital Area RailHawks Academy team who has a 21-3-8 record. The team is currently ranked 8th in the country. Donovan and Duvernay are both defenders and a part of a defensive line that leads the division in goals against. Both players have trained and competed with the Carolina RailHawks first team, as part of the collaboration between the Capital Area RailHawks Academy Program and the Carolina RailHawks. Donovan and Duvernay will continue being teammates in the Fall as they both will be starting their careers as student-athletes at North Carolina State University.
“This recognition of our players is a great blend of what the Capital Area RailHawks Academy represents. Duvernay is an example of a CASL player that received his youth development from CASL and progressed to the Academy, and Donovan is a top level player selection from the surrounding area invited to join the Academy,” said John Bradford, Capital Area RailHawks Director. “CASL should be proud of Caleb as a product of the entire club development pathway. Conor has had some great coaches in the past, and he recognized that by joining the Capital Area RailHawks Academy, he was putting himself in the most challenging, professional environment for his continued development.”
Donovan has been featured in 11 Academy games this season. He has had to fulfill Youth National Team duties and tend to some injuries, which has kept him away from the team during some competition. Nonethless, he has notched three goals on the season from the center back position. He is a former member of the U-17 and U-20 U.S. National Teams and Residency Program Member. He competed in the U17 World Cup Qualifications in Panama in 2013.
Duvernay leads the country in start percentage starting 32 out of 32 games on the season. He has also been a force on the back line where he has scored seven goals from the left back position. He was a member of the 16 Academy “Starting XI” last year for the East Conference, which is comprised of the best players at each position in one of the four US Development Academy conferences in the country. He is a former U-17 US National Team Member and Residency Program Member. He played at CASL since he was 8 years old. He also came through the Next Level Academy development system, which is a youth technical development academy. He has been coached by John Bradford, Capital Area RailHawks Academy Director, from U12-U18.
The 24 players invited to the U-20 National Team Camp will be training and playing games against the Carolina RailHawks (May 20; 7:30pm), RailHawks U-23s (May 22; 6:00pm), and the Wilmington Hammerheads (May 24; 6:00pm).
To read the full release from US Soccer, click here.
CASL is a Raleigh, NC based non-profit youth soccer organization that provides positive and high quality instructional and competitive soccer opportunities to youth, ages 4-18, in the greater Wake County area. Since 1974 CASL has consistently produced youth athletes who succeed on and off the field. CASL is home to nearly 9,000 youth and their families each season. Through our players and their extended network of parents, family, and friends, CASL is also dedicated to improving the quality of life in Wake County through the game of soccer. To learn more about CASL, please call 919-834-3951 or visit www.CASLnc.com.