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Football: Hope in the USA
« on: July 09, 2008, 11:56:30 PM »
A TAFF Ely teenager is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime after gaining a scholarship to play football in the US.

Hope Suominen, of Cefn Close, Coed-y-Cwm, says she “can’t wait” to fly out to Middle Tennessee on July 28.

“Life is good at the moment and I can’t wait to get started,” said the 18-year-old.

“I went over there to have a look at the team training with my step-dad in October and was really impressed with the standard. I couldn’t join in the training but the team looked really good.”

But the high standards should not be a problem for Hope who has been capped for the Welsh Under-19s several times.

The midfielder, who used to live in Llwynmadoc Street, Graigwen, also played for Keynsham Town in the English Premier Division and for Arsenal Academy last season.

“I’ll be starting out in the recruitment class with all the other first-year students. If they like what they see in training I will be picked for the university team - the Blue Raiders,” said the former Coedylan Comprehensive School pupil.

“I think the team plays three games a week for three months and that’s the season over, which leaves time to concentrate on studying - I think I will take psychology.”

Ladies football is big business in the US and the Middle Tennessee recruiting class is currently ranked 28 in the central region and number two in the more local Sun Belt Conference by Soccer Buzz Magazine.

Hope’s scholarship means she will have all her student expenses paid for.

“Ladies football is a much bigger deal over there,” she said.

“I know a few people from the UK who have gone out there and so I sent the university a DVD of myself playing and they invited me to come over.

“Pre-season training starts in August so I will have a bit of time to settle in and get used to it all.

“I love football and I’m so excited I just can’t wait.”

Hope’s new head coach Aston Rhoden said: “These youngsters share the same goals as our current players. We are always excited as a team to get new players because we know it is going to increase our chances of having a better year than the one before.”

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sports/grassroots/pontypridd-llantrisant-sport/2008/07/10/football-hope-in-the-usa-91466-21306175/