Homegrown Surf SC Player Mia Fishel is on the U.S. U17 Women’s National Team competing in the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup
Committed to UCLA and hoping to have a career as a pro, Surf SC’s Mia Fishel prepares for the U17 Women’s World Cup.
U17 Women’s National Team head coach Mark Carr has selected his 21 players who will represent the USA at the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay from Nov. 13 – Dec. 1.
San Diego Surf Soccer Club’s homegrown player Mia Fishel made the cut.
San Diego-based Mia Fishel has earned 26 caps and scored 5 goals.
Carr named his roster after the U.S. Soccer U17 Women’s Invitational in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, where the USA finished preparing for the World Cup with games against England, Colombia, and Mexico.
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“The decision of the final World Cup qualifying roster certainly was not easy,” said Carr. “The credit goes to the players for how they have pushed each other to this point and made the final roster decisions very difficult.”
Mia Fishel is one of the Eight players on the World Cup roster who helped the USA win the 2016 U-15 Girls’ Concacaf Championship. Fishel, along with Talia DellaPeruta, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris, Lindsey Romig, and Natalia Staude will rise to the challenge of World Cup competition later this month.
Fishel is continuing to distinguish herself on the pitch and trains hard to perfect her craft. Fishel, along with Trinity Byars and Samantha Meza earned Academy Conference Best XI honors playing up an age group at the U-18/19 level last season.
Fishel has returned to San Diego and back to her Surf SC U19 DA team coached by Mark Spooner. In fact, she scored the first goal in the Surf vs. SC Del Sol match, helping her team won 2-1.
“Mia is an outstanding player and a joy to coach. Everyone at Surf SC is exceptionally proud of Mia and her focused dedication,” said Spooner, who is also the Surf SC Director of the Girls DA. “She’s a great role model and has worked tremendously hard. Incredibly talented, Mia is a very special young woman who is an impact player and is a great player to represent the USA.”
“Mia has traveled the world preparing for this unbelievable opportunity to represent her country,” said Rob Becerra, Surf SC Director – Girls.“We are so proud that she is representing the United States of America in the U17 women’s World Cup.”
SoccerToday Interview with Mia Fishel
Diane Scavuzzo: Congratulations! How did it feel to discover you were on the roster?
Mia Fishel: When I got the news that I was going to be in the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, it was a dream come true.
All of the hard work and training for the past two years with this team and my whole soccer career has prepared me for this.
I’m very happy to have this opportunity and look forward to showcasing what America is all about in the world cup.
I want to show how the U17 US Women’s Soccer team plays, with our creativity and fight!
It promises to be a very exciting experience and I can’t wait to get there in Montevideo with everyone! I look forward to playing all of the countries we face and giving it our very best. I also know I will be making new memories with my best friends and having fun playing soccer.
Diane Scavuzzo: What do you think will be the greatest challenge?
Mia Fishel: The biggest challenge is going to be focusing on ourselves after the games and not letting external influences get in.
We have to stay in our bubble the whole time to be successful in this tournament and stick to the plan.
Diane Scavuzzo: Is social media very distracting?
Mia Fishel: Social media can be a big distraction, but if everyone is focused on each game, we should be fine.
Social media is something that we can’t control, so we had to shut it out ourselves.
Everyone wants to follow our journey and will try to get in our bubble, but we must focus on each other and each game, one at a time.
Diane Scavuzzo: Are you committed to a college?
Mia Fishel: Yes. I am committed to UCLA and am playing with them this summer.
I chose UCLA because they have a great support staff who want to help me support me as I reach for my goals. I want to play for the full our country’s Women’s National Team and potentially being drafted to a professional team.
I believe the coaches at UCLA will push my limits to be the best.
Academically, they are the #1 public school and a degree from UCLA is very valuable if things go wrong in soccer and I need a backup plan.
Diane Scavuzzo: Do you want to become a professional soccer player?
Mia Fishel: Yes, my dream is to become a professional soccer player and be the best player I can.
Diane Scavuzzo: What year were you born?
Mia Fishel: I was born in 2001. I just want to add a big thank you to all my coaches who have helped me reach this moment. Also, my teammates from Surf SC and the National team have pushed me in training and games to be better every time I step on the field.
2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group C Schedule – USA
The USA kicks off a challenging Group C on Wed., Nov. 14 against Cameroon followed by Korea and then wrapping up the group stage with the match against Germany. All of the USA’s matches will be broadcast on FS2.
|Date||Match||Kickoff (ET)||Venue; City||TV Info|
USA vs. Cameroon
Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia
|Nov. 17||USA vs. Korea DPR||1:00 PM||Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia||FS2|
|Nov. 21||USA vs. Germany||4:00 PM||Estadio Charrua; Montevideo||FS2|