Bennett Invited to U-20 Men's National Team Camp
May 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE – U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that Marquette University sophomore Louis Bennett II has been invited to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team training camp, May 17-25, in Raleigh, N.C.
Bennett, a unanimous BIG EAST All-Rookie Team and BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection for the Golden Eagles this past fall, was one six forwards invited to the 24-player training camp which will be held at North Carolina State University.
“I'm ecstatic that a Marquette men's soccer player has been called up to a United States national team,” said father and MU head coach Louis Bennett. “The Under-20 program has professional, college and top academy players in the mix, so he's with great company. It’s another milestone in a year of milestones for the Marquette University men’s soccer program.”
Alongside a core group of seniors, Bennett stepped in as a freshman in 2013 and played in all 20 matches (including 19 starts) for the nationally ranked Golden Eagles, helping the squad earn BIG EAST NCAA regular-season and tournament titles while advancing to the Round of 16 in last year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. A native of Shorewood, Wis., Bennett finished his first collegiate season second on the team in goals (4), assists (5) and points (13).
This will be Bennett’s first Youth National Team event since attending an Under-14 ID camp back in 2008. He came to Marquette from the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer) youth program, part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
“Knowing him like I do, I'm over the moon that he has pushed on since his brief involvement at U-14 and continued to look to develop through hard work, ambition, vision and opportunity,” Coach Bennett said of his son. “Getting a second chance in the national team set-up is a wonderful reward -- a proud day not only for Louis, but all who worked with him.
“The great thing is he realizes the reward for good work is more work, and that is certainly what is going to be required to push on further.”
Also invited to the U-20 MNT camp in Raleigh was forward Andrija Novakovich (Muskego, Wis.). Novakovich signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Marquette University in the fall, but has since decided to forego a collegiate career after signing a professional contract earlier this year with Reading FC of the English Football League Championship.
The U-20 MNT camp will feature friendly matches against the Carolina RailHawks on May 20, the RailHawks U-23s on May 22 and the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 24.
After the camp in North Carolina wraps up next week, the U-20 MNT will next meet at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif., for the NTC Invitational Tournament in mid-July.