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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois Wesleyan junior midfielder Sarah Trach is one of 16 Division III players from 13 different schools across the country who will play for the USA D-3 Soccer Team in four matches in Brazil against top U-22 club teams in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from May 24 to June 2.
Trach (Clarendon Hills, Ill. / Hinsdale Central HS) was a second team all-Central Region honoree as she played in 21 games for the Titans and scored two goals to go along with five assists. Trach was chosen as the "Most Improved Player" on the 2015 team and was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin "Defensive Player of the Week" on Sept. 15 for her play vs. Benedictine, Sewanee, and Central (Iowa).
The USA D-3 Soccer squad will begin with two days of orientation and practice in Orlando, Fla., prior to flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil for contests in the cities of Jundiai and Valinhos in the state of Sao Paulo on May 26 and 27. The team will then travel to Rio de Janeiro for two more matches May 30 and 31.
While in Brazil, the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. In Rio the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The USA D-3 Soccer Teams will also visit sites and venues that will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.
"I believe that the players on these teams will be some of the same players we see recognized as All Americans, All Region and All Conference players in the Fall of 2016. This is an outstanding group of young men and women." says Ron Smith of trip sponsor USA Sports Tours & Events. "Many of the players on this year's USA / Brazil Tour team had great individual seasons and led their teams into post season play. This tour is designed to expose players to a great soccer experience while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth."
The USA D-3 Soccer Teams are invited NCAA Division III players from across the country, comprised of players recognized as All-Americans, all-region and all-conference. Rachel Post of Carthage College is the only other CCIW player on the traveling team and Jeff Cummings of Thomas More College will serve as the USA D-3 Women's Soccer head coach.
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