QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John’s University sophomore midfielder Claudia Cagnina has been called into the Peruvian Under-20 national team’s training camp in Florida to train to compete in matches later this month.
This will be Cagnina’s second time with the Peruvian squad as she participated in Copa Lima 2016 last summer, registering three goals in as many appearances. This time around, Cagnina will train and play with the team in Florida while St. John’s is on Easter break. The Peruvian team will play a minimum of two matches against University of Miami and another local Miami area team as the team prepares for the 2017 Bolivian Games.
“This is a really cool opportunity and I’m really excited,” Cagnina said. “It’s great to play with people from different countries because the style of play is so different and you get to learn so much. I’m just looking to get better and better, and continue playing well.”
Cagnina, who hails from Lindenhurst, N.Y. tallied one goal and two assists last year, appearing in 19 out of the Red Storm’s 20 matches.
“As a staff and as a program, we are all very proud of the progress that Claudia is making both as a soccer player and as a person,” Red Storm head coach Ian Stone said. “This latest recognition is just a reward for all of her hard work.”
A Long Island native, Cagnina is eligible for the Peruvian national team through her maternal bloodline, as her mother was born and raised in the South American country.
Cagnina is the latest in a long line of Red Storm women’s soccer student-athletes to bring their game to the international level.
On the 2016 St. John’s roster, several players have had the opportunity to compete for their home countries, including Anna Maria Baldursdottir for Iceland, Zsani Kajan for Hungary and Lucy Whipp for England.
Two Americans have made appearances in U.S. youth national team training camps, as Madeline McCracken suited up for the U-19 team in January 2016 and Diana Poulin competed for the U-23 squad a few months later. Junior Mariela Jacome laced up her cleats for Ecuador in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
Last month, alumna Vaila Barsley was called to train with the Scottish national team after spending four seasons with a professional team in Sweden. Fellow alumna Rachel Daly has received regular call-ups to the England national side since last summer.
The Red Storm resumes its spring schedule Saturday at 3 p.m., playing host to the University of Pennsylvania.