Maia Tabion, who stars for the Crossfire GU-15 DA team, has been called into the U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team for their first event of the year, which takes place next week, February 25-March 4, in Norco, California. Tabion, receiving her first call-up to National Team camp, was scouted extensively by U.S. Soccer technical staff at the Girls Development Academy Winter Showcase this past December, as well as during several regular-season DA games.
“Maia is a very talented, dynamic attacker, and we’re not at all surprised to see her talent being recognized on a national stage,” said Crossfire Director Bernie James. “She displays a tremendous work ethic, even training with our Boys U-14 and -15 Development Academy teams every week. The combination of outstanding ability and her desire to get better every day means we’ll be hearing a lot more of Maia in the months and years to come.”
Tabion won’t be the club’s lone representation at the U-14 GNT camp, either, as Crossfire DA coach Justi Baumgardt has been added to Under-14 National Team staff by Head Coach April Kater. A former U.S. Women’s National Team player, this is a return of sorts for Baumgardt, although it’s the first time she will take part in a National Team camp as a coach.
There is plenty of familiarity between coach and player, too, as Baumgardt currently coaches Tabion on the Crossfire GU-15 DA team, and seeing her daily in the training environment means she’s very familiar with the player’s many superlatives.
“In the DA, we’re able to see and compete against the best teams and players in the country,” Baumgardt explained, “and I have yet to come across an attacking player at this age who’s better 1v1. Maia combines technique with great quickness and unmatched pace, making her a very dangerous player on the ball. But she’s humble as well; she works hard, is eager to learn and possesses a real desire to improve. I’m eager to see how she’ll perform, and I feel particularly blessed as her coach to have the chance to be there in person, working with the best talent from across the nation.”
“We’re very proud,” James finished. “Everyone here at Crossfire is behind Maia and we’re excited to watch her progress. This is only the start, of course, but it’s nice for a player of her caliber to receive such recognition at an early age, showing her she’s on the right path in her development. We only foresee bigger and better things for her down the road, beginning with this camp.”
For more on Maia’s experience with the U-14 Girls’ National Team, along with interviews with a few more Crossfire DA players who are heading into National Team camps in the very near future, be sure to check out upcoming episodes of “Inside XF,” the club’s new video series, available here: http://www.crossfiresoccer.org/inside-xf/.