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Kentucky's Gilliland named to U.S. U-23 team camp

Arin Gilliland, a sophomore from Wilmore, has overcome a knee injury to help lead UK to an 8-3-1 start this season. Gilliland chose to play at Kentucky to let her ill mother watch her play. Letita Gilliland died this spring.
Arin Gilliland, a sophomore from Wilmore, has overcome a knee injury to help lead UK to an 8-3-1 start this season. Gilliland chose to play at Kentucky to let her ill mother watch her play. Letita Gilliland died this spring.

University of Kentucky soccer player Arin Gilliland, a graduate of West Jessamine High School, has been added to the roster for the United States' Under-23 National Team Camp, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.

The U-23 team is the oldest competing youth team in U.S. Soccer and one step away from the U.S. National Team.

“This is really all just so surreal to me,” said Gilliland, who will enter her junior season at Kentucky this fall. “This is the opportunity I have been waiting my whole life for and I am excited to be able to go prove myself with the best players in the nation. I feel like I am back to the level I need to be at following my ACL injury a year ago. It is really nice to know after all this time, they still have the faith and confidence in me as a player and a person that I can compete at the highest level. I am going to go out there and give it my all and show them what I can offer to the team.”

The U-23 team is coming together April 13-20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where it will train with the U.S. Under-20 squad. The teams will scrimmage each other on April 16 and 19.

Gilliland is one of 21 players taking part in the camp for the U-23 squad, which is under the direction of Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum. Since several U-23 players are now with their pro clubs, the camp roster consists largely of collegiate players. The roster also includes former Western Kentucky goalkeeper and Louisville native Libby Stout. Gilliland led the Wildcats in scoring a year ago, tallying seven goals and seven assists for 21 total points. Among those seven goals were three game-winners. Gilliland was named a third-team All-American last season by CollegeSoccerMadness.com and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.

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