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Cassie Miller

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How hard is it for the players of the U.S. U-17 WNT to keep up on their high school studies while traveling the country and the world? Truth be told, it's very difficult, but the U-17s are showing the same discipline and dedication to their studies that helped them get to the highest levels of their sport.

U.S. National Teams: A member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala and qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but did not see action in the tournament … Has a 4-0-0 record in international matches in 2012 heading into the Women’s World Cup … Has been participating in U-17 events since 2010 and has eight international caps at this level … Helped the U-17s win the Nordic Cup in Denmark in 2010 … Also played for the U.S. U-15 GNT in 2010 … Attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2009.

Personal: Full name is Carissa Xenia Miller … Goes by Cassie … She’s named after her mom’s favorite soap opera character … She loves cows … A Capstone Award National Medal winner … The 2010 and 2011 Girls’ National Champion for NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick, competing at the Super Bowls in 2009 and 2011 … A state champion in basketball at Desert Arroyo Junior High … Coaches younger goalkeepers with the Arizona Renegades club … Favorite thing to do is travel, especially to places with beaches … Her mom played basketball for Oklahoma State and was also on the equestrian team … When her mom was a teenager in 1976 she was a national champion BMX rider  … The three words that best describe her off the field are “playful, easy-going and goofy” … The three words that best describe her on the field are “tenacious, dedicated and brave” … Her motto is “we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” … Few people know that she has rode a bull, saying “it is the funnest thing you will ever do” … Had heart surgery when she was two months old… Favorite class is math … Craziest ambition is to travel to all seven continents … Aspires to someday be a sports psychologist … Favorite food is pesto chicken with angel hair … Favorite snack is strawberries and Nutella … Favorite soccer players are Briana Scurry and Iker Casillas … Best part about being a soccer player is “facing a PK shootout” … Has a dog named Ol’ Blue and a cat named Ally … Favorite cereal is Cap’n Crunch … One of her role models is her 19-year-old brother Andrew.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Florida State and will enroll early in January of 2013 … Attends Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Arizona … Rarely plays in goal in high school, but instead players striker … An All-Region selection and First-Team All-State as a junior … Scored about 10 goals with about the same assists as a forward.

Club: From U-13 to present, she played for Sereno SC out of Scottsdale, Arizona … For U-12s, she played with the Tempe Pros … U-8 through U-11 she played for Gilbert Arsenal SC … In 2012, she was an NSCAA All-American … Won five consecutive state titles with Sereno from 2005 through 2009.

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