Jan. 25, 2009
There are several different paths to the full U.S. Women’s National Team. The most common would go something like this: Get identified at a young age by youth national team coaches and come up through the ranks on the various U.S. youth national teams. Then there is Ella Masar. The lightly recruited forward out of the youth soccer backwater of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., found success in a non-traditional way. Masar’s journey has been an inspiring one, built on hard work and belief.