Tara McKeown
U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team

Tara McKeown

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    Newbury Park, California

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U.S. National Teams: A consistent call-up for the U-20s over this cycle, she has appeared in every camp this year and earned 22 caps heading into the WWC … Represented the USA at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago, playing the full 90 minutes in two games … Started at left back in the Concacaf semifinal vs. Haiti, helping the U.S. punch its World Cup ticket with a penalty kick shootout victory … Played in all three matches of the U-20s’ run to the Tournoi Maurice Revello Sud Ladies Cup title in June … Appeared in all three games of the USA’s undefeated run at April’s La Manga tournament … Played in all three matches at the U-20s’ two 2017 competitions: March’s La Manga tournament and December’s Nike International Friendlies … Played for the U.S. U-18 and U-19 WNT from 2015-16 prior to the current U-20 cycle … Appeared in camp with the U-17 WNT in 2015 and the U-15 Girls’ National Team in 2014 ... Earned first Youth National Team call-up in May 2013 with the U-14 GNT.

College/High School: Earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors in her first season at USC, playing in all 20 games for the Trojans … Notched a team-high five assists and scored four goals in 2017 … Attended Newbury Park High School … Named to the All-CIF Southern Section first team in 2015-16 and 2013-14 … Helped the Panthers to the CIF Southern Section Division Two semifinals for the first time in school history … Also ran track, specializing in hurdles.

Finished her youth career at the U-18 level with San Diego Surf … Played U-12 to U-17 with Eagles Soccer Club … Started club soccer with Real California from U-9 to U-12.

Full name is Tara LeAnn McKeown … Nicknamed T … Sisters Kaitlyn and Shaylee, brother Ryan also play soccer … Dad played baseball, while mom competed in gymnastics and ran … Enjoys water-skiing, snow-skiing and tubing … Three words that describe her off the field are “funny, kind and honest” … Two words that describe her on the field are “aggressive and hard-working” … Favorite foods include sushi, pasta, tacos and hot fires … Motto is “whoever said winning isn’t everything didn’t win” … Wants to become a physician’s assistant … Lists LeBron James as her biggest athletic inspiration and Mia Hamm as her biggest sports hero … Favorite part about soccer is the culture … Would love to visit Bora Bora …. Proud owner of three dogs – Nike, Lux and Cooper – as well as a cat and a hamster … Favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy and Quantico … Loves anything with caramel.