U.S. National Teams: A member of the U.S. team at the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Grenada, she was injured in the first match and did not play for the rest of the tournament as the USA won the regional title and earned a berth to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Has 11 U-17 caps heading into the World Cup while playing 316 minutes at outside back and in the midfield … Has come up through the U.S. youth WNT system, playing for the U-14s in 2013, the U.S. U-15s in 2014, and the U.S. U-17s from 2014 to present.
College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend the University of Virginia in the fall of 2017 … Attends Henderson High School in West Chester, Pa., where she was First-Team All-Chest-Mont League as a freshman, sophomore and junior … She was the league’s co-player of the year as a sophomore and the Gatorade Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year for Pennsylvania … Was an NSCAA All-American as a junior … Has scored 39 goals with 22 assists for the Warriors, including 22 goals in the 2014-2014 season.
Club: Has played U-14 to present with Penn Fusion ... Played U-8 through U-13 with West Chester United.
Personal: Full name is Sydney Ahteram Zandi … Middle name is her great-grandmother’s first name … A member of the Latin Club and Students Helping Students … Enjoys painting, drawing, swimming and fashion … Three words that describe her off the field: “funny, caring and sweet” … Three words that describe her on the field: “tough, hard-working and happy” … Favorite class is English … Her dream job would be playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team … Favorite food is steak … Her favorite women’s soccer players is Meghan Klingenberg and her favorite men’s player is Andres Iniesta … Says the best part about being a soccer player is “even if you’re the underdog, you can still win because the game is unpredictable” … Has a dog named Xavi and two cats, named Messi and Striker … Some of her favorite TV shows are Modern Family and The Office … Favorite dessert is cheesecake … Uncle Mark is a well-known economist and uncle Peter is a professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.