After years of competing in regional and national events, only 30 players have been invited to compete for positions on the United States Women’s National U20 team. FC Alliance’s Summer Lanter is one of those thirty. The ultra-quick forward on Josh Gray’s 95 Girls Black is one camp away from the greatest honor in soccer: representing you country on the world’s biggest stage. Lanter will spend July 2-11 in Portland, Oregon, trying to prove she belongs in a red, white and blue jersey.
Lanter is truly an amazing player. Fast, skilled and relentless, she has helped carry FC Alliance 95 Black, to a State Cup Title, RPL and MRL Championships, Las Vegas Players Showcase champions, and a championship at the Disney Soccer Showcase in the top flight. She was recently named Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
"Summer has all the attributes of a national team player," commented Gray. "She is a competitor who plays to win every time she steps on the field. Her intensity is at another level. She has great speed and finishes well with both feet."
Lanter isn’t the first FC Alliance player to compete internationally. Will Little, Ryan Creel and Jon Creel have all represented the United States abroad in the last two years. However, Lanter may be the first to earn a spot on a U-20 World Cup team, a possibility which has sparked a wave of excitement in the club.
"We are all keeping our fingers crossed," added Jon Schneider, Director of Soccer Operations. "Summer is a great player and even better person. She deserves this type of national attention."