Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Tuesday, June 17, 2008) – The Pali Blues Soccer Club (6-0-0) announced today the acquisition of U.S. National Team player India Trotter. The addition of Trotter comes midway through the inaugural campaign of the Blues in the USL W-League with the team currently sitting atop the Western Conference standings.
“Adding India is great timing,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “After losing (Sarah) Walsh and (Caitlyn) Munoz to injury, we needed to find a quality attacking player to replace them. India can play at a high level in any position, but we intend to find a role for her that will make us even more dangerous in our attack."
Trotter made her debut with the full national team against Norway in the 2006 Four Nations Tournament in China. She also played with the U-19 National Team during 2003 and 2004.
In four years at Florida State University, Trotter tallied 65 points on 24 goals and 18 assists. The Plantation, Florida, native was the first Seminole to ever receive a cap with the national team. She helped Florida State to the NCAA Final Four during her junior season, scoring five goals in six tournament games. The former NSCAA All-America and All-ACC selection scored 62 goals and registered 47 assists while playing high school soccer in southern Florida.
The Blues head north of the border this week for a Sunday rematch against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. on the home turf of the Whitecaps a week after the Blues defeated Vancouver by a count of 4-0 at the Stadium by the Sea. Naimo stressed the importance of not overlooking the talented Whitecap team.
"We are at the midway point in the season and are facing a huge road trip to the Pacific Northwest,” he commented. “We know Vancouver will come out extremely hard, and having seen us play, they will have adjustments. India’s addition along with the return of Brittany Klein and Collette McCallum gives us more versatility to change our look, if need be."
The club returns to the Stadium by the Sea on Monday, June 30, when they host the Fort Collins Force. Tickets for all home match-ups for the Blues are only $10 for adults ($8 with student ID) and $5 for kids under the age of 12.
Stay tuned to the team website at www.bluessoccerclub.com for all updates regarding the Blues.