WASHINGTON – While the 2014 Catholic University of America women's soccer team is deep into preseason training, one member of the coaching staff will be competing as a member of the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago women's national team with the hope of competing in the 2015 Women's World Cup.
"Not having Taylor at CUA with us for the start of preseason has been an adjustment for me and the other assistants, but it isn't anything we can't handle," said Catholic University Head Women's Soccer Coach J.P. Sousa. "We are prepared to get through the next week while she's playing in Trinidad, and when she returns all of the girls will be excited to have Taylor join us for our season opener at Farmingdale State on Long Island during Labor Day weekend."
Taylor Mims spent the past two weeks in Houston, Texas training with the national team of Trinidad and Tobago to earn a spot on the 20-player roster (August 4-17). After being selected, Mims is now in Trinidad & Tobago for the inaugural Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women's Cup, which will take place from August 19-26.
"It is a great feeling to be selected to the Trinidad and Tobago women's national team," said Mims. "I've been with the U17's and the U20's, so it feels very special to join the senior team. I've been really anxious to get back on to the playing field so I could not be more excited."
The Trinidad and Tobago national team, who is seeded in Group B, takes on Saint Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, August 20, Antigua and Barbuda on Friday, August 22 and Martinique on Sunday, Aug. 24. The top team out of Group B will advance to the championship game and the runner-up will advance to the third place contest, both games are scheduled for Tuesday, August 26. All four teams that advance out of group play will continue on to compete in the CONCACAF Women's Championship, which will take place in the following cities: Chicago, Ill., Kansas City, Mo., Philadelphia, Pa., and Washington D.C. The United States based tournament begins on Wednesday, October 15 and wraps up on Sunday, October 26, where the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup regional participants are determined.
"Well my first hope is to make it into the top three teams and qualify for the 2015 World Cup," said Mims. "But, I also want all of our hard work and struggles to finally pay off. This is the most talented group of girls I've seen and I really feel like this is our time to prove that."
The two finalists of CONCACAF Women's Championship plus the winner of the match for third place will automatically advance, while the team finishing fourth will go into a play-off against a team from South America for the chance to join the top trio in Canada for the 2015 Women's World Cup.
"When Taylor called in late July to tell me she was going to be invited to the T&T national team camp, I was so excited," said Sousa. "What an amazing opportunity this is for her. I knew about her international background at the youth level when we hired her to join our coaching staff a year ago, and she has certainly shown off her ability at training sessions with our team at CUA, but I admit that it never crossed my mind that she would be called up for the full national team. She did her part by staying in contact with the Trinidad & Tobago Federation after graduating from Seton Hall and earned the invitation."
Notes: The Catholic University of America women's soccer team was predicted to finish in fourth place this season with one first place vote and 40 points. Newcomer Elizabethtown is predicted to sweep the conference in their first season as a Landmark Conference team with four first place votes and 59 points. Scranton is in the second place slot with one first place vote and 46 points and Drew rounds out the list with a predicted third place finish with two first place votes and 42 points. The preseason list was announced on Wednesday, August 20 by the Landmark Conference.