Emina Ekic has been selected to participate in a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from April 19-26, 2014. She is one of only 36 players to be called up nationally that will form the nucleus of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. This team will transition to the U-17 level later this year.
In her first year with the Olympic Development Program (ODP), Emina was named to the Kentucky State team, the Region II team, and now the U-15 Girls National team. Emina credits her success to her father. “My dad plays, and he’s the one who trained me. He took me to the soccer field and taught me how to shoot and dribble. He helped keep me in shape.”
Since joining Javanon in the fall of 2009, she has helped the Javanon 99 girls reach the State Cup finals four times finishing as Champions once. Club Director Ali Ahmadi says “I am very proud of her and her accomplishments. She has worked very hard to get there. We try to help all our players achieve their goals and reach their highest potential.”
As a freshman at DuPont Manual High School, Emina distinguished herself early on by scoring ten goals in three games for the Varsity Squad. She finished the season with a team leading 22 goals and was the only freshman to be named to the All-Star team.