Caetlyn Johannes One Step Closer to Women’s National Team Ambition
Caetlyn Johannes is a 14 year old on a mission, and this week she came one step closer to making her dream a reality. Caetlyn, who aspires to play for U.S. Soccer’s Women’s National Team, just returned from her debut into the U-15 Girls’ National Team.
Caetlyn was called into the U-15 GNT training camp for the first time last month and was flown, all expenses paid by U.S. Soccer, to College Station, Texas, where she trained with 35 other players from across the county from April 22-29.
This training camp marked the start of the two-year cycle for players born in 2003, as they transition from U-15s to U-17 in 2019, when the core team will be selected to compete in qualification rounds for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Caetlyn has already set her sights on making the cut. When asked about her goals for the next 2-3 years, Caetlyn said, without hesitation, “I want to play in the World Cup!”
Caetlyn described the last week at the U-15 GNT Camp as “demanding, but really fun!” The best thing about the camp, she says, was “being able to come into an environment where everyone is very good. They’re all there for a reason and it was good to be able to enter that environment and play my game.”
Caetlyn Johannes (far right) and her U-15 Girls National Team teammates after training.
This past February, Caetlyn’s “game” caught the attention of Seattle Reign Head Coach, Laura Harvey, when Harvey was on Maui working with VIS Academy players in a Specialty Clinic. Harvey, who is also the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Head Coach, invited Caetlyn to play with the Seattle Reign Academy in the Elite Clubs National League, the most competitive girls’ league in the country.
From April 7-9, Caetlyn played with the Seattle Reign ’02 team in her first ENCL tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. During the tournament, she piqued the interest of some of the top college soccer programs in the country, including Ivey League’s Brown University, Pepperdine University, Oregon State, Arizona State, and consistent NCAA Final Four contenders, Florida State.
Caetlyn has trained full time with Valley Isle Soccer Academy since she was 9 years old. She trains six days a week in both the ’03 Girls Training Pool and with high school boys in the Academy’s Elite Clinics. In the months leading up to the U-15 GNT Camp, Caetlyn also trained individually twice a week, before school, with Academy Director of Coaching, Aleks Filipovic. Caetlyn also plays with partner club, Leahi ’03 Premier and trains twice a week with Vernon Patao at HI Performance Athletics for strength and conditioning. Caetlyn will continue to travel to the mainland to play with Seattle Reign as they head into the final rounds of the ECNL.
Caetlyn and her father, Danny Johannes, at the ECNL National Tournament, April 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ.
Caetlyn is the third player to be called up to the Girls’ National Team level while training on a full time basis with VIS Academy. Filipovic, describes Caetlyn’s success as the product of her own hard work, trust, and the support of her family. “Caetlyn has the benefit of learning and drawing inspiration from the players that came before her,” Filipovic says, “but the most significant factor that has helped Caetlyn get to this level is her family. Caetlyn’s parents keep her grounded, and they have placed a lot of trust in us that we will always put her best interests first.”
President of VIS Academy, Rebecca Filipovic, attributes much of Caetlyn’s success to her attitude, personality and passion. “You can see how much Caetlyn loves this game, and what she’s willing to do to get to where she wants to be. She is always excited and energetic at training and I don’t know any other 14-year old who wakes up at 5:00 AM on their own to run!”
Next up, Caetlyn has her sights set on the U-15 GNT Camp scheduled to take place this June in Portland, Oregon. Until then, she will continue training with VIS Academy during the week and playing with Seattle Reign Academy.