Former WAGS players inspire regional DC girls with National Team calls
Andi Sullivan and Margaret Purce named to U.S. Under-20 Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2014
CONTACT: David Noyes – executivedirector@wagsl.com


Reistertown, MD. – Two former Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) players were named to the United States Under-20 Women’s National Team this week as head coach Michelle French gathers players to the team’s first training camp after winning the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in the Cayman Islands last month. The camp will run from Feb. 22-March 2 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and will feature two matches against fellow FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier China PR.

Andi Sullivan of Lorton, VA (Stanford University) and Margaret “Midge” Purce of Silver Spring, MD (Harvard University) are two former Washington Area Girls Soccer League players who will report to camp Saturday.

Sullivan played for Lee Mt. Vernon Soccer Club (LMVSC) from U9 through U-14 in WAGS.  She later moved to Bethesda SC and has committed to play at Stanford University in the fall of 2014 (Player Bio).  Sullivan was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala.  The team then qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.  She is fourth on the team in career U-17 goals with five in 15 international games and played with the U.S. U-15s in 2010. 

Purce played for WAGS league member Soccer Association of Columbia – Howard County (SAC), before also moving to Bethesda and ending her youth career at Freestate Soccer Alliance (which was renamed Maryland United FC after merging with Waldorf Soccer Club in May 2013). The striker scored 101 goals at Good Council HS, was the Washington Post Player of the Year in 2011 & 2013, a 2-Time NSCAA All American, 2012 National Scholar All American Athlete and was named Top Maryland State Player in 2012.  Currently, Margaret Purce  is at Harvard University and was named the Ivy League POY as a freshman in 2013. (Player Bio)

“Andi and Midge are an inspiration to millions of young female soccer players in the DC Metro Area and across the Country.” Said WAGS BOD Lula Bauer, “We are proud they started their careers in WAGS and know every one of our ten thousand members wishes them continued luck in the future.”

Seeming to follow this same path, Imani Dorsey is another player with ties to WAGS and Good Council. Committed to play for Duke University this fall, is currently a member of the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team was a 2014 NSCAA All American the Washington Post Player of the Year in 2013.

Founded in 1974 by Mavis Derflinger and Rael Vodicka, the Washington Area Girls Soccer League is one of the premier girls’ soccer associations in the United States. Today’s membership includes some 600 teams from across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, competing in a variety of divisions ranging from Under-9 to Under-19 age levels. WAGS is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014.


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