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Fuel Soccer: PSU’s Kaleigh Riehl added to USWNT ID camp; The numerous benefits of jumping rope; Top goals of 2019

Club soccer helped set up Penn State’s Kaleigh Riehl for success

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has made one final addition to the roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team Identification Training Camp that started this week in Bradenton, Fla., calling in former U-20 USWNT captain Kaleigh Riehl.

Riehl, who finished her senior season at Penn State this fall, was a member of two FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cups teams for the USA. She was a key player on the U.S. team that made the semifinal round at the 2016 tournament in Papua New Guinea. She was a reserve on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in Canada.

Riehl, a rock on the backline for Penn State during her career, played in a remarkable 101 career games for the Nittany Lions, all starts. She has also played with the U-23 USWNT.

What’s interesting to look at with these talented players is their background and how many of them come with success in club soccer. Riehl competed for Braddock Road Youth Club ’95 Elite for 11 years and was named 2014 NSCAA All-American and team captain. She won the National League Champion in 2013 and 2014, won 2013 Virginia State Cup and won 2012 USYS National, Region 1 and State Cup championships.

Going old school: Jumping rope is a great way to jump to the next level

There are plenty of high-tech ways to get in shape, stay in shape and help you go from good to great when it comes to physical fitness. But going old school shouldn’t be ignored and what’s more old school than jumping rope. Spending a half hour jumping rope is a warm-up exercise and daily mini-workout in one, especially for the arms and legs — your quadriceps, deltoids, and hamstrings all get the benefits of jumping rope. But it goes beyond developing muscle memory and muscle tone.

Here are nine benefits of jumping rope you many not realize 

  • Improves Coordination. Jumping rope actually improves your coordination by making you focus on your feet. …
  • Decreases Foot and Ankle Injuries. …
  • Burns Major Calories. …
  • Completely Portable and Fun. …
  • Improves Bone Density. …
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health. …
  • Improved Breathing Efficiency. …
  • Makes You Smarter.

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