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FC Kansas City’s Shea Groom gets first national team call-up

FC Kansas City forward Shea Groom dribbled toward the goal as Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley tried to get the ball during a game in September.
FC Kansas City forward Shea Groom dribbled toward the goal as Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley tried to get the ball during a game in September. Special to The Star

FC Kansas City forward Shea Groom received her first U.S. women’s national team call-up Thursday, in preparation for two October friendlies against Switzerland.

Groom, a Liberty native who led FCKC in scoring this season with eight goals, has spent time in the national-team system before, most recently at the under-23 level. She aged out of that age group this year.

“I really want to get to the next level,” Groom said before FCKC’s season ended last month. “I think there’s a lot of work that needs to be put in before that. I just aged out of the U23s, so the next step would be the full team. That’s the goal and something we’ve been working towards this season.”

Groom’s eight goals for Kansas City were for fourth overall in the National Women’s Soccer League this season. Groom, the former Texas A&M player, was drafted to FCKC last year, and won the club’s rookie of the year award after scoring four goals.

The national team will take on Switzerland twice this month with its new-look roster. In addition to Groom, head coach Jill Ellis called up 10 other players with no full national-team experience.

“Right now, we are in a phase where we want to try to expand the player pool, look at a number of players and start the long process to qualifying for the next World Cup,” Ellis said in a statement. “That means several of our more experienced players won’t be in for this camp while we get to evaluate some different personnel. In order to see if these players can contribute, we need to get them into a national team training environment and in games.”

FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn, a staple on the defensive back line for the national team, is also on the most recent roster.

Ashley Scoby: 816-234-4875, @AshleyScoby

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