[HIGH SCHOOL] Tegan McGrady, a sophomore at Santa Teresa in San Jose, Calif., has been suspended by the Central Coast Section for playing two
games at a U-17 U.S. national team camp.
Darren Sabedra of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the sanction stemmed from the games not having been approved by the California Interscholastic Federation. The camp games were not approved because U.S. Soccer submitted its paperwork just a couple of days before the event -- short of the 30-day notice that the CIF requires.
Santa Teresa has to forfeit four games that McGrady played in and McGrady, who has already committed to Stanford, must serve a four-game suspension. Had she been informed earlier, McGrady could have sat out the final four games of the season and been eligible for the playoffs. But she had not known about "violation" until her coach was told of it by an opposing coach at a playoff seeding meeting.
"I'll be honest with you, California and Michigan are the only states that have a concern with players playing for their national team," Jill Ellis, development director for the U.S. women's youth soccer, told the Mercury.
"CIF has a lot of rules, a lot of technicalities. It's unrealistic for us to give a 30-day notice when sometimes with players we have injuries, last-minute replacements, we have rosters that haven't been selected. At the end of the day, Tegan McGrady plays two international games against Germany and now she's being suspended from her high school."