Montoya and Swanson take national team jobs

[U.S. WOMEN] Albertin Montoya, who led FC Gold Pride to the 2010 WPS title, and University of Virginia coach Steve Swanson have been named the head coaches of the U.S. U-17 and U-20 women's national teams.

Montoya and Swanson will work under the guidance of  U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs and U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Director Jill Ellis.

Swanson will continue in his position at UVa while guiding the U-20s towards qualifying in the early part of 2012. He previously worked in the women's national team program at the U-16 and U-18 levels a decade ago.

“The goals of developing our top youth players to be able to contribute to our full team in World Cups and Olympics, and to pursue a world championship with the U-20s are tremendous challenges that require the unified efforts of many people in the soccer community,” said Swanson. “I am looking forward to partnering with the players and coaches from all levels to help develop this team to its fullest potential."

Montoya is the director of coaching for the youth club MVLA (Mountain View, Los Altos, Calif.) will also stay in that position while guiding the U-17s. FC Gold Pride folded after the 2010 season.

“It has been a dream of mine to be involved with U.S. Soccer since I was a young player myself,” said Montoya, who played for the USA in the 1991 U-17 World Cup in Italy. “My goal growing up was to play in a youth World Cup and that experience meant a lot to me. The experiences I had with our youth national teams helped me become a much better person and coach and to be able to give back to the Federation that gave so much to me is a privilege. I want to make a difference in these kids’ lives like my coaches did for me and now that I have this opportunity, I am very grateful for it.”

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