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Brynessa Gradley is a Canadian born striker eligible for England's National Team due her mother's birthplace in Essex.
Bryn, as she is called, attended a under-17 National Training Camp in Loughborough in August 2004. Following her impressive performances in two top flight tournaments (Canadian National Club Championships and the USL Super Y-League North American Championships where she scored 15 goals over 9 games and earned 2 bronze medals) the following autumn, Bryn was invited back to another under-17 Camp in Preston in February 2005, but had to decline for personal reasons.
Bryn's team (Whitecaps FC) recently clinched the USL Super Y-League under-17 Northwest Division title (her third in as many years), and therefore another berth in the under-17 North American Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida from November 17-22, 2005. Bryn, again, was the top goalscorer (her third consecutive scoring title with the Whitecaps) with 9 goals in 8 games. As a result, she was anticipating a call to an Under-19 Training Camp in Loughborough in August, but requested a deferral due to a conflict with a visit to a "Top 10" NCAA Division 1 University in the United States.
"I graduate from high school next June, and the US universities want you to visit their campus before you commit," says Bryn. "You see their dorms, their field or stadium, attend a game or two, meet the coaching staff, and generally get a feel for where you will be for the next four years while you study. I am very excited about this opportunity, but sad to have had to defer my call back to England for a while again. The university wanted me to see their team play in two games that conflicted with the Loughborough dates, so I requested a deferral. But I hope to have the opportunity again later. I am still very keen on England's National Program."
Bryn will be playing her winter football with Coquitlam City FC of the Metro Women's Soccer League, the top level amateur football league in British Columbia. Coquitlam City FC were runner-up for the 2005 B.C. Provincial Championship, and is coached by the brother of her recently deceased coach, and Canada's all-time scoring title-holder, Domenic Mobilio. "I had one more year of juvenile soccer eligibility," says Bryn, "and I was ready to make the jump to this level last year but didn't, as my team was in the Under-16 Canadian National Club Championships. It just wouldn't have been right to leave them then. I am really excited to be with Coquitlam now though!"
Photo - Brynessa Gradley with her father David.
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