McALLEN — McHi midfielder Westyn Henderson will play for US Women’s National Team soccer great Brandi Chastain in the Allstate All-America Cup — a national showcase for the country’s best high school players that will be televised on ESPN — later this month in Orlando.
Henderson, an incoming senior at McHi and a Texas A&M University commit, was selected among 80 of the country’s best high school players to compete in the first ever prestigious event on July 31.
“I have never played in any game like this, but I am really excited to play with the nation’s best high school players,” Henderson said.
The Allstate All-America Cup is divided up into two girls’ teams of 20 players each and two boys’ teams of the same size. Both games will be hosted on July 31, with the boys’ match kicking off at 11 a.m. and the girls’ match following at 1 p.m. The games will be aired live exclusively on ESPNU and via the ESPN app.
Additionally, the 80 All-Americans who participate in the Allstate All-America Cup will also be honored on the field during halftime of the 2019 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, which will also take place in Orlando. The MLS All-Stars will face European power Atletico Madrid before a national audience on FS1.
The Cup’s four coaches include World Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists Chastain and Julie Foudy, who will coach the girls teams, meanwhile, Taylor Twellman and Brian McBride will coach the boys’ teams.
Henderson, who has earned awards in high school since her freshman year, was named The Monitor’s girls soccer All-Area Player of the Year in 2018, and was also named to the UIL Soccer State All-Tournament Class 6A Team when McHi reached the state semis last year.
Henderson, 5-foot-4 and right-footed, was also named to the 2019 All-Region team.
“On my roster alone there are girls committed to going to elite schools like Duke, Notre Dame, UCLA, Georgetown, Texas A&M and etc.,” said Henderson of the Allstate All-America cup team. “I am really excited because there are two other future Aggie soccer players that will be there as well.”