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Louisville-native Libby Stout focusing on Champions League, ignoring USWNT talk

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville native Libby Stout could be just one spot from landing on the next U.S. Women’s National Team, according to a recent blog post.

The 25-year-old graduate of Manual High School and Western Kentucky University has been building her career abroad since 2012, playing the past two seasons in Liverpool, England. She comes home to visit her friends and family regularly, but Liverpool Ladies FC -- particularly with the team's success -- keeps Stout pretty busy staying focused on her game.

Everybody Soccer, a blog that follows American goal keepers, put Stout fourth on the list of goal keepers eligible for the USWNT just after the team snagged the United States’ third World Cup title this summer. The post puts Stout just behind Alyssa Naeher, Ashlyn Harris and Hope Solo, who all made the trip to Canada this summer.

“I typically don’t pay much attention to listings or anything concerning where I’m ranked in any poll,” Stout said. “Just because I am ranked #4 doesn’t necessarily mean that I will be called in for a training camp.”

That’s true, but Stout is at least two years younger than anyone else listed in the blog’s top 10. She has a lot of time left to qualify for the team and her club performances have caught the attention of British media.

“All I really can do is continue to perform well for my team here in Liverpool and keep myself in good shape if the moment ever came to be called up.” Stout said. “However…It’s nice to be recognized for hard work and dedication.”

She says she tries not to pay attention to rankings, but when people bring them to her attention she has no choice but to look. Playing for the national team isn’t necessarily her goal, but she admits a call-up would be a nice bonus.

“If I do not get the opportunity to play for our national team, I would never say that my soccer career was unfulfilled,” Stout explained. “I have always kept my focus on my club career and the success of my team.”

Stout led Liverpool Ladies FC to the club's second straight league title in the Football Association’s Women’s Super League, the highest league for women’s soccer in England, in 2014.

Last year’s league title earned LLFC a spot in the UEFA Champions League, a tournament that includes the best teams from all over Europe. The Liverpool Ladies are out of contention for this year’s league title, but Stout says the team will focus on picking up as many points as possible in the remaining four weeks before turning their attention to the Champions League.

"I’m really excited to get back into that competition in October and compete against Europe’s best teams," Stout said. "These games were some of my favorites from last year."

The draw for the Champion's League will be announced Aug. 20, with the 16 highest seeds (including Liverpool) getting paired with the unseeded teams who qualified for the tournament in the first round Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15.

"I’m a big believer in good things coming to those who work hard and those who are dedicated to setting and reaching their goals," said Stout.

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