Sereno defender headed to Loyola-Chicago

Kaylee Gambadoro, a Class of 2013 midfielder from Phoenix, has verbally committed to Loyola-Chicago.

Gambadoro plays midfield for the ECNL’s Sereno SC and is known for her physical play and ability to win 50-50 balls. Standing just 5-foot-1, Gambadoro’s aggressive style of play includes slide tackles, vertical leaps, and a tenacity that overcomes her short stature.

She is a three-time U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV ODP player and played a key part in Sereno’s streak of five straight Arizona State Cup championships. Gambadoro attends Desert Vista (Phoenix) but does not play high school ball.

Gambadoro becomes the first confirmed commit to Loyola-Chicago for the Class of 2013.

Other Schools Considered: UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State, Iona, Florida Gulf Coast, American University

Why Loyola-Chicago?: "Loyola was a very strong academic school and when I went on my unofficial the girls were really welcoming and seemed to be as serious about soccer as I am. The night before the game against Indiana State they were looking up stats on their opponent and getting ready for the game and I liked that. When I walked the campus I loved the facilities and it was the exact size school I wanted to go to. Not too big but not too small. And I really loved what I saw of Chicago. I really connected with Coach [Barry] Bimbi throughout my visit and I thought his philosophy on how to play was perfect for my style and that was important to me. I was really looking for a coach that could push me to be the best I could be. I think what finally sold me on Loyola was the game itself, watching the way they played and how hard they competed and I kept envisioning myself on the field playing with them and I knew it was the right fit."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "Just how difficult the decision was. Once you start talking to coaches and visiting with them you develop a bond and it makes making a decision that much tougher. I really enjoyed most of my visits and it was extremely difficult to tell the coaches that were recruiting me that I was choosing another school. I was always told that I would know and have a feeling about a school and that's how I would make my decision and I had that feeling about Coach Bimbi and Loyola-Chicago. I knew it was the right fit because I had that feeling that this was where I was supposed to be even though I'm use to cacti and extreme heat."