With the Women’s World Cup on the horizon, South Korea’s coach, Colin Bell, is making sure to shield 16-year-old Casey Phair, the United States-born attacker, from excessive attention and “hype” ahead of her potential debut. Although her call-up to the squad for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand made headlines worldwide, Bell remains cautious about putting too much pressure on the young talent. Phair may not start in the opening match against Colombia, but her presence on the bench could be a strategic advantage for the team.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Monday, Coach Bell carefully addressed questions about Phair’s role in the tournament, emphasizing the need to take it day by day, considering her age and relative inexperience. He revealed that she impressed during training with other young players, earning her a spot in the squad. However, Bell remains focused on avoiding excessive media attention to protect the rookie.
Phair’s unique background as the first player of mixed descent in the senior South Korean women’s football squad adds to the significance of her selection. Born to an American father and Korean mother, she previously represented youth squads for the US national team.
While South Korea faces a challenging task in Group H against debutant Morocco and European powerhouse Germany, Phair remains excited and proud to represent her country at the World Cup. Bell stressed the team’s commitment to giving their all and never giving up, a core value in Korean culture.
As the football world awaits the tournament’s kickoff, the spotlight is on Casey Phair, with Coach Bell and the entire South Korean team rallying behind her to deliver an outstanding performance.