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Rising sophomore Savannah Jordan is part of the U.S. roster for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup

Thursday July 17, 2014Florida's Savannah Jordan Named to U.S. Soccer Roster for FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup

Rising sophomore Savannah Jordan is part of the U.S. roster for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup

GAINESVILLE, Florida. – Rising sophomore Savannah Jordan) is part of the U.S. Soccer National Team roster for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, set for Aug. 5-24 in four Canadian cities. The U.S. won the last under-20 World Cup, held in 2012 in Japan.


U.S. under-20 women’s national team coach Michelle French named the 21-team roster today after the first week of a two-week training camp in Seattle, Washington, which will be the last domestic event for the U.S. team before it leaves for Canada in late July. French put her player pool through a thorough evaluation process over the past year and a half, taking a hard look at almost 80 players in training camps and games.


Group Play

All three of the USA's group games will be broadcast live across the ESPN platforms. The U.S. plays its first two Group B matches at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, opening its tournament on Aug. 5 against Germany at 5 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. local (10 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN). The USA will finish group play on Aug. 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium with a kickoff at 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN).


The curtain-raising clash between the USA, which has won this tournament three times, and Germany, which has it won it twice, will pit the countries that played in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final in Tokyo. The U.S. claimed that World Cup with a 1-0 victory.


Coach French Says:

"We have a good mixture of leadership, talent and great technical ability on all three lines. We have a lot of tactical understanding and creativity based on the way they read the game, and I see a lot of grit and bite in the way we defend. The combination of these factors gives us a very well-rounded team." – U.S. Under-20 National Team Coach Michelle French




Big Year for Savannah Jordan:

This year has seen Jordan go from incoming freshman to national freshman of the year to now U.S. Under-20 National Team member for World Cup play.


Jordan became just the second freshman in Florida’s 19-year history to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors. She is the first Gator to be named the Soccer America Freshman of the Year and also named her the outlet’s national rookie of the year.


Jordan was the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year, marking the first time a freshman has received the honor. She shared the SEC lead and tied for third nationally in 2013 NCAA Division I play with 22 goals. That total also stands second all-time for Gator freshmen and is Florida’s highest season total since Abby Wambach turned in 31 as a senior in 2001. Jordan opened her collegiate career with two goals versus Florida Gulf Coast and three versus Oregon State –that five-goal weekend earned her Disney/NSCAA Player of the Week honors. The SEC Freshman of the Year scored multiple goals seven times.


This past January, Jordan was part of the U.S.’s 20-player roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Championship in George Town, Cayman Islands. At the final qualifier for the Under-20 World Cup, the U.S. was 5-0 in the tournament and Jordan scored a goal in each of those matches. She was named one of the tournament’s best 11 players.


Who is in the World Cup?

The 16 nations competing in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup are: host Canada; China PR, Korea DPR and Korea Republic from Asia; Ghana and Nigeria from Africa; Germany, Finland, France and England from Europe; the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica from CONCACAF; Brazil and Paraguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.


2014 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup

Group B Play (U.S. Schedule)




Time (ET)


Aug. 5



7 p.m.

Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton

Jan. 11



10 p.m.

Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton

Jan. 13


China PR

4 p.m.

Moncton Stadium, Moncton, New Brunswick











Aug. 16-17




Toronto, Edmonton, Moncton or Montreal






Aug. 20




Moncton or Montreal






Aug. 24










Aug. 24






More Tournament Notes:

  • ESPN will broadcast 10 group matches and all four quarterfinals, plus both semifinals and the third-place and championship games across its various platforms. Only four matches are slated to be shown live on TV with the rest on tape-delay. However, all 18 matches ESPN is carrying will be live on ESPN3 or WatchESPN.
  • The four live TV matches are the three group games for the USA and the Group C clash between England and Mexico on Aug. 9 from Moncton at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
  • Should the USA advance to the quarterfinal round, there is flexibility to carry that match live on TV as well.
  • The age cut-off date for this Women's World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994. Nine of the 21 players selected by French were born in 1994, seven were born in 1995, three were born in 1996, one in 1997 and one in 1998, meaning five players are age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup.
  • Mallory Pugh, who is the youngest player on the roster and was born in 1998, could play in three consecutive U-20 Women's World Cups. She will not turn 17 until April of next year.
  • French selected one rising high school junior (Pugh), two rising high school seniors (Taylor Racioppi and Kaleigh Riehl), three graduating high school seniors (Andi Sullivan, Carlyn Baldwin and Rose Chandler) who will be freshmen in college this fall, nine rising college sophomores, five rising juniors and one rising senior in Katelyn Rowland.
  • Thirteen different colleges are represented on the roster.
  • Seventeen different youth clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twelve different states are represented, led by Virginia with four players and California and Georgia with three players each. New Jersey and Colorado each have two players.


U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Rosemary Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)


DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State: Wayne, N.J.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)

FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (Pairs Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

Head Coach: Michelle French



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