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Savannah Jordan and the rest of the U.S. team opens U-20 World Cup play Tuesday versus Germany.

Monday August 4, 2014Florida's Savannah Jordan & US Soccer Team Opens U-20 World Cup Play Tuesday

Gainesville, Fla.

Savannah Jordan and the rest of the U.S. team opens U-20 World Cup play Tuesday versus Germany.

GAINESVILLE, Florida. – Rising Gator sophomore Savannah Jordan and the rest of the U.S. Soccer National Team opens 2014 FIFA Under-20 World Cup group play Tuesday versus Germany. The match is set for 7 p.m. ET in the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.

 

Tuesday’s match can be seen live on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 1251) beginning at 6:45 p.m.

 

Jordan was named to the U.S.’s 21-player roster on July 17 during the team’s final training camp in Seattle, Washington. U.S. coach Michelle 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

The opening match of 2014 group play features the finalists from the previous U-20 World Cup – a contest that the U.S. won 1-0 over Germany in 2012 at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The U.S. has two days off before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 also in Edmonton. Group play for the U.S. concludes in Moncton with a match versus China PR on Aug. 12.

 

USA ON TV FOR CANADA ’14:

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 (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 (10 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN). The USA will finish group play on Aug. 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN).

 

Links:

·         French Names 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Roster (video)

·         Meet the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Team (video)

·         Mini-Bios for the USA's 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Team at ussoccer.com

 

Big Year for Savannah Jordan:

The past 12 months 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 TopDrawerSoccer.com 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.

 

Tournament Format:

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – which is staged every two years – features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal stage on Aug. 16 and 17. The semifinals will take place Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Montreal and Moncton and the final and third-place matches will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Montreal. Players eligible for this age group tournament must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

 

16 Nations, One Trophy:

The 16 nations competing in the 2012 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, Canada and Mexico from North America; Brazil and Paraguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.

 

Consistent U.S. Presence: The USA has competed in all six previous Women’s World Cups held for this age group, winning the inaugural tournament in 2002 in Canada when it was a U-19 event, finishing third in 2004 in Thailand, finishing fourth in 2006 in Russia when it moved to U-20s, winning in 2008 in Chile on the strength of goal scoring from current Olympic gold medalists Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, and finished fifth in 2010 in Germany. The USA returned to the top of the podium in 2012, winning the tournament in Japan on a goal from Kealia Ohai in the championship game. The U-19 tournaments featured 12 teams while the last four – including Canada – featured 16.

 

2014 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup

Group B Play (U.S. Schedule)

Date

U.S.

Opponent

TV/Time (ET)

Site

Aug. 5

U.S.

Germany

ESPNU/WatchESPN
7 p.m.

Commonwealth Stadium
Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 11

U.S.

Brazil

ESPNU/WatchESPN
10 p.m.

Commonwealth Stadium
Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 13

U.S.

China PR

ESPN3/WatchESPN
4 p.m.

Moncton Stadium, Moncton
New Brunswick, Canada

 More Tournament Notes:

·         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.

·         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 (including Savannah Jordan), 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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