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Stanford places four on U.S. Under-20 women's team

Stanford will be well-represented on the 20-player roster for the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, to be held from Jan. 9-19 in George Town, Cayman Islands.


The roster, announced by head coach Michelle French, consists of 18 collegiate players, one professional and one player still in high school.

Current Stanford players named to the team include keeper Jane Campbell, defenders Stephanie Amack, Maddie Bauer and Laura Liedle.

The lone professional player is forward Lindsey Horan of French club Paris Saint-Germain, while midfielder Andi Sullivan from Bethesda SC is the youngest player on the roster, having just turned 18. Players born on or after January 1, 1994, are eligible for the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup.

"At every position, we feel these players are technically proficient and possess a great understanding of how we want to play in order to be successful as a team," said French. "We have players with very unique qualities ranging from creative and effective finishers, to players who are threatening with their dynamic movement in the midfield, to players who are defensively strong and physical in one-on-one situations. Our overall athleticism will be another strength of this team."

The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

The USA opens Group A play on Jan. 9, against Costa Rica, faces Jamaica on Jan. 11, and finishes the group against Guatemala on Jan. 13. The winner of Group A will meet the Group B runner-up, and vice versa, in the semifinal matches on Jan. 17, and the championship and third-place Matches will take place on Jan. 19.

While six players have yet to earn their first caps at the U-20 level, the roster is fairly experienced internationally with 10 players having represented the USA in a FIFA Women's World Cup at the U-17 or U-20 level.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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