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Three Stanford women named to U.S. U-20 World Cup team

 

Three Stanford soccer players -- sophomores Stephanie Amack and Jane Campbell, and incoming freshman Andi Sullivan -- were among the 21 named Thursday to the final United States roster for the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, to be played Aug. 5-24 in Canada.

No school is represented by as many players as Stanford on the U.S. team.


The squad was selected by head coach Michelle French from among 27 players. She made the selections after the first week of a two-week training camp in Seattle that concludes July 23. Stanford junior Laura Liedle, a defender, did not make the final roster. Players are eligible if they were born after Jan. 1, 1994.

"Everyone is thrilled to be on this World Cup roster," said Sullivan, a U.S. co-captain, in a U.S. Soccer press release. "We know it was really tough to make these decisions, but we are very confident in our coaching staff and each other. We hope that everyone who was a part of this cycle, whether they made the final 21 or not, knows that they are a part of this journey as well. Now, we just can't wait to get to Canada."

Sullivan, out of Lorton, Va., is a midfielder who also plays outside back. She was a starter at the 2012 U-17 World Cup, and has 15 caps internationally, scoring three goals. Sullivan was listed as the nation's No. 1 recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com and heads the Cardinal's top-ranked freshman class.

Amack, a Pac-12 All-Freshman team selection last year, plays outside back and center midfield for the U.S. She was the youngest player on the USA's 2012 U-20 World Cup team while still in high school, though she didn't play in that tournament in Japan. She's one of the team's tallest field players at 5-foot-10 and scored three goals during the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament, which the U.S. won.

Campbell took over as Stanford's starting keeper as a freshman last year after an early season injury to senior Emily Oliver. Campbell was the starter on the USA's 2012 U-17 World Cup team, and finished her U-17 career with a record of 10-0-5 and 16 caps. At 5-foot-9, the daughter of two former fighter pilots has the height, athleticism and intangibles to be an impact goalkeeper at the international level. She heads into the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup with six U-20 caps.

This is the seventh U-20 Women's World Cup, which began an a U-19 event and takes places every two years. Sixteen teams are divided into groups of four. The U.S. plays in Group B, among Germany (its opponent on Aug. 5), Brazil (Aug. 8), and China (Aug. 12). All its first-round matches are in Edmonton.

The U.S. would play a quarterfinal Aug. 16 in Edmonton or Toronto, a semifinal Aug. 20 in Montreal or Moncton, and the final Aug. 24 in Montreal.

Non Group-B nations competing are Canada, North Korea, South Korea, Ghana, Nigeria, Finland, France, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and New Zealand.

Stanford's three U.S. representatives could miss the Cardinal's first two matches, Aug. 20 at North Carolina Aug. 22 against Duke in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Stanford should have its full squad together Aug. 30 at Portland, and for its home opener, against UC Santa Barbara, on Sept. 4.

— Dave Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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