CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— Virginia women’s soccer team defenders Samar Guidry and Laney Rouse have been named in the 21-man squad for the United States at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 in Costa Rica from August 10-28. US head coach Tracey Kevins and US Soccer announced the squad on Monday (July 25).
Kevins has named the final World Cup squad after a dominant title-winning run at the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Women’s Championship, held in the Dominican Republic last March, and five more internationals in May and June. The World Cup qualifying tournament marked the return of internationals for this age group after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidry and Rouse were both members of the US squad that competed in the Dominican Republic in March.
Guidry also represented the United States at the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup and was part of the U-19 youth national team. She was also part of the 2020 U-20 youth national team. Rouse was a member of the U.S. soccer youth national teams at the U-14, U-16, U-19 and U-20 levels.
The USA roster consists of 18 players currently in college or enrolling this fall, one youth club player and two professional players, the most professional players ever to feature for a USA team at a FIFA World Youth Championship. Players born on or after January 1, 2002 are age eligible for the World Cup.
The sixteen teams that will take part in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 are hosts from Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico and USA from Concacaf, Australia, Japan and Korea Republic from Asia, Ghana and Nigeria from Africa, France, Germany and Spain and Netherlands from Europe, New Zealand from Oceania and Brazil and Colombia from South America. There are no first-time participants in this year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup and 11 countries are returning from the last edition in 2018. The five countries that did not participate in 2018 are Australia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Republic of Korea.
The 16 participating nations were drawn into four groups of four. The top two in each group advance to the Quarterfinals, which will be played on Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August. The winners of these matches advance to the semi-finals on Thursday, August 25th. The Championship Game and Third Place Game will take place on Sunday 28th August.
All matches of the World Cup will be played at two venues that are only about 12 miles apart: Estadio Nacional in San Jose and Estadio Morera Soto in Alajuela. All games will be broadcast on the FOX Sports family networks
The USA open the tournament on Thursday, August 11 against Ghana at the Estadio Morera Soto (1pm ET; FS2). The teams last met at the 2016 U-20 World Cup, a 1-1 draw in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. USA and Ghana also met in the opening game of the 2012 U-20 World Cup with a 4-0 USA win and in the opening game of the 2010 U-20 World Cup again in a 1-1 draw.
The U-20 then meet the Netherlands for the first time in a U-20 World Cup on Sunday 14 August at the Estadio Nacional (7pm ET; FS1) and conclude the group stage on Wednesday 17 August v Japan at Estadio Morera Soto (7pm ET; FS2). The USA have played Japan at the last two U-20 World Cups, both losing 1-0, the first in the 2016 tournament third-place play-off and the second in the 2018 group stage.