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U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team scheduled to open play on Oct. 15
GREENSBORO, N.C (theACC.com) – Eight former or current Atlantic Coast Conference soccer standouts have been named to the 20-player roster for U.S. National Women’s National Team for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will be contested from Oct. 15-26 in four U.S. cities.
North Carolina led the way with six former players selected – goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), defenders Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash) and Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), and midfielders Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC) and Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers).
ACC alumni named to the squad also include the reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner in current Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), a former Cavalier All-American, will also compete for the U.S. team.
The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four with each group’s top two finishers after round-robin play advancing to the semifinals. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place finisher will earn a spot in a two-game playoff against Ecuador, which finished third in South America qualifying, for a final berth to the tournament.
The U.S. Women’s National Team opens Group A play at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 2). The USA will then face Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 1) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and finish the first round against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).
In addition, fans will have comprehensive access to all 16 matches with live and on-demand streaming via FOX Soccer 2Go and FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go. FOXSoccer.com will also feature video highlights, editorial coverage, live play-by-play and scoring updates.