Gators' Jordan named to U.S. under-20 World Cup squad


Florida's Savannah Jordan scored 22 goals last season en route to being named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman. Jordan was named to the U.S. under-20 World Cup team on Thursday. (Brett Le Blanc/Correspondent)

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:07 p.m.

GAINESVILLE — Florida rising sophomore Savannah Jordan is part of the U.S. women's national team for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, set for Aug. 5-24 in four Canadian cities.

U.S. under-20 women's national team coach Michelle French named the 21-player roster Thursday after the first week of a two-week training camp in Seattle, which will be the last domestic event for the U.S. team before it leaves for Canada in late July. 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.

This year 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.

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 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

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