CHARLOTTESVILLE — Two members of the Virginia women’s soccer team will travel to Panama this weekend as the United States U-20 National Team competes in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and defender Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.) are among the 20 players selected to the qualifying roster named by U.S. U-20 and Virginia head coach Steve Swanson.
The CONCACAF qualifying tournament runs March 1-11 in Panama. The top three teams from the region will advance to this summer’s U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The U.S. will kick off Group B play against Guatemala at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2. The USA will then face Cuba at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 4, and wrap up group play against host Panama at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 6. The winner of Group A will meet the Group B runner-up, and vice versa, in the semifinal matches on Friday, March 9.
The finalists and the winner of the third-place game qualify for the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. The third-place game and title games will take place on Sunday, March 11 with the championship kicking off at 9 p.m. ET. All matches will be played at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama.