Aug. 2, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia sophomore midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was named to the United States team that will compete at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Brian is one of 21 players that will represent the U.S. at the event, which runs Aug. 19 to Sept. 8 in Japan.
In addition, two Cavaliers were named as alternates to the team. Sophomore defender Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.) and incoming first-year forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) were placed on the alternate list. The head coach of the U-20 team is Virginia head coach Steve Swanson.
The U.S. plays its first two Group D matches at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium in Hiroshima, Japan, opening its tournament on Aug. 20 against Ghana (4 p.m. local/3 a.m. ET) before facing China on Aug. 23 (7 p.m. local/6 a.m. ET). The USA will finish group play on Aug. 27 against Germany in what will be an extremely rare meeting during group play between former Under-20 world champions. The clash between the women’s soccer powers, which have both won this tournament twice, takes place at Miyagi Stadium in the town of Rifu near Sendai at 4 p.m. local/3 a.m. ET.