CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Laney Rouse, a defender on the Virginia women’s soccer team, has been named to the U.S. U-20 Women’s Youth National Team roster that will compete in the Sud Ladies Cup in France as preparations for the 2022 FIFA U-20 World Cup continues.

The United States will travel to Aubagne, France, from June 16-29 as one of four teams competing in the Sud Ladies Cup. The USA will face France on June 24, Mexico on June 26 and the Netherlands on June 28. Aubagne is located 12 miles east of Marseille in the south of France.

These will be the final international matches for the U.S. U-20s before head coach Tracey Kevins selects a roster for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be staged from Aug. 10-28 in Costa Rica.

All four teams participating in the Sud Ladies Cup have earned berths to Costa Rica and the tournament will serve as excellent World Cup preparation while including some intriguing matches for the USA, which defeated Mexico, 2-0, in the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Final on March 12. The USA will face the Netherlands in the second match of group play at the World Cup on Aug. 14 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Rouse competed with the U-20 Youth National Team at the Concacaf U-20 Women’s Championship in the Dominican Republic, helping the USA claim the championship and secure a berth to the U-20 Women’s World Cup. She was also a part of the U-20 Training camp in December of 2021 in preparation for the Concacaf Championships held in the Dominican Republic this past spring.