Jan. 3, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama freshman defender Noelle Sanz has been named to the 20-player Costa Rica National Team roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship, which will be held from Jan. 9-19, in George Town, Cayman Islands.
This marks Sanz's second go-around with her country's national team. She also was a member of the 2010 Under-17 Costa Rica World Cup team.
As a true freshman at Alabama in 2013, Sanz made an immediate impact as she played in 14 of the Tide's 18 contests. She started the final 13 games of the season on the back line and played 90 or more minutes in eight of those matches.
Sanz and her Costa Rican teammates were placed in Group A alongside the United States, Guatemala and Jamaica. Costa Rica will open the tournament against the U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT), followed by facing Guatemala on Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. ET and finishes with Jamaica on Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. ET.
Fans can follow all the action by logging on to CONCACAF.com and clicking on the "Schedule and Results" tab at the top of the page.
The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match, earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.
The winner of Group A will meet the Group B runner-up, and vice versa, in the semifinal matches on Fri., Jan. 17, and the championship and third-place matches will take place on Jan. 19. All three of the USA's group games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and the tournament will be played entirely at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
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