COSTA RICA – The Duke women’s soccer duo of Michelle Cooper and Carina Lageyre along with the United States U-20 Youth Women’s Youth National Team will open action Thursday, Aug. 11 in the 2022 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
The U.S. will face Ghana at Estadio Morera Sota at 1 p.m., and will be aired live on FS2. The teams last met in the U-20 WWC in 2016, a 1-1 draw in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The USA and Ghana also met in the opening game of the 2012 U-20 World Cup, a 4-0 U.S. win, and in the opening game of the 2010 U-20 World Cup, another 1-1 draw.
The U-20s will then face the Netherlands for the first time in a U-20 World Cup on Sunday, Aug. 14 at Estadio Nacional (7 p.m. ET; FS1) and finish the group stage against Japan on Wednesday, Aug. 17 back at Estadio Morera Soto (7 p.m. ET; FS2). The USA has played Japan in the last two U-20 World Cups, both 1-0 losses, the first in the third-place match of the 2016 tournament and the second in group play in 2018.
Cooper, who hails from Clarkson, Michigan, has been named the U.S. captain for the World Cup by head coach Tracey Kevins. The Blue Devil sophomore will wear the captain’s armband when she is on the field. She is the first Black player to captain the USA in a Women’s World Cup.
Duke is one of six squads with two players that are competing in the U-20 World Cup – Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia, UCLA and California.
Following the group stage, the top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place Aug. 20-21.
Fans can follow along with Duke’s preseason adventures by following the program on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”.