Just a few weeks after Canada’s national women’s team won bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the country’s under-20 squad will look to carry on that momentum in Japan.
And two South Surrey soccer players – Jenna Richardson and Nicole Setterlund – will be key in helping Canada make the podium at the Women’s U20 World Cup, which began with pool-stage games Sunday.
Canada, which is in Pool C of the opens the tournament today (Monday) with a game against Argentina, and will face off against Norway Thursday. Next Tuesday, they play North Korea.
Neither player is a stranger to international play. Last spring, both Setterlund and Richardson – who play in the NCAA and have also played with the Vancouver Whitecaps USL W-League squad – were part of Canada’s team that finished second at the 2012 CONCACAF U20 world championships, and in 2010, Setterlund captained Canada’s team to a U17 world championship in Costa Rica.
Setterlund plays for Washington State University, while Richardson is a member of the Oregon State University Beavers.