USA Set to Face Ghana, Netherlands and Japan in Group D at First FIFA Youth Women’s World Cup Since 2018
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 25, 2022) – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club’s newly-acquired Jaedyn Shaw has been called up to the United States Youth National Team to compete in the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica from Aug. 10-28. San Diego Wave FC announced the 17-year-old midfielder on July 18 to her first professional contract, running through 2023.
With three goals in four UNYNT career appearances, Shaw is one of two professionals named to the U-20 World Cup roster. This marks the most professionals ever for a U.S. team at a FIFA youth Women’s World Cup.
Shaw recently scored two goals in three matches to help her USYNT squad win the Sud Ladies Cup in Aubagne, France. At the age of 15, Shaw was invited to train with the French first-division club, Paris Saint-Germain FC. At the youth level, the up-and-coming midfielder played for FC Dallas and most recently for Solar Soccer Club.
The U.S. opens the tournament on Thursday, Aug. 11, against Ghana at Estadio Morera Soto (1 p.m. ET; FS2). The teams last met in the U-20 WWC in 2016, a 1-1 draw in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 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 top two finishers in each of the four groups will advance to the quarterfinals, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21. The winners of those matches will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 25. The Championship Game and Third-Place Match will be played on Sunday, Aug. 28.
All matches of the World Cup will be played at two venues, which are only about 12 miles apart: Estadio Nacional in San José and Estadio Morera Soto in Alajuela. All the matches will be broadcast on the FOX Sports family of networks.
Shaw and San Diego Wave FC travel to face the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, July 30, in a top-three NWSL standings clash. Wave FC’s next home match at Torero Stadium is on Sunday, Aug. 7 versus the Kansas City Current with tickets on sale now at sandiegowavefc.com/tickets.
San Diego Wave FC continues to fight for a playoff spot in its inaugural season and has sat consistently on top of the NWSL standings since Week One with a record of 6-3-4 (W-L-D). Forward Alex Morgan leads the league in the Golden Boot race with 11 goals in 10 regular-season matches, a single-season career best for the Southern California native. The club looks forward to playing in the new state-of-the-art Snapdragon Stadium in a historic opening match on Saturday, Sept. 17 with single-game tickets available now.
About San Diego Wave Fútbol Club
San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is the 12th and newest member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The club’s vision is to be a force for good through the game we love and is led by President Jill Ellis, former head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and two-time World Cup champion. Together with Head Coach Casey Stoney, the club will bring the highest level of world-class, professional soccer to San Diego. USWNT standouts Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper were two of the first players signed to the club that consists of athletes representing six international soccer federations, including US, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. The team began its inaugural season at a temporary home, University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. The new Snapdragon Stadium will serve as Wave FC’s permanent home upon completion of construction, scheduled for September 17, 2022 as the team takes on Angel City FC.