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Courtesy: U.S. Soccer
Christina Gibbons, Rebecca Quinn
Gibbons, Quinn to Open U-20 World Cup in Canada
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/04/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s soccer standouts Christina Gibbons and Rebecca Quinn will open the 2014 U-20 World Cup Tuesday in Canada.  The World Cup will take place from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Moncton.  Gibbons will represent the United States and Quinn will compete for Canada.  

The United States squad will open Group B action Tuesday, Aug. 5 against Germany at 7:00 p.m. (ET), on ESPNU and WatchESPN app at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.  The second match will take place Friday, Aug. 8 at 10:00 p.m. (ET), versus Brazil on ESPNU and Watch ESPN.  In the final pool play match, the U.S. will face China PR at Moncton Stadium Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 4:00 p.m. (ET), on ESPN2 and Watch ESPN.  

The curtain-raising clash between the USA, which has won this tournament three times, and Germany, which has it won it twice, will pit the countries that played in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final in Tokyo.

Canada will compete in Group A and will kick off action Aug. 5 at 8:00 p.m., versus Ghana at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.  The match will be aired live on ESPN3.  Next on the schedule will be Aug. 8 at 8:00 p.m., on ESPN3 against Finland once again in Toronto.  Canada will travel to the Olympic Stadium in Montreal for the final group match Aug. 12 versus Korea DPR at 6:00 p.m.  All times are Eastern.

ESPN will broadcast 10 group matches and all four quarterfinals, plus both semifinals and the third-place and championship games across its various platforms. Only four matches are slated to be shown live on TV with the rest on tape-delay. However, all 18 matches ESPN is carrying will be live on ESPN3 or WatchESPN.

The four live TV matches are the three group games for the USA and the Group C clash between England and Mexico on Aug. 9 from Moncton at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU.  Should the USA advance to the quarterfinal round, there is flexibility to carry that match live on TV as well.

The 16 nations competing in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are: host Canada; China PR, Korea DPR and Korea Republic from Asia; Ghana and Nigeria from Africa; Germany, Finland, France and England from Europe; the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica from CONCACAF; Brazil and Paraguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.

In 2012, the United States totaled a 1-0 victory over Germany in the U-20 World Cup final in Japan.  Duke’s own Kelly Cobb and Mollie Pathman were key members of the gold medal winning squad.  

The Duke duo will miss the preseason slate for the Blue Devils as practice opens Wednesday, Aug. 6 in Durham.  Depending on how far both teams advance, will determine the amount of matches they will miss for Duke.  The season opener for the Blue Devils is Friday, Aug. 22 against Ohio State in Chapel Hill, N.C.