Beckie Named to Canadian U-20 National Team

Janine Beckie was named Wednesday to the Canadian U-20 National Team that will take part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Canada will host the international tournament beginning Aug. 5 in Toronto.

July 16, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Canadian Soccer Association announced Wednesday that Texas Tech junior Janine Beckie will be on its roster for the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup that begins Aug. 5 in Toronto.

Beckie, a native of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, will be playing in the World Cup for the first time in her distinguished career. She was selected by Canada after several training camps and a particularly impressive performance earlier this year against the Canadian Senior Women's National Team where Beckie scored the U-20 squad's lone goal in a 4-1 loss.

"It's an incredible honor to ever represent a country in a big tournament, and I'm very blessed to be able to represent Canada in this World Cup," Beckie said. "It's been an amazing journey and I'm really excited to keep it going. It's going to be an unforgettable couple weeks and I couldn't be more excited for Aug. 5."

Canada will join Ghana, Finland and North Korea in Group A for the pool play portion of the tournament where the top two teams advance to the knockout stage. Canada will open competition in Toronto on Aug. 5 against Ghana before facing Finland on Aug. 8 and then North Korea on Aug. 12 in Montreal.

Beckie joined the Canadian National Team earlier this week and will travel with the squad to Mexico today for a pair of friendly matches held later this week. She will then return to Lubbock for a week before departing for the World Cup in late July.

"Janine has been on a path towards this high level of international soccer for quite some time," Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "She has been very determined and focused on developing her game since she arrived at Texas Tech two years ago and we could not be happier that she has been named to the final roster to compete in the U-20 World Cup. The experience she will gain will be a valuable part of her growth and we are excited to have `Neener' represent all Red Raiders on the international stage."

One of the top forwards in Tech history, Beckie will return from the World Cup in time for her 2014 junior season with the Red Raiders. In just two seasons, Beckie has already recorded 26 goals and 61 points, both of which that rank among the top-five career leaders all-time at Tech.

Beckie has trained with both the U.S. and Canadian soccer programs throughout her career and is eligible to play for either squad at the youth national team level since both her parents had Canadian citizenship.




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