Two Soccer Signees Earn National Team Spot

Oct. 26, 2016

FORT WORTH -- A pair of incoming TCU women's soccer players have earned a spot on their country's U-20 World Cup squad. Tayla Christensen has been named to the New Zealand squad, while Emily Alvarado will represent Mexico.

Christensen, a forward from Hamilton, New Zealand, will be making her third appearance in a World Cup event. She has previously participated in the U-17 2012 and 2014 World Cup. Christensen was a key cog in helping New Zealand secure its spot in the 2016 U-20 World Cup.

Alvarado is a highly-decorated goalkeeper from El Paso, Texas. She has played for Mexico's full national team as well as her age group. She was the youngest member of the 2015 Mexico World Cup squad. Alvarado played a big part in helping Mexico qualify for the U-20 World Cup. She also served as the starting goalkeeper in the 2014 U-17 World Cup.

The duo were part of TCU's 2016 recruiting class, but due to national team commitments had to delay the start of their collegiate careers. Both will join the team in the spring and be freshmen on the 2017 squad.

About the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
The World Cup event is scheduled to be play in Papua New Guinea. A total of 32 games will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The tournament will be play over a three-week period from Nov. 13-Dec. 3.

Group play will be Nov. 13-Nov. 21. After group play, the top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals slated for Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. The semifinals are set for Nov. 29 and the finals will be held on Dec. 3.

New Zealand is slotted in Group C along with France, USA and Ghana. The schedule for New Zealand will see it play Ghana on Nov. 14, the US on Nov. 17 and France on Nov. 21. Should it advance, New Zealand's quarterfinal match-up will be on Nov. 25.

Mexico is part of Group D along with Germany, Venezuela and Korea Republic. Its schedule will see it play Korea on Nov. 14, Germany on Nov. 17 and Venezuela on Nov. 21. Should Mexico advance, it's quarterfinal is set for Nov. 25.



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