Oke Called Up To US Under-20 Team
CHICAGO – The United States Under-20 National Team called California rising sophomore Ayo Oke into National Team camp for the Sud Ladies Cup. The team will travel to Aubagne, France from June 16-29 as they will play three matches in preparation for the U-20 World Cup.
The U.S. will face France on June 24, Mexico on June 26 and the Netherlands on June 28. Aubagne is located 12 miles east of Marseille in the south of France. These will be the final international matches for the U.S. U-20s before the roster is selected for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be staged from Aug. 10-28 in Costa Rica.
The U.S. called in 24 players for the Cup, including 18 from the team that won the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March. Oke was part of the US squad that won its seventh consecutive title. Oke played the full 90 minutes in the semifinal match vs. Puerto Rico as the USA won 7-0, in the match that clinched a spot in the U20 World Cup for the USA.
"We are proud of Ayo," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "It's always a privilege to represent your country, but it has to be earned. It is nice to see her hard work being rewarded."
Oke played in six matches in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship including three knockout round games, helping the U.S. score 49 goals without conceding. As a defender, she helped the Americans keep a clean sheet in all seven matches.
Cal signee Teagan Wy is also part of the USA talent pool, as she was called into National Team camp for a pair of friendlies in May. She and Oke have both been part of the USA National Team at multiple age levels and will be looking to make the team for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup.
The USA was drawn into group D at the World Cup, which will take place Aug. 10-28 in Costa Rica. The USA opens the tournament on Thursday, Aug. 11 against Ghana, faces the Netherlands on Sunday, Aug. 14 and finishes the group stage vs. Japan on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The U.S. will play its first and third group games at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica and its second group game at the Estadio Nacional in San José.
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