Julia Grosso dribbles the ball in a match last season. [Stephen Spillman/for Statesman]

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Texas sophomore Julia Grosso to represent Canada at Women’s World Cup

Posted May 25th, 2019

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Before she begins her sophomore season at Texas, Julia Grosso will compete at the pinnacle of her sport.

Grosso, an 18-year-old midfielder from Vancouver, was selected on the 23-player roster for Canada heading to the Women’s World Cup next month in France. The reigning co-Big 12 freshman of the year has been a regular with the national team since making her debut against the United States in 2017, when she was only 17.

Now she’ll be playing on the world stage, with one of the favorites to win the tournament. Canada is ranked No. 5 by FIFA, and is led by 35-year-old superstar Christine Sinclair.

Grosso will follow in the footsteps of Texas coach Angela Kelly, who played in the 1995 World Cup for Canada. Fellow sophomore Emma Regan, also of British Columbia, featured for the team during qualifying but did not make the final roster.

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Grosso scored twice for the Longhorns during her freshman campaign, and shared the honor top freshman with TCU’s Messiah Bright, despite the fact that Grosso missed much of the season while on national team duty.

Canada plays its first World Cup match June 10 versus Cameroon, followed by New Zealand on June 15 and the Netherlands on June 20.

Grosso isn’t the only Austin connection to the World Cup, either. Jamaica features 18-year-old Sade Adamolekun, who was born and raised in the Lake Travis area, and is coached by Hue Menzies, a co-founder and former director of Lonestar Soccer Club. The Reggae Girlz are the first Caribbean team ever to qualify for the tournament.

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