Loudoun County, VA (June 12, 2015) – Briar Woods graduate and Vanderbilt redshirt junior Lina Granados has been called up to play for Colombia in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The 21-year-old Granados was named to the provisional roster last month, but joined the official 23-player team after another Colombian player, Melissa Ortiz, was injured. Granados, who was born in Bogota, Columbia, is a former member of Colombia’s U-20 National Team and was in the senior women’s national team pool.
The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup began on Saturday, June 6 with pool play and ends with the championship match on July 5. The 24-team field will be cut to the round of 16, which begins June 20.
Colombia’s first match was televised nationally on FOX on Tuesday, June 9, against Mexico in Moncton, New Britain. They play France at noon on Saturday, June 13, also in Moncton and on FOX, and wrap up the group stage at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 against England in Montreal on FOX Sports 1.
Lina, who just turned 21 last month, was invited to try out for Columbia’s U-20 team at the age of 15 and has been affiliated with the Colombia Football Federation since. Two years later, at the age of 17, she made the team and competed in the 2012 South American U-20 Women’s Championship. In 2013, she took a year off from Vanderbilt and won a gold medal with Colombia at the Bolivian Games. This past spring she was called back to Colombia for a week to try out for the national team, which resulted in her being added to the 35-player provisional roster for the World Cup.
Said Granados, “I can’t believe I get the opportunity to be a part of this family. If I get playing time I’ll be so grateful. I’m still young. I’m only 21 years old. Being my first World Cup, and how it’s happening, being so last minute, just the experience of it, to be able to get a World Cup under my belt will be absolutely amazing.”
You can read more about Granados’ selection to Columbia’s provisional roster via the following Vanderbilt Woman’s Soccer link.
Stats quoted from original story via the following link: Vanderbilt Woman’s Soccer.