Former Longhorns Chelsea Surpris and Julia Grosso are on soccer’s largest stage as they signify their respective international locations of Haiti and Canada within the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup hosted in Australia and New Zealand.
A midfielder, Grosso was the star of Canada’s Olympic gold medal-winning workforce as she scored the profitable penalty kick to defeat Sweden. She was additionally a standout participant for Texas, making the All-Large 12 workforce in every of her three years on the pitch. Texas soccer head coach Angela Kelly mentioned Grosso’s choice to Canada’s roster was unsurprising.
“She was the star of the Olympics,” Kelly mentioned. “Her profession has simply been on an enormous ascension since she scored that profitable PK. She’s executed great with Juventus and are available into her personal. She’s shortly rising into one of many beginning midfielders and, if not one of many leaders, the playmaking chief within the midfield.”
Surpris has taken a barely totally different profession path however nonetheless discovered her technique to the World Cup. Kelly mentioned Surpris was at all times constant and calm as a center-back for Texas.
“She grew right into a scholar of the sport and is simply actually passionate,” Kelly mentioned. “I’m actually happy with her for determining methods to nonetheless keep within the sport, discovering locations to play and proceed to get an increasing number of match and develop her sport.”
Canada and Haiti have been intently matched with their opponents of their first group-stage video games. Within the difficult Group B, Canada tied 0-0 towards Nigeria in its first match however eradicated Eire with a 2-1 win in its second match. Grosso began each matches.
In fourth place in Group D, Haiti fell in its first match with a 1-0 loss to England. Surpris didn’t see the sphere however hopes to debut towards China on July 28.
Grosso and Surpris’ accomplishments have highlighted their private progress and introduced consideration to the quick progress of Texas soccer. Kelly mentioned having a number of gamers on World Cup rosters exhibits that Texas soccer is a aggressive program and stands among the many better of the perfect. With Texas transferring from the Large 12 to the SEC within the 2024 season, the Longhorns will quickly face among the finest collegiate-level competitors.
“It exhibits the extent of gamers which are coming by way of (Texas),” Kelly mentioned. “The gamers that now we have coming to the College of Texas are representing the youth nationwide groups of their nation. We have now numerous expertise presently on our roster, and it’s at all times thrilling to see the graduated expertise proceed to have success.”
Grosso and Surpris are only the start of Texas soccer gamers competing in higher-level organizations. A number of present gamers signify their nationwide groups on the youth stage; Lexi Missimo, Mia Justus, Trinity Byars and Jilly Shimkin are ordinary call-ups for the U.S. Youth Nationwide Crew and Charlotte Blumel routinely performs for Germany.
Canada subsequent faces Australia on Monday, July 31, whereas Haiti will meet Denmark on Tuesday, Aug. 1, after its match towards China.