GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- On the day she makes her debut for the U.S. Under-20 National Team, University of Florida's Savannah Jordan was named Soccer America's Freshman of the Year. She is the first Gator in the program's 19-year history to be named Soccer America's Freshman of the Year.
Jordan also appears on the Soccer America's MVPs second team. She is the only freshman among the 22 named to the Soccer America's MVPs teams.
This is the second national freshman of the year honor for Jordan as she was named TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Rookie of the Year in December, Jordan became the second Gator freshman to be named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American. She appeared on the 2013 NSCAA second team.
Today the U.S. U-20 National team begins play in the 2014 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-20 Championship. The U.S. is part of Group A at the tournament, which also includes Costa Rica, Jamaica and Guatemala. Jordan and the rest of the U.S. team meets Costa Rica today at 7:30 p.m. in George Town, Cayman Islands. The top three teams at the event advance to the FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup, set for Aug. 5-24 in various cities in Canada.
In her debut season, Jordan tied for third in 2013 NCAA Division I play with 22 goals and is one behind the season's leaders. That total also stands second all-time for Gator freshmen and is Florida's highest season total since Abby Wambach turned in 31 as a senior in 2001. Jordan opened her collegiate career with two goals versus Florida Gulf Coast and three versus Oregon State - that five-goal weekend earned her Disney/NSCAA Player of the Week honors.
She is the first freshman in the league's history to be named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Jordan also appeared on the All-SEC first team and was the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Her 22 goals shared the SEC lead. Jordan scored multiple goals in seven matches.