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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Briar Woods’s Lina Granados selected to Colombian U-20 national team

Lina Granados playing for the Region 1 team in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional in Boca Raton, Fla., in late November 2011. (Courtesy of Francisco Granados)
Lina Granados, a Briar Woods senior forward who has been in Colombia since early December training for a spot on the country’s under-20 women’s national team, was selected to the squad on Monday.

Granados, 17, who was born in Colombia but grew up in the United States and is a dual citizen, will travel with the team to Brazil to compete in the South American U-20 Women’s Championship, a World Cup qualifier. Their opening match will be against Argentina on Saturday.

“I feel happy,” said Granados in a Twitter message. “All the hard work feels like it paid off. I am proud to (be) playing with the other girls chosen and being able to represent this country.”

Granados, a Vanderbilt recruit and second-team All-Met last spring, narrowly missed the final cut the first time she tried out for the U-20 national team two years ago. This time, she was one of 20 players chosen for the team after weeks of training and tryouts in Bogota.

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