FORMER CRIMSON TIDE SOCCER STAR PLAYING IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL

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Former Alabama soccer player Merel Van Dongen will be competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinals for the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon. The Netherlands will be facing Sweden at 2 p.m. CT for a chance to play the USA in the finals.

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Van Dongen has seen action in all five of the Netherlands matches during the World Cup so far. The physical defender has helped a stingy Netherlands defense allow just three goals in those five matches.

Van Dongen played at Alabama from 2012-14. In her two years with the Crimson Tide, Van Dongen became a prolific passer. She set the single-season assist record for the Crimson Tide with 10 in 2014. Van Dongen was named to the All-SEC Second Team in her senior season. After leaving Alabama, Van Dongen signed a contract with Ajax, an Amsterdam Football Club team.

The Netherlands versus Sweden can be watched on Fox or streamed online here.

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