Aug. 25, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Former Stanford teammates Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler were among 26 players called up to a 12-day United States national team training camp by coach Pia Sundhage on Tuesday.
The camp will run from Sept. 21-Oct. 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. It will give Sundhage her first look at the team since the first-year Women's Professional Soccer league season ended last week.
Sundhage will use this camp to select a roster for the team's trip to Germany in October when the Americans will face the reigning Women's World Cup champions on Oct. 29 at Impuls Arena in Augsburg, one of nine venues that will host matches at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Barnhart will be one of three goalkeepers in camp and Buehler will be one of eight defenders. Barnhart and Buehler, who played at Stanford together in 2003, are teammates with the Santa Clara-based FC Gold Pride of WPS and were part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The camp will take Barnhart, a Stanford volunteer assistant coach, away from the Cardinal team for two nonconference matches, at Saint Mary's (Sept. 27) and Santa Clara (Oct. 1).
Also called to camp was midfielder Yael Averbuch, the older sister of Stanford sophomore midfielder Shira Averbuch.