Nov. 13, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Kelley O'Hara, Stanford's record-setting senior forward, was one of 24 players named to a December training camp for the full United States national team.
For O'Hara, a top candidate for national collegiate player of the year honors, this will be her first national team camp since April 2007 and second overall. In addition, it gives U.S. coach Pia Sundhage an opportunity to see O'Hara up close.
O'Hara's lifelong goal of playing for the U.S. national team seems a little bit closer, as she seeks her first full national team cap. She has played for the U.S. internationally from the under-17 to the under-23 age groups.
This week, O'Hara was named national co-Player of the Year with teammate Christen Press by TopDrawerSoccer.com, and the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year. She has set Stanford season records for goals (23) and points (57) while leading the No. 1 Cardinal into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal plays next on Saturday (1 p.m.) against visiting BYU.
Sundhage also named former Stanford stars Nicole Barnhart, a goalkeeper, and Rachel Buehler, a defender, to the camp. Both are national-team veterans.
The camp will take place Dec. 5-15 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This will be the last gathering of the year for the U.S. women's team, which has gone 7-0-1 in full international matches in 2009. Of the invited players, 18 play in Women's Professional Soccer and six are collegians.
Another upcoming date of note for O'Hara is Jan. 15, 2010, the date of the WPS draft. O'Hara recently was selected among the projected top five picks by all five members of a special panel of soccer journalists.