Stanford Soccer Goes Camping

Feb. 8, 2006

Current Stanford socccer player Racehel Buehler and senior Hayley Hunt will be attending the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team camp, while Cardinal grad and current volunteer assistant coach Nicole Barnhart will be participating at the U.S. Women's Senior National Team camp.

Buehler and Hunt will be helping the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team play its first competitive matches of the year during a week-long trip (Feb. 10-16) to the United Kingdom. The U.S. team will play a yet-to-be finalized top division women's club in its first match in London before taking a quick trip up to Scotland to play the Scotland Women's National Team on Wed., Feb. 15 in Perth. The U.S. team will then travel back down to London for a final match on Friday, Feb. 17 against England's U-21 side.

Barnhart and 25 other players will join head coach Greg Ryan for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that will run from Feb. 6-19, 2006, ans will serve as a prelude to the 2006 Algarve Cup. The tournament will be held from March 9-15 in Portugal. Last year, Barnhart helped the U.S. capture the Algarve Cup and made her first start in goal to lead the USA to a 1-0 victory over France in the tournament opener.

The USA will open the tournament on March 9 against China, face Denmark on March 11 and finish group play with France on March 13. The placement matches will be contested on March 15. Match times and venues will be announced shortly. The other group features Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany, currently first in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

This will be the 11th trip to the annual Algarve Cup for the U.S. women. The USA has now won four of the last six Algarve Cups, and has won the prestigious tournament that features many of the world's top teams for the past three years in a row.

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