Stanford Soccer Will Be Represented at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship
April 17, 2006
Two members of Stanford's incoming freshman class will participate in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship to be held in Russia from Aug. 17 - Sept. 3. Kelley O'Hara will represent the United States, while Ali Riley will play for New Zealand.
O'Hara is with the U.S. Under-20 team, practicing and competing at the Brazilian National Team Training Center and taking part in the Ricardo Teixeira Cup, that also includes the Brazilian and Canadian U-20 women. On Saturday, the U.S. ended in a 2-2 draw with Canada, but will have a rematch next Sunday, along with a pair of games against Brazil in the next week.
Riley recently helped New Zealand qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Championship, as the squad cruised through the Oceania championship with a 33-1 goal count. Riley is eligible to play for the New Zealand National Team because her father John, a UCLA Economics professor, was born in New Zealand.
'Phase one [of preparing for the Championship] was all about finding the best players in New Zealand and to be fair we scoured all the corners of New Zealand and the corners of America. Ali Riley was obviously the find of the decade for us,' New Zealand coach John Herdman said after the Oceania qualifier.
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