Barnhart to Start For U.S. Senior National Team Against Sweden on July 15

July 13, 2006

Chicago, Ill. - Stanford volunteer assistant coach Nicole Barnhart has replaced Minnesota native Briana Scurry on the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team roster that will face Sweden on Saturday, July 15, at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

Saturday's contest is the first domestic match of the year for the USA. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. PT.

Barnhart, an All-American during her collegiate career on The Farm, has three caps for the USA, shutting out both France and Ukraine in 2005. Her first cap, however, was a strange one. It came as a forward when the USA ran out of substitutes against Mexico at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 16, 2004, during the 'Fan Celebration Tour.' Barnhart played the last four minutes plus stoppage time at forward next to Abby Wambach in the 1-0 win.?The U.S. arrived in Minnesota on Wednesday, and will train at the NSC today and tomorrow before facing Sweden on Saturday.

The match in Blaine will be followed by two more matches in July. The U.S. heads west for a July 23 meeting with Ireland in San Diego at 1 p.m. PT, before flying back across the country to Cary, N.C. where they will face Canada on July 30 at SAS Soccer Park at 1 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised live on ESPN2.

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