Eleven Years of Stanford in the Nordic Cup

July 13, 2006

Rising senior Rachel Buehler, who has been with the U.S. Senior National Team in Residency Training Camp since July 3, joined the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team on the 18-player squad that will travel to Norway for the 16th Annual Nordic Cup being held July 16-22.

Stanford has had at least one player on the Nordic Cup squad since 1996. Buehler, along with current Senior National Team member Nicole Barnhart, helped the U.S. to its seventh-consecutive Nordic Cup title with a 4-1 win over Norway last year.

'Rachel is a great player at Stanford and we are very excited that she has the opportunity to compete internationally again this summer,' noted Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe. 'We have a tremendous history and a great tradition of excellence, and although I have not had the opportunity to work with all of the athletes who have participated in National Team programs over the past decade, they are a great testament to Stanford Women's Soccer. Student-athletes who study and compete at Stanford are given every opportunity to develop on and off the field.'

The U.S. team assembled on the east coast to train for a few days before leaving on Tuesday for Norway, which will be hosting its third Nordic Cup, but first since 2001. Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA's oldest youth national team during its six-month run-up to the prestigious tournament. The USA has won eight Nordic Cup titles, including a dominating 6-1 championship game win versus Sweden in Norway in 2001.

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