Rachel Buehler Heads to Residency Training Camp
March 31, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Redshirt junior Rachel Buehler has been selected to train with the U.S. Women's National Team this spring, and will take the quarter off to go into residency with the team. The Stanford defender begins Residency Training Camp on Monday and was one of 32 players selected to attend the camp.
The team will train at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a four-month period that will lead into the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. The USA will be based in Carson for four months, breaking camp at the end of July. In August, the team will play games and train before departing at the end of the month for China and the Women's World Cup, which will be held Sept. 10-30.
Buehler was the anchor of the Stanford defense in 2006, leading the team to one of the top-10 shutout percentages in the nation (.652), with 15 on the year. She also helped the team to one of the lowest goals-against averages in the nation (.55) and captained the squad that advanced to the NCAA Third Round.
The Del Mar, Calif. started for the USA in both the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championships and competed for the US U-21 National Team last summer. This is her fourth call-up to the full Women's National Team, and marks the first time she will go into full time residency.
'I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to play with the Women's National?Team,' said Buehler. 'Any time that I get to represent the United States is such an honor. I? will be playing with the best players in the nation and cannot wait to? compete with them, learn from them, and improve my play as much as? possible. I think this will be a great growing experience for me as a ?player and a person.'
'The women on the team are amazing people,' Buehler continued. 'I am ?excited and nervous. This is a once in a lifetime experience that I can't? wait to get started. I am really going to miss my Stanford team. The girls and coaches are like family to me. I will, however, be back for next season, which is going to be? awesome. I think the team played the best I have ever seen this season and I am confident next season will only be better.'
'The opportunity to attend residency with the senior Women's National ?Team leading into the 2007 World Cup is an incredible honor,' said Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe. 'Rachel is very deserving of this honor and the Stanford coaching staff and ?team are very proud of her. We wish her the best of luck!'
With Buehler at the camp will be former Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who was one of five netminders invited to the camp. Barnhart, an three-time collegiate All-American, became the first Cardinal to play in goal for the U.S. two years ago and has since earned three caps for the USA, shutting out both France and Ukraine in 2005.
Cardinal freshman Kelley O'Hara was also on the 32-member roster, and will join the camp for a two-week period on April 21. Considered one of the most effective players on the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship, O'Hara is the youngest player on the roster and, along with Buehler, one of five players with collegiate eligibility. The Pac-10 boasts four of the five current collegiate players invited to the camp.
The USA will be at the Home Depot Center for eight days to start the Residency Training Camp before traveling east for its first domestic match of the year, opening the 2007 home schedule versus Mexico on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass., in a double header with the New England Revolution and Toronto FC.