Abegg, Buehler Head to U-21 Training Camp in Preparation for 2007 Nordic Cup

June 8, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford defenders Marisa Abegg and Rachel Buehler were among the 24 players invited to the U-21 training camp in Portland, Ore. this week. The camp runs from June 6-13 and will be the last before the 18-player 2007 U.S. Nordic Cup Team is chosen. That squad will travel to Vassa, Finland, from July 12-25 for the annual Nordic Cup tournament.

Abegg and Buehler are among five Pac-10 players on the roster. Buehler, who has 14 U-21 caps, has competed in the last two Nordic Cups and earned a call-up to the full Women's National Team earlier this year. Abegg would be making her first appearance in the Nordic Cup, and has been training with the U-21 team since January.

Held in Northern Europe every summer, the USA has competed in the tournament for well more than a decade, as it has become the focus of the USA's oldest youth national team during its six-month run-up to the prestigious competition. The USA has won eight Nordic Cup titles, including seven in a row before falling last year in the championship game to Germany. The American women open with Norway on July 18 in Narpio, followed by the match against Sweden on July 22 in Vaasa.

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