Barnhart Named to US National Team for 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup

July 13, 2007

Former Stanford standout and current Volunteer Assistant coach Nicole Barnhart was named as one of the first 18 players to the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in China for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Barnhart, who has three caps for the U.S., was one of the three goalkeepers named to the roster, which now has 62 days to train until its first match in the 2007 Women's World Cup.

Barnhart, a three-time collegiate All-American, became the first Cardinal to play for the US National team two years ago, and has since earned three caps, shutting out France and Ukraine in 2005.

National Team Head Coach Greg Ryan still has three more players to name to the team, which will leave for China with 21 active players on the roster. The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup will take place September 10-30th in five different Chinese cities. The US opens the tournament against North Korea on Sept. 11th in Chengdu.

The US also still has four matches left in their World Cup Send-Off Series. The USA will then play on July 14 against Norway in East Hartford, Conn., before facing Japan on July 28 in San Jose, Calif. The U.S. women hit the stretch run with a game on Aug. 12 against New Zealand in Chicago, Ill., before playing the Send-Off match in Carson, Calif., at The Home Depot Center against Finland on Aug. 25.

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