Stanford forward Ali Riley Selected to New Zealand World Cup team
Aug. 7, 2007
Stanford Women's Soccer received more national team news Tuesday, when New Zealand soccer announced that Cardinal sophomore forward Ali Riley made its World Cup team. Riley is one of six teenagers to make the final roster, which will give New Zealand a youthful look for the upcoming World Cup in China.
Riley, who has seven goals and zero caps for New Zealand, was one of six forwards named to the roster, which now a little more than a month to train until the Women's World Cup in China this September. The New Zealand national team now heads to Chicago for a two-match tour. Their first match will be against the US National Team on August 13th. The US are the defending Olympic Champion and hold the number one world ranking. The team will then play Women's Premier Soccer Team FC Indiana two days later.
Riley, who will be a sophomore next year, has previous national team experience with, as she competed for New Zealand at the U-20 World Cup last summer in Russia.
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup will take place September 10-30th in five different Chinese cities. New Zealand opens the tournament against Brazil and will later face Denmark and the tournament hosts.