Buehler and Barnhart Head Portugal-Bound For Algarve Cup

Feb. 27, 2008

Former Cardinal standouts Rachel Buehler and Nicole Barnhart will head to Portugal as a part of the US National Team to compete in the Algarve Cup Mar. 5-12. The U.S. team, which has been placed into Group B at the prestigious tournament, will open play on March 5 against China, face Italy on March 7 and finish the first round against Norway on March 10. The USA will play its first two matches in Faro at the Estadio Algarve, a beautiful 30,000-seat venue built for the 2004 European Championship. The U.S. women will face Norway in Portimão.

Barnhart is one of two goalkeeper named to the roster as she prepares for her second Algarve Cup. She earned her first cap in goal for the USA at the 2005 Algarve Cup in a 1-0 win over France. She will be joined Hope Solo, who has 54 career caps.

Buehler makes her first-ever tournament roster with the Women's National Team after having played extensively with the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team as well as in two FIFA U-19 world championships (Canada '02 and Thailand '04).

Since the expansion from eight to 12 teams seven years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The teams in Group A and B will compete for the title as the group winners will play in the championship game on Wednesday, March 12, in Vila Real de San Antonio, which is on Portugal's eastern border with Spain. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers will play for fifth. The Group C teams will be competing for a chance to play for spots 7-12 as the winner of Group C will play the best fourth place team from Groups A or B for seventh place. The second place team in Group C will play the worst fourth place team from Groups A or B for ninth place and the third and fourth place finishers in Group C will play each other for 11th place.

United States Women's National Soccer Team:
2008 Algarve Cup Roster
March 5-12, 2008 - The Algarve, Portugal

Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart (2) (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Hope Solo (5) (Richland, Wash.);
Defenders (6): Rachel Buehler (1) (Del Mar, Calif.), Stephanie Cox (4) (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tobin Heath (1) (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Kate Markgraf (7) (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (8) (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (8) (Birmingham, Ala.);
Midfielders (7): Shannon Boxx (5) (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (5) (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (4) (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (3) (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (4) (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (6) (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Angie Woznuk (1) (El Cajon, Calif.);
Forwards (5): Lauren Cheney (1) (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (3) (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O'Reilly (6) (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (3) (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (5) (Rochester, N.Y.).

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