Buehler, Barnhart and Riley Head To South Korea For 2008 Peace Queen Cup
June 4, 2008
A trio of former and current Stanford women's soccer players will travel to South Korea to play in the 2008 Peace Queen Cup, being held from July 15-21 in Suwon, South Korea. Former Cardinal standouts Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler will represent the United States, while current sophomore Ali Riley will suit up for New Zealand.
The tournament is the last tune-up before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing this summer and will feature two groups of four teams each with the group winners advancing to the championship game after round-robin play. The USA, which was drawn into Group B with Australia, Brazil and Italy, will play all of its first round matches at the 27,100-seat Suwon Sports Complex. Group A, which features South Korea, New Zealand, Canada and Argentina, will play all its matches at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, which holds just over 43,000.
The U.S. women will open the tournament on June 15 against Australia at 2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET, face Brazil for the first time since the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal on June 17 (2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET) and then finish group play against Italy on June 19 (5 p.m. local / 4 a.m. ET). The winners of the two groups will play for the championship on Saturday, June 21, at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.
The U.S. women head into the 2008 Peace Queen Cup with a record of 13-0-1 in 2008. The USA won the inaugural Peace Queen Cup in 2006, defeating Canada in the championship game, 1-0, on a goal from Kristine Lilly.
United States Women's National Soccer Team
2008 Peace Queen Cup
June 15-21 -- Suwon, South Korea
Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
Defenders (6): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
Midfielders (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas);
Forwards (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).
2008 Peace Queen Cup Groups
U.S. Women's National Team Match Schedule 2008 Peace Queen Cup
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff (Local / ET)June 15 USA vs. Australia Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.June 17 USA vs. Brazil Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.June 19 USA vs. Italy Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
2008 Peace Queen Cup Match Schedule
Date Matchup Venue Kickoff (Local / ET)
June 14 South Korea vs. New Zealand Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Canada vs. Argentina Suwon World Cup Stadium 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 15 USA vs. Australia Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Brazil vs. Italy Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 16 South Korea vs. Canada Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Argentina vs. New Zealand Suwon World Cup Stadium 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 17 USA vs. Brazil Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Italy vs. Australia Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 18 New Zealand vs. Canada Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Argentina vs. South Korea Suwon World Cup Stadium 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 19 Australia vs. Brazil Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
USA vs. Italy Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 20 BREAK
June 21 Championship Game Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.