Marissa Abegg Named to U-23 Nordic Cup Roster

July 9, 2008

Release from U.S. Soccer Communications

CHICAGO - Senior defender Marissa Abegg is headed to Falun, Sweden for the 2008 Nordic Cup, as head coach Bill Irwin included her on the 18-player U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Nordic Cup roster released today. Abegg becomes Stanford's newest addition to a Nordic Cup roster, maintaining a 13-year streak in which at least one Cardinal athlete has represented the United States at the annual northern European tournament.

The USA has competed in the Nordic Cup, held this year from July 15-21, for the last 14 years, during which time it has become the focus of the USA's oldest Youth National Team.

After winning its first Nordic Cup in 1997 (over Norway), the USA has won an amazing nine out of the last 11 Nordic Cups including seven in a row from 1999-2005, before falling in 2006 in the championship game to Germany. The U.S. recaptured the title last year under Irwin, pounding Germany, 4-0, in the title game. The USA won the last Nordic Cup contested in Sweden in 2004, defeating Norway, 4-1, in the final.

The Nordic Cup features eight teams and two groups followed by placement matches. The USA was drawn into Group B, where it will face Switzerland, England and Norway. Group A features host Sweden, Germany, Finland the full National Team of Scotland.

The American women open play against Switzerland on July 15 in Borlange before taking on England on July 17 in Borlange. The team will finished group play against Norway on July 19 in Famas. The placement matches are on July 21. All the matches are near Falun, which is 120 miles northwest of Stockholm.

'We have players who have won the Nordic Cup and played in Youth World Championships,' said Irwin. 'We've had some excellent international matches this year leading into this tournament and some success against European teams, but we will look to the experienced players to lead this team in Sweden. We are expecting mature and consistent performances from our team with four matches in seven days.'

Irwin's squad has gone 4-1-1 in international matches in 2008, all against European countries.

'As always, playing with the U-23s and traveling to the Nordic Cup is a chance for these players to show that they have the talent to make the jump to the full team,' said Irwin. 'With the new pro league on the horizon, and the next Women's World Cup three years away, this tournament is extremely valuable for these players. Some of them have seen time with the National Team but haven't quite broken in. This is their chance to show that they can perform in a difficult tournament competition.'

Age eligible players for the 2008 Nordic Cup are those born on or after January 1, 1985.

2008 Nordic Cup Schedule - Sweden
July 15-21, 2008

Group A: Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Finland
Group B: USA, Switzerland, Norway, England

Tuesday, July 15
Group A: Sweden vs. Scotland
Group A: Germany vs. Finland
Group B: USA vs. Switzerland
Group B: Norway vs. England

Thursday, July 17
Group A: Finland vs. Sweden
Group A: Scotland vs. Germany
Group B: USA vs. England
Group B: Switzerland vs. Norway

Thursday, July 19
Group A: Sweden vs. Germany
Group A: Scotland vs. Finland
Group B: USA vs. Norway
Group B: England vs. Switzerland

Monday, July 21
7th Place Match
5th Place Match
3rd Place Match
Championship Match

U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
2008 NORDIC CUP ROSTER

(A Detailed Roster is Available at ussoccer.com)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (5): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Kasey Moore (Texas), Katherine Reynolds (Santa Clara), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (UNC), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Katy Frierson (Auburn), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Meghan Schnur (Uconn), India Trotter (Florida State)
FORWARDS (4): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Ella Masar (Illinois)

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