Women's Soccer Players To Play With U.S. National Team In Algarve Cup

March 2, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford soccer players Marcie Ward and Allyson Marquand will play on the United States Women's National team in the upcoming Algarve Cup, being played March 11-17 in the Algarve region of Portugal. The team will also be playing a friendly match against Italy in Rieti, about 40 minutes outside of Rome, on March 7 before traveling to Portugal.

Ward and Marquand were among several other college players that participated in an eight-day training camp last week in Chula Vista, Calif. with the U.S. U-21 National Team. The National Team coaches used this camp to choose the majority of the full U.S. Women's National Team roster for the European tour.

A bulk of the U.S. veterans are unavailable due to commitments to their WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association) clubs, which gives the younger National Team players a chance to compete against some of the best teams in the world.The U.S. is scheduled to play Canada, Portugal and Sweden in the first round of the 8th Algarve Cup. The eight-team international tournament is one of the world's most competitive events outside of the Women's World Cup and the Olympics and also features Olympic champion Norway, China, Denmark and Finland.

Ward, a forward from Alamo, Calif., is coming off of a stellar freshman campaign that saw her lead the Cardinal in scoring. She also broke the single-season assist record held by U.S. National Team member Julie Foudy with 14 assists. Ward was named the Soccer Buzz Freshman of the Year and was selected to the West Region All-America First Team as well as being named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-Pac-10 selection.

Marquand, a defender from Irvine, Calif., redshirted the 2000 season due to a torn ACL in her knee. In her freshman year on The Farm, she developed into one of Stanford's best defensive players, starting all 21 matches. She was a Second Team All-Pac-10 selection and competed with the U-21 U.S. National Team in France during the summer of 2000. Next week's match with Italy will be the first competition for Marquand since coming back from her knee injury. Both Ward and Marquand will earn their first caps, international appearances.

2001 Algarve Cup ScheduleMarch 11	United States vs. CanadaMarch 13	Portugal vs. United StatesMarch 15	United States vs. SwedenMarch 17	Championships
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