Ali Riley Starts for New Zealand in the Women's World Cup

Sept. 13, 2007

Cardinal sophomore Ali Riley started for the New Zealand world cupteam in their opening match against Brazil yesterday in Wuhan, China, losing to the Group D favorite 5-0. The young Kiwi squad featured four teenagers in the starting lineup and were overpowered by a Brazil team led by two goals from FIFA player of the year Marta.

Riley, who started 15 games for the Cardinal in 2006, competed for New Zealand at the U-20 Women's World Cup last summer and has since been training with Women's National Team. Riley's father, a professor at UCLA, was born in New Zealand and Riley holds dual citizenship.

The FIFA Women's World Cup takes place from September 10-30th. New Zealand next faces Denmark on Saturday, September 15 at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium.

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