Buehler, Barnhart Return To The Bay Area, Allocated To The Bay Area WPS Team
Sept. 16, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Former Stanford women's soccer standouts and 2008 U.S. Olympians, defender Rachel Buehler ('07) and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart ('05) were two of three U.S. Women's National Team players to be allocated today in New York City to the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league's to-be-named Bay Area team. The franchise will be coached by the Stanford women's current volunteer coach, Albertin Montoya.
'I am so excited to have been placed on the Bay Area team,' said Buehler, a native of Del Mar, Calif. 'After my wonderful Stanford experience I have many friends and supporters in the region and the Bay Area really has become a second home to me. I can't wait to be coached by Albertin and Sissi as well as play with Barnie, my former Stanford teammate. I feel like this league will provide a great opportunity for me to learn and improve as a player.'
Along with Buehler and Barnhart, former Santa Clara star Leslie Osborne will be heading back to the Bay Area, as the WPS dispersed 21 National Team players to the league's seven franchises competing in the inaugural 2009 season.
The announcement was hosted by NBA All-Star and WPS part-owner Steve Nash and presided over by WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. Each of the seven teams set to begin play in WPS for the 2009 season were allocated three players apiece from the U.S. Women's National Team pool.
Following this week's U.S. Women's National Team allocation will be the international draft of top global stars the week of September 22nd which will assign teams the rights to negotiate with four premiere international players. That will be followed by a draft of remaining players in early October and again in January. The order of the international draft will depend on the weighted rankings voted on by teams following the U.S. Women's National Team allocation with the weakest-rated team selecting first and the strongest-weighted team selecting last.