Garciamendez to Play for Mexico Against U.S.

March 28, 2010

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Stanford freshman center back Alina Garciamendez is part of the Mexican team that will play the United States in a full national team friendly Saturday in a match televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.

The match kicks off at 2 p.m. at University of San Diego's Torero Stadium.

Garciamendez, the captain of the Mexican team that will play in the Under-20 World Cup in Germany this summer, is one of five members of the U-20 team traveling with the full national side.

Garciamendez said Friday that she was unsure if she would start or even play. However, she has been part of the full national team since a trip to Brazil in December, just after Stanford's NCAA final match against North Carolina. She also has been asked to join the team for a trip to Japan in May, but is was not sure if she would accept because she would miss many days of classes.

Mexico is coached by Leonardo Cuellar, a star during the 1970s and former player in the North American Soccer League with the San Diego Sockers and the San Jose-based Golden Bay Earthquakes.

Garciamendez will not join Mexico for its exhibition against the U.S. in Utah on Wednesday.

Stanford will also be represented in San Diego by regular United States national teamers Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler. Barnhart, a goalkeeper, is a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford and plays for FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer. Buehler, a defender, also plays for the Gold Pride, based in the East Bay.

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