Alums Named All-Stars, Receive Honors
June 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Former Stanford players are making their mark on the professional and international soccer world:
Recent graduate and New Zealand international Ali Riley was named Oceania Player of the Year, and three former Stanford players were named to the Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Game.
Riley, a left outside back at Stanford, earned the Oceania Football Confederation Player of the Year Award for 2009. Riley has been an integral part of the New Zealand women's team since her debut in 2007 and helped the Football Ferns to a credible fourth-place finish at the 2009 Cyprus Cup.
The fullback also had a breakthrough season in the United States, helping the Cardinal to its first NCAA College Cup final and the Pali Blues to the W-League title last summer. Riley went on to be selected in the first round of the WPS draft and is now a rookie playing for the Bay Area's F.C. Gold Pride.
Riley recently was named New Zealand's women's Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and helped the Football Ferns to the final of the eight-team Cyprus Cup in March, New Zealand's first tournament final outside Oceania since 1975. Riley's New Zealand side begins Oceania qualifying in September for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Riley's Stanford and Gold Pride teammate, and fellow 2010 graduate, Kelley O'Hara was named to the WPS All-Star Game on Monday as the reserves were selected by commissioner Tonya Antonucci and the game's head coaches, Albertin Montoya of the Gold Pride and Paul Riley of the Philadelphia Independence.
O'Hara, the Gold Pride's Buehler ('08) and Philadelphia's Falk ('09) will be chosen to play for Abby XI or Marta XI, the All-Star teams named after captains Abby Wambach and Marta.
The match will be played June 30 at 5 p.m. PDT in Kennesaw, Ga.