O'Hara to train with USA women's soccer

She joins Barnhart, Buehler on the national training roster

Stanford grad and reigning national college Player of the Year Kelley O'Hara was one of six rookies called up for a training camp with the United States women's soccer team by coach Pia Sundhage on Wednesday.

The camp begins Sept. 30 and will include two matches against China that will serve as preparation for the CONCACAF tournament for the 2011 Women's World Cup.

The two collegians picked were strikers Alex Morgan, a senior at California, and Sydney Leroux, a junior at UCLA, who teamed up to lead the USA to the 2008 Under-20 Women's World Cup title.

The only other player who does not compete in WPS is defender Ali Krieger of Germany's FFC Frankfurt. She has earned three caps this year after not appearing for the USA since 2008.

Tobin Heath, who is coming off a major ankle injury that required surgery and caused her to miss almost the entire WPS season, will also attend the camp.

Other first-time players include Alyssa Naeher, Whitney Engen, Brittany Taylor and Lauren Cheney.

"This is a very important camp as the team will get some quality time together to work on some tactical elements as we prepare for World Cup qualifying," Sundhage said. "It's also a great opportunity for our players to have two tough games before the important qualifying matches as we will have to make some important final decisions on our roster that goes to Mexico."

The China games will take place on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium, the site of the camp, in Kennesaw, Ga., and four days later at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Stanford grads Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler are also expected to participate.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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