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Stanford grad O'Hara added to USA women's World Cup roster

 

Former Stanford star Kelley O'Hara, the 2009 Hermann Trophy winner, was added to the United States Women's World Cup roster on Wednesday.

O'Hara replaces midfielder Lindsay Tarpley, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee late in an exhibition against Japan on May 14.

"You never want a teammate to get injured, but injuries are part of the sport and my heart goes out to Lindsay Tarpley," said O'Hara, to ussoccer.com. "Those are big shoes to fill because she is an awesome player and a great teammate, so I will play whatever role the coaches want me to play. After initially not making the team, it's an amazing feeling to be back with these players and going to Germany."

O'Hara (Class of 2010) becomes the third Cardinal to join the roster, giving Stanford more player representation than any other school on the U.S. team. It also raises the probability that Stanford will have six current or former players in the World Cup, June 26-July 17 in Germany.

Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart ('04) and captain and defender Rachel Buehler ('07) play for the U.S., Ali Riley ('10) is the captain of New Zealand, and current junior Teresa Noyola and sophomore Alina Garciamendez are expected to be named when Mexico finalizes its roster June 5.

O'Hara is Stanford's single-season recordholder for points (65) and goals (tied with Christen Press with 26). She led Stanford into its first NCAA championship final in 2009 and was awarded the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy as college soccer's best player.

"Kelley has great energy, she is good in the air and brings youth to the team, which is a good thing," said U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, in a U.S. Soccer press release. "She is a player who can take people on and hit good crosses, which will be important at the World Cup."

O'Hara has five national team caps and plays an outside midfield position for the U.S., as opposed to serving as pure striker while accumulating 57 goals, 32 assists and 146 points for Stanford from 2006-09. She is now in her second pro season, playing for the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer.

The U.S., which has been drawn into Group C with South Korea, Colombia and Sweden, opens its tournament on June 28 in Dresden against the Koreans in a match that will be broadcast live on ESPN.

But first, the U.S. plays Mexico in an exhibition Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., in a match that begins at 11 a.m. (PT) and will be broadcast live by ESPN2. Five current or former Stanford players will be represented in the match -- O'Hara, Barnhart, and Buehler for the U.S., and Garciamendez and Noyola for Mexico.

— Dave Kiefer/Stanford Sports Information

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