Stanford grad looks to help Canadian national team


Stanford grad Rachel Quon was named to Canada's women's national soccer team and will play with the Canadians at the Cyprus Cup in Larnaca beginning next Wednesday.

Canada, which plays Finland, Italy and England in pool play, has won the tournament three times but not since 2011.

Quon, defender Robyn Gayle and forward Nkem Ezurike will be looking to make their first appearances for Canada at the senior level.

"(Ezurike) had a very good college season for Michigan," Canada coach John Herdman said. "We had her in our program last year so she did some camps with (U-20 Head Coach) Andrew Olivieri so Andrew's been keeping an eye on her. We got her in January for a two-week trial and she did well."

There are 12 players from the National Women's Soccer League, including Quon, who plays for the Chicago Red Sox.

"We've been to pretty much all the finals since I've been here and just haven't been able to cross that line," said Herdman. "We desperately want to do well in the tournament. There's something about getting used to these tournaments and being effective in them so at some point you've got to win it."

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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on Feb 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

Quon plays for the Chicago Red Stars, not Sox.

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