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Stanford soccer duo named to U.S. women's World Cup squad

 

Former Stanford teammates Kelley O'Hara ('10) and Christen Press ('11) have been named to the U.S. squad for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup.

USA head coach Jill Ellis on Tuesday named her 23-player roster on for the 24-team event, to be played June 6-July 5 in Canada. O'Hara and Press are expected to be among five members of the 2009 Stanford team to be named to World Cup teams, including New Zealand's Ali Riley ('10), and Mexico's Alina Garciamendez ('13) and Teresa Noyola ('12), the former Palo Alto High standout.


The roster will not become official until May 25, which is the deadline for all teams to submit their final squads. This will be the second World Cup team for O'Hara, who played on the runner-up 2011 team as well as the 2012 gold-medal winning side at the London Olympics. This is the first major tournament for Press.

O'Hara and Press combined to lead Stanford to two NCAA College Cups, reaching the 2009 final during a 25-1 season. O'Hara scored a school-record 26 goals and Press had 21 in a season that ended with a 1-0 loss to North Carolina in College Station, Texas.

O'Hara and Press combined with Noyola, now with the Mexican national team, to win back-to-back-to-back Hermann Trophies as the top collegiate players from 2009-11, respectively.

O'Hara, 26, who plays for New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League, was a forward at Stanford, scoring 57 career goals. However, she has found a home at outside left back for the U.S., switching to the position in 2012 and playing every minute of all six Olympic matches that year.

Press, 26, is the Stanford recordholder for career points (183), goals (71), and assists (41). Stanford had a 67-0-1 record when Press had a goal or an assist. Now playing for the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars, Press has started six of the U.S. team's seven matches this year and earned a team-high 23 caps in 2014, scoring 11 goals.

The U.S. will play three home matches in a Send-Off Series before departing for the World Cup, including a May 10 match (10 a.m.) against Ireland at Santa Clara's Avaya Stadium.

In Canada, the U.S. will play in four-team Group D along with Australia, Nigeria, and Sweden. The U.S opens the tournament on June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg.

— Stanford Athletics

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