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Four FC Kansas City players selected to national team

Updated: 2013-05-21T21:17:53Z


The Kansas City Star

A group of four FC Kansas City players will join the U.S. women's national team for its friendly against Canada on June 2.

Goalie Nicole Barnhart, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielders Lauren Cheney and Kristie Mewis were part of the 21-player roster selected by coach Tom Sermanni on Tuesday. The national team will travel to Toronto for a 3:30 p.m. kick off against Canada on June 2.

The four FC Kansas City players will not miss any National Women's Soccer League matches. They will join the national team on Sunday — a day after the Blues play host to Sky Blue FC at SM North District Stadium — and return home on June 3. FC Kansas City returns to action on June 6 in Portland.

In all, 15 of the 21 players are currently competing in the NWSL, with more than a fourth of those stationed in Kansas City. FC Kansas City is the only team in the eight-team NWSL with four players on the roster.

Starting goalie Hope Solo will miss the match in Toronto due to a wrist injury, meaning Barnhart potentially stands in line for the start in goal against Canada.

This marks the first meeting for the two teams since the U.S. defeated Canada in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics.

“There's an intensity about this game far greater than the typical international friendly,” Sermanni said. “I know our players are really looking forward to the match and the crowd, but also getting back together as a national team and continuing to evolve in a positive direction.”

To reach Sam McDowell, call 816-234-4869 or send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/SamMcDowell11.

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