During today’s National Team player allocation FC Kansas City was allocated Lauren Cheney (USA), Nicole Barnhart (USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (USA), Lauren Sesselmann (CAN), Desiree Scott (CAN), Renae Cuellar (MEX) and Marylin Diaz (MEX).
“We’re very pleased with the allocation process,” said Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski. “We can’t wait to get these world-class players here in Kansas City and start getting ready for the season.”
“I’m very impressed with the allocations of every team. I know that once we get these players here, they will fall in love with Kansas City and our soccer community,” said Assistant Coach, Huw Williams.
— lauren cheney (@laurencheney8) January 12, 2013
So thrilled to be a player on @fckansascity! Looking forward to meeting everyone and getting the season started!
— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) January 11, 2013
Here is a quick breakdown of FC Kansas City’s allocated players:
Nicole Barnhart (USA, GK)
Has appeared in 46 matches for the USWNT and has compiled 21 shutouts. Won two gold medals while playing for the United States in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Played for the Stanford University and holds the school’s record for the lowest career goals-against average (0.41) and was named first-team All-American twice during her collegiate career. Played for FC Gold Pride (WPS) in 2009 and 2010 and helped the team win the 2010 WPS title. Named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and a WPS All-Star during the same season. In 2011 she played for the Philadelphia Independence (WPS).
Lauren Cheney (USA, M)
Attended UCLA and was named a first-team All-American and NSCAA Freshman of the Year. Was the runner-up for the 2007 Hermann Trophy and named a finalist in 2009. Earned NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-America honors all four years of her collegiate career. Two-time Olympic gold medal winner. Selected second overall in the 2010 WPS Draft by the Boston Breakers.
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA, D)
Member of the 2012 Olympic gold medal team and the 2011 World Cup team. During her high school career in St. Louis, Missouri Sauerbrunn was named 2003 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, 2002 and 2003 Parade All-American, 2001 NSCAA Youth All-American, and 2002 NSCAA Adidas (U-17) All-American. She attended University of Virginia and become the only three-time NSCAA All-American in school history. Drafted by the Washington Freedom (WPS) during the 2008 WPS Draft and played with them her whole WPS career including when they moved to Florida and were renamed magicJack (WPS).
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN, D)
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Sesselmann acquired Canadian citizenship in 2010 through her father. Named First Team All-Big Ten during the 2003 and 2005 seasons while playing for Purdue University. Drafted by the Chicago Red Stars (WPS) in 2009 but waived prior to the start of the season. Played one match for Sky Blue FC in 2009 and then signed on with the Atlanta Beat in 2010. While playing for the Beat (WPS) she was converted from forward to defender. Was part of Canada’s 2011 Pan American Games team that brought home gold by defeating Brazil in the championship. Started all 6 matches for Canada during the 2012 Olympics where the team won a bronze medal.
Desiree Scott (CAN, M)
Nicknamed “The Destroyer” by her national team teammates, Desiree was part of the 2011 World Cup team and won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games. She was also on the 2012 Olympic bronze medal team.
Renae Cuellar (MEX, F)
Was a member of USA’s U-14 and U-18 national pool team. Played for Mexico’s U-20 team in the 2010 World Cup. Alternate for the 2011 World Cup. Named to the 2012 NCAA Division I All-Central Region First Team and the 2012 Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year while playing for the University of Oklahoma. Lead the Sooners with 26 points 12 of which came from goals.
Marylin Diaz (MEX, D)
Played for Mexico’s U-20 World Cup team in 2010 and Mexico’s 2011 Pan American Games team.
So FC Kansas City fans, what do you think? Leave your comments below.