Penn State had a significant impact on the 2015 Women’s World Cup with five current and former players representing their respective countries. Ali Krieger highlighted that group as a starting defender for the United States, but reserve goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher is a name to know moving forward and Raquel Rodriguez is a rising star on the Costa Rican national team.
Penn State coach Erica Walsh has spent the last eight seasons in Happy Valley, all the while spending time as an assistant on the 2008, ’11 and ’12 United States national teams. She has experience on the international stage and sees a player in Krieger who still hasn’t peaked and might have established herself as “the best right back in the world.”
Walsh joined Andrew P. Shay and Dustin Hockensmith this week on the Keystone Kickoff Show to talk about the Women’s World Cup and Penn State’s role in the international event. Check out audio from the show in this post and be sure to check our more podcasts and analysis on KeystoneSportsNetwork.com and on Twitter at @KSNSportsNet.