KU Freshman Salazar starts for Colombia Against US in Women's World Cup Match

July 3, 2011

SINSHEIM, Germany –

Kansas freshman Liana Salazar started and played 55-minutes for the Colombian National team in its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup match against the United States Saturday in Sinsheim, Germany. The Americans defeated Salazar and the Colombians, 3-0, to stay undefeated in Group C play, while the loss dropped Columbia to 0-2.

Salazar, a 5-3 midfielder from Bogota, Colombia, did not see any minutes in her national team’s first Group C match, a 1-0 loss to Sweden on June 28, making Saturday’s start her first in World Cup play.

In the past, Salazar has started for both the U-17 and U-20 Colombian World Cup teams, but this year is her first time competing at the senior level.

The freshman arrived on KU’s campus in January and spent the spring semester enrolled in classes while also participating in the team’s spring season. She collected four assists and a goal in six matches.

Salazar and her Columbian teammates now look to bounce back against North Korea (0-2), which they will play Wednesday, July 6 in Bochum, Germany.