Former KU Soccer Star Starts in International Friendly against USA
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Former Kansas midfielder Liana Salazar started and played all 90 minutes for her native Colombia in its 7-0 loss to the United States in an international friendly Wednesday night. The start marked Salazar’s 14th cap for her national team as she attempts to make the squad that will compete at the Rio Olympics this summer.
After both teams played scoreless soccer for nearly 30 minutes, the Americans jumped on the visiting Colombia squad with four goals between the 27th and 39th minutes. The defending world champions went on to score three more times in the second half to turn the Colombians away, 7-0, in the first of two friendlies between the two squads this week as they prep for the Olympic Games this summer.
Salazar, who played all 90 minutes of the match in the Colombian midfield, played her final season for the Jayhawks last fall. She became one of Kansas’ all-time best goal scorers in her four years in Lawrence, finishing her career second on KU’s all-time goal scoring chart with 27 career goals.
Salazar and the rest of her Colombian teammates will return to the pitch for another friendly with the USA on Sunday, April 10 in Chesterr, Pennsylvania.
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