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Training Tracks: Rachel Van Hollebeke

Updated: April 11, 2014, 1:59 PM ET
By Dimity McDowell | Special to espnW.com

When the defending-champion Portland Thorns kick off their NWSL season April 12 against the Houston Dash, they'll have a lock-down defender in their backfield: 28-year-old Rachel (Buehler) Van Hollebeke. Also a member of the U.S. national team who has played in two Olympics and more than 100 international matches, Van Hollebeke was a three-year captain of the Stanford Cardinal. If it sounds as though she lives and breathes soccer, she kind of does -- "We don't get much of an offseason," ...

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