US SoccerUS Soccer

Kate Markgraf

Women's National Team
National Teams

WNT vs Japan Highlights July 28 2007

The U.S. Women’s National Team got a powerful header from Shannon Boxx in the first half, and second half strikes from Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach to record a rousing 4-1 win over Japan.

100 Moments 2008 Olympics's "100 Moments" series continues with a look at the 2008 Olympics. The U.S. Women's National team overcame Abby Wambach's broken leg and a loss in the opening game to earn the Gold Medal in Beijing. Players and former head coach Pia Sundhage recount the tournament and talk about the team spirit the team showed in fighting to get back to the top of the podium.

World Cup Veterans Tony Sanneh and Kate Markgraf Participate in U.S. Department of State Soccer Envoy Program in Ethiopia

CHICAGO (July 13, 2012) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team defender Tony Sanneh and former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kate Markgraf are in Ethiopia participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Soccer Envoy Program. Sanneh and Markgraf will be in Ethiopia until July 15 as part of a U.S. government exchange program that brings people together for greater understanding through sports.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our country and give back to the global football community,” said 2002 FIFA World Cup veteran Sanneh. “Soccer is one of the ties that bind countries around the world, and the chance to connect with people across so many different cultures and share our love and passion for the sport is a wonderful gift. We hope through this program that in some small way we can make a difference in people’s lives.”

The envoys are at work in the eastern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa, where they will head the soccer portion of a four-day Youth Culture, Sport and Friendship Camp sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. This camp, organized together with the Ethio-Italy Technical College, The Dire Dawa Mayor’s Office, The Dire Dawa Sports Commission and the Dire Dawa Police Commission, is aimed at exchanging cultural traditions and promoting healthy living through sport and education. The envoys will work with young men and women, ages 13 – 20.

Sport Envoys are current and retired professional athletes and coaches from a range of sports that travel overseas to conduct drills, lead teambuilding sessions, and engage youth in a dialogue on the importance of education, health, and respect for diversity. In partnership with SportsUnited, US Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited over 18 countries since 2006. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls, and coaches.

SportsUnited is the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ premier sports exchange program at the U.S. Department of State. Athletes and coaches from a range of sports are chosen to conduct clinics, visit schools, and engage with youth overseas in a dialogue on the importance of an education, positive health practices, and respect for diversity. Since 2003, SportsUnited has brought nearly 1,000 athletes from over 60 countries to the U.S. to participate in Sport Visitor programs. Since 2005, SportsUnited has sent over 220 U.S. athletes to more than 50 countries to participate in Sport Envoy programs.

Kate Markgraf Retires from Professional Soccer

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2010) – Kate Markgraf, one of the most-capped players in the history of the U.S. Women’s National team with 201 games played, has retired.

A starter for the USA in the last six world championships, she played her last match for the U.S. National Team on July 17 against Sweden in East Hartford, Conn., and retires as one of the greatest defenders in U.S. history.

Markgraf gave birth to twins, Carson (girl) and Xavier (boy) in July 2009, which forced her to miss the inaugural WPS season, but she played almost every minute for the Chicago Red Stars in 2010. Markgraf had her first son, Keegan, in July 2006. Formerly Kate Sobrero, she married Chris Markgraf in 2003.

Due to her solid WPS season this year, Markgraf was called back to the WNT and played in three matches in 2010, pushing her career cap total over 200 and making her just one of seven players to reach that mark.

Markgraf was the least experienced starter on the ground-breaking 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. She had just 27 caps when she started with Carla Overbeck in the center of the U.S. defense in the opening game of that historic tournament.

Always a gritty and athletic defender, she grew into a leader in the back for the USA and was a fixture in the starting lineup for over 11 years, missing significant stretches of games only when she was pregnant and recovering from childbirth. She finishes her career having started 187 of her 201 caps while starting for the USA in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and on the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Teams.

Her 201 caps rank seventh all-time in U.S. history and her 187 starts rank sixth. She earned her 100th career cap against Korea DPR in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and her 200th on July 13, 2010, against Sweden in Omaha, Neb.

As a collegian, she started all 96 games she played at Notre Dame and helped the Fighting Irish to an NCAA title in 1995.

One of Markgraf’s most memorable moments came on Sept. 20, 2008, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., when she scored what would be her only goal in a U.S. uniform, burying a penalty kick against Ireland.

Markgraf played in both the WUSA, where she played three seasons for the Boston Breakers, and in WPS, where she played this past season for the Red Stars.

The retirement of Markgraf leaves just three players from the 1999 Women’s World Cup squad still active in professional soccer: defender Christie Rampone, midfielder Kristine Lilly and forward Tiffeny Milbrett.

May 21 2010 Comeback Kids

They both debuted for the U.S. in the late 1990s, had their first and second pregnancies within a year of each other, and now they return to the U.S. Women's National Team together. Moms Christie Rampone and Kate Markgraf sit down for an interview to talk about their return to soccer.
First came into a National Team camp after her sophomore college season in 1995, but would not make an impact on the team until 1998 when she debuted … Formerly Kate Sobrero, she started using her married name on the back of her jersey in 2004 … At the end of 2008, she had started 184 of the 198 games in her career, coming off the bench just 14 times … 2008: The co-captain of the U.S. National Team, she did not play in the Four Nations Tournament in January in China as she recovered from an ankle injury, but went on to start 27 of the 29 matches she played, including every minute of five games at the 2008 Olympics … It was the sixth straight world championship tournament in which she has started for the U.S. WNT … Registered the ninth assist of her career during a win over Mexico in Olympic Qualifying … Scored her first-ever goal for the USA on Sept. 20, 2008, against Ireland, nailing a penalty kick to break her U.S. record scoreless streak of 192 games … 2007: Used part of the year to regain strength and fitness after the birth of her son in 2006 and got back to full speed in time to play in her third Women’s World Cup … Ended the year starting all 15 games she played, including the first five at the Women’s World Cup … Missed the third-place match with an ankle injury that carried over into the first part of 2008 … 2006: Took most of the year off from soccer to have her first baby, Keegan Jamison, who was born on July 18, 2006 … 2005: The only player to start and play every minute of all nine games during the year, including all four games at the Algarve Cup … 2004: Played in 33 of the USA’s 34 games, starting 32, and led the USA in minutes played at 2,812 … Earned a career-high three assists (and in fact had just three total assists in the previous six years), including one in the Olympics to Abby Wambach on a goal against Greece …  Played every minute of all six games at the 2004 Olympics in Greece … 2003: Was second on the USA in minutes played in 2003 with 1,620 … Started 20 of her 21 matches, both tied for team-highs … Earned her 100th cap during the Women’s World Cup against North Korea in Columbus, Ohio … Started all six games at the WWC … Missed the final match of 2003 vs. Mexico due to her marriage … 2002: Played in 16 matches for the USA as both a central defender and outside back … A member of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Team that qualified the USA for the 2003 Women’s World Cup … 2001: A fixture in the central defense, she played every minute in her four matches for the USA during a limited schedule … 2000: A consistent rock in the center of the U.S. defense with Joy Fawcett, she played in 29 matches, starting them all … Played all 462 minutes over five games in the Olympics … 1999: Solidified her starting spot in the central defense in 1999, playing in 21 matches, including five 1999 Women's World Cup games … The most inexperienced U.S. starter in the Women's World Cup, she had an excellent tournament despite spraining her ankle during the first round … 1998: Had her breakthrough year in 1998, playing in her first 13 games for the full national team and starting both matches as the USA won the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medal … Recorded her first start and played 90 minutes against Japan on May 24, 1998, in Yokohama … Was called into the USA's January 1998 training camp in San Diego, but broke her jaw in a gruesome collision with U.S. goalkeeper Tracy Ducar … After having her jaw wired shut for six weeks, she rebounded strongly to play in the Goodwill Games and start all three games at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup ... Youth National Teams: First played for the U.S. Under 20 Women’s National Team in 1993 and competed in the Nordic Cup in 1994 … Was a starter on the USA's Nordic Cup champion Under 20 Team in Denmark in 1997 as an overage player … First Appearance: April 26, 1998, vs. Argentina ... First Goal: Sept. 20, 2008, vs. Ireland.
Allocated to the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural WPS season in 2009, but will sit out the year as she is pregnant with twins … Was a founding player in the WUSA for the Boston Breakers … 2003: Started all 19 games in which she played, helping the Breakers to the playoffs for the first time … Had three assists on the season … Was named to the All-WUSA Second Team … 2002: Missed a few games at the beginning of the season while recovering from minor knee surgery, but started 16 games for the Breakers … Named as a reserve to the WUSA North All-Star Team … 2001: Played every minute of her 20 matches … Had two assists on the year … Etc.: Played for KIF Orebro in the Swedish First Division for two months in the Spring of 2005 … Won three state titles with her Michigan Hawks club team.
Full name is Kathryn Michele Markgraf (formerly Sobrero) … Nickname is “Sobs” … In 2005, she was accepted into Northwestern Law School in Chicago and Northeastern Law School in Boston … Married former Providence College soccer player Chris Markgraf on Oct. 31, 2003 … Is pregnant with twins which are due in late Spring/early Summer of 2009 … Earned her degree in Science Business at Notre Dame and was a member of the Dean's List … Threw out the first ball at a Detroit Tigers game following the 1999 Women's World Cup … Paid up on a bet and dyed her hair bright red after defender Joy Fawcett scored against Germany in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals, then played the rest of the tournament as a redhead …Was an intern at MTV in New York in 2000 … Image is depicted in a mural at the new Detroit Airport honoring accomplished people from the state of Michigan … Loves going to live music concerts … Dream is to see U2 and Sarah McLachlan … Someday wants to go on a safari, and learn Spanish … Dons a “cheesehead” every December for a Green Bay Packers game with her Wisconsin-born husband … One goal in life is to finish a USA Today crossword puzzle without cheating … Is an avid cook … Loves gummi bears, cheese and YoBaby products.

A four year starter at Notre Dame, she started all 96 games in her career and was a three time NSCAA All American, earning First Team honors twice … Scored seven goals with 24 assists in four years at Notre Dame … Captained the Fighting Irish as a senior … Her play at marking back during her sophomore year was instrumental in the Fighting Irish winning the 1995 NCAA championship … Was the Defensive MVP of the 1995 NCAA Final Four … Was on the cover of Soccer America following Notre Dame's NCAA title ... Scored the game winning goal in the 1994 NCAA semifinal against Portland on a header ... Was a three-time All Big East selection and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Was an All MCC selection as a freshman before Notre Dame moved to the Big East … Scored 16 goals and had 26 assists as a forward at Detroit Country Day en route to the 1991 state championship as a junior … Was an NSCAA All American and three time all state selection at Country Day … Was also an all league outside hitter in volleyball for three years at Country Day.