U.S. Soccer
Women's National Team

Kate Markgraf

Defender Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height

    5-9

  • Hometown

    Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

  • Club

    Chicago Red Stars

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.
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