Julie Ertz (née Johnston) is a gifted young defender who has been part of the U.S. Soccer program since 2006 when she attended a U-14 National Identification Camp. She found tremendous success with the U-20 WNT, captaining the team to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title. “The most common question I ever get is, ‘What would you do if you weren’t a soccer player?'" And I make up stuff every single time – it is not consistent, because I have never thought about not playing. I love it.”
While in California attending and playing for Santa Clara University, then-Julie Johnston met Zach Ertz, who played football at Stanford University. Zach was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and was a rookie in the NFL at the same time Julie was getting her first call up with the National Team. “ It’s been so amazing to have Zach there, to have someone who understands as I’m worrying that I’m going to get cut.” The two got married in 2017 and Johnston officially changed her name to Julie Ertz.
- Full name: Julie Beth Ertz (née) Johnston.
- Nicknames are JJ or Jules.
- Majored in Communications.
- Credits her family – mom Kristi, dad David and sister Melanie – for their support as she pursues her goals, on and off the field.
- Her sister played soccer at Grand Canyon University.
- Her father played football at Louisiana State University.
- Favorite foods are avocados and sweet potatoes.
- Favorite dessert is anything chocolate.
- Hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, fishing, cycling, gardening, photography, cooking/baking, fashion, yoga, Pilates and reading.
- Named the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
- Played U-9 through U-12 for Arsenal GSC.
- Played U-13 through U-19 for Sereno Soccer Club.
- Won the state title nine times with Sereno Soccer Club. Was a captain at Sereno.
U.S. Women's National TeamFirst cap: Feb. 9, 2013 vs. Scotland
First goal: March 11, 2015 vs. France
- Has appeared in four games this year, starting one.
- Played in 19 matches, starting 15, and scored three goals from center back along with one assist.
- Two of her goals came against Colombia on April 6 outside her adopted hometown of Philadelphia in what was her first multiple-goal game for the USA.
- Also scored against Japan in a 2-0 victory on June 5.
- Played in four matches at the Olympic qualifying tournament, helping the USA to the title and a berth to the Olympics.
- Made her first Olympic Team, but had a minor groin injury and played 210 minutes over two matches.
- A member of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions, she played every minute of all seven games and was named to the FIFA WWC All-Star Team.
- Scored five goals in 2015, the first five of her career, by far the most for a defender and most ever in a calendar year for a U.S. defender.
- Her first three goals all came in consecutive games, from set pieces, and assisted by Lauren Holiday. Her final two of the year also came off set plays (both corner kicks).
- Played and started in 21 games, setting career-high in games, starts, minutes, goals and assists (she had one) in a calendar year.
- Her first career assist came against China in the quarterfinal of the World Cup as she connected with Carli Lloyd for the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory.
- First showed her ability to be a starter at the Algarve Cup in Portugal (she started three matches) where she scored her first WNT goal early during the USA's 2-0 victory against France in the championship game, helping the U.S. capture its 10th title.
- Was initially left off the Women’s World Cup qualifying roster, but was added after an injury to Crystal Dunn.
- Made three substitute appearances for the WNT in the latter half of the year, featuring in friendlies against Mexico and Switzerland as well as getting some time against China PR in the International Tournament de Brasilia.
- Earned her first senior cap in a 4-1 win against Scotland on Feb. 9.
- Played her first full 90 minutes at the international level against the Netherlands on April 9 in the center midfield and had a goal called back that was likely legal.
U.S. Youth National Teams
- The 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
- The captain of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
- She won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player in the tournament, a rare honor for a defender,
- Marshaled a U.S. defense that defeated three talented group winners in the knockout rounds of the tournament, downing Korea DPR, Nigeria and Germany in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final, respectively, while allowing just one goal.
- Started all six games of the U-20 Women’s World Cup and played all but 32 minutes of the tournament.
- A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
- Played in three games in the qualifying tournament and scored three goals, including one in the 4-0 semifinal victory over Mexico that sent the USA to Japan.
- Scored a goal against Switzerland at the La Manga tournament in Spain in 2012.
- Finished her U-20 career with 19 caps and four goals,
- Attended U.S. Under-18 Training Camps in 2010 and 2011.
- Attended the U.S. Under-14 National Identification Camp in 2006.
- Has started all 10 games for Chicago in 2017, playing 897 minutes.
- Primarily playing in the midfield for the Red Stars this season, has scored two goals.
- Played every minute of all 12 games she played in for the Red Stars, missing a few due to injury, and helped Chicago third-place regular season finish and a playoff berth.
- Named to the NWSL Second XI.
- Played in 14 matches, starting 13, over 1,215 minutes and was named to the NWSL Best XI.
- Had two assists.
- Was a finalist for the league Defender of the Year.
- Signed her first professional contract with the Chicago Red Stars after being selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the NWSL Draft.
- Started all 21 games she played for the club, tying for third in games played.
- Was second in starts (21) and minutes played (1,890) only to WNT teammate Lori Chalupny.
- Named the 2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year.
- Scored two goals, the first one of the season for Chicago and the last one.
- Also had two assists.