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Injured Megan Rapinoe Replaced by Vanessa DiBernardo on U.S. WNT Roster That Will Face Mexico on Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2013) – U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Megan Rapinoe has been ruled out of the USA’s Sept. 3 match against Mexico at RFK Stadium due to a heel injury suffered during National Women’s Soccer League play. The injury requires additional rest to completely heal so U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has called up University of Illinois senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo.

The USA-Mexico match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. Fans will be able to follow along on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. It will also mark the first international soccer match on the new FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, which launched on Aug. 17 in approximately 90 million homes.

The 21-year-old DiBernardo was a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, starting all six games and playing all but 30 minutes of the tournament. She scored a huge goal in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory against a Korea DPR side whose starting lineup was made up mostly of players from its 2012 Olympic Team.

DiBernardo finished her U-20 career with 20 international caps and three goals and has been in several camps with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team this year, earning three caps. A two-time All-American for the Illini, DiBernardo has scored 37 goals with 16 assists in 60 career college matches.

Should DiBernardo see action against Mexico, she will become the first female player whose father played for the senior National Team to earn a cap at the senior level. She is the daughter of Angelo DiBernardo, former U.S. Men’s National Team player and 1978 Hermann Trophy winner for Indiana who earned 20 caps from 1979-85. The elder DiBernardo also played in the 1984 Olympics for the USA and played six seasons in the NASL, mostly with the New York Cosmos.

The addition of DiBernardo brings the number of college players on the USA’s 18-player roster to three along with North Carolina senior Crystal Dunn and Virginia junior Morgan Brian, who were starters along with DiBernardo on the U-20 World Cup championship team. DiBernardo is also the third uncapped player on the roster along with the pair of FC Kanas City call-ups, defender Leigh Ann Robinson and midfielder Erika Tymrak.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (3): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

Voting Begins for 2012 Female and Young Female Athlete of the Year Awards

CHICAGO (Nov. 26, 2012) – U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2012 Female and Young Female Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for finalists in each category on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page throughout the week. The winners will be announced Monday, Dec. 3.

Vote Now on U.S. Soccer’s Official Page on Facebook
• Read Bios Athlete of the Year Nominees: Female | Young Female

The list of Female Athlete of the Year finalists includes three previous winners: midfielder Carli Lloyd (2008), goalkeeper Hope Solo (2009) and Abby Wambach (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011). The past winners are joined by first-time nominees midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Alex Morgan.

Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, defender Crystal Dunn, defender Julie Johnston and forward Kealia Ohai all earn their first nominations for Young Female Athlete of the Year. Nominees must be age eligible for any of the Youth National Teams and can only win the award once in their career.

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This was the first year U.S. Soccer named a Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Earlier this month Clint Dempsey was named 2012 Male Athlete of the Year and Rubio Rubin named Young Male Athlete of the Year. Felicia Schroeder earned the 2012 Disabled Athlete of the Year award.

Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Carli Lloyd, Midfielder
Alex Morgan, Forward
Megan Rapinoe, Midfielder
Hope Solo, Goalkeeper
Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Jane Campbell, Goalkeeper
Vanessa DiBernardo, Midfielder
Crystal Dunn, Defender
Julie Johnston, Defender
Kealia Ohai, Forward

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Korea DPR

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Korea DPR
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Komaba Stadium; Saitama Japan
Aug. 31, 2012

U.S. head coach STEVE SWANSON
On the match:
“We’re obviously very excited about the win. It was a great result. Looking at the game, you couldn’t ask for a better advertisement for women’s football around the world. I thought this game had everything. It had tremendous talent, skilled players, there was a lot of end-to-end attacking, good tackling, good defending, good goalkeeping and the crowd was fantastic.”

On the match:
“From our standpoint, we knew it was going to be a competitive game and it certainly was. We’ve got a lot of respect for North Korea, I thought they played very hard and it was every bit the game we expected so we are happy to move on. I thought our players played tremendous. We learned the lessons from the first three games and that carried over tonight.”

On dealing with an uncharacteristic amount of long balls from the North Koreans:
“Against a team that plays some direct balls, your defense overall tends to get stretched, so we talked a little bit at halftime and, when we could, we wanted to stay connected. I thought our back line did a great job of that. We hadn’t seen that kind of play yet in the tournament, but I thought we dealt with that very well.”

On the overtime periods:
“I thought our team did a very good job of possessing the ball in the overtime, especially the second overtime. I think that made a big difference. Maybe the fatigue on their side showed a bit, but again I thought we did a good job of trying to keep the ball in their end in that second overtime.”

On the team rebounding after giving up the tying goal:
“I thought after they scored that we did a good job of settling down again and getting back to our style of play. That was very important. For a coach to see that in this kind of environment, to give up a goal and respond like that, that was good to see.”

On the crowd which included a huge contingent of North Korean fans:
“The atmosphere tonight was great. The North Korean fans were very spirited and vocal and they added to the game. It’s hard sometimes at the games where they don’t get the crowds that they deserve, but this was a special game for a number of reasons. It had a lot of the great elements of soccer and I think the crowd was part of that.”

On the high quality of the match:
“This could have easily been a semifinal or a final. It’s great for this tournament, it’s great for women’s soccer and it’s great for the world to see.”

On improving from game to game:
“It was a great team effort tonight and we needed it. From the first game, I feel like we’ve been slowly getting better and it was great to see them put it all together tonight when we needed to.”

On rebounding after the loss to Germany in Group play:
“We’ve got a good group here. The coaches on the staff did a great of scouting and preparation, especially after a tough loss. Then to go up a goal, lose a goal and they tie it, the momentum is on their side. We held it together, got our bearings, got after it and scored the game-winner, and then held them off in overtime. It’s nice to see all the hard work that the team has put in come through when it really mattered under this kind of pressure and in this environment. It’s a good confidence builder as we look to the next game ahead.”

On the match:
“They are a great team, but I thought we played very well, stuck in there and showed a lot of heart today.”

On entering the match in the 71st minute:
“We were up 1-0 so Steve told me to defend hard, come back and help our outside backs and make sure there was nothing easy for them. The first five minutes I was in, they got a goal, so the plans changed and we had to keep attacking and keep fighting.”

On the heart the team showed during the match:
“We’ve been together for nine months and we really want this. There is a lot of work that went into this and one of things that we said in the huddle is that we are a fit team. We are not tired. This is why we ran all the fitness tests, all the beep tests, and we just kept plugging away.”

On her goal:
“The build-up to our goal started with Crystal (Dunn) attacking on the flank and she served a great ball in and my defender kind of cheated on it so I got my head on it and then I went crazy. I got a little dizzy and shaky and everyone rushed to me. It was awesome.”

U.S. midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On the match:
“I am so proud of my team. We’ve talked this whole time about taking this all the way and the true character of teams comes out when the going gets tough. We showed our true character tonight. It was hard. North Korea was an awesome team and we had to play around their strengths and to our strengths and I felt we were very prepared for the game.”

On the intensity of an overtime game:
“It was tough. I can’t imagine the people who played the whole game because I was exhausted. All the conditioning and all the fitness paid off.”

On Ubogagu’s goal:
“When Chi headed that ball in, I kind of blacked out. She turned and was running and I didn’t want her to run past me. I was kind of running with her because I just wanted to hug her. It was a great team play and I was so proud of her.”

On her goal:
“I just got the ball a little bit outside the box and saw that no one was really on me so I took the shot. It was nice to get a goal and it’s an amazing feeling.”

On the match:
“We knew there was going to be some space in the midfield because we were up a player so we wanted to take advantage of that as much as we could, and get to the end line and use the flanks. I thought we did a good job of that and did a good job of keeping possession once we got the ball.”

On playing 120 minutes of end-to-end soccer:
“It was really draining on our bodies and we really had to go end-to-end because they were sending long balls. We had to track, win it, and go back the other way. We just had to make sure we were marking.”

On the fight of the team:
“This team has a lot of heart and we never quit. Once we got that goal in the first overtime we knew we just had to keep the ball and not let them get any chances.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Edges Korea DPR in Overtime to Advance to Semifinal of 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan

  • Chioma Ubogagu Tallies Game-Winner in 98th Minute to Lead USA
  • Vanessa DiBernardo Scores Long-Distance Goal in Second Half
  • USA Will Face Nigeria on Sept. 4 in Tokyo for Spot in World Cup Final, with Broadcast Live on ESPNU and ESPN3 at 2:50 a.m. ET

SAITAMA, Japan (Aug. 31, 2012) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory against a strong and talented Korea DPR side to advance to its fifth semifinal appearance in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Forward Chioma Ubogagu scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute while midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo opened the scoring with a spectacular long-distance strike seven minutes into the second half.

The U.S. victory sets up a semifinal clash with Nigeria, the team that defeated the USA on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The match from Tokyo’s National Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with coverage starting at 2:50 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Germany will face host Japan in the other semifinal which kicks off at the National Stadium at 6:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local).

Entering the quarterfinal, forward Maya Hayes had accounted for four of the USA’s five goals in the tournament, but the young Americans got some much-needed offense from Ubogagu and DiBernardo against a Korea DPR team that featured 10 players from their 2012 London Olympic Team. Seven North Koreans who played against the full U.S. Women’s National Team at the Olympics during the USA’s 1-0 group play victory at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, played against the U.S.U-20s in this match.

In a match played a high pace with attacks going end-to-end for the entire 120 minutes, the USA put together its best match of the tournament while possessing the ball extremely well and defending bravely against the highly experienced Koreans who had scored a tournament-high 15 goals during group play. Forward Kim Un Hwa, who had come into the game as the tournament’s leading scorer with seven goals, was shut out by the U.S. defense.

U.S. defender Crystal Dunn, who played a tremendous match at right back, set up Ubogagu’s goal with the cross from wing a little more than eight minutes into the first of the two 15-minute overtime periods. Ubogagu lost Korea DPR defender Pong Son Hwa with her run into the left side of the box, drifting towards the back post just as the cross was served in. With good space to line up her header, Ubogagu drove the ball at the net from seven yards out and while North Korea goalkeeper O Chang Ran managed to get a right glove on the shot, she couldn’t turn it away. The ball bounced off her hand and over the goal line to give the USA the lead with 22 minutes still left to go.

It would be a gut-wrenching 22 minutes for both teams, who battled on tired legs, but the Americans possessed the ball extremely well, salting the seconds off the clock while center backs Julie Johnston and Cari Roccaro ran down every through ball and got a head on every long service. Korea DPR did not register a shot on goal during overtime.

In the buildup to DiBernardo’s go-ahead tally in the 52nd minute, the U.S. whipped the ball in from the right side and Korea DPR’s defense failed to get a good clear. DiBernardo was there to latch onto the loose ball in the middle of the field and with a quick touch she lined up a shot a thunderous right-footed shot from 28 yards out that dipped past O and into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Korea DPR found the equalizer in the 75th minute when Kim Un Hwa poked a pass to second-half sub Kim Su Gyong, who found space in the middle of the box and blasted a left-footed shot from 15 yards into the upper right corner past U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin.

Heaberlin played an air-tight match, coming off her line numerous times to gobble up through balls or clear balls away with her feet. She made three saves on the night and set the tone early with a big diving save to her left after Jon Myong Hwa had drilled a free kick that was headed just inside the left post. O had seven saves for Korea DPR.

The USA’s best chance of the first half came in the 41st minute when Morgan Brian met a DiBernardo corner kick with a bullet header that was just palmed away by O, who managed to get enough of the ball to slip it around the right post.

At halftime, the game was almost dead even, with the USA taking four shots to North Korea’s three while both teams had earned four corner kicks. The USA would – by a small margin – have the better of the second half and the overtime, ending the match with a 14-7 advantage in shots and limited the Koreans to just four total shots on goal.

Dunn, Brian and the speedy Kealia Ohai, who played an inspirational 120 minutes running the flanks, all had good chances in the second half and overtime, but O was up to the task, smothering several of the shots. After Samantha Mewis replaced Cobb in the 60th minute, Brian took Cobb’s spot on the forward line and played up top for most of the remainder match until she dropped back into the midfield for the final 15 minutes to help the USA hold the ball and keep the Koreans at bay until the final whistle.

Additional Notes:

  • Chioma Ubogagu scored her ninth career international goal for the U-20s in her 15th appearance. She also scored the winning goal in the championship game of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in a 2-1 victory against Canada. 
  • Vanessa DiBernardo’s goal on Friday was her third at the U-20 level in 18 international appearances. 
  • Cari Roccaro got the start next to Julie Johnston at center back. Roccaro had come off the bench against Germany in place of Johnston and had started against China. 
  • Alaskan forward Kelly Cobb made her second start of the U-20 Women’s World Cup and put in a solid 60 minutes before being replaced by Samantha Mewis, who put in an excellent performance over the final hour. 
  • Maya Hayes made her team-leading 41st career U-20 appearance. 
  • Kassy Kallman entered the game in the 108th minute as the USA used its last sub for the cramping DiBernardo. Kallman moved to left back, Chioma Ubogagu took DiBernardo’s spot at attacking midfield and Mollie Pathman moved up to left wing. Pathman helped kill precious minutes near the end of the match by possessing the ball in the corners.

- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
Date: Aug. 31, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Quarterfinal
Venue: Komaba Stadium; Saitama, Japan
Kickoff: 6:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)
Attendance: 6,284
Weather: 81 degrees, hot and humid

Scoring Summary: 1  2  OT1 OT2  F
USA                        0  1    1     0      2
PRK                         0  1    0     0      1

USA – Vanessa DiBernardo (unassisted)   52nd minute
PRK – Kim Su Gyong (Kim Un Hwa)         75
USA – Chioma Ubagagu (Crystal Dunn)    98

USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (15-Kassey Kallman, 108), 6-Morgan Brian; 7-Kealia Ohai, 20-Kelly Cobb (13-Samantha Mewis, 61), 5-Maya Hayes (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 71)
Subs not used: 11-Becca Wann, 12-Katie Stengel, 14-Mandy Laddish, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

PRK: 18-O Chang Ran; 2-Kim Nam Hui, 5-Yun Song Mi, 14-Pong Son Hwa, 15-Ri Nam Sil; 8-Jon Myong Hwa, 12-Kim Un Hyang, 13-O Hui Sun (capt.), 19-Yu Jong Im (20-Kim Su Gyong, 56); 10-Yun Hyon Hi, 11-Kim Un Hwa (17-Kwon Song Hwa, 78; 3-Ri Yong Mi, 105)
Subs not used: 1-Choe Kyong Im, 7-Kim Un Ju, 4-Kim Un Ha, 6-Ryu Un Jong, 9-Pak Kyong Mi, 16-Ri Hyang Hui, 21-Kim Chol Ok
Head Coach: Sin Ui Gun

Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 4
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 9 / 7
Fouls: 14 / 12
Offside: 1 / 8

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kealia Ohai (caution)     57th minute
USA – Cari Roccaro (caution)   80
PRK – Yun Song Mi (caution)   118

Referee: Silvia Spinelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Karine Solana Vives (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Fusako Kajiyama (JPN) Woman of the Match: 
Julie Johnston

DiBernardo Follows in Father's Footsteps

When U.S. U-20 midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo steps on the field at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, she will be continuing a family tradition that began 28 years ago. That is when her father, Angelo, represented the USA at the 1984 Olympics.

There are many factors that come together to produce an elite soccer player. Good genes are one of them.

And there is no doubt that U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo has soccer in her DNA.

She is the daughter of Angelo DiBernardo, a star at Indiana University in the 1970s where he won the Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player before going on to play for the Los Angeles Aztecs and New York Cosmos in the NASL in the early 1980s. He earned 20 caps and scored three goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team, playing in World Cup qualification games for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups and in two matches for the USA in the 1984 Olympics.

But a player is not made of chromosomes alone, and like all of her teammates, DiBernardo had to mix the natural talent with hard work and mental fortitude to earn a spot on the 21-player Women’s World Cup roster.

“She has a tremendous engine,” said U.S. U-20 head coach Steve Swanson. “She can get up and down the field and she’s a workhorse for our team.”

Still, DiBernardo gives much credit for her soccer success to her dad.

“He’s the most important role model in my career,” said DiBernardo. “He’s been my coach ever since I was little and he’s the reason why I play soccer. He has certainly set a high bar with soccer success and I want to follow him if I can.”

Vanessa has no brothers, just an older sister, so it seems that she was destined to carry on the family tradition.

“I’m like his little boy,” said DiBernardo. “I think he wanted me to be a boy but he got two girls so I’ve been kicking a soccer ball as long as I can remember.”

Vanessa admits to not seeing many highlights of her dad’s playing days, but from what she has been told, the two have similar styles and she is more than happy to emulate him on the field.

Angelo grew up in Argentina in a family of Italian descent before moving to the USA when he was 16 years old, and Vanessa seems to have benefited from a mixture of those two world-famous soccer cultures (which have been made even more potent by the culture of excellence and competitiveness of the U.S. women’s game). She’s a wonderfully skillful player but also brings some grit to the U.S. midfield.

“I’ve heard he was skillful and quick,” said DiBernardo, who will wear the number 10 shirt for the USA during the Women’s World Cup. “I’m a more possession-oriented player and I like to keep the ball. From what I’ve seen from the videos, he had those qualities, as well.”

Vanessa is quick to add that she also takes after her mom, Pat.

“I’d say I’m a mix,” she said. “My mom smiles and laughs at lot, like me, but I’m stubborn like my dad.”

Those qualities have endeared her to both her teammates and coaches on the U.S. team as there’s rarely a time when she’s not smiling. Even during a hard training session, she can be seen grinning from ear to ear while the stubbornness shows in her work rate. It’s clear that she loves the game.

Vanessa says that while she’s received great soccer advice from her dad over the years, it’s gotten to the point where it’s almost unspoken.

“Sometimes he’ll have things to say after a game and other times he’ll know that I know what he’s going to say so he doesn’t say it,” said Vanessa. “But when I made this World Cup Team, he was really happy and really proud of me.”

DiBernardo was called into her first national team camp in the summer of 2011 and followed that up with a banner sophomore season at Illinois. She scored 17 goals as a sophomore, the most for an Illinois player since 1999, and was selected as an All-American. That set the plate for her ascension into the U.S. team and more recently, a place in the starting lineup.

“She gives us a quality linking player,” said Swanson. “She can distribute the ball really well, she can get out of pressure really well and she can make great penetrating runs from the midfield, which you don’t see that often from players her age. She makes good decisions on when to go and is a great final passer of the ball.”

DiBernardo says that it took a while for her to adjust to the level of play and the environment of international competition but that she is pleased at the place she is in now as a person and a player.

“The national team is of course very different than any other level we’ve played at,” said DiBernardo. “The speed of play is faster, the physical dimension is raised and I think it took me until Panama (during CONCACAF qualifying) and then a few camps into 2012 to get comfortable and be able to play like I want to play. I’m a little bit of a shy person and maybe it takes me longer to get used to new situations than others.”

“It’s been great to see her over the course of this past year, getting more and more confident every camp,” said Swanson. “I’m excited about her, not for just this tournament, but I think she’s got great potential down the line.”

Fortunately for the USA, DiBernardo is finding her groove at the right time, and when she stops for a moment to consider that she is getting to wear the jersey of her country, just like her dad, it does give her pause.

“Not a lot of girls get to play in a World Cup at any level, so this opportunity is special,” said DiBernardo. “But considering that my dad played in the Olympics and now 28 years later I am getting to represent my country and follow in his footsteps, that’s something I’ll always cherish.”

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 all five games in the qualifying tournament, starting in two, totaling 246 minutes ... Scored two goals – one each against Cuba and Panama – and assisted one in the qualifying tournament ... Has 14 U-20 caps and two goals heading into the WWC in Japan … Trained with the U.S. Under-23 teams twice in California and once with the U-20s during the Summer of 2011 … Attended the U.S. Under-15 training camp in 2006 … Attended the U.S. Under-14 I.D. Camp in 2005.

Full name is Vanessa Sue DiBernardo … Nickname is V … As a sophomore, she was Academic All-District Second Team and Academic All-Big Ten at Illinois … Achieved high honor roll all four years of high school … Enjoys boating with family and hanging out with friends … Favorite desserts are brownies and apple pie … Favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family … Father Angelo played professional soccer for the New York Cosmos after being an All-American at Indiana University and also played for the U.S. National Team from 1979-1985 … Her dad earned 20 caps and scored three goals for the USA and played in two games in the 1984 Olympics … She will become the first woman to represent the USA in a Women’s World Cup whose dad also played in a world championship, representing the USA in the 1984 Olympics … Likes to laugh and is always smiling.

First-Team All-Big Ten as a freshman and sophomore ... As a sophomore, she earned NSCAA Second-Team All-America, Soccer America Second-Team All-America, Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, Big Ten All-Tournament Team ... Her 17 goals in 2011 were the most in a season by an Illinois player since 1999 … Scored two goals each against Gonzaga, Toledo, Colorado and Indiana, including the game-winners in each ... Tied the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals match with Ohio State with her 16th goal ... Added her final goal to secure a victory over Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament Championship ... As a freshman, she earned Illini Female Newcomer of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Totaled 11 goals and five assists for 27 points on the season, leading the Big Ten in goals, points, goals per game and points per game at the conclusion of the regular season ... Scored a record-breaking four goals against Purdue, setting a new record for individual goals in a game … Team captain of Warriors for Waubonsie Valley High School as a junior and senior … Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and IHSSCA Illinois Player of the Year as a senior … All-American as a junior and senior … Earned a state title as a freshman, junior, and senior … Chicago Sun Times All-Area as a junior … Tallied a total of 73 goals and 46 assists in high school ... Club: Played U-7s for the Lightning Bolts … Played from U-8 through U-18 with the America’s Soccer Club Eagles … Played for America’s Soccer Club boys’ team for her U-14 season.