U.S. Soccer
Women's National Team

Cat Whitehill

Defender Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

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  • Hometown

    Birmingham, Ala.

  • Club

    Washington Freedom

After many years of consistent contribution to the youth national teams, she made her first world championship team for 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, but expected to have a reserve role … That all changed when Brandi Chastain was injured in the first half of the first match, and Whitehill stepped in to play every minute of every match the rest of the way and has since developed into one of the most capped defenders in U.S. history … 2009: Played in one match for the USA, making her return to the national team on July 19 against Canada in Rochester after recovering from ACL surgery … 2008: Played in just six matches, starting two, before tearing her ACL on June 10 at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, knocking her out of contention for a spot on the Olympic Team … 2007: Played in all 24 games, one of two players to do so, and started 23 matches … Led the USA in minutes played during the year with 2,116 and played every minute of all six Women’s World Cup matches, one of two players to accomplish that feat … Has played every minute of 11 straight Women’s World Cup games … One of the top-scoring defenders in U.S. history, she did not get a goal in 2007, but set a record for assists in a calendar year by a defender with seven, including three at the WWC … Earned her 100th cap in the first match of the year against Germany at the Four Nations Tournament in China … 2006: Did not play in the Four Nations Tournament in China after missing training camp due to her honeymoon … Returned to the team for the Algarve Cup, coming on at halftime of the first game against China and playing every minute the rest of the way …Scored five goals, including a legendary 70-yard free kick against Sweden, as she tied for the second-highest scoring year for a defender … Her quirky free-kick against Sweden is unofficially the longest goal in U.S. WNT history … 2005: Played every minute of all four matches at the 2005 Algarve Cup and got a key assist off a free kick against Finland … Started all nine matches during the year and was second on the team in minutes played … 2004: Played in five games at the 2004 Olympics, starting three … Surpassed 50 caps in 2004 at the age 21 … Started 28 of the 32 matches she played overall, logging 2,527 minutes, third most on the team … Scored three goals from the back … 2003: Voted the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Established herself as a legitimate starter on the national team, starting in 12 of her 17 matches, and played more than 1,000 minutes (1,239) for the second year in a row … Played all but 45 minutes of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, starting five of the six matches … Scored two goals, one on a spectacular header against Korea DPR in the USA’s third first-round match, the first time in U.S. Women’s World Cup history a defender had scored twice in a match … Also picked up a huge assist on the USA’s lone goal in the historic 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Norway, launching a free kick into the penalty box for Abby Wambach to head home … Injured foot suffered in training kept her out of the Four Nations Tournament in January, but she returned for the Algarve Cup in March … 2002: Played in 16 matches, starting 11, by far the most in her to that point … Her 1,195 minutes were surpassed by just three players … Started all five matches at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, helping the USA qualify for the 2003 Women’s World Cup … 2001: Played in eight matches and started seven for the WNT in 2001, third most on the team … Her 642 minutes were second most on the team … Scored her first full international goal against Olympic champion Norway on March 17 on a free kick at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … 2000: Earned her first cap with the U.S. National Team on July 7, 2000 against Italy … Youth National Teams: Led the U.S. U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Denmark in 2003, the fifth consecutive Nordic Cup won by the USA and fourth in a row with Reddick as a starter … She assisted on the winning goal in the championship game win against Sweden … Played in three matches for the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team at the 2002 Nordic Cup, missing the first game of the tournament when she played 90 minutes for the full U.S. WNT against Norway on July 21 … She then played every minute of the remaining three games, scoring against Greece and Germany, to help the USA to its unprecedented fifth Nordic Cup title in the past six years … Captained the U-21s to the 2001 Nordic Cup championship in Norway ... Also helped the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title 2000 in Germany ... Played for the Under-18 National Team in 1998 and 1999 and captained the squad in 2000 … Also played with the U.S. Under-16 National Team in 1998 ... Was a member of the U.S. Under-18 WNT that won the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, scoring the game-winning goal in the championship game against Mexico on a blast from distance … First Appearance: July 6, 2000, vs. Italy … First Goal: March 17, 2001, vs. Norway.
2009: Allocated to the Washington Freedom for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Played every minute of 19 matches for the Freedom, scoring three goals with two assist while helping the club to an 8-7-5 record, a third-place finish in the WPS and a berth to the playoffs … Named as a WPS All-Star … Youth: She played club soccer for 10 years for the Alabama Attack ... Won five Alabama state titles and made the regional semifinals twice.