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At times, growing up with two older brothers wasn’t easy, but it certainly helped mold Becky Sauerbrunn into the tremendous competitor she is today. While her brothers did in fact dress her in make-shift goalie gear and shot hockey pucks at her, they also helped her learn to read, which opened up a new universe of literature and in turn nurtured her passion for knowledge. Now Sauerbrunn makes a point to learn about new cultures in all the places she’s been able to travel with the U.S. Women’s National Team while always looking to expand her education.

WNT Congratulates PNT on Qualifying for 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

The #USWNT took a moment after training ahead of Tuesday's World Cup Semifinal showdown with Germany to congratulate the U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team on its achievement of qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! The U.S. PNT placed 7th at the recently completed Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships and will next compete at the Pan American Games later this summer in Toronto. The U.S. WNT faces World-No. 1 ranked Germany at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30 at 7 p.m. on FOX and NBC Universo.

WNT Shuts Out China 1-0 to Advance to 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Semifinal

OTTAWA, Canada (June 26, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to defeat China PR 1-0 in the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and advance to the tournament Semifinal. 

Carli Lloyd, starting as the team’s captain, earned her 200th cap and headed in the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute. Lloyd is the third WNT player to score on her 200th cap. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the others to achieve the feat. 

Hope Solo and the USA back line have now held opponents scoreless for 423 straight minutes in this year’s World Cup, the longest clean sheet streak in U.S. World Cup history. The win was the 134th of Solo’s career, which moved her past Brianna Scurry and into first place on the USA’s all-time list. 

The USA is the only country to reach the Semifinal in all seven Women’s World Cups. The WNT continues it World Cup quest against Germany on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET. The Semifinal will take place at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. The game will be broadcast live on FOX. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp). 

Germany beat France 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to earn its spot in the Semifinal. This will be the fourth time the U.S. has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. The WNT holds a 2-1-0 record against the European nation. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston), 51st minute:
It all started from a free kick near midfield. Meghan Klingenberg raised her hand and sent it over to Julie Johnston who was waiting in the center of the pitch at the center circle. Johnston turned and pushed over to her right. With room Johnston drilled a long cross into the box, where Lloyd outjumped her defender and directed a perfect header into the bottom right corner. USA 1, CHN 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Li Dongna, 4th minute: Kelly O’Hara played a high, looping ball into the box toward Julie Johnston, who was in China’s penalty area after a free kick. China’s ‘keeper Wang Fei, jumped to it and the ball bounced back out toward Amy Rodriguez, who was free for a shot on the rebound. Rodriguez quickly fired, but Dongna was there waiting and stepped in front of the shot, clearing it away to safety. 

CHN – Wang Fei, 37th minute (save): Carli Lloyd blasted a free kick from 28 yards out toward the upper left corner, but Wang Fei was able to make a leaping save and batted it away.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT will meet Germany on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.
Broadcast information: FOX, Spanish language TV TBD.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd became the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history and the fourth on the current roster. She is tenth on the USA’s all-time list. Heather O’Reilly (220) Abby Wambach (247) and Christie Rampone (307) are the only active U.S. players ahead of her.
  • Hope Solo passed Briana Scurry and moved into first on the WNT’s all-time wins list with 134.
  • Solo recorded her 88th career shutout. It was the fourth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s ninth in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper behind Brianna Scurry (10).
  • Lloyd is the third U.S. WNT player to score on her 200th cap, Wambach and O’Reilly did the same.
  • The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak against China to 25 games. The teams have met 54 times and the USA holds a 33-8-13 all-time record against the Steel Roses, outscoring them 94-35.
  • The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 32 games when scoring first at the Women’s World Cup (28-4-0).
  • Julie Johnston’s assist on Lloyd’s goal was the first of her career. 

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT has now advanced to the Semifinals in every Women’s World Cup it has participated in (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015).
  • This will be the fourth time the U.S. has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. Each of the three previous times the teams have met, the winner has gone on to win the tournament.
  • Amy Rodriguez and Kelly O’Hara earned their first start of the tournament, respectively, while Heather O’Reilly made her debut appearance. O'Hara's appearance was also her first of the competition.
  • Carli Lloyd has scored in back-to-back games for the WNT. Her goal in the second half was her fourth World Cup strike and her 65th overall. Lloyd has also scored in each of the last two matches between the U.S. and China. When the team’s last met in Dec. 2014, Lloyd scored the lone goal for the USA in a 1-1 draw.
  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut out Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia and China – a stretch of 423 consecutive minutes.  
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (1,329) of anyone on the team.
  • Five U.S. players have played all 450 minutes of the tournament so far: defender Julie Johnston, defender Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Carli Lloyd, defender Sauerbrunn and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In its last 15 games, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 27.
  • So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe were not eligible to appear in the match, serving suspensions for yellow cards earned. Both players will be eligible for the Semifinal game.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: June 26, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: Lansdowne Stadium; Ottawa, Canada
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 24,141
Weather: 75 degrees; Partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
CHN                            0          0          0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston)    51st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 5-Kelley O’Hara (23-Christen Press, 61), 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 8-Amy Rodriguez (20-Abby Wambach, 86), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly,81)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher,
Not Available: 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

CHN: 12- Wang Fei; 5- Wu Haiyan (capt.), 14- Zhao Rong, 6- Li Dongna, 2- Liu Shanshan; 21- Wang Lisi, 19-Tan Ruyin (3-Pang Fengyue, 58), 16- Lou Jiahui (11-Wang Shuang, 35), 23- Ren Guixin, 18- Han Peng (13- Tang Jiali, 18); 9- Wang Shanshan
Subs not used: 1- Zhang Yue, 4- Li Jiayue, 7- Xu Yanlu, 8- Ma Jun, 10- Li Ying, 15- Lei Jiahui, 17- Gu Yasha, 20- Zhang Rui, 22- Zhao Lina
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 17 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Wu Haiyan (caution)               50th minute

Officials:
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O’Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Fourth Official: Salome di Iorio (ARG)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

USA Advances to 2015 World Cup Quarterfinal with 2-0 Win Against Colombia

EDMONTON, Canada (June 22, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its third consecutive shutout to blank Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and book its ticket to the tournament Quarterfinals.

Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored in the second half to give the USA the lead and lift the team past Las Cafeteras. It was Morgan’s and Lloyd’s first goals since they both scored at the 2015 Algarve Cup in March.

Hope Solo and the USA back line have now shut out opponents for 333 straight minutes in this year’s World Cup. Solo also earned her 174th cap, the most by a goalkeeper in U.S. history, surpassing Briana Scurry (173 caps; 1994-2008).

The USA dominated much of the match in the first half with a couple of good chances, but it was not until the second frame until it converted those chances to goals.

In the 47th minute, he referee showed Catalina Perez a straight red card and called a penalty kick in favor of the USA after Colombia’s goalkeeper took down Morgan at the top of the penalty area. Abby Wambach stepped up to take it but shot wide left and the score remained 0-0 until Morgan’s strike six minutes later. Lloyd then sealed the win with a cooly taken PK in the 66th minute.

The WNT continues it World Cup quest against China PR on Friday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Quarterfinal will take place at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Canada. The game will be broadcast live on FOX and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).

In the other Round of 16 matchups, Germany beat Sweden 4-1, while China PR won 1-0 against Cameroon on Saturday. A day later, Australia eliminated Brazil with a 1-0 win, France advanced after a 3-0 win over Korea Republic and host nation Canada downed Switzerland 1-0. Earlier today, England came back to defeat Norway 2-1 and secure its spot in the Quarterfinals. Seven of the eight teams have now been decided with only the winner of Japan vs. Netherlands left to be determined.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Ali Krieger), 53rd minute:
Ali Krieger was able to slip the ball past the defense to Alex Morgan, who was just outside the right side of the box. Morgan took a couple of touches and ran inside where she sent a right-footed strike toward goal. Colombia’s goalkeeper Stefany Castaño got a hand on it but deflected it up and into the goal for the USA’s first goal of the game and Morgan’s first World Cup goal since the 2011 tournament final against Japan. USA 1, COL 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 66th minute: After Megan Rapinoe was fouled by Angela Clavijo inside the box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot in favor of the USA. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take the shot and sent a perfect attempt to the middle right of the net as Stefany Castaño jumeped the wrong way for the USA’s second of the game. USA 2, COL 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
COL – Catalina Perez, 4th minute (save): The USA mounted an early attack when Tobin Heath got inside the box and fired a shot from eight yards out. Colombia’s Catalina Perez was alert however and leaned to her left to barely keep the ball out of the net with her palm. The ball wasn’t fully cleared out of danger and Abby Wambach tapped it in for a goal but the assistant referee had the flag up for offside.

COL – Catalina Perez, 28th minute (save): A ball played into the box by Lauren Holiday sailed over a group of players and right towards Alex Morgan, who was waiting in the middle. Morgan gave it a slight touch with her head to send it towards the top of the net but Perez jumped in time to tap it over the crossbar.

COL – Natalia Gaitan, 38th minute (save): Megan Rapinoe cut the ball to her right foot and whipped a pass towards the six-yard box. The U.S. was in great position to make a play but Colombia’s captain Natalia Gaitan got there first to clear it out with a great header.

COL – Stefany Castaño, 75th minute (save): Carli Lloyd had some nifty moves in the midfield and positioned herself at the top of the box, sending a missile shot straight for the net. Castaño was quick to the attempt and jumped on the ball to grab it and avoid any danger.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT will meet China PR on Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Canada.
Broadcast information:  FOX; NBC Universo 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo recorded her 87th career shutout. It was the third straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s eighth in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper behind Brianna Scurry (10).
  • Solo tied Briana Scurry for most wins by a U.S. goalkeeper with 133.
  • Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with 168. Solo is also in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list and behind ninth place Carli Lloyd, who earned her 171st start in tonight’s game.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 199th cap today and could hit the 200 mark if she plays during the Quarterfinal match against China PR on June 26. She would become the 10th player in U.S. history to reach that mark and the fourth on the current roster. Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT has now advanced to the quarterfinals of every Women’s World Cup it has participated in (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015).
  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut down opponents
  • The U.S. now has a record of 3-0-0 against Colombia and has outscored the nation 8-0 in a span of three games. The two sides have now met once at the Olympics and twice in World Cup play.
  • Alex Morgan scored her first goal since she netted one during the USA’s 3-0 victory against Switzerland on March 4. Morgan now has three goals in 2015 and 52 international goals in her career.
  • Carli Lloyd scored her first goal since netting two goals in the USA’s 2-1 win against Norway on March 4, 2015. Lloyd now has three goals in 2015 and 64 for her career.
  • Lloyd has scored in every match the WNT has played against Colombia.
  • Defender Lori Chalupny made her first appearance of the 2015 World Cup when she came in for Ali Krieger in the second half. It was her seventh World Cup appearance of her career.
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (1,239) of anyone on the team.
  • Six U.S. players have played all 360 minutes of the tournament so far: midfielder Lauren Holiday, defender Julie Johnston, defender Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Carli Lloyd, defender Sauerbrunn and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In its last 14 games, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 26.
  • So far, 17 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • Holiday and Rapinoe each received a yellow card during the match. It was their second of the tournament and will cause both players to miss the USA’s Quarterfinal match against China PR.

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

Match:  U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date:  June 22, 2015
Competition:  2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Round of 16
Venue:  Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Kickoff:  8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Attendance:  19,412
Weather:  70 degrees; Partly Cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          0          2          2
COL                          0          0          0

USA – Alex Morgan (Ali Krieger)       53rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)               66

Lineups:
USA:  1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (16-Lori Chalupny, 81), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 15-Megan Rapinoe (23-Christen Press, 75) 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (14-Morgan Brian, 69)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher,
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

COL : 22-Catalina Perez; 17-Carolina Arias, 14-Nataly Arias, 13-Angela Clavijo, 9-Orianica Velasquez; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 6-Daniela Montoya (19-Leicy Santos, 85); 4-Diana Ospina, 10-Yoreli Rincon (11-Catalina Usme, 72) 16-Lady Andrade; 7-Ingrid Vidal (1-Stefany Castaño, 49)
Subs not used: 2-Carolina Arbelaez, 5-Lina Granados, 8-Mildrey Pineda, 11-Catalina Usme, 15-Tatiana Ariza, 18-Yisela Cuesta, 19-Leicy Santos, 20-Laura Cosme, 21-Isabella Echeverri, 23-Manuela Gonzalez
Head coach: Fabian Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 15 / 10
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 21 / 12
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                     17th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)                    42
COL – Catalina Perez (sent off)                     47
COL – Angela Clavijo (caution)                      65

Officials:
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga (ESP)
Fourth Official: Abirami Apbai Naidu (SIN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Behind The Crest: Ep. 4 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team moves to the Round of 16 in episode 4 of "Behind the Crest." After beating Nigeria in Vancouver, the team boards a plane to Edmonton where they find out their next opponent - Colombia - and get set for their knockout round match on June 22.
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ROUGH AND TUMBLE

Becky Sauerbrunn describes herself as her two older brothers’ guinea pig. They’d duct-tape plywood to her arms and take slap shocks at her; they’d see how far they could launch her off the couch; they’d roll her into a blanket like a burrito – so tight that to this day, she does not like being tucked in; they’d steal her stuffed animals and beat them up while she tried to rescue them. Once, they accidentally hit her in the face with the bat – she was gushing blood but her brothers didn’t want to get in trouble so they slapped a Band-Aid on her and tried to barricade her upstairs. She escaped and her parents took her to the hospital where she got stitches.

“Aside from physically toughening me up, they also toughened me up mentally,” says Sauerbrunn. If she cried, they’d call her a baby. Or if she said ‘Ow,’ a little too loud, hoping that her mom and dad would hear, they’d hit her harder, onto her tactics and unimpressed. “I learned how to take it. It taught me how to not really rely on other people to solve my problems. I think that kind of stayed with me. I’m very motivated internally. I’m a bit of a scrapper.”

Becky with her Brothers

NATIONAL TEAM TOUGHNESS

This tolerance for pain came in handy during her first National Team cap against Canada, “I was so nervous, I didn’t think I was going to start, but there was an injury so I was thrown into the starting lineup,” recalls Sauerbrunn. In the second half, there’s a ball in the air and both Sauerbrunn and a Canadian are going up for it. The Candian tries to flick the ball but instead catches Sauerbrunn full in the face with her head. “And I’m trying to shake it off, like, okay, that hurt really bad but keep going. Then I went to feel my face and my nose was like all the way over here. But I was like, okay, well, I can keep playing.” Blood was “gushing” down her face and when a nearby teammate caught sight of her, she looked at her with horror and told her to get off the field. She headed to the sideline, holding her nose with her shirt – and when she pulled her shirt away, the coach flinched and muttered, “Oh my God.” The team doctor reset it right there in the locker room. Becky played in the next game with a “MacGyver-like mask” made out of random materials they happened to have on hand in the training room. A contraption with the same industrious, ramshackle style as the plywood-hockey ensembles her brother would put her in as a kid.

READING

Becky with her brothers in a tent

Her two brothers were more than just “brutes”. They also helped their little sister learn how to read. “I had trouble when I first started learning how to read and my brothers would read to me and then help me try to figure out the words.” These days Sauerbrunn is a voracious reader who brings three or four books on every National Team trip. “Reading is such an escape, so nice to just get away. Plus, I want to continue learning. Soccer will only last for so long and I’d still like my brain to function, so it’s good to keep exercising it.”


U.S. National Team: Called into the U.S. team for the first time in January of 2008 and then earned a place on the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China where she earned her first two caps … Her first start and cap against Canada on Jan. 16, 2008, was also Pia Sundhage’s first match as head coach … Trained with the WNT in February of that year, but then traveled to Spain with the U.S. U-23s … Did not get another call-up to the senior team until after the 2010 WPS season and worked her way into the mix as she has become a vital player and consistent defender for the National Team.

2015:
Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... Only player to play and start all 14 matches for the U.S. Women this year, playing the most minutes on the team with 1329... Vital member of the WNT defense during its run at the Algarve Cup en route to capturing its 10th title following a 2-0 victory over France on March 11... 2014:Played in 22 games, logging career-highs in minutes played (1,757) and games started (20) … Member of the team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as she played every minute of three matches to help the USA book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Became the 46th female U.S. player to play 50 more games when she started the first game of the year against Canada in Frisco, Texas, and had the assist on the game-winning goal … 2013: Was a consistent starter at center-back, getting the nod in 10 of the 12 games she played … Played 940 minutes, third most on the team … 2012: Saw the most action of her National Team career to date , playing 1,255 minutes over 22 games while making nine starts … Played both center back and at outside back during the year … Made her first Olympic Team and played in three matches off the bench … Only played 38 total minutes, but was a sub in both the semifinal and the final to help seal those victories and the Olympic gold medal … Started and played every minute of three matches at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada … 2011: Had her best year yet for the National Team, playing in 12 games while starting eight and made her first Women’s World Cup roster at the senior level … Played in just one match in Germany but had a stellar game while playing all 90 minutes during the semifinal victory against France, stepping up in a big way to replace the suspended Rachel Buehler … 2010: Played in five matches, starting three, and made the roster for the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, playing in one match … Was called into a training camp prior to the qualifying roster being named due to an injury to another player and ended up making the roster and solidifying her place in the national team pool … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-21s/U-23s in 2007 and 2008, winning Nordic Cup titles in both years … Co-captain of Nordic Cup champion U-23s in 2008 … Was a starter and co-captain for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, playing every minute of all six games … Completed her U-19 career with 25 caps … Member of U.S. U-16s and U-17s from 2000-02 … Attended the U.S. U-14 I.D. camp in 1999 … First Appearance: Jan. 16, 2008, vs. Canada … First Goal: None.

Professional / Club – 2014: Named the NWSL Defender of the Year to become the first repeat winner of an NWSL season-end award after also claiming the honor in 2013 … Helped FC Kansas City win its first NWSL title after the team defeated Seattle 2-1 in the NWSL Championship Game … Named to the NWSL Best XI First-Team … Played every minute of 22 starts for FCKC during the regular season … Tied for third-most starts in the team … Has still yet to come out of a professional club match in which she started … 2013: Had an excellent season with FC Kansas City, playing every minute of all 19 games she started in helping her club to a second place finish and a playoff berth … Was named the 2013 NWSL Defender of the Year and to the NWSL Best XI … At this point in her career, she had yet to come out of a professional game in which she had started, playing every minute, spanning three WPS seasons and one NWSL season (and missed just 10 minutes in her college career) … 2012: Allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural NWSL season … The only player to play every minute of the first two WPS regular seasons, a streak that was only broken when she left to play for the USA at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany … She played every minute of every match she played in her WPS career … Signed with Sky Blue FC as a free agent for the 2012 season before the league folded … 2011: Signed with magicJack and played in 13 regular season games, tied for most WPS matches played by a U.S. WNT player, while playing all 1,170 minutes (most by a WNT player) … Also played all 180 minutes over magicJack’s two playoff games … 2010: She started all 24 matches for the Washington Freedom and picked one up assist … Played all 120 minutes in playoff match against Philadelphia … 2009: Selected by the Washington Freedom as the third overall pick in the 2008 WPS General Draft ahead of the inaugural season … She started all 20 games and scored one goal, a spectacular header for the Freedom’s first WPS goal … Immediately after the 2009 WPS season, she played three months in Norway for Røa IL, a club right outside of Oslo … Her team finished first in the league and won the Norwegian Cup … She also played two rounds of UEFA Champions League, defeating Everton of England and FK Zvezda of Russia in two-leg series’ to get to the final eight … 2008: Played for the Freedom in W-League during 2008 … Played for the Richmond Kickers in the W-League in 2006-07 and the Boston Renegades in 2005 … Youth club: Played youth club for J.B. Marine and helped lead her teams to four state cup titles and a 2000 regional championship.

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