U.S. Soccer
Ellie Jean
U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team

Ellie Jean

Defender Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height

    5-6

  • Hometown

    Coventry, Conn.

  • Club

    Penn State

Heads into the World Cup with 10 caps … Traveled with the U.S. team to Papua New Guinea for a pre-World Cup test run and matches in May of this year … A member of the U.S. team that played at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, playing every minute of all four games she played while picking up two assists … She was a team captain with the U-17s … Finished her U-17 career with 11 caps … A long-time participant in the USA’s Youth National Team programs, she played for the U.S. U-14 GNT in 2011, the U.S. U-15 GNT in 2012, the U.S. U-17 WNT in 2013, the U.S. U-18 WNT in 2014, the U.S. U-19 GNT in 2015 and the U.S. U-20 WNT during this cycle … One of eight players on 2016 Women’s World Cup roster that did not play at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament as she was helping Penn State win the NCAA title.

College / High School: Helped Penn State to the 2015 NCAA Championship as a freshman, playing in 26 matches which included 21 starts … Red-shirting what would be her sophomore season to play in the World Cup … Played in 14 shutouts … She had six assists and named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team … Earned assists in back-to-back NCAA Tournament matches against Ohio State and No. 4 West Virginia … Attended Coventry HS but not play high school soccer.

Club: Played U-11 through U-13 with Northeast United …  Played U-14 through U-18 with Oakwood Soccer Club, but also trained with the Oakwood SC Boys Academy from U-15 through U-18 … Won a State Cup in 2011 with Oakwood at the U-14 level and was NPL National Runner-Up with Oakwood at U-18s.

Full name is Elisabeth Charlotte Jean … Nickname is Ellie … Majoring in advertising/public relations … Ran cross country in high school and was team captain in 2014 when she was named the Hartford Courant Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year and All-Conference, All-State and All-New England following a Class SS championship … She earned a State Open runner-up finish and 18th-place at the New England Cross Country Championships … Father Domingo (who is originally from the Dominican Republic) played in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees in 1993 … Mother Rebecca works at the University of Connecticut as an academic advisor for numerous intercollegiate teams … Her step-dad Kevin Bacher was assistant head coach at UConn before leaving in 2012 to work for Oakwood Soccer Club … Enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching movies, listening to music and dancing … Her motto is: “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver … She admits that she still brings a stuffed animal on every soccer trip (it’s a monkey) … Favorite class is “anything but math” … Says she has many things on her “bucket list” but one is to run in the Boston Marathon … Favorite food is carbs but hates shrimp …  Favorite snack is oatmeal … Lists her mother as her biggest inspiration … Says the best part about being a soccer player is “the relationships I get to build with people and the places it takes me,” but also “inspiring girls to go after their dreams and learning valuable lessons that translate off the field” … Greatest soccer moments to date were winning the NCAA title with Penn State and winning the NTC Invitational with the U-17s while defeating eventual U-17 World Cup champion Japan … Some of her favorite TV shows are Sex and the City and Game of Thrones … Favorite musical artist is Beyoncé … Favorite dessert is ice cream.

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