The USA's best post-up player had a breakout 2011, earning a spot in the first 11 just before the FIFA Women's World Cup. Cheney started in all six World Cup games, scoring two goals and leading the team with three assists to earn a spot on the Women's World Cup All-Star Team. In 2012, Cheney led the USA with seven assists in five games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, including four assists during the USA's 14-0 rout of the Dominican Republic.
Full name is Lauren Nicole Cheney … Majoring in sociology … Has an obsession with shopping … Enjoys watching movies … Is one of the WNT’s best dancers … If she could, she would eat Mexican food or sushi every day … Will be getting married in July of 2013 to Philadelphia 76ers guard and 2013 NBA All-Star Jrue Holiday … The couple attended UCLA together … Had open heart surgery at the age of three to correct a heart defect.
Had a fantastic senior year for UCLA in 2009, scoring 18 goals with 10 assists to become the Bruins all-time leading scorer in points with 173 … Also set the record for game-winning goals with 28 … She tied for the school record in all-time goals with 71 … She finished her career ranked second all-time at assists with 31 … Helped UCLA to a 23-3-1 overall record and a berth in the Bruins’ seventh consecutive Final Four, where she scored in the semifinal match … Named First-Team All-Pac 10 for the fourth consecutive year, the first Bruin to be so honored … Also named an NSCAA First-Team All-America for the fourth time, the first UCLA player to accomplish that feat … A finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, she finished third in the voting … Also named a First-Team Soccer America MVP … Had a phenomenal first two seasons at UCLA, scoring 42 goals in 44 games, and followed it up with an 11-goal season as a junior to lead the team in scoring for the third consecutive year … She also had nine assists while playing in 22 games … Helped UCLA to its sixth straight Pac-10 title and a berth in the NCAA Final Four … She also led the Bruins with six game-winning goals … Became the first player in UCLA history to earn three First-Team All-America honors … Was a semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy and was named First-Team All-Pac 10 … As a sophomore, she scored 23 goals and had 11 assists in 23 games and was the Soccer America Player of the Year but finished second in the voting for the Hermann Trophy … She led UCLA to its fifth straight Pac-10 title and a trip to the NCAA College Cup with key goals in two consecutive playoff games … Was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year … Enjoyed one of the finest freshman seasons in UCLA history in 2006, earning First-Team NSCAA All-American honors and National Freshman of the year accolades … Set the UCLA freshman record for goals with 19 ... Became the first freshman since 1998 to lead the Pac-10 Conference in points (39) ... Also led the Pac-10 in goals (19) and shots (96) ... Ranked second in the Pac-10 and first on the team with eight game-winning goals ... Was a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Scored goals in four of five matches during the NCAA Tournament ... Registered the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Portland in the quarterfinals ... Had four multiple-goal games … High School: The 2005 NSCAA High School and Youth Player of the Year while attending Ben Davis in Indianapolis … Also the 2005 Gatorade Girls’ High School Player of the Year … Played four years of high school soccer for Ben Davis, losing in the semifinals her senior year … Scored 118 goals in her four seasons … An Indiana All-State selection all four years … A Parade All-American as a senior … A three-time NSCAA All-American … The Indianapolis Star West Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior … The Indiana Girls’ High School Player of the Year as a senior … Played three years of varsity basketball as a point guard … Was one of the Top-100 girls’ hoops players in Indiana as a sophomore and junior … All-Conference as a sophomore and All-Conference and All-County as junior … Graduated early from Ben Davis in December of 2005 to focus on the FIFA U-20 World Championship.