U.S. Soccer
Lauren Holiday
Women's National Team

Lauren Holiday

Midfielder Caps/Goals - 133/24
  • Date of Birth

  • Height

    5-8

  • Hometown

    Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Club

    FC Kansas City

THE BEGINNING

Lauren Holiday with Dad

At three-years-old, Lauren Holiday had open heart surgery. She was playing GI Joes with her brother when she went off to surgery – “I remember my brother told me we’d finish when I got home, even though he knew I wouldn’t be home for a long time.”

During post-op, doctors had a difficult time slowing her down. As she puts it, “I’ve never been a good ‘rester’ – I still don’t rest.” The hospital kept a red wagon on hand so that adults could pull kids along for a ride, but Lauren had different ideas. “I didn’t want a ride, I wanted to pull it,” said Holiday. “The doctors were like, ‘Lauren, what did we just do to you – you just had open heart surgery.”

The whole taking-it-easy thing didn’t go much better at home. “I tried to get her to read books, and do puzzles, but I couldn’t keep her from going outside to play with her brother. I’d hide the bikes, hide the squirt guns, but there was no stopping her,” says Lauren’s mother.

BROTHERLY LOVE

Lauren Holiday with Brother

Lauren’s brother was six years older and she wanted to do whatever he did. “We were out there playing tackle football not long after my surgery; my mom was horrified,” laughs Holiday.

“I wanted to be everything my brother was, I always wanted to follow him around,” says Holiday. If he was playing a sport, so was Lauren. Her brother always picked her for his team.

He remembers one game when he was 14 or 15, she was eight or nine. “One of the other kids caught a pass and she was right there. She put her shoulder in his gut, put him on his back,” said Aaron Cheney. “She was never afraid of anything. I knew she’d always be okay – she was never going to have any trouble taking on any challenge thrown at her.”

AN UNDERSTANDING


In July 2013, Lauren married Jrue Holiday, a point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans. While they undoubtedly share a competitive streak – the wedding weekend dress rehearsal BBQ morphed into an intense pickup basketball game – they also see their relationship as a kind of safe zone away from the intensity that defines their careers. “What I like about our relationship is that it’s neutral territory. I don’t have to talk about soccer. Soccer’s not in my house, basketball’s not in my house, unless one of us is playing a game,” says Holiday. “But he still understands what it feels like to lose, or not play well, and he can give me the support I need without it dominating our lives.”



U.S. National Team: One of the USA’s most versatile players over the past four years, she has become a key player in the U.S. attack … Tremendously strong and one of the USA’s best with her back to the goal, she has also shown to be an adept passer and scorer when facing the net … The former Lauren Cheney started using her married name on the back of her jersey during the inaugural NWSL season and in the fall of 2013 with the U.S. WNT.

  • 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion
  • Scored game-winning goal in 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final
  • Silver Medal 2011 Women’s World Cup
  • Scored twice at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, including the first goal in the semifinal
  • Gold Medal 2012 Olympics
  • Gold Medal 2008 Olympics
  • Did not play in the first three matches of the 2008 Olympics, but then came off the bench in the final three games to contribute some vitally important minutes, and played a part in the movement that led to the game-winning goal in the Olympic gold medal game
  • 2014 U.S. U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2007 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 Women’s World Cup All-Star Team
  • 37 assists – 10th all-time
  • Career high for games in a calendar year: 31 in 2012
  • Career high for starts in a calendar year: 24 in 2012
  • Career high for minutes in a calendar year: 2,131 in 2012
  • Career high for goals in a calendar year: 7 in 2010
  • Career high for assists in a calendar year: 11 in 2012
  • Earned first WNT cap at the age of 20
  • Assisted on Abby Wambach’s first two goals in her four-goal performance on June 20, 2013, against the Korea Republic, setting up goal No. 157 and No. 158 that tied Mia Hamm’s world all-time international scoring record
  • At the 2011 Algarve Cup, she scored in three out of the four matches while totaling four goals, including the game-winner in the 3-2 championship game victory against Germany
  • A member of the U.S. team at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, she ended her U-20 career with 15 goals in 20 U-20 international matches, which included the Pan Am Games in 2007, where she scored six goals
  • Had four U-21 caps and two goals
2015: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... Has featured in 16 matches for the USA this year, starting 15 of them... Leads the team in assists with five... Scored her first goal of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in the final against Japan... Provided all three assists on teammate's Julie Johnston's three goals in consecutive games (against France on March 11, against New Zealand on April 4 and against Ireland on May 10)... Crucial member of the roster that captured the USA's 10th Algarve Cup on March 11 after defeating France 2-0 in the final... Played in all four games at the Algarve Cup... 2014: Named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year … Started 19 of the 20 games she appeared in, playing 1,550 total minutes in what is her second-most active year to date with the National Team …  Scored two goals, against China PR during a 2-0 win and Russia in an 8-0 victory … An integral member of the U.S. team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, she was in the starting lineup for all five qualifying games, playing 434 minutes to help the USA book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup … 2013: Played 876 minutes – fourth most on the team -- in 12 matches, starting 10 and scored three goals … Tied for the team lead in assists with six … Scored in both friendlies against the Korea Republic in June and against Australia in October … Assisted on Abby Wambach’s first two goals in her four-goal performance on June 20, 2013, against the Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena, setting up goal No. 157 and No. 158, that tied Mia Hamm’s world all-time international scoring record … 2012: Played in 31 of the USA’s 32 games, starting 24 … She scored two goals with 11 assists, fourth best on the team and more than twice her previous yearly high for the USA … Her 2,131 minutes were by far a career high for a year and twice as many as any previous yearly total since debuting in 2007 … Played in all six games at the Olympics, starting five, and came off the bench in the gold medal game to play the final 23 minutes after she had suffered a minor injury in the semifinal … Played in all five games at Olympic qualifying, starting four of the games, and scored two goals while registering a team-high seven assists in the tournament … 2011: Played in 19 games – a career high at that point for a calendar year – while starting 13, which more than doubled her previous career high for a year … Tied for second on the team in scoring with five goals and five assists and surpassed 50 career caps … Played more than 1,000 minutes in a year for the USA for the first time … Was one of the breakout players of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup as she played most of the year as a reserve, but earned a starting spot right before the tournament and ended up being in the first 11 for all six games … Scored twice in Germany – the USA’s opening goal of the tournament against North Korea and the opening goal of the semifinal against France – while leading the team with three assists, two off corner kicks to Abby Wambach’s head … Was named to the Women’s World Cup All-Star Team … Scored against Iceland in the Algarve Cup final … 2010: Had her best year to date with the WNT, scoring seven goals with two assists and was the second-leading scorer on the team … Played in 13 total matches, starting seven … Had a fantastic Algarve Cup in Portugal, scoring in three out of the four matches while totaling four goals, including the game-winner in the 3-2 championship game victory against Germany … Also scored against Iceland and bagged two against Sweden at the Algarve … Scored against Mexico in a friendly in March … Played in three games in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying, scoring two goals, including the important second goal in the 4-0 third-place match victory against Costa Rica … Came off the bench in both games of the two-leg FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy … 2009: Played in three matches for the USA, all off the bench, while scoring one goal, a fantastic header against Canada in the USA’s 4-0 win in Toronto … 2008: Saw her first significant action, playing in 10 matches leading into the Olympics while scoring two goals, one against Finland at the Algarve Cup and the other in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament against Jamaica … Named as an alternate to the 2008 Olympic Team but was moved into the 18-player roster after an injury to Wambach … A last-minute addition, she did not play in the first three matches of the Olympics, but then came off the bench in the final three games to contribute some vitally important minutes, and played a part in the movement that led to the game-winning goal in the Olympic gold medal game … Ended the year playing in 14 games, with three starts … 2007: Earned her first senior team cap and start against Germany at the 2007 Four Nations Tournament in China … Residency Training Camp participant … Earned her second cap, and scored her first goal, against Mexico in the USA’s first domestic match of 2007 on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass. … Named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … 2006: Was a participant in Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. … 2005: First trained with the Women’s National Team in two training camps … Youth National Teams: A member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she scored 21 goals in 30 total matches for the U-20s in 2006 heading into the World Cup … Ended her U-20 career with 15 goals in 20 U-20 international matches, which included the Pan Am Games in 2007 … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2006 CONCACAF U-20 Final Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Mexico, helping the USA earn a berth to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia ... Scored four goals in the qualifying tournament, tying for the team lead, and got an assist and the winning goal in the USA’s 3-2 comeback win against Canada in the championship game … Played for the USA at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leading the team with six goals, including a pair in a semifinal upset of the full Canadian Women’s National Team … Attended her first U.S. U-20 training camp at The Home Depot Center in May of 2005 … The youngest member of the 2005 U.S. U-21 Nordic Cup Team, she scored two goals and had an assist in each of the four games, helping the USA to its unprecedented seventh straight title … Scored in the Nordic Cup final against Norway … Played with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team in 2004 ... First Appearance: Jan. 26, 2007, vs. Germany ... First Goal: April 14, 2007, vs. Mexico.

Professional / Club – 2014: Was named NWSL Championship Game MVP after providing both assists for teammate Amy Rodriguez’s goals to clinch FCKC’s first NWSL title after a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Reign … Also scored a goal during FC Kansas City 2-0 victory over Portland Thorns FC in the semifinals and was Named to the NWSL Best XI First Team … Appeared and started in 21 matches during the regular season to help FCKC to a runner-up finish, a 12-7-5 overall record and a spot in the playoffs … Scored a team second-best eight goals and recorded a team-leading seven assists during the regular season …  2013: Allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural NWSL campaign and had a fantastic season, leading the NWSL in goals (12) and assists (9) and was named MVP of the league … Played every minute of all 18 games she started … Also named to the NWSL Best XI and led FCKC to a second place finish in the regular season and a berth in the playoffs … Finished fourth in the league in shots (63), just two behind second place Megan Rapinoe … Was also fourth in shots on goal (31) … 2011: Played 764 minutes in nine games for the Boston Breakers, scoring three goals during the regular season, including two in the season finale, a 2-0 victory over New Jersey to put the Breakers into the playoffs … 2010: The first round pick of the Breakers and second overall player taken in the 2010 WPS Draft … Played in 23 games for Boston in 2010, starting 21, and scored five goals with two assists … Helped Boston to a playoff berth and scored her team’s lone goal in the playoff match … Named as a starter in the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: Signed to play with the Pali Blues of the USL W-League in the summer of 2009 … Youth: Played on boys’ teams from the age of six until 12, before moving to Carmel United Heat … Won five state championships with the Heat.


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