Abby Dahlkemper is a skillful, savvy and powerful central defender. She was a team captain at the U-17 Women’s National Team level in 2010 and made her full WNT debut at the end of 2016.
- Full name is Abigail Lynn Dahlkemper, but goes by Abby majority of the time.
- Majored in sociology at UCLA and graduated in fall of 2014.
- Has lived in four different states but considers California (and especially the Bay Area) her home.
- Is the middle child of an older and younger brother, Andrew and Joe.
- Was born on May 13th, luckily it was a Thursday not a Friday.
- Loves the beach and coffee.
- Is an aspiring photographer who loves to take pictures of anything at the beach or outside in nature.
- If she wasn't playing soccer, she would want to be a professional surfer and be able to travel to tropical places.
- Favorite movies are Dumb and Dumber, Billy Madison, and Happy Gilmore, in that order, and can quote nearly every line from all three of those movies.
- Laughs a lot and considers herself very much a goofball.
- Loves animals, especially dogs.
- Is an avid flosser (and flosses after every meal).
- Has a sparkling water obsession.
- Would eat sushi everyday if she could,
- Has organized soccer fund raisers to help provide shoes for children in Africa.
U.S. Women's National Team
First Cap: Oct. 19, 2016 vs. Switzerland
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- Got called into her first camp since last year for the WNT's Europeans trip, and played in both USA games in June.
- Played as a substitute against Sweden on June 8, and started against Norway on June 13 - her first career start. She played all 90 minutes as an outside back.
- Got her first WNT call-up in October after a stellar NWSL season and earned her first two caps in substitute appearances against Switzerland on Oct. 19 and Oct. 23.
U.S. Youth National Teams
- Played for the U.S. Women’s U-23 National Team from 2013-2016 and ended her U-23 international career with eight caps.
- Was captain of the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in 2010 in Costa Rica.
- At that tournament, the USA out-scored the competition 38-0, but lost a penalty kick shootout in the semifinal and failed to advance to the World Cup.
- Finished her U-17 international career with 11 caps.
- Has started all nine games for the North Carolina Courage this season, playing all 810 minutes.
- A key player and leader in helping the Western New York Flash win the NWSL championship, she played every minute of all 20 games (1,800) while scoring two goals with one assist from the center back position.
- Was named the team’s Defender of the Year.
- Also played every minute of both playoff games and scored WNY’s first goal in the penalty kick shootout in the championship game.
- Selected by the Western New York Flash in the first round of the 2015 NWSL College Draft (No. 3 overall) and signed her first pro contract on March 17.
- Started all 20 games for the Flash, racking up 1,784 of 1,800 minutes as a rookie.
- Was the team’s Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
- Played every minute of the W-League season with Adelaide United during NWSL offseason loan and was Lady Reds’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player.
- Was the 2010 Girls’ High School Soccer Player of the Year for the state of California.
- Was a 2010 Parade All-American.
- A Three-time NSCAA Youth All-American (2008-2010).
- Played club soccer for the MVLA Avalanche.
- Captained the team to a CYSA Cal-North State Championship in 2008.