U.S. National Teams: A member of the U.S. team at the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Grenada, she saw action in all five games, starting four, as the USA won the regional title and earned a berth to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Scored twice one with one assist at CONCACAF qualifying while playing 385 minutes … Has 19 U-17 caps with five goals heading into the World Cup while playing 872 minutes, mostly as a winger … Has come up through the U.S. youth WNT system, playing for the U-14s in 2013 and U.S. U-17s from the summer of 2014 to present … Attended a few training camps with the U.S. U-20 WNT in late summer and fall of 2015 … Has one cap for the U-20s, earned in a friendly match against Honduras in September of 2015.
College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend the University of Virginia in the fall of 2018 … Attends Brighton High School in Brighton, Mich., but does not play high school soccer … Ran varsity track and field as a freshman.
Club: Has played from U-9 to present with the Michigan Hawks ... Played U-8 with the Michigan Express … Helped the Hawks to a runner-up finish at the 2013 U-13 ECNL National Championship and won the Golden Ball as MVP … Helped the Hawks win the U-14 ECNL National Championship in 2014 and was runner-up up in 2015 as U-15s and in 2016 as U-18s.
Personal: Full name is Alexa Christine Spaanstra … Like to hang out with friends, watch Netflix, shop and go to the beach … Her dad played basketball at Northern Michigan and her mom ran track at Aquinas College … Three words that describe her off the field: “outgoing, dedicated and spontaneous” … Three words that describe her on the field: “hard-working, versatile and coachable” … List her greatest soccer moment as qualifying for the World Cup and winning the regional title … Was a 1500-meter national champion at age 10, running a time of 5:03 at AAU Track & Field Nationals in New Orleans … Says the toughest thing she ever had to do was choose a college … Her dream job would be to win the lottery and not have to work at all … Her favorite food is sushi and her favorite snack is rice pudding … She does not like mushrooms … Her favorite women’s soccer player is Crystal Dunn and her favorite men’s soccer player is Lionel Messi … Lists her dad as her biggest athletic inspiration … Says the best part about being a soccer player is “representing my country, traveling and competing against different countries” … She has two dogs – Cody and Edie -- and a cat named Chance … Some of her favorite TV shows are Bachelorette/Bachelor and One Tree Hill … Some of her favorite musical artists are Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran … Favorite dessert is coffee ice cream.