U.S. Soccer
Kaleigh Riehl
U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team

Kaleigh Riehl

Defender Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height

    5-8

  • Hometown

    Fairfax Station, Va.

  • Club

    BRYC Elite

Has played a key role on the back line during her second U-20 cycle and heads into the World Cup with 15 caps and two goals, scored against Papua New Guinea U-20 WNT on May 30 of this year during the USA’s pre-World Cup visit to PNG and against the Venezuela U-20 WNT in a 6-2 win on Oct.  8 … Made a late run to make the roster for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team and was the third-youngest player on the roster, but did not see action in the tournament … Played for the U.S. U-18s in 2013 and 2014 … Attended her first U-20 WNT camp in April of 2014 … Earned her first cap at the U-20 level against France in June of 2014 … 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 an NCAA title.

College / High School: Helped Penn State to the 2015 NCAA Championship as a freshman, starting all 27 matches on the Nittany Lion backline and played every minute in 18 matches … A member of the Nittany Lion backline that posted 15 shutouts on the year, including eight-straight to end the season and finished second on the team in minutes played with 2,360 … Named to the Women’s College Cup All-Tournament Team ... Named to the All-Big Ten Second Team  and to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team … Earned her first career point on an assist in a 3-1 victory over Michigan on Oct. 20 … Tallied an assist in the NCAA Second Round match against Boston U … Scored her first college goal in the 79th minute in a 2-0 win over No. 9 Rutgers in the College Cup semifinal … Attended South County Secondary School but did not play high school soccer.

Club: Played her entire club career (11 years) with Braddock Road, starting when she was seven years old … Helped Braddock Road win the 2012 USYS U-16 Region I and National titles … 2012 and 2013 Virginia State Cup champions as U-16s and U-17s … A 2014 NSCAA All-American and team captain ... Helped her club to the State Cup Final three other times, at U-12s, U-13s and U-18s … Won the 2012 and 2013 USYS National League Champions at the U-17 and U-18 levels.

Full name is Kaleigh Ann Riehl … Majoring in Kinesiology and plans to become a physical therapist or a physician assistant … Nickname is Kale … Likes horseback riding, skiing and snowboarding … Three words that best describe her off the field are “calm, kind and happy” … Her favorite class is math … She made the academic honor roll at her high school from her freshman through junior years … Graduated early from high school to enroll at Penn State in the spring of 2015 … Her dream job would be a pro soccer player … Her favorite women’s soccer player is Becky Sauerbrunn … Her favorite men’s player is Lionel Messi … She has two dogs, Rylee a golden retriever and a Corgi named Scooter … Also has four bunnies named Floppy, RiRi, Elliot and Wilbur (who is the fattest) … Favorite foods are steak and fruit … Does not like seafood … One of her favorite musical artists is Justin Bieber … For dessert, she’ll take a brownie … Likes to shop and get her nails done … Her father played four years of soccer at the University of Virginia from 1975-79, the last under former MNT head coach and current Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena … Sister attended Virginia Tech and is studying to be a dentist … Mom has a Master’s in information technology from UVA.
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