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 one, as the USA won the regional title and earned a berth to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Scored five goals at CONCACAF qualifying (four against Jamaica in the first game after coming on as a substitute), which was tied for the team-lead, while playing 188 minutes … In her second cycle with the U.S. U-17 WNT, she has the most caps of anyone on the World Cup roster with 24 and has scored 10 international goals … Has played 638 minutes in 2016 while scoring eight times … Has played for the U.S. U-17 WNT for the past three and half years … Played for the USA in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship as one of the youngest players on the team and saw action in three games with one start while picking up one assist … Played for the U.S. U-14 GNT in 2013.
College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend the Penn State University in the fall of 2017 … Attends Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck, N.J. … Only played high school soccer as a sophomore in 2014 and a junior in 2015 … She was the New Jersey Gatorade Girls’ High School player of the Year and the New Jersey State Player of the Year in 2015 … Also the USA Today National Player of the Year … Was First-Team All-State and All-Shore Conference, as well as the Shore Conference Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 … An NSCAA All-American in 2014 and 2015 … Scored 59 goals with 33 assists for the Cougars … Ran track as a freshman.
Club: Has played from U-12 to present with the PDA Arsenal ... Played U-10 through U-12 with the NJSA Blast … Played U-8 and U-9 with the Holmdel Hurricanes … Was U-12 state and regional champs with the NJSA Blast in 2011 … Won the U-13 state and regional title with PDA Arsenal in 2012 … Won the U-17 ECNL National Championship with PDA in 2015 … PDA Arsenal was runners-up at Nationals in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Personal: Full name is Francesca Claire Tagliaferri … Was named after her dad Francis (a.k.a. Frank) … Was a member of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) as a sophomore and worked to raise money for the Paralympics … Enjoys going to the beach on the Jersey shore and training little kids in soccer … Her mom, who is a science teacher, played basketball at Monmouth University (alma mater of former U.S. captain Christie Rampone, who also played hoops there) … Her aunt Jenny played basketball with Christie Rampone … Three words that describe her off the field: “happy, focused and humble” … Three words that describe her on the field: “heart, eager, smiling” … Favorite class is Math … Her dream job would be to play for the U.S. Women’s National Team … Favorite food is chicken nuggets and her favorite snack is apples … Favorite women’s soccer player is Mia Hamm and favorite men’s player is Lionel Messi … Has two cats, named Nittany and USA … Favorite TV shows are One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy … Favorite dessert is ice cream.