Abby Dahlkemper
Women's National Team

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender Caps/Goals - 37/0
  • Date of Birth

  • Height


  • Hometown

    Menlo Park, Calif.

  • Club

    NC Courage

  • Abigail Lynn Dahlkemper, 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.
  • Has an older and younger brother, Andrew and Joe.
  • Was born on May 13th, luckily it was a Thursday not a Friday.
  • Like a good Californian, loves the beach.
  • 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.
  • Loves animals, especially dogs. Is an avid flosser (and flosses after every meal).
  • Has organized soccer fund raisers to help provide shoes for children in Africa.

Abby Dahlkemper

First cap: Oct. 19, 2016, vs. Switzerland. First goal: None.

A skillful, savvy and powerful central defender, she was a team captain at the U-17 Women’s National Team level in 2010 and blossomed in the NWSL, making her full WNT debut at the end of 2016.

2017: Had a breakout year for the USA, making her first appearance of 2017 on June 8 against Sweden when she came into the match at halftime in Gothenburg and helped preserve the 1-0 shutout. Three days later, she got her first career start and played 90 minutes into another 1-0 shutout, this one over Norway. She then played all 90 minutes at center back in each of the final nine games of the year, establishing herself on the U.S. backline moving forward. Ended up starting 10 of the 11 games she appeared in while playing 945 minutes, fifth best on the team. Named to the CONCACAF Best XI for the first time.

2016: Got her first WNT call-up in October after a stellar NWSL season and earned her first two caps in substitute appearances against Switzerland.

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.

2017: Had a stellar season in helping the North Carolina Courage to the NWSL Shield and a berth in the championship game. Played all 2,160 minutes over 24 regular season matches (one of four field players to do so) and was named the NWSL Defender of the Year. Dahlkemper, who was 24-years-old when she won the award, is the youngest player to be voted NWSL Defender of the Year. Also named to the NWSL Best XI. Led a defense that posted a 0.92 goals against average – the fourth-best mark in NWSL history. It was the second straight year in which she played every minute of every game and heads into the 2018 season with a 5,580 consecutive minutes streak over 62 games. The Courage had 12 shutouts on the season and allowed just 22 goals, second best in the NWSL.

2016: 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. Also played every minute of both playoff games and scored WNY’s first goal in the penalty kick shootout in the championship game.

2015: 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. 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. Won W-League title with Pali Blues in 2013 and again with the LA Blues in 2014. 

Youth Club: 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.

College: Had a stellar career at UCLA, starting 92 of her 93 career games as a full-time starter over four seasons. Ended her college career with five goals and 10 assists. As a senior in 2014, she was a First-Team NSCAA All-American for the second-straight year and joined Lauren Cheney as the only Bruins to earn NSCAA All-America honors all four years at UCLA. Was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-12 First Teams for the fourth consecutive year. Started in all 24 games and played all but 45 minutes, 2,155 in all. Leader of UCLA defense that recorded a school record-tying 19 shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.245. UCLA’s defense allowed just six goals all season, tied for the fewest in school history. As a junior in 2013, she became UCLA’s first-ever Honda Award winner for soccer while helping lead UCLA to its first NCAA Championship. She was the first defender in 10 years to be named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.