U.S. National Teams: A hard-nosed defensive midfielder and one of the world’s best ball-winners at this age level, she has earned 26 caps and scored two important goals for the U-20s heading into the World Cup … Has logged the most minutes at the U-20 level of any player on the World Cup roster (1,877) … Played in all five games for the USA at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago… Netted a clutch game-winning goal in the 89th minute against Jamaica in the group stage … Tallied the USA’s lone goal in the semifinal against Haiti to help the U-20s clinch their World Cup berth … Earned a call-up to the senior WNT in March 2017 for the USA’s friendlies against Russia, but did not earn a cap … Also played for the U-23 WNT in 2017 at the Portland Thorns Spring Invitational and Women’s U-23 Four-Nations Nordic Tournament … Appeared for the U-19 WNT in 2017 at the CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament in Duyun, China … A mainstay in the center midfield for the U-17s during the 2015-16 cycle, she started all three games for the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Played every minute of all four games she started at the 2016 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in Grenada to help the USA to the regional title and a berth in the 2016 U-17 WWC … Named to the 2016 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship Best XI … Scored her first U-17 international goal in a 2-2 tie with Brazil on Aug. 9, 2016 in East Lansing, Mich. … Finished her U-17 career with 21 caps and two goals … Has come up through the U.S. Youth National Team system, playing for the U-14s in 2013, the U-15s in 2014 and the U-17s from 2015 to 2016 … Earned her first YNT call-up in Sept. 2013 with the U-14 Girls’ National Team.
College / High School: Committed to attend Florida State in the fall … Recently graduated from Fossil Ridge High School, but did not play high school soccer.
Club: Played in the inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy with Real Colorado U-18/19 … Played U-12 to U-18/19 with Real Colorado, alongside U-20 WNT teammate Sophia Smith ... Played U-9 through U-14 with Arsenal Colorado … Helped Real Colorado to a runner-up finish in the 2014 U-14 ECNL National Championship and the 2016 U-16 ECNL National Championship … A team captain for Real Colorado at the U-15 and U-16 levels … 2016 NSCAA All-American, 2017 NSCAA All-American Player of the Year.
Personal: Full name is Jaelin Marie Howell … Nickname is Jae … From Colorado, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and boating … Also loves coffee and Harry Potter … Dad John played safety in the NFL for six years and won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers … He played two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks … Her motto is: “Don’t sweat it doe” … Favorite class is Anatomy … Craziest ambition is to go skydiving … Dream job would be to be a physical therapist … Her favorite foods are pizza and ramen noodles … Her favorite women’s soccer player is France National Team midfielder Eugenie Le Sommer and her favorite men’s player is Lionel Messi … Lists her athletic inspirations as LeBron James, Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan … Has a Lhasa Apso named Ralphie … Favorite TV shows are Criminal Minds, Chopped and Gossip Girl.