- Julie Beth Ertz (née Johnston) is better known as “JJ” or “Jules”
- The 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year
- She majored in communications at Santa Clara University.
- Her sister Melanie played soccer at Grand Canyon University, while her father played football at Louisiana State University.
- On March 26, 2017, Julie married Zach Ertz. Zach plays tight end in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2017 season and scored the game-winning touchdown to help the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in franchise history on Feb. 4, 2018.
- Favorite foods are avocados and sweet potatoes, while her favorite dessert is anything chocolate.
- Enjoys listening to a wide range of music while training and loves country, rap, hip-hop and alternative.
- Her hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, fishing, cycling, gardening, photography, cooking/baking, fashion, yoga, Pilates and reading.
Love & Soccer
The most common question Julie Ertz will get is, ‘What would you do if you weren’t a soccer player? To this, Ertz says her answers always changes because truthfully, she's never thought about not playing. At thirteen, her parents sat her down and asked her if she was sure this is what she wanted to do.
"I didn’t grow up with a ton of money and club soccer was expensive, so they wanted to be sure that this was what I was focused on. And I was. Soccer was everything." And with that, the rest is history.
While attending Santa Clara University in California, Julie Ertz (née Johnston) met Zach Ertz, who played football at nearby Stanford University. Zach was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and was a rookie in the NFL at the same time Julie was getting her first call up with the National Team. “He was in the exact same boat as me – you’re young, but you want to be so great. And everyone’s so good and you just want to do well and be next to them. It’s been so amazing to have Zach there, to have someone who understands.”
First cap: Feb. 9, 2013 vs. Scotland. First goal: March 11, 2015 vs. France
Julie Ertz, formerly Johnston, has been part of the U.S. Soccer program since 2006 when she attended a U-14 National Identification Camp. She had incredible success with the U-20 WNT, captaining the team to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title. The 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year earned her first cap the next year in 2013 and was a breakout star at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She was the 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.
2017: Had an atypical year for the U.S. WNT, playing in just four of the USA’s first eight games of the year (two of which she missed due to her wedding and honeymoon), while starting just one. A defender in her first four years on the National Team, she came off the bench against Brazil in the Tournament of Nations to play defensive midfielder – a position she played all season for her pro club and in the past in college and for the Youth National Teams – and scored the dramatic game-winner in the 89th minute of a 4-3 comeback victory.
From there, she started the final seven games of the year at defensive mid, scoring five more goals, and played all but 67 minutes over those games. Her six goals – scored against Brazil, New Zealand (2), Korea Republic (2) and Canada -- almost equaled her total (8) from her first four years on the WNT. She played so well and was so dominant that she was named the 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. Ertz is the third player to be named both the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year and Young Female Player of the Year. Lauren Holiday (2014 & 2007) and Tobin Heath (2016 & 2009) are the other two, making the five years between the awards for Ertz the shortest time for any player. She ended up playing 719 minutes in 12 games, making eight starts. Played under her married name for the first time in June friendlies at Sweden and Norway.
2016: Played in 19 matches, starting 15, and scored three goals from center back along with one assist. Played in four matches at the Olympic qualifying tournament, helping the USA to the title and a berth to the Olympics. Made her first Olympic Team, but had a minor groin injury and played 210 minutes over two matches.
2015: A member of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions, she played every minute of all seven games and was named to the FIFA WWC All-Star Team. Scored five goals in 2015, the first five of her career and tied for most ever in a calendar year for a U.S. defender. Played and started in 21 games this year, setting career-high in games, starts, minutes, goals and assists (she had one) in a calendar year. Showed her ability to be a starter at the Algarve Cup in Portugal (she started three matches) where she scored her first WNT goal early during the USA's 2-0 victory against France in the championship game, helping the U.S. capture its 10th title.
2014: Was initially left off the Women’s World Cup qualifying roster, but was added after an injury to Crystal Dunn. Made three substitute appearances for the WNT in the latter half of the year, featuring in friendlies against Mexico and Switzerland as well as getting some time against China PR in the International Tournament de Brasilia.
2013: Earned her first senior cap in a 4-1 win against Scotland on Feb. 9. Played her first full 90 minutes at the international level against the Netherlands on April 9 in the center midfield.
Youth National Teams: The 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and captain of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. She won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player in the tournament, a rare honor for a defender. Marshaled a U.S. defense that defeated three extremely talented group winners in the knockout rounds of the tournament, downing Korea DPR, Nigeria and Germany in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final, respectively, while allowing just one goal. Started all six games of the U-20 Women’s World Cup and played all but 32 minutes of the tournament. Finished her U-20 career with 19 caps and four goals.
2017: Played 1,958 minutes over 22 matches for the Chicago Red Stars, almost exclusively at defensive midfielder. Scored four goals with three assists while helping Chicago to a fourth place finish in league and a playoff berth. Was named to the NWSL Second XI, her fourth consecutive appearance on an all-NWSL squad.
2016: Played every minute of all 12 games she played in for the Red Stars, missing a few due to injury, and helped Chicago third-place regular season finish and a playoff berth … Named to the NWSL Second XI.
2015: Played in 14 matches, starting 13, over 1,215 minutes and was named to the NWSL Best XI. Was a finalist for the league Defender of the Year award.
2014: Signed her first professional contract with the Chicago Red Stars after being selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the NWSL Draft. Started all 21 games she played for the club, tying for third in games played. Was second in starts (21) and minutes played (1,890) only to WNT teammate Lori Chalupny. Named the 2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year and to the NWSL Second XI.
Youth: Played U-9 through U-12 for Arsenal GSC and U-13 through U-19 for Sereno Soccer Club. Won the state title nine times with Sereno Soccer Club.
College: Attended Santa Clara University. As a senior in 2013 she was a First-Team All-American, First-Team All-West Region and the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Also was First-Team All-WCC. Played in all 22 games and led the team with eight assists and four game-winning goals.