- Alyssa Michele Naeher majored in kinesiology at Penn State University.
- She has a twin sister named Amanda, who was a standout forward at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and one of the all-time leading scorers in NCAA Division III history.
- Her younger sister Abigail attended Samford University and she and her husband Matt had their first child (Judah) on the night of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final.
- Enjoys doing a crossword puzzle every morning with her coffee.
- Huge fan of the New England Patriots.
- Ice cream is her guilty pleasure, especially mint chocolate chip.
As kids, Alyssa’s twin sister Amanda was, conveniently, a forward. That resulted in the two sisters out in the yard for hours, Amanda taking shots on Alyssa, who stood in front of whatever makeshift goal they’d come up with – usually the garage door or the underside of the stairs.
“When we were kids, we thought we had twin powers – one person gets hurt, you’d think, ‘Oh, I think I feel it too,’” said Naeher. “My parents told us that when we were babies, we’d just sit up in our cribs talking to each other for hours.”
The Naeher sisters were four–years-old at their first practice, and they were excited. They rushed out of the car and Amanda accidentally slammed the heavy, monstrous door on Alyssa’s hand. It turned black and blue, her nails falling off. As Alyssa screamed in pain, Amanda consoled her and said, “Good thing you don’t use your hands in soccer.”
Alyssa jokingly says that she partially became a ‘keeper because of the getup. Alyssa’s father was the high school soccer coach, which meant Amanda and Alyssa were the ball girls. The reward for helping shag balls for the year was a trip to the local soccer store. Both sisters were allowed to pick something out. “I wanted something different. I liked the idea that I could wear a different shirt from everyone else.” I remember picking out my first gloves, blue and white – I still have them.”
First Appearance: Dec. 18, 2014 vs. Argentina. First Shutout: Dec. 18, 2014 vs. Argentina
Has been consistently in the mix with the U.S. Women’s National Team over the past few years. She is a veteran of the USA’s youth national teams and was the starting goalkeeper for the team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
2017: Had an impactful year for the WNT, taking over as the first-choice goalkeeper. She played 1,170 minutes while starting 13 of the USA’s 16 matches and compiling a record of 10-2-1 with six shutouts and a 0.85 GAA. Her 13 caps more than doubled her total from the previous three years (10).
2016: Played in six games, the most so far in a calendar year, starting five and had four shutouts. Played one match in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, earning a shutout against Puerto Rico.
2015: Was consistently on roster – including for the Algarve Cup title in Portugal - and was a member of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions. Played as substitute into two Victory Tour matches and played all 90 minutes against China PR on Dec. 13.
2014: Earned her first cap and shutout in a victory against Argentina at the International Tournament of Brasilia in December. Trained during the entire 2014 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, but was not on the official roster.
2013: Was called into camp with the senior team ahead of a November friendly against Brazil.
2011: Traveled with the U.S. to Portugal for the Algarve Cup.
2010: Trained at camp in January and September.
2009: Earned her first call-up to train with the senior team in December 2009.
Youth National Teams: Won the 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, earning the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper after posting five wins in the tournament over France, Argentina, England, Germany and Korea DPR in the Final.
2014: She was the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year. Played in and started all 24 games, one of only two Breakers to do so. Set a NWSL record and team record with 106 saves. Registered three shutouts and stopped six of the nine penalty shots she faced. The six penalty kick saves was the most in NWSL history and a career high.
2013: Started eight of the nine games she appeared in for the Breakers after joining the club as a free agent in May. Joined after finishing her German Bundesliga season with FFC Turbine Potsdam. It marked her second stint with the Breakers.
2012: With FFC Turbine Potsdam for the 2012/13 Frauen Bundesliga season, she posted a 16-4-1 record with 10 shutouts, helping the team earn a berth into the 2013-14 Champions League/ Potsdam finished second in the Bundesliga, four points back of champions VFL Wolfsburg. Over two years at Potsdam, she had a 6-3-1 Champions League record with four shutouts.
2011: Set a franchise record and led Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with 99 saves for the Boston Breakers.
Youth: Played youth club soccer with Yankee United from U-12 through U-15, then switched to South Central for U-16 to U-19 where she won a state title. Was a Parade All-American and two-time NSCAA Youth All-American.
College: A three-time NSCAA All-American at Penn State, she started and played 74 games for the Nittany Lions. Finished with a career record of 50-19-5 and 24 shutouts and a career 0.89 goals against average.