Emily Sonnett
Women's National Team

Emily Sonnett

Defender Caps/Goals - 31/0
  • Date of Birth

  • Height


  • Hometown

    Marietta, Ga.

  • Club

    Portland Thorns FC

  • Full name is Emily Ann Sonnett
  • Majored in sociology at Virginia
  • Has a twin sister, Emma, who played soccer at Georgia.
  • Enjoys reading.
  • A bit of a foodie, she loves trying new restaurants.
  • Enjoys cooking, her specialties are stuffed peppers and dipped S’mores for dessert.
  • Morning indulgence is coffee and donuts.
  • Loves the outdoors.

First cap: Oct. 25, 2015 vs. Brazil. First goal: None. 

2018: She missed the China PR games in June due to injury, but she started all three games at the 2018 Tournament of Nations vs. Japan, Australia and Brazil at right back. She played excellent games at right back against England on March 7 and Mexico on April 5 (going 90 minutes in each) and again on April 8 vs. Mexico. Before she played on Jan. 21, 2018 vs. Denmark off the bench, her most recent cap had come on Oct. 19, 2016 vs. Switzerland. 

2017: Did not play for the U.S. WNT.

2016: Doubled her matches from the year before, playing 387 minutes in eight games and making four starts. Was named as an alternate to the 2016 Olympic Team and traveled to Brazil with the squad.

2015: Earned her first U.S. WNT for the October matches against Brazil and started on Oct. 25 in Orlando, playing the entire 90 minutes. Saw action off the bench in the final three games of the year, against Trinidad & Tobago and twice against China PR. 

Youth National Teams: Played with the U-23 Women’s National Team in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Earned three caps with the U-23s. Played U-18 WNT in 2011 and earned one cap.

2017-18: Played with Sydney FC in the W-League during the NWSL offseason. Appeared in 11 matches (9 starts), helping lead Sydney FC to the Grand Final. Tallied a goal and one assist. Recorded the game-winning assist in a 3-2 semifinal win over the Newcastle Jets to help send Sydney FC through to the Grand Final. One of four players to start all 24 matches, playing every minute (2,160) during the regular season. Selected as the club's Defender of the Year. Recorded three goals and one assist. Registered the game-winning assist in the NWSL Championship match on Oct. 14 against the North Carolina Courage. Tallied her second career NWSL playoff goal, starting and playing 90 minutes against Orlando on Oct. 7. Started and played 90 minutes in all 24 regular-season matches. Tallied three goals and one assist.

2016: Was selected first overall by the Portland Thorns FC in the 2016 NWSL Draft. Had a strong rookie season, playing every minute of 15 games in the back for the Thorns while helping the team to a first-place finish, a regular season title and a berth to the playoff semifinal. In the playoff semifinal, she scored a dramatic equalizer in the 77th minute that eventually sent the match to overtime. It was her first professional goal.

Youth Club: Helped her club team, NASA 12 Elite II, win the U-19 national title in 2012.

College: Throughout her career on the Cavalier back line, Virginia posted shutout wins 64 percent of the time. Finished her senior season at Virginia in the fall of 2015 and was a MAC Herman Trophy finalist. Named espnW’s National Player of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Named a Honda Award Nominee. Played a total of 97 games while at Virginia, starting 89 of them, while scoring 11 goals with nine assist. With Sonnett anchoring the back line, the Cavaliers posted 15 shutouts through 23 matches in 2015, including 14 shutout victories and one scoreless draw. As a junior, she was named the 2014 College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player.