Aly Wagner, a member of two U.S. Women’s World Cup Teams (2003 & 2007) and two Olympic gold medal teams (2004 & 2008), has retired from professional soccer. Wagner, 29, played 131 times for the USA over a 10-year international career, good for 13th on the all-time list. She finishes her U.S. career with 21 goals and 42 assists, making her the 12th all-time leading scorer in U.S. history.
One of the most skillful players and exquisite passers ever to suit up for the United States, her 42 assists are the second-most in U.S. history for a midfielder, behind only Julie Foudy.
Wagner, who was consistently hampered by injuries during the latter part of her career, first trained with the USA as an 18-year-old during Residency Camp for the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
Wagner was a standout player at Santa Clara University, leading the Broncos to their only NCAA title in 2001 and won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player in 2002. She was also the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2000.
Wagner was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft by the San Diego Spirit, where she played her first professional club season and scored in the team’s semifinal playoff match. She also played professionally in France for Olympique Lyonnaise and then in the inaugural season of WPS for the Los Angeles Sol, helping her team to the championship game.
A San Jose, Calif. native, Wagner was a key member of one of the finest youth club teams in history, the Central Valley Mercury, helping lead them to three straight national titles (1996-1998), and was the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior at Presentation High School.