|Michelle Akers (retired) Michelle Akers, regarded by many as the best female soccer player in the world during her career , was a four-time All-American at the University of Central Florida. In 1991, Michelle was the lead scorer in the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in China where she earned the Golden Boot and let the U.S. Women’s Team to the first world championship. Michelle went on to be member of the U.S Women’s National team that won the 1996 gold medal at the Summer Olympics and the 1999 Women’s World Cup Championship. In 1998, she was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, their highest honor , for her contributions to the game of soccer and 2002 she was voted FIFA’s Women’s Player of the Century. Shortly before the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Michelle retired from the game as the U.S. National Team’s second all-time leading scorer (behind Mia Hamm) with 105 goals, 37 assists and 247 points. Today, Michelle lives in GA and runs the Michelle Akers Sundance Horse Rescue and Outreach. If you would like to know more or get involved with our Horse Rescue & Outreach, please check out the rest of our website and contact us at
|Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers) Jordan played for Santa Clara from 2004-2009 where she lead the Broncos in goals scored (2009). She was the WCC Defensive Player of the Year (2009), All-WCC Honorable Mention (2006), WCC All-Academic honors (2005), and earned WCC All-Freshmen Team (2004). Jordan was also Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America Second-Team in 2004. Internally, Jordan was called into her first U.S. Women’s National Team Camp in December 2010. She was also a member of the U.S. U-23 National team and the 2006 U.S. U-20 National Team where she helped the U.S. claim the 2006 FIFA World Championship. Jordan was a member of the Regional and Colorado State ODP teams and is a former player of the Colorado Rush team that won the 2001 U-15 National Championship. She was the Gatorade Colorado High School Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American in 2004. In 2010 as a member of the Boston Breakers she led all WPS rookies in goals scored and was named WPS Player of the Month in July.|
|Yael Averbuch (Western NY Flash)Yael started every collegiate game of her four-year career at North Carolina University (UNC) setting team and NCAA records with 105 consecutive starts. She scored 32 goals with 29 assists for 93 career points. Her UNC jersey was retired in the spring of 2009. Yael was a two year captain (2007-2008) and she helped the Tar Heels to two NCAA National Championships (2006, 2008). Yael has played for the USA at every level of the youth national teams. She was a member of the U.S.
team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand. In 2007 Yael earned her first two senior team caps in 2007, coming off the bench in two matches at the Four Nations Tournament in China. Yael was taken in the first round, fourth overall during the 2009 WPS Draft by her home state Sky Blue FC. During her first season in the WPS, she helped her team to a fourth –place finish during the regular season and then played a key role in the Cinderella run to the WPS championship playing every minute of all three playoff matches.
|Karen Bardsley (NJ Sky Blue FC) Karen played her college ball at Cal State Fullerton where she set school records for victories (47), goals-against average (.84), saves (312), and minutes played (6,395). She also earned Big West Goalkeeper of the Year honors three times (2004-2006). Internationally, Karen was one of two American –born players to be invited to the England Women’s U-19 International training Camp in the summer of 2003. She led the team to the semifinals for the 2004 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championships held in Germany. Karen made her senior debut in the Algarve Cup in March of 2009 and she currently plays for the English National Team. In her youth playing days, Karen earned All-Sierra League honors as a senior while helping her team to the league championship and the CIF quarterfinals. She was also a member of the Olympic Development Program, State, Regional, and National pools from 1998-2002. Karen’s WPS career began in 2009 when she as a third round pick for Sky Blue FC. She went on to appear in four games for the club in their inaugural season in which she won the WPS Championship. In 2010, Karen became a WPS All-Star.|
|Leah Blayney (Boston Breakers) Leah played her college ball at Central Connecticut State University. She was a three-time All-NEC First Team Selection and was the NEC Most Valuable Player in 2009. Leah scored 21 goals and added 20 assists in 61 games. Internationally, Leah has earned 12 caps with the full Australian Women’s National Team. She played for the U-20 Australian Women’s National team at the 2006 Women’s World Cup and represented her country at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. Leah played in 2 matches for the full Australian Women’s National Team during the 2007 World Cup qualifiers. Leah has had a great club career as well. She was a member of the 2010 WPSL National Champions Boston Aztecs where she was named WPSL East Player of the Year and earned 2010 WPSL Final Four MVP. In 2010/2011 season, Leah played in 6 matches for the Canberra United of the Australian W-League before she joined the Boston Breakers.|
|Brittany Bock (Western NY Flash) Brittany played her college ball at Notre Dame where she played in 92 games during a stellar career, scoring 46 goals with 29 assists as she played multiple positions. She received All Big East first team honors in 2008 and 2009 and in 2008 she was named NSCAA All-American and in 2009 was ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Acadmeic All-American selection. Brittany was also in the final-15 Hermann Trophy candidate in 2009. Internationally, Brittany was a member of the U23 USWNT player pool and was named to the USWNT roster that won 4-0 over Canada in May 2009. She also played for the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team in 2007 and was a member of the U.S. team at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia. While in Russia, Brittany started four matches in the center midfield. Brittany played her youth club ball with the Eclipse in 2004-2005 and nearly led Illionois ‘87’s ODP to 2005 USYSA national title. She was also the captain of ODP region II team (2002-2004). In 2009, Brittany started in 18 games and played in 19 games for the LA Sol. She became the first pick for the Washington Freedom in the 2010 LA Sol Dispersal Draft. In 2010 while playing for the Washington Freedom, Brittany played in 14 matches and started in the First Round playoff match against the Philadelphia Independence.|
|Nikki Cross (Boston Breakers) Nikki played her college ball at the University of Connecticut (2003-2006) where she was nominated for the M.A.C. Hermann Award in 2006. She was named to the All-Big East Second team in 2005. In 2003, Nikki was named to the All-Big East Freshman Team and was honored as a Soccer America Freshman All-American. She also scored a goal and had 2 assists in the NCAA Quarterfinal game as she helped lead UCONN to the NCAA Championship game. After college, Nikki played professionally in Sweden for Umea Sodra in 2008. She also played for the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) where she won the championship with the Boston Aztecs in 2010. Nikki played her club ball at Notre Dame Academy in MA. While there she was named the Boston Globe Division Player of the Year and the Boston Sports Award for Female Athlete of the Year (2003). Nikki played in the WPS starting in 2009 where she was drafted by the Saint Louis Athletica. In 2010 she played one game for the WPS Champions FC Gold Pride.|
|Kiersten Dallstream (Boston Breakers) Kiersten played her college ball for Washington State University were she Earned NSCAA/Adidas All-Region and All-Pac 10 Second Team accolades as a junior in 2008. During her senior season, Kiersten recorded a team-leading 13 goals and 33 points (2009). Internationally, she was a member of the U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Championship Team (2008) and was called up for the first time to the U-23 National Team Training Camp in 2009. Kiersten played her club ball for the ’88 Sereno Golden Eagles White which earned three Arizona state titles and two Region IV Titles in 2003 and 2007. The team also finished second nationally in 2003. She was a member of the Arizona ODP team. In 2010, she was selected ninth overall in the WPS Draft by the Los Angeles Sol and was allocated to Sky Blue FC in the Dispersal Draft. Kiersten’s 2010 season was cut short by an injury but she did make six starts in 12 games for Sky Blue FC.|
|Kelsey Davis (Boston Breakers)Kelsey played her collegiate ball at the University of Portland from 2006-2009. Kelsey is the second all-time leader in wins (47) for Portland. In 2009 she was elected to the ALL-WCC First Team, in 2008 ALL-WCC Second Team, and in 2007 WCC Honorable Mention. In 2006, Kelsey redshirted due to national team commitments. In 2009, Kelsey was called up the U.S. Women’s National Team for two friendlies. Prior to that, she was a member of the U.S. U-23 National Team that won the 2007 Nordic Cup and was a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team that competed at the 2006 Women’s World Cup in Russia. Kelsey played her youth soccer for the So. Cal United club team. She earned ALL-CIF second team honors at Thousand Oaks High School and 2005 Parade All-American. In 2010, Kelsey was selected in the 3rd round of the WPS Draft (24th
|Becky Edwards (Western NY Flash) Becky played her college ball at Florida State University (FSU). Becky had a breakout year in her final season at FSU where she started all 25 games for the Seminoles in 2009. As a senior captain she finished her career tied for third all-time in appearances with 95, while sitting fifth in career starts with 89. Becky tallied 20 assists over her four year career , tied for sixth all-time at FSU, including eight game winners. Becky also made school history as a first team All-America honoree by the NSCAA becoming the Seminoles’ first two-time, first team All-American. She also earned first team All-ACC accolades and became the school’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American earning third team honors in 2009. Becky is currently a member with the United States Women’s U-23 National Team. In 2008, Becky was a member of the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team that won the World Cup Championship in Chile. Becky ranked as one of the top 25 U.S. recruits in 2006 by Soccer Buzz and was a NSCAA Youth All-American. Becky was also a two-time MVP Downingtown West and was a South-eastern PA Coaches All-Star selection in 2002, 2004, and 2004. Becky guided her team to the 3A State Championship in
2004, the first state title in school history. Becky was drafted by the FC Gold Pride of the Women’s Professional Soccer League on Friday, January 15, 2010. Becky was selected in the second round with the 12th overall pick and becomes the first Seminole soccer player in school history to be drafted by the WPS. She played on the WPS Championship FC Gold Pride
team in 2010.
|Kendall Fletcher (NJ Sky Blue)Kendall played her collegiate career at the University of North Carolina (UNC). In 2004 Kendall started in all 23 games scoring three goals and adding five assists. In 2003, she was a member of the NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship team playing in 25 games. In the NCAA National Semi-Final, Kendall scored the game-winning goal over UCLA to get Carolina to the championship game. In 2009, Kendall earned her first full National Team cap at the Algarve Cup. In 2005, she was a member of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team that won the Nordic Cup. In 2002, Kendall was a member of the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team that won the World Cup Championship in Canada where she played in all six matches and started in five games playing in every minute in those five starts. Kendall was drafted by the Los Angeles Sol with the
third pick in the second round of the WPS General Draft. She appeared in 1 game for the Los Angeles Sol and debuted with Saint Louis on May 9 vs. FC Gold Pride. Kendall appeared in 16 games for Saint Louis, making 15 consecutive starts.
|Kaley Fountain (Western NY Flash)Kaley played her collegiate ball at Wake Forest University where she played in 86 games, including 81 career starts. She finished her career with 55 points, scoring 16 goals and 23 assists. Kaley was a two-time NSCAA Third Team All-American (2007, 2009) and a three time All-ACC selection (2007, 2008, 2009). Kaley has been called into U23 U.S. Women’s National Team training camp on several occasions and she was a member of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team that won the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. She also played with the U.S. U-20 WNT team in the Pan Am Games in the Summer of 2007. In her youth, Kaley was a 2005-2006 Adidas/NSCAA Girls Youth All-American and was a top-50 recruit by Soccer Buzz magazine. She was on the Westwood Warriors High School district championship team in 2004. Kaley was a District MVP in 2004 and named to the first team All-Central Texas team. In 2010, Kaley was drafted by the FC Gold Pride in the WPS Draft.|
|Lauren Fowlkes (Philadelphia Independence)Lauren played her college ball at the University of Notre Dame (2007-2010) where she finished her career with a 2010 NCAA Women’s National Championship. She was a four year monogram winner and 2010 team co-captain. Lauren was a candidate for the Hermann Trophy her senior year and an All-American and Academic All-American (2009, 2010). In 2008, she was NSCAA Third Team All-American, ESPN Second Team Academic All-American, BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team all-BIG EAST, NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team, and BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player . Lauren is a member of the U.S. Under 23 National team and recently helped the U-23’s win the 2010 Four Nations Tournament in England. She has been a member of the U.S. National Team program since the U-15 age group and helped the U-20 Women’s National Team win the Women’s World Cup Championship in 2008. In her youth, Lauren was a member of the ODP Region II team from 2002-2006 and attended the 2004 ODP National Camp and competed in Germany, Holland, and Austria with Region II. Lauren was selected by the Philadelphia Independence as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 WPS
|Beverly Goebel (Western NY Flash)Beverly played her college soccer at the University of Miami Hurricanes where she started 51 of 53 games. In 2009, she was the captain and she scored the only goal of the game to defeat #2 ranked University of North Carolina. Beverly played her youth club ball for Freedom United where she helped the team to the 2004 Nike Harvest Cup and Coast Soccer League Championships. She played high school soccer where she was named as Mountain View League MVP in 2005 and 2006. Beverly also helped the team to win the Moreno Valley to the Coast Soccer League and was named Offensive MVP in 2006. In 2010, Beverly was the Washington Freedom’s 3rd pick during the WPS Draft. She started 9 of 16 games with Washington and scored her first goal of her professional career against Chicago Red Stars.|
|Ashlyn Harris (Western NY Flash)Ashlyn signed with the University of North Carolina (UNC) (2004-2008). In 2004 she was the National Coaches Association of America Player of the Year In 2006, Ashlyn helped the Tar Heels win the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. In 2005-2006 she made the ACC Academic Honor Roll Team. Ashlyn was called into the full U.S. National Team camp for training in September 2009 and continues to be called into camps. She spent 2005 and 2006 with the U.S. U-21 National team and was a member of the 2002 U-19 team that won the inaugural FIFA U19 World Championship. In 2002, Ashlyn led the U-19 goalkeepers in appearances and starts with 15 registering eight shutouts. In 2004, Ashlyn was named a four-time NSCAA All-America, was the NSCAA Player of the Year , and was a four-time Parade Magazine All-America, including being named the Parade Magazine Player of the. She was also the Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year in 200 leading her high school team to state championships her sophomore and junior years. Ashlyn was selected with the 19th pick in the 2010 WPS General Draft by the Saint Louis Athletica On June 1, 2010, she became a free agent upon the team’s dissolution. On June 2, 2010, Harris signed with the Washington Freedom. Harris is now currently with the Western NY Flash.|
|Tobin Heath (NJ Sky Blue)Tobin played her college ball at the University of North Carolina (UNC). In 2009, she helped her team win the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, her third NCAA win while at UNC (2006, 2008). Tobin was a member of the Women’s College Cup All-Tournament team and was Soccer America MVP First-team. She was also named First-Team Top Drawer Soccer All-America while earning U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Athlete of the Year Award. In 2008, Tobin was the youngest
member of the U.S. National Team and was a member of the 2008 Olympic Gold Medaling team. She started in 2007 for the U.S. team which played in the Pan American Games in Brazil and claimed the silver medal and she played on the U-16 Women’s National Team from 2002-04, U-17 team in 2004-05, and the U.S. U-20 National Team at the 2006 World Championship in Russia. Tobin played for the PDA Wildcats team that won the 2003 Club National Championship. She was ranked the No.2 recruit in the nation in the Class of 2006 by Soccer Buzz magazine. Tobin was also named to the Parade Magazine All-America team in 2005 and Gatorade NJ Player of the Year. Selected as No. 1 overall pick in 2010 WPS Draft with the Atlanta Beat. Started all 3 games she played logging 198 minutes. Made 2 shots and 1 shot on goal. Was injured in April forcing her to sit out the remainder of the season.
|Val Henderson (Philadelphia Independence)Val played her college ball at UCLA where she is the all-time leader in career goalkeeping victories. She was PAC-10 Champion each of her four years and in 2006 and 2007 Val was the NSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-American. In 2004, Val was Soccer America Freshman All-American. Internationally, Val competed for the USA at the 2006 FIFA World Youth Championships and was named Woman of the Match after registering nine saves and earning a shutout in a 1-0 over France. She helped lead the U.S U-23 Team defeat Germany in the 2008 Nordic Cup Championship and did not allow a goal over the course of the tournament. Val played her club ball with the Walnut Creek Strikers and led her team to a second-place finish at the State Cup in 2003. She also helped the Strikers win the Premier League Championship in 2002 and 2003. Val was a two-time NSCAA/Adidas Youth All-American. In 2009, Val was traded by the Los Angeles Sol to the Philadelphia Independence. While in Los Angeles she served as the back-up goalkeeper to Karina LeBlanc.|
|Danielle Johnson (NJ Sky Blue FC)Danielle played her college ball for the Ole Miss where she started in all 81 matches of her career, which are the fourth-most starts by a player in school history. She was Freshmen All-America selection in 2006 and became a Scholar All-America pick her senior year. Danielle became the first Rebel to receive All-SEC and All-Region honors all four years. Danielle played her club ball for the Baton Rouge Soccer Club and she was selected to the ODP U-19 South Region team in 2007. Despite being drafted with the 35th overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft, Danielle still had to proceed through a series of roster cuts to become a member of the NJ Sky Blue’s 22 person roster. As Danielle showed throughout her standout prep days in Louisiana, she has what it takes to compete at the highest level. She continues to play for the 2009 WPS champions which includes members of the U.S. National team and several more national team members from across the globe.|
|Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers) Meghan played her college soccer at the University of North Carolina (UNC) (2007-2010). In 2009, she played in 26 games and in 2008 was a member of the NCAA National Champion Tar Heels. Meg was named to the ACC All-Academic Women’s Soccer Team as well tapped for the 2008-2009 ACC Honor Roll. In 2007, she received Freshman All-ACC honors, Soccer America first-team All-Freshman selection, and she was named by Top Drawer Soccer to its first-team All-Rookie Squad. Meghan is currently a member of the full and U23 U.S. Women’s National teams. She was a member of U20 National Team in 2008 which won the Women’s World Cup Championship in Chile. As the captain of her high school team, Meg led Pine-Richland to the 2005 Pennsylvania State High School Championship. She was a NSCAA high school All-America selection and she was tapped for the prestigious Parade Magazine High School All-America Squad. Selected by Magictalk SC as the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft.|
|Allie Long (NJ Sky Blue)Allie played her college soccer at the University of North Carolina (UNC) where she was a member of the 2008 NCAA Champion Tar Heels. In 2007, she was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list and was a two-time All-Big Ten selection (2005-06). Allie was a NSCAA All-Region selection in 2006 and a NSCAA All-Freshman team selection in 2005. Allie was a member of the U20 and U21 U.S. Women’s National teams and a member of the U20 Women’s World Cup team. In 2010 Allie Started 21 matches for Freedom during the 2010 WPS regular season. She tallied 2 goals and an assist during the 2010 WPS regular season and played all 120 minutes of Freedom’s playoff match against Philadelphia Independence, firing 2 shots. In the 2009 WPS season, Allie started in 11 games and played in 19 games for Washington Freedom in the 2009
|Manya Makoski (Iceland)Manya attended and played soccer all 4 years at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Manya became the fifth player in school history to record 70+ points and one of only three Sun Devils all-time to be honored as an Academic All-American. In 2005, Manya was All PAC-10 Conference Second Team. In 2004, she was selected to Soccer Buzz’s All-Region first team and Academic All-American second-team honors from the NSCAA. In 2002, Manya earned Soccer America Freshman All-American and Soccer Buzz first-team Freshman All-American. Manya was a member of the 2008 U.S. Women’s National Team player pool and she won her third straight Nordic Cup as a member of the 2007 United States Under-21 National Team, who defeated Germany 4-0 in the final. Manya was also a member of the 2002 U.S. U-19 World Cup Team that won
the FIFA World Championships in Canada, and a member of the 2001 U-19 National Team. Manya was a Region I ODP member and the 2002 Gatorade CT High School Player of the Year . In 2001, she was the NSCAA Adidas CT High School Player of the Year and Parade All-American. Manya was selected 9th overall by the Atlanta Beat in the Los Angeles Sol Dispersal Draft for the 2010 WPS season though she played with the Los Angeles Sol for the 2009 WPS season where her team was the 2009 WPS Regular Season Champions.
|Nikki Marshall (Magictalk SC)Nikki played her college ball at the University of Colorado. Nikki was named Preseason All-American in 2009. In 2008, Nikki started and played 20 games and became the all-time leading scorer as a junior with 34 goals. She was also First Team All Big 12 and NSCAA First Team All Central Region. In 2006-2007 she was named University of Colorado Athlete of the Year and NSCAA First Team All-Region. Nikki was the MVP for the Finals of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup that won the gold medal. She was also a member of the U20 U.S. Women’s National Team. Currently, Nikki is a member of the U23 U.S. Women’s National Team. Nikki was the Washington Freedom’s 1st round pick, 7th overall in the 2010 WPS draft. She started 24 matches for Freedom during the 2010 campaign and scored 3 goals during the 2010 WPS season. Nikki played all 120 minutes of Freedom’s playoff match against Philadelphia Independence.|
|Kia McNeil (Philadelphia Independence) Kia played her college ball at Boston College where she was the team captain. She was named Big East Rookie of the Year and honored as All-Big East First Team selection. Kia was named by Soccer Buzz Magazine as the Northeast Freshman of the Year. She served as an assistant coach at her alma mater in the Fall of 2009. Internationally, Kia appeared in two matches for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in La Manga, Spain. She was part of the U-19 WNT Player Pool where she netted four goals for the team at the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Canada. Kia has been selected for the national team seven times. In her youth, Kia was 2003 State Player of the Year in Connecticut. She led Avon High School to three straight Class M State Championships and three undefeated seasons. Kia was also two-time NSCAA High School All-American. In the WPS, Kia helped anchor a Saint Louis Athletica defense that allowed the fewest goals, the second least GAA, and the second most shutouts. In 2010, Kia was traded to the Atlanta Beat where she started in all 19 games.|
|Tiffeny Milbrett (Bay Area Breeze) Tiffeny attended the University of Portland where she set the record as the school’s all-time leader in goals with 103, and assists with 40. She placed second in NCAA career goals with 103, and tied for fourth in career points with 246. She was also named to Soccer America’s College Team of The Decade for the 1990s. In 1994, she helped her team reach the soccer Final Four , making the All-Tournament Team. She also earned West Coast Offensive Player of The Year awards in 1992 and 1994, and was a three-time NSCAA All-American as well as a three-time finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.Tiffeny has accumulated 206 caps with the National Team and has scored 100 goals. In 2001 and 2002, she was the Chevrolet Player of the Year for US Soccer . She is in the top five all-time in the United States national soccer team in three offensive categories: caps, goals and points (261). In 1996, she became a starter for the team that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal in Atlanta and she scored the game winning goal in the gold medal game against China. In 1999, she was the goal leader on the USA team that won the World Cup, and in 2000 she helped the team capture a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She was named the CONCACAF Offensive Player of The Year that same year . Tiffeny was selected to the 2009 WPS All-Star Team and she appeared in 19 games, starting 14 for the Pride in 2009. She scored 4 goals and made one assist in the team’s inaugural campaign.|
|Alex Morgan (Western NY Flash)Alex closed her college soccer career at the University of California the same manner in which she began it – as the teams’ leading scorer . Alex concluded her four years in Berkeley tied for the third all-time scorer in California history with 45 goals and in sole possession of third place in terms of points 107. She capped off her career with her first-ever NSCAA All-American honors, collecting first-team placement. A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, the Diamond Bar , Calif., native earned first-team conference laurels in 2010 and 2009 and was a player of the year candidate in both seasons. A two-time member of the watch list for the Hermann Trophy – the most prestigious award in women’s soccer – Alex became the first California player to ever be named one of the top-three finalists. The 5-7 forward was also one of four finalists for the Honda Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport. Morgan garnered key international experience during the fall of her sophomore season of 2008, scoring the eventual game-winner to help the U.S. under-20 national team to gold medals at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on Dec. 7. The game-winner was her fourth goal of the tournament and won the Silver Ball as the tournament’s second-best player and the Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer . Equally talented on the pitch as she is in the classroom, she was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District team. She graduated in December 2010, a full semester early thanks to her dedication in the offseason and summer , with a degree in political economy. She has been lauded for her studies as a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.|
|Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)Alyssa played her college ball at Penn State University (PSU) from 2006-2009. She was on the 2009 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list and she was a 3 time NSCAA First Team Al-American (2007, 2008, 2009). While at PSU, Alyssa was also a 2 time Soccer Buzz First-Team All-American (2007, 2008). In 2007 and 2009, she was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and in 2006 she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team. Alyssa was named to the January 2001 U.S. Women’s National Team training camp for the Four Nations Tournament. Alyssa earned the Golden Clove at the U-20 Women’s World Cup help in Chili where the team won Gold. She was also a member of the U-16 and U-17 USWNT as well. In her youth, Alyssa was a top five recruit nationally according to Soccer Buzz and was the highest ranked goalkeeper in the country. She was a Parade All-American and 2 time NSCAA Youth All-American. Alyssa was selected in the first round (11th overall) by the Boston Breakers in the 2010 WPS Draft. She made her WPS debut on April 25th in a 1-1 tie at Saint Louis Athletica. Alyssa finished the 2010 season with leading all WPS rookies in saves (69) fourth best in the WPS.|
|Casey Nogueira (NJ Sky Blue)Casey played at University of North Carolina. In her four seasons she accumulated 55 goals, 29 assists and 139 points for the Tar Heels. Casey was a part of three College Cup Championship teams and four ACC Tournament Championship squads. In 2008 as a junior , she put together her best individual season with a career-high 25 goals and 103 points. That year she won the Mary Garber Award as the ACC Female Athlete of the Year and was the consensus National Player of the Year in women’s soccer , winning the Honda Soccer Award, Soccer America Player of the Year , Soccer Buzz Player of the Year and national awards from Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer News Network. Casey was selected to play with the U.S. Women’s National Team in the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal. She earned her first international cap during a 1-1 draw against England on Jan. 28, 2007. Casey was a member of the U.S. U-23 National Team in 2009. She played with the U-20 National Teams that competed in the 2006 U-20 World Championship in Russia, the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil, and the 2008 CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the U-20 World Championship in November 2008 in Chile. Casey played for Needham
Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C., earning a state championship one year and a state runner-up finish on another campaign. Casey was selected in the first round of the 2010 WPS Draft by Los Angeles Sol. Following the dissolution of the Sol, Casey was selected by the Red Stars in the first round of the 2010 Dispersal draft (fourth overall). In her rookie
season, she tied for the Red Stars team lead with four assists and tied for second on the squad with three goals.
|Heather O’Reilly (NJ Sky Blue)Heather played her college ball at the University of North Carolina. She captured two NCAA College Cup Championships (2003 & 2006). Heather was named the College Cup Offensive MVP in both 2003 and 2006. She was named the 2006 Soccer America Women’s College Player of the Year and ESPN the Magazine All-Academic Player of the Year as a senior at UNC. Heather also won the NCAA Top VIII Award, given to NCAA athletes based on athletic and academic achievements. In 2002, while still in high school, Heather was named to the U.S. national team. O’Reilly made her first appearance with the United States women’s national soccer team on 1 March 2002 against Sweden. After recovering from a broken fibula from a match a year before, Heather made the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where they defeated Brazil for the gold medal. In the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, O’Reilly was a member of the team who took the bronze medal and later she was nominated as Sports Illustrated’s 2007 Sportsman of the Year . Heather was also a part of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing where the team defeated heavy favorite Brazil to win the gold medal. In her senior year she was named Parade All-American and the Parade National Player of the Year . In 2002 she was named the Gatorade High School National Player of the Year and the National Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year . Heather was allocated to Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer on 16 September 2008. She appeared in 17 matches as
co-captain in the 2009 inaugural season, leading Sky Blue to an unexpected playoff berth. In the championship 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer Playoffs game against Los Angeles, she scored the only goal to guide Sky Blue the WPS Championship.
|Elli Reed (Boston Breakers)Elli played her college ball at Portland University. While playing with the Pilots in 2009 she was an Academic All-District VIII Third Team and a NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Second Team. In 2008, Elli was training and playing with the U20 U.S. Women’s national team but was still a Soccer Buzz All-West Region third Team, WCC All-Academic team, and was named the Portland Nike Invitational Most Outstanding Offensive Player . In 2007 Elli earned Soccer Buzz Freshmen All-America, Soccer Buzz All-West Region Freshmen Team and All-WCC Freshman Team honors. Elli was a member of the U.S. Under-20 National team in 2008 that ended up winning the World Cup Championship in Chile. She also was a member of the Under-17 National Team and in the Under-16 player pool. Elli is currently a member of the U-23 U.S. National Team. In her youth, Elli was a 2007 Parade Magazine All-American and a NSCAA All-American. While attending Park City, Utah High School, she was also a four-time first team all-state selection at the 3A level and helped the program to state championships in 2004 and 2005. Elli was drafted by Western NY Flash in the first round of the 2011 WPS Draft.|
|Ali Riley (Western NY Flash)As Co-Captain of her team in 2009, Ali helped lead the Stanford to one of the program’s best years, posting a 25-1 record, while going undefeated in conference play and reaching the NCAA College Cup Finals for the first time in school history. In 2009, she earned All- American honors from the NSCAA, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America and was recognized as the PAC 10 Scholar Athlete her senior year. Ali has 29 caps with the New Zealand national team and she represented New Zealand in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China . Ali also played in the U-20 World Cup qualifying in Samoa in 2006 and at U-20 world championships in Russia . She was named the New Zealand International Women’s Player of the Year and the Nike International Young Women’s Player of the Year in 2006 and 2008. Ali played her club ball at competed for the Westside Breakers Soccer Club and SoCal United. Ali was the WPS Rookie of the Year (2010) while playing for FC Gold Pride.|
|Leigh Ann Robinson (Philadelphia Independence) Leigh Ann played her college ball for the University of San Diego Toreros where she was named to the West Coast Conference (WCC) first team in both her junior and senior years. In 2006, she led her team in scoring, putting away nine goals, including two decisive game winners. As a sophomore, was named second-team All-WCC. Leigh Ann played for the 2003 National Champion San Diego Surf as well as the 2001 Surf team that was Regional Finalists. She completed her prep career at Mt. Carmel High School earning All-North County and First team Avocado League honors her junior and senior seasons. Leigh Ann was named Second Team North County and First Team Palomar League her sophomore season and found early success as a freshman, as she was named Second Team Palomar League while winning the CIF San Diego section championship. Leigh Ann played for the FC Gold Pride, starting in 15 out of 20 games in 2009. She was selected by the Atlanta Beat with the first pick in the 2009 Expansion Draft. While with the ATL Beat she started 21 out of 24 games logging the most minutes any player on the team.|
|Katie Schoepfer (Boston Breakers)Katie starred at Penn State University from 2006-2009. While at PSU she was a first team NSCAA Scholar All-American, a First Team NSCAA Scholar All-American, a Second Team NSCAA All-American, and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year all as a senior (’09). Katie was also a Big ten All-Conference player (’07-’09), a Third team NSCAA All-American as a sophomore (’07), and a Big Ten All Freshman Team (’06). Katie has been a member of the U.S. U-23 National Team since 2008 and she scored game-winning goal in the championship match vs. England as a player on the U.S. Under-17 national team in Ireland. Before Penn State, Katie was a Soccer Buzz top 50 recruit, the Gatorade and NSCAA Girls Soccer Player of the Year for Connecticut a High school and NSCAA youth All-American. Katie is The Connecticut state record holder for goals with 157 and second with assists with 47. She was named Player of the Year by the Hartford Courant and led her school to four straight Eastern Connecticut Conference championships. She also scored four of her team’s nine goals while on the Under-17 Adidas All-Star team that toured Europe through the Olympic Development Program.|
|Christine Sinclair (Western NY Flash)Christine starred at the University of Portland winning the MAC Hermann trophy in back-to-back years (2004, 2005). She helped the Pilots win NCAA titles in 2002 and 2005. She was named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America magazine, and was a consensus All-America selection. Christine has spent ten years with the Canadian National Team participating in two World Cups in 2007 and 2003 and one Olympic Games in 2008. She is Canada’s all-time leading caps and goal scorer (101) and won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot in helping Canada to the silver medal at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. She is the reigning, six-time(2006-2010) Canadian Soccer Association Player of the Year. Was honored by FIFA as a nominee for World Player of the Year four times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Christine, during her youth club days, went on to lead her club teams to six league title, five provincial titles, and two top-five national finishes, as well as leading her high school team to three league championships. While playing in the WPS, Christine played for the FC Gold Pride in 2009 and in 2010 where she led the team to the 2010 WPS Championship.|
|Kacey White (Atlanta Beat) Kacey played her college ball at University of North Carolina and was a four-year letter winner for the Tar Heels. In 2002, Kacey played in 22 matches, as she helped lead the Tar Heels to the finals in the ACC Tournament, where she tallied three goals. As a Tar Heel, Kacey was named first-team All-ACC and Soccer Post named her second-team All-America and she led her team to a victory in the National Championship game in 2003. The Tar Heels were ACC Champions in 2002, 2004 and 2005 and Kacey was named to the All-ACC Team in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and in 2005, she was honored as ACC Tournament MVP in 2005. Kacey was an All-American Selection during her 2004 and 2005 campaign and she also received honorable mention and third-team All-America by Soccer Buzz. Kacey was recognized for her academic success when she was named to the 2005 ACC Academic Honor Roll and a member of the UNC Dean’s List. Kacey participated in the U.S. National team residency program in 2007 and 2008. She was named an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team. Kacey traveled with the USWNT to South Korea for the 2006 Peace Queen Cup. She also played for the U.S. U-21’s at the 2004 Nordic Cup and she
was a member of the U-19 player pool in 2001-2002. Kacey was drafted by Sky Blue in 2008 by NJ Sky Blue of the WPS.
|Allison Whitworth (Atlanta Beat)Whitworth played for Auburn University from 2005-2008 where she tended goal for the Tigers in 73 games during her collegiate career while holding opponents to a 1.13 goals against average, shutting out opponents in 22 games. In her final season at Auburn, Whitworth collected a school-record 132 saves in 23 games giving her an Auburn-best 356 stops in her collegiate career . She was recognized as the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Scholar Athlete of the Year and named to the All-SEC first team. In 1997 Whitworth tied the school record by making 102 saves during the season and was named to the All-SEC second team. She earned the starting job her sophomore year at Auburn, earning Academic All-SEC honors, second team NSCAA Scholar All-Region and SEC Player of the Week twice during the season. Allison graduated from Briarwood Christian High School where she was the state tournament MVP in 2002. In 2009, Allison was selected by FC Gold Pride in the eighth round, 54th overall in the WPS Draft. In 2010, Allison was traded to the Atlanta Beat by FC Gold Pride.|
|Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)Keelin played her college ball at Portland University. In 2009, she was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Team, WCC All-Academic Team, All-WCC Second Team while started in all 23 games for the Pilots. In 2008, Keelin missed several games while training and playing for the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team but still received All-WCC honorable mention. In 2007, Keelin was a Soccer Buzz First Team Freshmen All-America, WCC Freshman of the Year , Soccer Buzz All-West Region Second Team, All-WCC Second Team, and shed was named Nike Portland Invitational Defensive MVP. Keelin is currently on the USA U-23 National Team (2009-). She was also a member and captain of the USA Under-20 National Team that won the 2008 World Cup title in Chile. While playing high school soccer at Regis Jesuit High School she was the team MVP all four years and earned first team all-state honors in 2007 and 2006 and all-state honorable mention in 2005. Keelin also played for Mustang Blast from 2001-2004 and helped the team to the 2004 USYS National Championship. Keelin was drafted by the Boston Breakers in the first round of the 2011 WPS Draft.|
|McCall Zerboni (Western NY Flash)McCall played her college ball at UCLA where she was named MVP for the 2008 season. McCall scored a goal in her first collegiate match at UCLA, a 3-0 opening day victory over Long Beach State in 2005. She became the 16th player in UCLA history to register a hat trick in a 5-0 victory over Fresno State in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. McCall was a member of the 2003 Under-17 U.S. Women’s National Team. In youth soccer , McCall was ranked as the No. 17 overall recruit and fifth best midfielder in the nation by Student Sports Magazine. She was the 2005 Gatorade Player of the Year and a member of the ODP State and Region IV teams. McCall was drafted by the Los Angeles Sol as the 47th pick overall in the 2009 WPS Draft. In her first season with the Sol, she earned four starts with 10 appearances, tallying both a goal and an assist. The team ended up winning the regular season WPS Championship while losing to Sky Blue in the Finals. McCall signed with the Atlanta Beat as a free agent in 2010. While in ATL she started 15 out of 20 games.|