Allie Long

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Allie Long
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Long with the Portland Thorns in May 2013
Personal information
Full nameAlexandra Linsley Long Batista
Date of birth (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Northport, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reign FC
Number 6
Youth career
Northport Cow Harbor Mustangs
Albertson Express
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005–2006 Penn State Nittany Lions
2007–2008 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Long Island Fury
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 39 (4)
2011 Sky Blue FC 18 (3)
2011–2012 Paris Saint-Germain 12 (4)
2012 New York Fury (1)
2013–2017 Portland Thorns FC 102 (30)
2018– Reign FC 22 (3)
National team
United States U-20
2007–2010 United States U-21
2014– United States 50 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of April 21, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 6, 2019

Alexandra "Allie" Linsley Long (born August 13, 1987) is an American soccer midfielder currently playing for the Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. She made her debut for the national team on May 8, 2014, in a friendly against Canada. [1] She has since made 45 total appearances for the team.

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Long played college soccer for the Penn State Nittany Lions for the 2005 and 2006 seasons before transferring to the University of North Carolina to play for the Tar Heels. Long was a member of the Tar Heels team that won the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament in 2008. Professionally, Long has played for the Washington Freedom and Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer, Paris Saint-Germain of Division 1 Féminine in France, and the New York Fury of Women's Premier Soccer League Elite. She played for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League from 2013 to 2017.

Penn State Nittany Lions intercollegiate sports teams of Penn State University

The Penn State Nittany Lions are the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University, except for the women's basketball team, known as the Lady Lions. The school colors are navy blue and white. The school mascot is the Nittany Lion. The intercollegiate athletics logo was commissioned in 1983.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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North Carolina Tar Heels womens soccer

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Early life

Born in Huntington, New York to Barbara and James Long, Allie was raised with her younger brother Patrick. She started playing soccer for the Northport Cow Harbor Mustangs of the Long Island Junior Soccer League. She then played with the Albertson Soccer Club, where she won four consecutive State Open Cup titles. Long was a member of the Olympic Development Program of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association for five years and Region 1 ODP for four years. [2]

Huntington, New York Town in New York, United States

The Town of Huntington is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Founded in 1653, it is located on the north shore of Long Island in northwestern Suffolk County, with Long Island Sound to its north and Nassau County adjacent to the west. Huntington is part of the New York metropolitan area. As of the United States 2010 Census, the town population was 203,264.

Long attended Northport High School from 2001 to 2005, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Long helped her high school team go undefeated in the regular season for all four years. In 2005, Northport advanced to the Long Island semifinals. Long was named to the All-State first team and All-County team all four years at Northport. After her junior and senior year, she was Newsday's Player of the Year and Suffolk County Player of the Year. Long also made the All-Long Island Team for her last two years at Northport. [3]

Northport High School is a four-year secondary school in East Northport, New York, that serves as the high school for the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District which is composed of Northport, Eatons Neck, Asharoken and much of East Northport, all located in the Town of Huntington. Northport High School is home to over 2,000 students and 270 staff members and offers the International Baccalaureate program, two National Academy programs, Project Lead the Way, Project P.A.T.C.H. and more than 20 Advanced Placement courses. The school's athletic teams are known as the Tigers.

Pennsylvania State University, 2005–2006

Long attended Pennsylvania State University from 2005–2006. During her freshman year in 2005, she appeared in all 25 games, starting 22. After starting the first game, she entered the starting lineup permanently in the fifth game of the season, remaining there for the balance of the Lions' 23–0–2 season. She scored four goals on 58 shots and had six assists for the season. Long was a 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Third-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and was named to the Soccer Buzz second-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region, Soccer Buzz second-team freshman All-America squad, and was tapped for the Soccer Buzz 2005 Freshman All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team. She was also named to the second-team All-Big Ten squad and the All-Tournament Team at the 2005 Big Ten Tournament and earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors. [3]

Pennsylvania State University Public university with multiple campuses in Pennsylvania, United States

The Pennsylvania State University is a state-related, land-grant, doctoral university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855 as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania, and later known as the University of State College, Penn State conducts teaching, research, and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Its University Park campus, the flagship campus, lies within the Borough of State College and College Township. It has two law schools: Penn State Law, on the school's University Park campus, and Dickinson Law, located in Carlisle, 90 miles south of State College. The College of Medicine is located in Hershey. Penn State has another 19 commonwealth campuses and 5 special mission campuses located across the state. Penn State has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.

During her second year in 2006, Long scored six goals and added four assists for the Nittany Lions. Allie started all 21 games that she played in after missing the first five games while playing for the United States in the U-20 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. She scored her first goal of the season September 24 against Michigan. She also recorded a goal and an assist in the game at Iowa on September 29 and against Northwestern on October 22. Long scored the game-winning goal against Minnesota on October 13 and against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament on November 5. She was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. She was the Big Ten's offensive player of the week on October 23, 2006. She was a 2006 Soccer Buzz first-team all-region selection and was selected for the Academic All-Big Ten Team. [3]

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007–2008

During her junior year in 2007, Long transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She appeared in all 24 games, starting in 22. Long scored five goals during the season. She picked up her first two goals as a Tar Heel against Yale for her only multiple goal game of the season, for which she was named to Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer National Teams of the Week. She was also on the watchlist for the Hermann Trophy. [3]

Club career

Long Island Fury

Long played with the Long Island Fury in the Women's Premier Soccer League under head coach Paul Riley during summers between college seasons. [4]

Washington Freedom, 2009–2010

On January 16, 2009, Long was selected seventh overall in the first round of the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Draft by the Washington Freedom for the inaugural 2009 WPS season. [5] She made her first appearance for the team on March 29, 2009 in a match against the Los Angeles Sol. During the 2009 regular season, Long made 18 appearances for the Freedom, helping the team finish third in the WPS. [6] [7] She also made two goals during the regular season. The Freedom faced Sky Blue FC in the first round of the playoffs on August 15 and were defeated 2–1, ending their advancement in the postseason tournament. [7] Long remained with the Washington Freedom for the 2010 WPS season. Long scored the lone goal in the team's opening game of the season on April 10 against the Boston Breakers. She went on to make 21 appearances for the Freedom in the regular season and scored two goals. [7] The Freedom finished fourth in the WPS after the regular season but were defeated by the Philadelphia Independence in the first round of the playoffs on September 19. [8]

Sky Blue FC, 2011

Long wins the ball from Christine Sinclair during a match between Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash on July 30, 2011. Allie Long 2.jpg
Long wins the ball from Christine Sinclair during a match between Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash on July 30, 2011.

Following the 2010 season, Long became a free agent and was subsequently signed by Sky Blue FC in November 2010. [9] [10] Jim Gabarra, the head coach of Sky Blue, stated that "Allie has been establishing herself as a prominent player in this league" and that he expected her to "continue developing and helping our team to be successful." [10] She made her first appearance for Sky Blue on April 10, 2011 in a match against Philadelphia Independence. Following the match, Long was named the WPS Player of the Week. [11] Long made 18 appearances for Sky Blue in the regular season and scored three goals, two of those on penalty kicks. [7] Sky Blue finished fifth in the WPS after the regular season and did not advance to the playoffs. [12]

Paris Saint-Germain, 2011–2012

Immediately following the 2011 WPS season, Long played for Paris Saint-Germain in the Division 1 Féminine in France for the 2011–2012 season, which ran from September to June. [13] She first made an appearance for the team on October 16, 2011 in a match against FF Yzeure Allier Auvergne. She made 12 appearances for the team, starting nine, and scored four goals. Her last appearance for the team was on March 25, 2012. [14]

New York Fury, 2012

On January 30, 2012, it was announced that the 2012 WPS season would be suspended following legal and financial challenges. [15] Although the league was intended to resume for the 2013 season, it officially folded in May. [16] In April 2012, Long signed with the New York Fury in the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, a semi-professional soccer league created by the WPSL in response to the suspension of the WPS. [17] [18] The Fury finished third in the league and qualified for the playoffs. [19] The Fury faced the Western New York Flash on July 25, 2012 in the semifinals. Long scored the Fury's lone goal of the match and the team was defeated 2–1. [20]

Portland Thorns FC, 2013–2017

Long with the United States women's national team before a match against Japan on June 5, 2016 Allie Long Cleveland.jpg
Long with the United States women's national team before a match against Japan on June 5, 2016

On January 17, 2013, it was revealed that Long had signed with the Portland Thorns FC of the newly formed National Women's Soccer League for the 2013 season. [21] Following the American season, Long agreed to an off-season loan to Chelsea Ladies. She traveled to Japan for the English team's International Women's Club Championship campaign. Long became one of Portland's top players over the years, scoring the most goals in the 2015 season and leading the team to the title in 2013, the semifinal in 2014 and 2016, and the title again in 2017. [22] At the end of the Thorns' 2017 season, she had the most appearances for the team over its five seasons and was its second-leading scorer, one goal behind captain Christine Sinclair.

Reign FC, 2018–present

On January 11, 2018, Long was traded to the Reign FC in exchange for Australian international forward Caitlin Foord and a 2020 NWSL 2nd Round draft pick. [23]

Long appeared in 19 regular season games for Seattle in 2018 and scored three goals. [24] She missed the last 3 games of the regular season due to a knee injury but returned to the lineup for Seattle's semi-final match against her former team, the Portland Thorns. Seattle lost to Portland, 2–1. [25]

Futsal

For several years during her professional career, Long has played indoor soccer, futsal, in Queens and Brooklyn, New York City. She plays in high-school gymnasiums on highly-competitive men's teams for prize money. She is a favorite with spectators, mostly Latinos, who call her "la rubia" (blondie) and "la blanquita" (little white girl). She was introduced to futsal by her boyfriend and later husband, Jose Batista, formerly a professional soccer player and a futsal player. [26]

International career

Long represented the United States on the U-20 and U-23 national teams and was a member of the 2006 U-20 Women's World Championship team. She was called up to the full national team in July 2010.

On May 8, 2014 Long made her international debut for the United States senior women's team against Canada in a friendly match at Winnipeg; entering the match at the 68th minute. [27] She scored her first and second goals in a friendly against Colombia on April 6, 2016, in East Hartford at Renschler Field.

Long was on the U.S. national team at the 2016 Olympics, starting in three of the four matches the U.S. team played. [28]

After the Olympics and into early 2017, USWNT coach Jill Ellis experimented with different formations and Long started several matches playing centre-back as part of a three back. [29] After having mixed results with the three back, Ellis shifted back to a traditional four back and Long moved back to her normal midfield position. [30]

Following the Olympics, Long remained on the bubble of the senior team roster while coach Jill Ellis experimented with new talent. Long was named to the provisional roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship but was not named to the final 20-player roster. [31] In November 2018, Long was included in the roster for a set of friendlies in Europe in November 2018, making an appearance off the bench in the team's match against Scotland. In 2019, she was not included in the 26-player training camp in January, [32] and in February was named to the pre-tournament training camp but not the final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup. [33] Long made appearances off the bench in both April 2019 friendlies for the USWNT against Australia and Belgium.

In May 2019, Long was named to the final roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, marking her first senior World Cup appearance. [34]

International goals

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
LocationGeographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
LineupStart – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
( c ) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Goal in matchGoal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
#NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
MinThe minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/passThe ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pkGoal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
ScoreThe match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
ResultThe final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aetThe score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

GoalDateLocationOpponentLineupMinAssistScoreResultCompetition
1
2016-04-06 [m 1] East Hartford Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Start32 Lindsey Horan 2–07–0 Friendly
2
65 Julie Johnston 6–0
3
2016-09-18 [m 2] Atlanta Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Start77 Carli Lloyd 3–13–1
4
2017-04-06 [m 3] Frisco Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Start18 Rose Lavelle 2–04–0
5
70 Mallory Pugh 4–0
6
2017-10-22 [m 4] Cary Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea on 46' (off Mewis)83 Lindsey Horan 6–06–0
7
2019-08-29 [35] Philadelphia Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal on 46' (off Brian)82 Carli Lloyd 4–04–0

Honors and awards

Individual

Team

with North Carolina Tar Heels
with Portland Thorns

International

Personal life

In late October 2016, Long married longtime boyfriend Jose Batista. Teammates Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath were Long's maids of honor at the wedding. [37]

See also

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