Alyssa Naeher

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Alyssa Naeher
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Naeher with the United States women's national soccer team in June 2016
Personal information
Full nameAlyssa Michele Naeher
Date of birth (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 1
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2009 Penn State Nittany Lions 88 (0)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008 SoccerPlus Connecticut (0)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 36 (0)
2011–2013 Turbine Potsdam 39 (0)
2013–2015 Boston Breakers 45 (0)
2016– Chicago Red Stars 52 (0)
National team
2004 United States U-16
2005 United States U-17
2007–2008 United States U-20
2009–2011 United States U-23
2014– United States 39
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of July 28, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 18, 2019

Alyssa Michele Naeher (born April 20, 1988) is an American soccer player. She is a goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She was on the 23-player roster for the United States women's national soccer team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

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Chicago Red Stars soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Early life

Naeher attended Christian Heritage School, where she was a standout player in soccer. She was a three-time All-State and three-time FAA All-Conference selection. In addition to this, she was a Parade All-American and two-time NSCAA Youth All-American. Naeher also was a star basketball player scoring over 2,000 points during her career. [1]

Christian Heritage School is a private, non-denominational, college preparatory kindergarten through 12th grade Christian school that was founded in Trumbull, Connecticut in 1977. It enrolls about 450 students. Founded as an independent Christian school, it is not affiliated with a particular church or denomination. There are approximately 90 local churches from 36 surrounding towns represented in the student body. The elementary and high schools share a building. There are separate wings for elementary, middle, and high school. There are three additional buildings that serve as high school classrooms, an art studio, and a student life center. There are also four faculty residences on campus.

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Penn State University

As the starting goalkeeper for the Penn State women's soccer team from 2006–2009, Naeher started all games that she played in during her career at Penn State.

Penn State Nittany Lions intercollegiate sports teams of Penn State University

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Club career

Naeher was selected by the Boston Breakers as the 11th overall pick (First round) in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer draft. She was the first goalkeeper selected in the 2010 WPS draft. [2] She recorded her first career shutout August 4, 2010 against the Atlanta Beat. [3] During the off-season after the 2011 WPS season she transferred to German Bundesliga champion Turbine Potsdam. [4] Her contract expired in December, but she subsequently returned to Turbine after the 2012 WPS season was suspended. [5]

Atlanta Beat (WPS) amateur soccer team, former Womens Professional Soccer franchise

The Atlanta Beat is an American soccer club based in Atlanta, Georgia that formerly competed on a professional level. The team joined Women's Professional Soccer as an expansion team in 2010, and played its home games at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium, the result of a public-private partnership between the team and Kennesaw State University. The club took the name and logo of the former Atlanta Beat (WUSA) of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association.

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In May 2013, Naeher signed with the Boston Breakers, as she returned to the United States after playing two years in the Bundesliga. [6]

Boston Breakers soccer club and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Boston Breakers were an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.

Naeher won the Goalkeeper of the Year accolade in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League season for her record 106 saves in 24 games.

The 2014 National Women's Soccer League season is the second season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this is the eighth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

On November 22, 2015 Naeher was traded from the Boston Breakers to the Chicago Red Stars for defender Whitney Engen. [7] Naeher was named Player of the Month for May 2016. [8] Through the 2016 and 2017 seasons she amassed 35 appearances for the Red Stars. [9]

Naeher was named Player of the Week in week 6 of the 2018 season by the NWSL Media Association. [10]

International career

Naeher was a member of the United States U-20 women's national soccer team that played at the 2007 Pan-American Games, where they finished runners-up to the full Brazilian national team.

In 2008, Naeher was the starting goalkeeper for the U-20 squad that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, starting and playing in all but one game during the tournament. She only conceded one goal throughout the competition to North Korea, during the dying minutes of the final game. She was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the Cup.

Naeher was on the roster for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada as a backup for Hope Solo, but did not play.

In July 2016, Naeher was named to the United States Women's Soccer Team roster for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Since the United States's loss in the 2016 Summer Olympics Naeher has become the USWNT's number one goalkeeper, taking over the spot that had been held by Hope Solo for years. [11]

Personal

Naeher is the daughter of John and Donna Lynn Naeher. She has a twin sister named Amanda who played soccer for Messiah College and a younger sister named Abigail. [12]

Video Games

Naeher was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16 , the first time women players were included in the game. [13]

Ticker Tape Parade and White House Honor

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Naeher and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker tape parade in New York City. [14] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. [15] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. [16]

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International

Personal

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  2. "Breakers Acquire Penn State Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher". womensprosoccer.com. January 15, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2011.[ permanent dead link ]
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