Alyssa Naeher

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Alyssa Naeher
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Naeher with the USWNT in June 2018.
Personal information
Full nameAlyssa Michele Naeher
Date of birth (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 31)
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 57 (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 56 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of April 13, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 6, 2019

Alyssa Michele Naeher (born April 20, 1988) is an American soccer goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women's national soccer team. She was on the 23-player roster for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and she was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Association football Team field sport

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Goalkeeper (association football) position in association football

The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.

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

The Chicago Red Stars is a women's professional soccer club based in Chicago, Illinois, who compete in the National Women's Soccer League and play their home games in SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, and played in the league in 2009 and 2010. After leaving the WPS in December 2010, due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team co-founded and competed in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the single year this league existed. In the fall of 2012 the Red Stars with the Boston Breakers and US Soccer, attracted 6 other teams and founded the National Women's Soccer League. Since 2013 the team has been competing in the National Women's Soccer League. From 2015-2019 the Chicago Red Stars have made the playoffs of the NWSL and are the first and only team to do so for five consecutive years.

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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.

Basketball Team sport

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Penn State University

Naeher attended Penn State from 2006–2009, she started 74 games during that span with a record of 50-19-5 with 24 shutouts. She was a First Team All-American in 2007 and 2008 and was named the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. [2]

Penn State Nittany Lions intercollegiate sports teams of Penn State University

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Club career

Boston Breakers (WPS), 2010–2011

Naeher was selected by the Boston Breakers with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer draft, she was the first goalkeeper selected in the 2010 WPS draft. [3] Naeher recorded her first career shutout on August 4, 2010 against the Atlanta Beat. [4] The Breakers finished second in the WPS standings but lost the Super Semifinal to the Philadelphia Independence.

Womens Professional Soccer defunct soccer league and highest level of womens soccer in the United States

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.

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.

Philadelphia Independence

The Philadelphia Independence was an American professional soccer club that was based in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania. The team joined Women's Professional Soccer as an expansion team in 2010 and played its home games at West Chester University's John A. Farrell Stadium. The team played at Widener University's Leslie Quick Stadium in 2011. The Women's Professional Soccer league folded on May 18, 2012, after an earlier announcement that the 2012 season would be suspended.

Turbine Potsdam, 2011–2013

After the 2011 WPS season concluded, Naeher transferred to German Bundesliga club Turbine Potsdam. [5] She appeared in 24 matches across all competitions in the 2011/2012 season for Potsdam as they won the 2011–12 Frauen-Bundesliga. [6] Naeher returned to Potsdam for the 2012/2013 season after the 2012 WPS season was suspended. [7]

The 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season is the third season for the WPS, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The season started with the opening match on April 9, with the 2011 WPS Championship scheduled for the weekend of August 27–28.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

1. FFC Turbine Potsdam German womens association football club

1. Frauenfußballclub Turbine Potsdam 71 e. V., commonly known as 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, is a women's football club located in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany. They are one of the most successful teams in Germany. The team plays in the Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion in the Babelsberg district of Potsdam.

Boston Breakers, 2013–2015

In May 2013, Naeher signed with the Boston Breakers in the newly formed National Women's Soccer League, returning to the United States after playing two years in Germany. [8]

The Boston Breakers was 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.

National Womens Soccer League Professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league owned by the teams, and under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of three expansion teams in Houston (2014), Orlando (2016), Salt Lake City (2018) and the loss of FC Kansas City and Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

In the 2014 National Women's Soccer League season Naeher played every minute of the season for Boston and won the Goalkeeper of the Year award as she recorded a record 106 saves in 24 games.

On November 22, 2015 Naeher was traded from the Boston Breakers to the Chicago Red Stars for defender Whitney Engen. [9]

Chicago Red Stars, 2015–present

Naeher had a strong start to the 2016 NWSL season in Chicago as she was named Player of the Month for May as she posted three shutouts and only allowed one goal in four games during the month. [10]

Naeher was named Player of the Week in week 6 of the 2018 season by the NWSL Media Association, she was also named to the Team of the Month in June 2018. [11]

On August 18, 2018 Naeher earned her 100th NWSL cap in a 2–2 draw against the Portland Thorns. [12]

International career

Alyssa Naeher with the USWNT in June 2016. Alyssa Naeher Cleveland.jpg
Alyssa Naeher with the USWNT in June 2016.

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. She started and played in all but one game during the tournament. She only conceded one goal throughout the World Cup, which was to North Korea, during the final minutes of the Championship game. She was awarded the Golden Glove Award as the best goalkeeper in the Tournament.

On December 18, 2014, Naeher made her first appearance and start for the United States Women's National team in a 7–0 win over Argentina in the International Tournament of Brazil. She played the full 90 minutes and earned her first career shutout.

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 as Solo played every minute in goal as the United States won the 2015 World Cup. [13]

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' loss at 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. [14]

Naeher was the number one goalkeeper for the United States at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship she played in four out of the five matches and earned four shutouts. The U.S won their second consecutive CONCACAF Championship with a 2–0 win over Canada. [15]

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

On May 2, 2019 Naeher was named to the United States roster for the 2019 World Cup, this would be her second World Cup. Naeher would be entering the tournament as the U.S number one goalkeeper. [16] When Naeher started the team's first group game on June 11, it was the first time in over two decades that neither Hope Solo nor Brianna Scurry were in goal for the U.S at a World Cup. [17] Naeher recorded three consecutive shutouts in the group stage as the U.S won 13–0 over Thailand, 3–0 over Chile and 2–0 Sweden.

In the knockout round, Naeher made four saves against France in the quarterfinals to help the team preserve a 2–1 victory over the host nation. [18] In the semifinals Naeher had a fantastic game as she not only made three big saves, but she stopped Steph Houghton's penalty kick in the 83rd minute to help the United States to a 2–1 victory over England. [19] In Sunday's final, Naeher posted one save to culminate in a shutout over the Netherlands in the U.S.'s 2-0 victory, resulting in the team successfully repeating as World Cup champions. Naeher played every minute of the United States’ successful 2019 World Cup run.

Career statistics

World Cup Appearances

MatchDateLocationOpponentLineupResultCompetition
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
1
2019-06-11 [20] Reims, France Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Start13–0 W Group stage
2
2019-06-13 [21] Paris, France Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Start3–0 W Group stage
3
2019-06-20 [22] Le Havre, France Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Start2–0 W Group stage
4
2019-06-24 [23] Reims, FranceFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Start2–1 W Round of 16
5
2019-06-28 [24] Paris, FranceFlag of France.svg  France Start2–1 W Quarter-final
6
2019-07-02 [25] Décines-Charpieu, France Flag of England.svg  England Start2–1 W Semi-final
7
2019-07-07 [26] Lyon, France Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Start2–0 W Final

Personal life

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. She is of German, English, and French Canadian ancestry. [27] Naeher is a Christian. [28] [29]

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. [30]

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. [31] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. [32] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. [33]

Honors

International

Personal

See also

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