Casey Murphy

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Casey Murphy
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Personal information
Full nameCasey Grace Murphy
Date of birth (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Reign FC
Number 26
Youth career
PDA Slammers
College career
2014–2017 Rutgers 67 (0)
Senior career*
2018–2019 Montpellier 29 (0)
2019– Reign FC 7 (0)
National team
2015–2016 United States U20 12 (0)
2017– United States U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of July 14, 2019

Casey Murphy (born April 25, 1996) is an American professional soccer player who plays goalkeeper for Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League. She was a starter for the United States Under 20 Women's National Team during the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and has been a regular for the US U-23 WNT, she was also a standout GK at Rutgers University. [1] [2]

Association football Team field sport

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Goalkeeper (association football) position in association football

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Reign FC soccer club and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Tacoma, Washington, USA

Reign FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Tacoma, Washington. Founded in 2012 as Seattle Reign FC, it was one of eight inaugural members of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Laura Harvey was the team's first head coach and led the team to two consecutive NWSL Shield wins in 2014 and 2015. Vlatko Andonovski, who won two consecutive NWSL Championships with FC Kansas City over the Reign, is the current head coach.


She signed with Montpellier in January 2018. [3]

Early life

Murphy is the daughter of Michael and Jill Murphy and has a brother named Kyle. She first started playing soccer at the age of five. At around the age of 10, she started to play only as a goalkeeper. Raised in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, Murphy attended and played soccer and basketball for Bridgewater-Raritan High School. [4] She also trained with the PDA Slammers, part of the Elite Clubs National League. Murphy was the No. 18 overall player in New Jersey and was a four-star recruit. In 2014, she chose to attend Rutgers University. [5]

Bridgewater Township, New Jersey Township in New Jersey

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Bridgewater-Raritan High School

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 2014–2017

Murphy played for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from 2014–2017. [2] She redshirted her final year to compete in the U-20 FIFA World Cup. Murphy earned the Female Big Ten Medal of Honor in May 2018. [6] Throughout her career, she earned several accolades and distinctions, including twice the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, twice an All-Big Ten First Team selection, and twice an All-Region First Team honoree. [7] Murphy was also named a 2017 Mac Hermann Trophy Semifinalist. [6] With 45 clean sheets in her college career, Murphy is Rutgers' all-time leader for career shutouts and ranks second in Big Ten history. [7]

Rutgers Scarlet Knights intercollegiate sports teams of Rutgers University

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Club career

Montpellier, 2018–2019

In January 2018, Murphy signed a professional contract with Montpellier HSC to play in France's Division 1 Féminine. [3] She was initially expected to return to the NWSL and Sky Blue FC in June, but extended her contract with the team in April 2018. [8] In her first season with Montpellier, Murphy started in 11 games. She also earned the Division 1 Best Keeper Award and was selected by French media as part of the league's Best XI. [9] She also participated in both the Coupe de France Féminine and the UEFA Women's Champions League.

The Championnat de France de Football Féminin, primarily referred to as the Division 1 Féminine and shortened as D1F, is the highest division of women's football in France. The league is the female equivalent to the men's Ligue 1 and is contested by 12 clubs. Seasons run from September to June, with teams playing 22 games each totaling 132 games in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. Play is regularly suspended after the second week in December before returning in the third week of January. The Division 1 Féminine is ranked the best women's league in Europe according to UEFA 2018-2019 women’s association club coefficients.

Coupe de France Féminine

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2017–18 UEFA Womens Champions League 2017–2018 season of UEFA Womens Champions League

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On May 20, 2018, Murphy was selected as goalkeeper of the year in Division 1 Féminine by the French Football Federation. [10]

Reign FC, 2019–present

On May 15, 2019, Murphy signed for Reign FC. [11]

International career

Murphy has participated in several U.S. Youth National Teams. She played for the U-14 Girls' National Team in 2010, the U-15 Girls' National Team in 2011, the U-18 Women's National Team in 2013, and the U-20 Women's National Team starting in 2015. [12] Though not part of the 2015 CONCACAF championship team, Murphy played for the U.S. at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea. She recently attended the U-23 Women's National Team's first training camp of the year in January 2018.

2016 FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup

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Following her move to France and her performances with Montpellier HSC in Division 1 Féminine, Murphy was called up with the US Women's National Team for a set of friendlies in June 2018 against China PR. [7] She wasn't part of the 18 for either game, and has yet to be capped by the senior team.

On August 23, 2018 Murphy was named to the United States U-23 team for the 2018 Nordic tournament. [13]

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