|Full name||Christie Welsh|
|Date of birth||February 27, 1981|
|Place of birth||Massapequa Park, New York, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|D.C. United Women|
|2000||Long Island Lady Riders||2||(1)|
|2001–2002||Hampton Roads Piranhas||8||(12)|
|2003||New York Power||12||(6)|
|2004||Karlslunds IF DFF|
|2005||New Jersey Wildcats||2||(2)|
|2009||Los Angeles Sol||3||(0)|
|2009||Saint Louis Athletica||11||(3)|
|2011–||D.C. United Women||6||(3)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of November 28, 2011|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:18, September 30, 2009 (UTC)
Christie Welsh (born February 27, 1981) is an American soccer forward who plays for D.C. United Women of the USL W-League. She previously played for the New York Power of Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) as well as the Los Angeles Sol, Saint Louis Athletica, and Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She is also a former member of the United States women's national soccer team.
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Born in Massapequa Park, New York, Welsh attended Massapequa High School on Long Island in Massapequa, New York. She was a two-time Parade All-American and a 1999 NSCAA All-American. Welsh was the 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions National High School Girls' Soccer Player of the Year. She led Massapequa to the 1997 New York State Championship. Welsh played club soccer with the Northport Cow Harbor Piranha where she won two national titles.
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Welsh attended Penn State University and ended her collegiate career as one of the most decorated athletes in the school's history. In her freshman campaign, Welsh piloted the Lions to their first ever Final Four, led the team and was tied nationally for goals scored (27), and earned Penn State's first College Cup all-tournament honor.
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Welsh was drafted second overall by the New York Power of the now-defunct WUSA professional league. She scored six goals in 12 games during her rookie season.
In 2009, Welsh was selected with the 5th pick of the second round (12th overall) by the Los Angeles Sol in the WPS General Player Draft. She appeared in three games for Los Angeles before being traded to the Saint Louis Athletica on May 9, 2009. She finished the 2009 season with three goals in 11 games for St. Louis.
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After the Freedom was moved to Florida under new ownership for the 2011 season, Welsh joined D.C. United Women originally as an assistant coach, but has attained a second role as a substitute forward.
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