Christie Welsh

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Christie Welsh
Personal information
Full nameChristie Welsh
Date of birth (1981-02-27) February 27, 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Massapequa Park, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
D.C. United Women
College career
1999–2002 Penn State 97 (82)
Senior career*
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 Olympique Lyonnais
2005 New Jersey Wildcats 2 (2)
2007–2008 Washington Freedom 20 (18)
2009 Los Angeles Sol 3 (0)
2009 Saint Louis Athletica 11 (3)
2010 Washington Freedom
2011–2013 D.C. United Women 6 (3)
National team
2000–2006 United States 39 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christie Welsh (born February 27, 1981) is an American former soccer player who played as a forward. 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.

Association football Team field sport

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Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

New York Power

The New York Power was an American professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the first professional soccer league for women in the United States. The team played at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, New York. The team played from 2001 to 2003 when the league ceased operations.


Early life

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.

Massapequa Park, New York Village in New York, United States

Massapequa Park is a village and hamlet located within the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York, United States. Areas south and east of the village borders are considered the hamlet of Massapequa Park because they are under the jurisdiction of the Town of Oyster Bay rather than the village. The hamlet shares the same zip code, fire department and school district as the village. The population was 17,008 at the 2010 census.

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Massapequa High School

Massapequa High School is a public high school located in Massapequa, New York, United States, for students in grades 10 through 12.

Penn State University

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.

Her junior year, Welsh's received the Hermann Trophy, the sport's most prestigious award given to the nation's top player. She was also honored with the 2001 Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award. She finished her career amassing four NSCAA All-America honors, three consecutive Soccer America Collegiate MVP's, and three Big Ten Player of the Year honors. She is still the Big Ten's leading scorer and was part of four Big Ten title teams and two College Cup squads during her time at Penn State. Welsh ended her collegiate career at Penn State with 82 goals and 52 assists plus 27 game-winning goals which are all Big 10 records.

Hermann Trophy

The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the United States's top male and female college soccer players.

Missouri Athletic Club

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Playing career


New York Power

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.

Los Angeles Sol & Saint Louis Athletica

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.

Washington Freedom

Welsh was acquired by the Washington Freedom before the start of the 2010 season. [1]

D.C. United

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. [2] [3]

D.C. United Women

D.C. United Women was an American soccer club based in Washington, D.C. that competed in the USL W-League, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States. The team was an affiliate of Major League Soccer club, D.C. United but operated independently by Washington Soccer Properties, LLC. To participate in the new National Women's Soccer League for the 2013 season, the team re-branded as the Washington Spirit in December 2012.


Welsh debuted for the United States women's national soccer team in 2000. Welsh scored 11 goals in 15 games for the United States in her first significant season with the full national team. She scored 10 goals faster than any other player in American soccer history. In 2004, Welsh was a member of the U.S. Olympic Residency Training Camp. In 2005, Welsh won the Golden Boot Award as top scorer in the prestigious Algarve Cup tournament with five goals, including the game-winning goal in the championship match against Germany.

United States womens national soccer team Womens national association football team representing the United States

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The 2005 Algarve Cup is the 12th edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place 9–15 March 2005. The USA won the tournament defeating Germany, 1-0, in the final-game. The tournament victory was the fourth for the US, and their third in a row.

Coaching career

Welsh is currently an assistant coach at University of Oregon. She previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for Penn State from 2004–2006 and Wisconsin in 2011. She is also head coach and director of the U16 FC Bucks Revolution club team. [4]

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