Emily Sonnett

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Emily Sonnett
Sonnett with the United States national team in 2016
Personal information
Full nameEmily Ann Sonnett
Date of birth (1993-11-25) November 25, 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Marietta, Georgia, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Number 16
Youth career
NASA 12 Elite II
College career
2012–2015 Virginia Cavaliers 98 (6)
Senior career*
2016– Portland Thorns FC [1] 56 (6)
2017–2018Sydney FC (loan) 11 (1)
National team
2011–2012 United States U18
2013–2015 United States U23 3 (0)
2015– United States 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of June 26, 2018 [2]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 18, 2019

Emily Ann Sonnett (born November 25, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Portland Thorns FC and the United States women's national soccer team.


Early life

Emily was born in Marietta, Georgia to Jane and Bill Sonnett. She has a twin sister named Emma, who played soccer for the University of Georgia. Sonnett attended Fellowship Christian School in Roswell, Georgia. During her senior season, she led her team to the state championship game. She was also named the 2013 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year that year. [3] Sonnett ended her career at Fellowship Christian as the school's leading scorer with 113 goals and 41 assists. That same year, Sonnett helped her club team, NASA 12 Elite II, win the U-19 national title. [4] Sonnett signed her national letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Virginia.

University of Virginia

Sonnett was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team following her first season with the Cavaliers. Her first goal would turn out to be the game-winner against Boston College. Sonnett started in all 26 games during the 2014 season when Virginia reached the College Cup finals. She was recognized as the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Sonnett was named team captain at the beginning of her senior year. She helped Virginia reach the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Women's Tournament and was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy. [5] Additionally, Sonnett was also named NSCAA first-team All-American, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-ACC, and ESPNW National Player of the Year. [5]

Club career

Portland Thorns FC, 2016-present

Sonnett was selected by Portland Thorns FC with the first overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. [6] Her first professional goal came in the NWSL championship semi-final to bring the Thorns level with the Western New York Flash, though the Flash would go on to score the winning goal and ultimately win the championship.

Sonnett scored again in the NWSL post-season in the 2017 season, helping the Thorns to a 4–1 win over the Orlando Pride in the semi-final. They would go on to win the championship, with Sonnett tallying an assist on Lindsey Horan's game-winning goal.

In 2018 Sonnett appeared in 22 games for Portland, scoring one goal. Portland reached the NWSL Championship Game for the second straight year, but lost to North Carolina 3-0. She was named to the NWSL Team of the Month for March and April. Sonnett was one of four Portland Thorns named to the NWSL Best XI and was a finalists for Defender of the Year. [7]

Loan to Sydney FC

Halftime at a friendly in 2017

On October 24, 2017, it was announced that Sonnett signed for Sydney FC for the 2017–18 W-League season. [8] In her first appearance, she scored a penalty kick. [9] During the semifinal against Newcastle Jets, she made a box to box run to assist Lisa De Vanna's game winning goal in extra time. [10]

International career

Sonnett has represented the United States at the U18 and U23 levels. On October 16, 2015, Sonnett received her first senior call-up to the U.S. women's national soccer team from Jill Ellis. [11] She received her first cap and start for the USWNT on October 25, 2015 against Brazil. Sonnett served as an alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

After receiving limited call-ups for the U.S in 2017, Sonnett got more consistent playing time in 2018. Much of this playing time has been at outside back, as starting right-back Kelley O'Hara was out with an injury. Sonnett started all three games the 2018 Tournament of Nations at right-back. [12] Sonnett was named to the final 20 player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. [13]





Portland Thorns FC




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  8. "Sydney FC Sign NWSL Championship Winning Defender". Sydney FC. 24 October 2017.
  9. "Under Strength Sky Blues Silenced By Roar". Sydney FC. 27 October 2017.
  10. "Sydney FC Advance To W-League Decider". Carl Trevena. 9 February 2018.
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  12. "TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS" . Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  13. "U.S. WNT ROSTER NAMED FOR 2018 CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP". September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  14. "ACC WOMEN'S SOCCER: 2015 SEASON AWARDS ANNOUNCED". The ACC. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  15. "ACC WOMEN'S SOCCER: DUNN, KALLMAN LEAD ALL-ACC TEAM". The ACC. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2015.