Sonnett with the United States national team in 2016
|Full name||Emily Ann Sonnett|
|Date of birth||November 25, 1993|
|Place of birth||Marietta, Georgia, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|2003–2013||NASA 12 Elite II|
|2016–||Portland Thorns FC||77||(8)|
|2017–2018||→ Sydney FC (loan)||11||(1)|
|2011–2012||United States U18|
|2013–2015||United States U23||6||(0)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of October 12, 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 3, 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.
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Sonnett was born in Marietta, Georgia to Bill and Jane Sonnett. She has a twin sister, Emma, who played soccer for the University of Georgia.
Marietta is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, United States, and is the county's seat and largest city.
Sonnett, along with her sister, began playing for North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA) in 2003.With NASA, the Sonnetts earned back-to-back Georgia State Cup Championship titles in 2007 and 2008 and also the Region III League Championship title in 2008. In the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, NASA 12 Elite II placed third in U-17 standings, and Sonnett was named to the U-17 Best XI as a midfielder.
In 2013, Sonnett, playing in the midfield position, helped NASA 12 Elite II win the U-19 national title at the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series in Overland Park, Kansas.At the conclusion of the tournament, she was named to the U-19 Best XI and also earned the Golden Ball award as the best player at the tournament.
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Sonnett attended Fellowship Christian School in Roswell, Georgia, graduating in 2012.
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In 2011 during Sonnett's junior season, Fellowship Christian's varsity girls soccer team reached the Final Four of the Class A state tournament, losing 0–2 to the eventual state champions, First Presbyterian Day School, in the semi-final.The following year, Fellowship Christian, with Sonnett as captain, reached the 2012 Georgia state championship game and again faced First Presbyterian Day School ultimately losing 0–1. Sonnett ended her career at Fellowship Christian as the school's leading scorer with 113 goals and 41 assists.
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She was also named the 2011-2012 Gatorade Georgia Girls Soccer Player of the Year;Sonnett was the first ever athlete from Fellowship Christian School to win the award. Sonnett was also selected as 2011 Youth All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was also named to both 2011 and 2012 ESPN Rise 1st Team All-American.
In early February 2012, Sonnett signed her national letter of intent to play for the University of Virginia in the fall of 2012 on an athletic scholarship.
In her first season in 2012, UVA Cavaliers won the regular season Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) title and made it to the round of 16 in the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.Sonnett herself was named to the ACC All-Freshman and All-Tournament Team. Though she was recruited as a center midfielder, Sonnett transitioned to the center back position early in her freshman year due to various injuries leaving the UVA back line bare and played in that position the remainder of her college career.
During her sophomore season, Sonnett earned 2 goals and 5 assists and started all 26 games, playing a total of 2,341 minutes and setting single-season record at UVA.She was also named to 1st Team All-ACC Team. Sonnett helped lead UVA to their first College Cup in 22 seasons, losing in the tournament's semifinal after double overtime to UCLA in penalty kicks, 1–1 (2–4).
In her junior year, Sonnett again started in all 26 games during the 2014 season and earned a total of 5 goals and 3 assists.UVA placed as runners-up to the ACC 2014 title, losing 0–1 to Florida State. At the conclusion of the tournament, Sonnett was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. During quarterfinal of the 2014 NCAA Women's Tournament, Virginia defeated the defending champion, UCLA 2–1 with Sonnett scoring the opening goal in the 33rd minute ultimately ending UCLA’s 969-minute shutout streak. In the semifinal match-up against Texas A&M, Sonnett again scored with a header off a corner kick, giving UVA a 2–1 lead. UVA ultimately defeated Texas A&M 3–1, earning a place in the university's first women's College Cup final. UVA ended their season with a 0–1 loss to Florida State in the national championship. Sonnett was then named the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player and was also named a Third-Team NSCAA All-American.
In 2015, Sonnett was named team captain at the beginning of her senior year.Mid-season in October 2015, Sonnett earned her first call-up and started her first cap (as center back) for the senior United States women's national soccer team against Brazil.
UVA were again runners-up to the 2015 ACC title, losing 2–2 (PK 6–7) to Florida State, and Sonnett was again named to ACC All-Tournament team.She led UVA to the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Women's Tournament, losing to Rutgers University after double overtime in penalty kicks (6–7). Sonnett ended her senior season at UVA with 3 goals and 1 assist and was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy. Additionally, Sonnett was named the 2015 ESPNW Soccer Player of the Year, Honda Sports Award Nominee, NSCAA first-team All-American, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and first team All-ACC selection.
Sonnett left Charlottesville a semester early to enter the NWSL (after being drafted as the number one pick by Portland Thorns FC in January 2016) but ultimately did graduate with a degree in sociology from UVA.
On January 15, 2016, Sonnett was selected by Portland Thorns FC as the first overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.She made her debut with the Thorns on April 17, 2016. 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 finalist for Defender of the Year.
On October 24, 2017, it was announced that Sonnett signed for Sydney FC for the 2017–18 W-League season.In her first appearance, she scored a penalty kick. 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.
|Florida Sol FC||2014||Women's Premier Soccer League||?||?||?||?||—||?||?|
|Chicago Red Stars Reserves||2015||?||?||?||?||?||?|
|Portland Thorns FC||2016||National Women's Soccer League||15||0||1||1||—||16||1|
|Sydney FC (loan)||2017–18||W-League||9||1||2||0||—||11||1|
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.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.Sonnett was named to the final 20 player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. Sonnett was part of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup team that won the title in France.
|2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2019-06-13||Paris, France||3–0 W||Group stage|
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...Sonnett (Florida Sol FC, Chicago Red Stars Reserves)