Jaelene Hinkle

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Jaelene Hinkle
Hinkle playing for the North Carolina Courage, 2017
Personal information
Full nameJaelene McKenzie Hinkle
Date of birth (1993-05-28) May 28, 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Denver, Colorado, United States
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 15
College career
2011–2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Senior career*
2015–2016 Western New York Flash 35 (2)
2017– North Carolina Courage 46 (0)
National team
2010 United States U17
2013–2015 United States U23
2015– United States 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of September 22, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 15, 2016

Jaelene McKenzie Hinkle (born May 28, 1993) is an American professional soccer defender who plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League.


Early life

Hinkle attended Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado (a suburb of Denver) where she played soccer and basketball. [1] In 2009, she was awarded the league's Player of the Year and was named to the all-conference team, first team all-state and All-Colorado team by The Denver Post. [1] During her senior year in 2010, she was the league's top scorer and named to the named to the all-conference team, first team all-state and All-Colorado team by the newspaper for the second consecutive year. [1] The same year, she received Parade All-American honors. [2]

Hinkle played club soccer for Real Colorado for four years and captained the team during the 2010–11 season. She helped the team win the state championship in 2007. [1] Hinkle was a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) team that advanced to the regional championship in 2006. [1]

Club career

Western New York Flash, 2015–2016

Hinkle was selected seventh overall during the 2015 NWSL College Draft by the Western New York Flash. [3] [4] During her first season with the team, she started in all 20 matches [5] and scored a goal while playing in the defender position. [6] The Flash finished in seventh place during the regular season with a 6–9–5 record. [7]

She played in 15 games and scored one goal during the 2016 NWSL season. Hinkle was in the starting lineup for the Flash in their semi-final game against the Portland Thorns. Western New York secured an upset victory over the Shield winners. [8] Hinkle was once again in the starting lineup for the Championship Game. The game went to penalties, she converted her penalty, helping the Flash win the 2016 NWSL Championship. [9]

North Carolina Courage, 2017–present

In January 2017, the Flash were sold and relocated to North Carolina and re-branded as the North Carolina Courage. [10] Hinkle started in 22 games for the Courage in 2017. North Carolina won the 2017 NWSL Shield, but lost in the NWSL Championship game 1-0 to Portland.

Hinkle was named to the NWSL Team of the Month for March & April 2018. [11] She was an important part of North Carolina's backline which broke the record for fewest goals conceded, and won the NWSL Shield for the second straight year. [12] She played every minute of North Carolina's play-offs games, as the Courage won the 2018 NWSL Championship. [13]

International career

Hinkle (19) with the United States women's national soccer team, January 2017

In October 2015, Hinkle was called into camp for the senior national team in preparation for games against Brazil during the team's victory tour following their win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. [14] She earned her first cap with the national team during a friendly match against Brazil in Seattle on October 21 which resulted in a 1–1 tie. [15]

In 2016 Hinkle was named to the roster for the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, she appeared in three games for the U.S., as they won the tournament as qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics. [16] She was also called up for the 2016 SheBelieves Cup but did not appear in any games. The U.S won the inaugural edition of the SheBelieves Cup. [17]

In June 2017, Hinkle was called into camp for international friendlies against Sweden and Norway but did not attend, citing "personal reasons." [18]

In a May 2018 interview with The 700 Club , Hinkle revealed that she withdrew from the team for the June 2017 friendlies because she did not want to wear the US Soccer jerseys honoring LGBT Pride Month, saying "I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn't my job to wear this jersey." [19] [20]

In July 2018, Hinkle received a call-up to the USWNT training camp for the 2018 Tournament of Nations, which marked her first call-up to the national team since withdrawing from camp in 2017. [21] She was not named to the Tournament of Nations final roster. [22]

Personal life

Hinkle has spoken publicly about her Christian faith and views. [23] [24] [25]

Hinkle has been outspoken regarding LGBT issues. On June 26, 2015, after same-sex marriage in the United States was established in all 50 states, Hinkle tweeted "This world is falling farther and farther away from God... All that can be done by believers is to continue to pray." [26] In May 2018, shortly after she had revealed her decision to not wear the US Soccer jerseys honoring LGBT Pride Month, Hinkle was booed several times by Portland Thorns FC supporters during an NWSL match between the Thorns and the Courage. [27] [28]




Western New York Flash

North Carolina Courage


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  8. "Flash beat Thorns FC, 4-3, in extra time". October 2, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
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  10. "NWSL champion WNY Flash to relocate to North Carolina". January 6, 2017.
  11. "FOUR NC COURAGE PLAYERS NAMED TO NWSL TEAM OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL". May 3, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  13. "Courage cap off record-setting season with NWSL Championship win". September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  14. "Ellis calls 31 for U.S. matches against Brazil". Goal.com. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  15. "Lloyd's late equalizer preserves U.S. home undefeated streak". Sounder at Heart. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  16. "2016 CONCACAF WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIP" . Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  17. "J. HINKLE" . Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  18. Lauletta, Dan (2017-06-06). "OFFICIAL: Jaelene Hinkle not with #USWNT in Europe due to personal reasons. Roster is at 19". @TheDanLauletta. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  19. "Citing her faith, Jaelene Hinkle admits she withdrew from US Soccer team over LGBTQ pride jerseys".
  20. "Jaelene Hinkle: Defender refused to play for US because of LGBT shirt". June 1, 2018 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. "Hinkle returns to USWNT for Tournament of Nations". July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  22. "ELLIS NAMES FINAL USA ROSTER FOR 2018 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS". July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  23. "Is Christian US soccer player boycotting team over these jerseys?". June 6, 2017.
  24. "Christian Soccer Player Jaelene Hinkle Withdraws From Friendlies as US Team Is Set to Wear Gay Pride Jerseys".
  25. "Defending Faith: Soccer Player Jaelene Hinkle Puts God First".
  26. "Jaelene Hinkle on Twitter".
  27. Haisley, Billy. "Jaelene Hinkle Turned Down USWNT Call-Up Because She Didn't Want To Wear LGBTQ Pride Jersey".
  28. Gaylor, Rachel (May 31, 2018). "A Response to Jaelene Hinkle: You can have your opinion, but everyone else can have theirs".