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Jessica McDonald
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McDonald playing for Houston Dash in 2015
Personal information
Full nameJessica Marie McDonald
Date of birth (1988-02-28) February 28, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height 5 ft 10 [1]  in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 14
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2007 Phoenix College
2008–2009 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 5 (0)
2012 Melbourne Victory FC 13 (7)
2013 Chicago Red Stars 9 (0)
2013 Seattle Reign FC 7 (3)
2014 Portland Thorns FC 24 (11)
2015 Houston Dash 20 (7)
2016 Western New York Flash 20 (10)
2017– North Carolina Courage 47 (12)
National team
United States U17
2007–2008 United States U20
2009 United States U23
2016– United States 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of April 29, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 6, 2019

Jessica Marie McDonald (born February 28, 1988) is an American professional soccer forward who currently plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League and is a member of the United States women's national soccer team. She previously played for the Australian W-League team Melbourne Victory as well as the Western New York Flash, Chicago Red Stars, Seattle Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC and Houston Dash. [2]

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North Carolina Courage American womens soccer club

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Early life

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, McDonald is the daughter of Traci McDonald and Vince Myers. Her brother, Brandon McDonald, is also a professional soccer player who plays in the MLS. [3] She attended Cactus High School in Glendale, Arizona where she played basketball all four years and ran track during her junior and senior years. In 2004 and 2006, she was a member of state championship basketball teams and was a first-team all-state and all-region selection. She was also a state champion and record holder in the 400 meters during her track and field career. She graduated Cactus High School as the school's record holder for the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4 × 400 meter relay team. [4]

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Cactus High School High school in Glendale, Arizona

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McDonald was a member of the Sereno Soccer club from 2000–2007 and helped the team win state championships each year she played for it. She helped lead Sereno to regional championships in 2003 and 2007 and played on the Surf Cup title-winning teams in 2005 and 2006. She was the MVP of the tournament in 2006. [4]

Phoenix College

McDonald attended Phoenix College during her freshman and sophomore year of college where she played soccer, basketball and track and was a member of the honors program. She was named a first-team junior college All-America in soccer and National Junior College Player of the Year. McDonald earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors and was the single-season record holder at Phoenix College for goals and assists. Also continuing to excel at basketball, McDonald earned first-team all-region and all-conference honors and was the country's number one rebounder in junior college and among the Top 30 in scoring. [4]

Phoenix College community college located in Encanto Village, Phoenix, Arizona

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North Carolina Tar Heels

After transferring to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill during her sophomore year, McDonald joined the North Carolina Tar Heels soccer team during the first half of the 2008 season and helped the squad ultimately win the national championship as a starting striker. McDonald scored 5 goals and had 10 assists for 20 points during the season. Despite playing in only 75 percent of the team's games her first year, she led the squad in assists. [4]

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Club career

Chicago Red Stars, 2010

McDonald during a Seattle Reign FC match on July 25, 2013 Jessica McDonald Reign FC 2013.jpg
McDonald during a Seattle Reign FC match on July 25, 2013

In 2010, McDonald was the second pick (fifteenth overall) by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2010 WPS Draft. [5] [6] She made five appearances for the squad before suffering a knee injury that required 18 months recovery. [7] Chicago finished the regular season in sixth place with a 7–11–6 record. [8] Following the season, the team suspended league operations in December 2010 and re-established themselves in the W-League. [9] [10]

Chicago Red Stars soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Chicago Red Stars is a women's professional soccer club based in Chicago, Illinois, who compete in the National Women's Soccer League and play their home games in SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, and played in the league in 2009 and 2010. After leaving the WPS in December 2010, due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team co-founded and competed in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the single year this league existed. In the fall of 2012 the Red Stars with the Boston Breakers and US Soccer, attracted 6 other teams and founded the National Women's Soccer League. Since 2013 the team has been competing in the National Women's Soccer League. From 2015-2019 the Chicago Red Stars have made the playoffs of the NWSL and are the first and only team to do so for five consecutive years.

The 2010 WPS College Draft took place on January 15, 2010. It was the second college draft held by Women's Professional Soccer to assign the WPS rights of college players to the American-based teams.

The USL W-League was a North American women's soccer developmental organization. The W-League was also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league was administered by the United Soccer Leagues system, which also oversees the men's United Soccer League and Premier Development League. The W-League announced on November 6, 2015 that the league will cease operation ahead of 2016 season.

Melbourne Victory FC, 2012–13

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McDonald playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012

McDonald signed with the Melbourne Victory FC in Australia's W-League for the 2012–13 season. [11] She started all 13 of her appearances for the squad, scoring seven goals, and helped the squad to the Grand Final match against Sydney FC. [12]

Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC, 2013

In 2013, McDonald signed with the Chicago Red Stars as a free agent for the inaugural season of the NWSL. [13] [14] [15] During the pre-season, she scored four goals in the second half of a match against St. Edwards University. [16] She made nine appearances for the Red Stars during the regular season, serving one assist, before being waived by the team in June 2013. [17]

On June 28, 2013, it was announced that McDonald had signed with the Seattle Reign FC after being waived by the Red Stars. [17] [18] She scored her first goal during her debut appearance for the club in a match against the Boston Breakers on July 3, 2013. [19] [20] Two games later, during the team's first televised match on Fox Soccer, she scored a brace against the Washington Spirit leading the Reign to a 2–1 win. [21] [22] McDonald finished the 2013 season with six starts in seven matches played, tallying a total of 439 minutes played. Her three goals ranked third on the squad for most goals scored – tied with teammates, Christine Nairn and Kaylyn Kyle. [23]

Portland Thorns, 2014

McDonald was traded to the Portland Thorns along with defender Rebecca Moros in late 2013 under head coach Cindy Parlow Cone, in exchange for Danielle Foxhoven. McDonald was a starting forward for the first eleven games of the 2014 season, then mostly relegated to a substitute position as Alex Morgan returned from an injury. The team-leading scorer for the Thorns in 2014, McDonald had eleven goals, including a July 17 goal 33 seconds in against Chicago: the fastest goal in NWSL history. This would be her only season in Portland, where she played as number 14 for a total of 1310 minutes in 24 regular-season games under head coach Paul Riley. [24]

Houston Dash, 2015

On January 16, 2015 McDonald was traded by the Thorns to the Houston Dash for the 13th pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft and a second round selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. [25] [26] McDonald led the Dash's inaugural season in goals with seven during the 2016 season. [27] She scored the game-winning goal during the team's 1–0 win over her former team the Portland Thorns in May. [28] The Dash finished in fifth place during the regular season with a 6–8–6 record. [29]

Western New York Flash, 2016

In January 2016, the Western New York Flash acquired McDonald in a trade that sent two international spots and one 2017 draft pick to Houston. [30] Named Player of the Week for week 10 and to the Second XI list, McDonald finished third in the NWSL overall in goals scored (10), assists(7) shots (61), and second overall in shots on goal (34) for the 2016 season, McDonald earned her first senior team call-up for the USWNT. [31]

North Carolina Courage, 2017–present

It was announced on January 9, 2017, that the Western New York Flash was officially sold to new ownership, moved to North Carolina, [32] and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. In May 2017, McDonald became the first NWSL player to score 33 regular-season, career goals. She scored 4 goals in 2017, helping North Carolina win the NWSL Shield.

In 2018 McDonald played in 23 regular season games, scoring 7 goals. North Carolina broke the record for most goals scored in a season with 53. [33] In the Semi-final McDonald scored in the 5th minute, which was the fastest goal in playoff history. North Carolina won 2–0 and advanced to their second straight final. McDonald scored twice in the NWSL Championship game as the Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 3–0. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Match. This is McDonald's second NWSL Championship. [34]

International career

McDonald warms up before the USWNT friendly against New Zealand on May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. Jessica McDonald May19.jpg
McDonald warms up before the USWNT friendly against New Zealand on May 16, 2019, in St. Louis.

McDonald has represented the United States on several youth national teams including the under-16, [35] under-17, [36] under-20, [37] under-23, and the senior national team squads. [4] In 2007, Jill Ellis named her to the U-20 roster for the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil. [38] The team won silver after being defeated by Brazil's senior national team 5–0 during the final. [39]

She earned her first call up to the senior national team on November 2, 2016, [31] and made her international debut on November 10 against Romania. [40]

In May 2019, McDonald was named to the final roster of the United States 23-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. [41]

International goals

As of April, 7, 2019
Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
LocationGeographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
LineupStart – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
( c ) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Goal in matchGoal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
#NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
MinThe minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/passThe ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pkGoal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
ScoreThe match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
ResultThe final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aetThe score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player


Goal
DateLocationOpponentCapLineupMinAssist/passScoreResultCompetition
1
2018-11-08 [42] Lisbon, Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2Start42'unassisted1–01–0 Friendly
2
2019-04-07 [43] Los Angeles, California Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium

on 61' (off Pugh)

90+1' Christen Press 6–06–0

Personal life

McDonald's husband is Courtney Stuart. She gave birth to a son, Jeremiah, in March 2012. [44] [45] [46]

Honors

International

Western New York Flash

North Carolina Courage

Personal

See also

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