Ertz during a friendly against New Zealand in 2017
|Full name||Julie Beth Ertz|
|Birth name||Julie Beth Johnston|
|Date of birth||April 6, 1992|
|Place of birth||Mesa, Arizona, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Defender|
|Chicago Red Stars|
|AYSO Region 503|
|2000–2004||Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club|
|2004–2010||Sereno Soccer Club|
|2010–2013||Santa Clara Broncos||79||(31)|
|2014–||Chicago Red Stars||72||(6)|
|United States U15|
|United States U18|
|2012||United States U20|
|2013||United States U23|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of January 22, 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 6, 2019
Julie Beth Ertz (née Johnston; born April 6, 1992) is an American soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women's national soccer team. She first appeared for the United States national team during an international friendly against Scotland on February 9, 2013. She has since made 91 total appearances for the team and scored 19 goals.
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After moving to center midfield for club and country in 2017, Ertz was awarded U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. Ertz was again nominated for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2018 alongside Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, and Megan Rapinoe.
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Born in Mesa, Arizona to Kristi and David Johnston, Julie was raised with her sister Melanie Johnston.Julie was introduced to soccer through her local AYSO region. The Johnston sisters played for Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix; Julie played for the 1992 side and Melanie played for the 1990s. Regarding Julie's switch to the team, Johnston stated that "it ended up being the best decision [she's] ever made." Sereno was a nationally known club with alumni that have gone on to play in college, on professional teams and for national teams. Ertz played with the team from 2004 to 2010 on the U13 through U19 teams. She won the state title nine times during her time there and was captain of the team.
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Ertz attended Dobson High School in Mesa from 2006 to 2010, where she volunteered as a student athletic trainer all four years. She never played for the soccer team at the school, instead opting to devote her time to playing for Sereno.While at Dobson, Ertz was a member of the National Honor Society.
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Ertz attended Santa Clara University, where she majored in communications and played as a midfielder for the Broncos women's soccer team. In 2010, as a college freshman, she played in 20 games, starting 16 and accumulating 1,519 minutes of playing time. At the end of the season, she led the team in assists with five and recorded the third-most shots on the team with 31. She was named WCC Freshman of the Year and received NSCAA All-West Region Second-Team, Soccer America All-Freshman First-Team, All-WCC Second-Team, and WCC All-Freshman team honors.
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As a sophomore in 2011, Ertz started all 21 games with nine goals and four assists for the Broncos. She scored four game-winning goals in matches away to Cal Poly, and at home to WSU, Cal and Nevada. She was a WCC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist and was named to the NSCAA All-American First-Team as well as the All-WCC First-Team.
In 2012, which was her junior year, Ertz started 14 of the 15 games she played and led the Broncos with eight goals and was second on the team with five assists. She scored three game-winning goals and recorded an assist in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament in a match against Long Beach State. She was subsequently named to the All-WCC First Team and NCAA Division I Women All-West Region First Team. She was a MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist and was named U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
In 2013, Ertz played in 22 games and led the team with eight assists and four game-winning goals. She made a total of 12 goals in the season and recorded an assist in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament in a match against University of California at Berkeley. At the end of the season, she was named to the NSCAA All-American First Team, NSCAA All-West Region First Team, All-WCC First Team and College Sports Madness All-WCC First Team. She was also named WCC Player of the Year and College Sports Madness WCC Player of the Year.Overall, Ertz has made 79 appearances and scored 31 goals with the Broncos.
On January 17, 2014, Ertz was selected third overall in the first round of the 2014 NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars.She subsequently signed with the team for the 2014 season. She made her first appearance for the team on April 19 in a match against the Western New York Flash. She scored the only goal of the match in the 59th minute. In the 2014 season, Ertz started in 21 matches and scored two goals. The Red Stars finished fifth in the regular season with a 9–7–8 record and did not advance to the playoffs. Ertz was named NWSL Rookie of the Year following the 2014 season.
In 2015, Ertz missed almost half of the NWSL season due to commitments with the United States women's national team at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.She returned to the Red Stars on July 22 during a match against the Boston Breakers, which ended in 2–1 victory for the Red Stars. She made 11 appearances for the Red Stars during the 2015 season, playing 990 minutes. The Red Stars finished second in the regular season with an 8–3–9 record and advanced to the playoffs. The Red Stars faced FC Kansas City in the semi-finals of the playoffs on September 13. Ertz started in the match, which ended in a 0–3 defeat for the Red Stars and they were eliminated from the playoffs. Following the 2015 season, Ertz was named to the NWSL Best XI.
Ertz made twelve appearances for the Red Stars during the 2016 season before joining the national team in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
In the 2017 season, Ertz debuted in a new role in attacking midfield, scoring the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over FC Kansas City in week 2.Ertz was named to the NWSL Second XI for the season after leading Chicago to the championship semi-final, where they lost out for the third consecutive season.
Ertz missed the beginning of the 2018 NWSL season as she was recovering from a knee injury suffered at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, she made her first appearance of the season on April 28 in a 1–1 draw against the Washington Spirit. Ertz played in 15 games for the Red Stars in 2018 as they qualified for the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The semi-final was a rematch with the North Carolina Courage, Chicago lost 2–0 which was their fourth consecutive semi-final loss.Ertz was named the 2018 NWSL Second XI.
In 2006, Ertz attended the United States U14 National Identification Camp.In 2009, she was called into a U18 national team training camp from May 30 to June 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
In 2012, Ertz competed in international under-20 youth soccer and scored a goal against Switzerland at the La Manga Tournament in Spain. Heading into the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, she had 13 caps and four goals for the U20 team.Ertz captained the United States team to the Japan 2012 U20 FIFA Women's World Cup; winning the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship along the way. In the main tournament, one of the goals she scored was in the 4–0 semi-final victory over Mexico that advanced the United States to the World Cup finals. In Japan, Ertz captained her team to win the FIFA under-20 world cup, and won the Bronze Ball award herself.
In 2013, Ertz played for the U23 team in the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The team won the tournament, beating England in the final on March 7.
Ertz was first called up to the national team in January 2013, when she was on the 29-player roster for a training camp leading up to two matches against Scotland in early February.Ertz made her first appearance for the national team in their first match of the year on February 9, 2013 against Scotland. She came in for Becky Sauerbrunn in the 83rd minute to help the United States win the match 4–1.
Ertz traveled to Europe with the national team for matches against Germany and the Netherlands in early April.On April 9, Ertz started in the midfield in the match against the Netherlands. Ertz scored in the 73rd minute but the referee ruled that she was offside and the goal was called back. The United States won the match, 3–1. In late May, Ertz was named to the 21-player roster that traveled to Canada to train in preparation for a match against Canada on June 2. She did not appear in the match.
Ertz started off 2014 at a national team training camp from January 8 to 15 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, California.Ertz was not named to the roster for the 2014 Algarve Cup in March. In late April, Ertz was named to a 22-player roster for a match against Canada on May 8. She was then named to the roster for two games against France on June 14 and 19. Ertz was named to a 19-player roster for a match against Switzerland on August 20 in Sandy, Utah. She came in for Sauerbrunn in the second half and the United States went on the win 4–1.
Ertz joined the national team for a training camp at the end of August in order to prepare for two matches against Mexico in September as well as the 2014 CONCACAF Women's qualifying tournament in October.Initially, she was not named to the roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship that served as a qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. However, one day before the team's first match of the tournament, Ertz replaced an injured Crystal Dunn on the roster. The United States qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup after a semi-final win against Mexico on October 24. Following the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament, Ertz was named to the 24-player roster for the International Tournament of Brasília in Brazil that took place from December 10 to 21. Ertz made one appearance in the opening game of the tournament on December 10 against China, which resulted in a 1–1 draw. The final game against Brazil was a 0–0 draw, but the tournament title was given to Brazil, who had more points from the group stage.
Ertz started off 2015 at a 21-day training camp from January 5 to 25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.Following the training camp, she was named to the 24–player team that would travel on a 13-day trip to Europe for matches against France and England in mid-February. On February 21, Ertz was named to the 25-player roster for the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. She started three matches of the tournament, including in the final against France on March 11. During the game, Ertz scored her first international goal in the 7th minute to help the United States defeat France 2–0 to win the tournament.
On April 14, Ertz was named to the 23-player roster that would represent the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.She was one of the five United States players that played every minute in all seven matches for the United States during the World Cup. In the 59th minute of the team's semi-final match against Germany on June 30, Ertz pulled down opposition player Alexandra Popp inside the penalty box and was given a yellow card. Celia Sasic took the subsequent penalty kick but missed the net. The United States went on to win the match 2–0 to advance to the World Cup final. In the final, the United States faced Japan on July 5. In the 52nd minute, Ertz attempted to block a free kick but instead scored an own goal. However, the United States still went on to win the match and the World Cup title. Following the tournament, Ertz was named to the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team. She joined the national team on a Victory Tour following their World Cup win that started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 16 and ended in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 16.
Ertz joined the national team for their first training camp of the year at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California from January 5 to 21.She was then named to the 20-player roster for 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. The United States qualified to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a semi-final win against Trinidad and Tobago on February 19. The United States won the tournament after defeating Canada 2–0 on February 21.
Ertz was named to the roster for the 2016 SheBelieves Cup that took place from March 3 to 9.She came in for Alex Morgan in the 80th minute of the team's opening match of the tournament on March 3 against England. She also made appearances in other two matches of the tournament, helping the United States win the 2016 SheBelieves Cup with a 2–1 win over Germany in their final game.
Ertz joined a 23-player roster for a training camp ahead of two matches against Colombia in early April.In the second match on April 10, Ertz played all 90 minutes and scored two goals to help the United States defeat Colombia 3–0. Ertz was on the roster for another two-game series against Japan in early June. She started in both games and scored a goal in the 27th minute of the second match on June 5.
On July 12, Ertz was named to the 18-player team that would represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.She made her Olympic debut on August 3 in the team's opening match against New Zealand, a 2–0 victory. She did not appear in the team's remaining two group matches due to a sore groin. She returned for the team's quarterfinal match against Sweden where she played the full game, which the U.S. would go on to lose in penalty kicks.
Beginning in 2017, Ertz was shifted from center back to a defensive center midfield position as coach Jill Ellis experimented with new formations. She found success in the role and in 2017 she was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.
In May 2019, she was named to the final 23-player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, marking her second World Cup appearance.She scored in the 3-0 win over Chile.
Ertz is a Christian.She is married to Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League. The two met in college while attending a Stanford Cardinal baseball game. In February 2016, the couple got engaged at the same baseball stadium where they met. They were married on March 26, 2017, off the coast of Santa Barbara, California.
Ertz was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16 , the first time women players were included in the game.
Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Ertz and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker tape parade in New York City.Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.
|2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2015-06-08||Winnipeg, Canada||Start||3–1 W||Group stage|
|2015-06-12||Winnipeg, Canada||Start||0–0 D||Group stage|
|2015-06-16||Vancouver, Canada||Start||1–0 W||Group stage|
|2015-06-22||Edmonton, Canada||Start||2–0 W||Round of 16|
|2015-06-26||Ottawa, Canada||Start||1–0 W||Quarter-final|
|2015-06-30||Montreal, Canada||Start||2–0 W||Semi-final|
|2015-07-05||Vancouver, Canada||Start||5–2 W||Final|
|2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament|
|2016-08-03||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Start||2–0 W||Group stage|
|2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2019-06-11||Reims, France||Start||13–0 W||Group stage|
|2019-06-13||Paris, France||Start||3–0 W||Group stage|
|2019-06-24||Reims, France||Start||2–1 W||Round of 16|
|2019-06-28||Paris, France||Start||2–1 W||Quarter-final|
|2019-07-02||Décines-Charpieu, France||Start||2–1 W||Semi-final|
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Goal in match||Goal 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)|
|Min||The 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/pass||The 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 pk||Goal 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.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The 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
|aet||The 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 color – exhibition 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
|Algarve Cup: Final|
|2||2015-04-04||St. Louis||Start||1.1||78||Lauren Holiday|
|3||2015-05-10||San Jose||Start||1.1||54||Lauren Holiday|
|9||2017-07-31||San Diego||on 57' (off Smith)||1.1||89||Carli Lloyd|
|2017 Tournament of Nations|
|10||2017-09-15||Commerce City||Start||2.1||16||Lindsey Horan|
|12||2017-10-19||New Orleans||Start||1.1||24||Megan Rapinoe|
|14||2017-11-12||San Jose||1.1||11||Megan Rapinoe|
|15||2018-01-21||San Diego||Start||1.1||19||Tierna Davidson|
|2018 Tournament of Nations|
|2018 CONCACAF Championship|
|2018 CONCACAF Championship Semi-final|
|19||2019-06-16||Paris||Start||1.1||26||Tierna Davidson||2-0||3-0||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group stage|
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