Kiana Palacios

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Kiana Palacios
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Palacios as a player of Spanish club Real Sociedad
Personal information
Full nameKiana Angélica Palacios Hernández [1]
Date of birth (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 23) [1]
Place of birth Orange, California, United States [1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) [2]
Playing position Forward [1] [2]
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 9
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2014–2017 UC Irvine Anteaters 67 (24)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2018 LA Galaxy OC 5 (3)
2018– Real Sociedad 25 (6)
National team
2015–2016 Mexico U-20 8 (5)
2017– Mexico 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 April 2018

Kiana Angélica Palacios Hernández (born 1 October 1996) is an American-born Mexican footballer who plays as forward for Spanish club Real Sociedad and the Mexico women's national team.

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, usually known as women's football or women's soccer, is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.

Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

Real Sociedad Femenino

Real Sociedad Femenino is the women's football section of Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

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College career

Palacios played for UC Irvine in her Collegiate career converting from the defensive midfield to a forward, and essentially playing where the Anteaters needed her to be. She adjusted well and became the 4th leading scorer all time for UC Irvine with 24 goals. In her junior season, she at a point led the NCAA in goals scored and total team points before leaving for international duty for Mexico's U-20 team in 2016, 2 weeks before the collegiate regular season ended. In her senior season, due to team injuries, she was put into the Central/Attacking Midfield position where she guided UC Irvine to the Big West regular season title where they were defeated in the Big West Semifinals. Palacios received numerous collegiate accolades locally and nationally, in athletics and academics.

Club career

Palacios was selected in the 4th Round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft by Sky Blue FC, [3] but was not signed.

The 2018 NWSL College Draft was held on January 18, 2018 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sky Blue FC professional soccer club in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, USA

Sky Blue FC is a professional soccer team based in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, which has participated in the National Women's Soccer League since 2013. From 2009 to 2011, the team played in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

She joined the LA Galaxy Orange County Women's squad in May 2018 competing in the United Wonen's Soccer league. The club is managed by her college coach from UC Irvine Scott Juniper and the team is designed to help collegiate players and recent graduates develop as professionals. She scored 3 goals in 5 matches. [4]

LA Galaxy Association football club in Los Angeles, California

The LA Galaxy, also known as the Los Angeles Galaxy, is an American professional soccer franchise based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The club began play in 1996 as one of the league's eight charter members.

On 13 July 2018, it was announced Palacios has signed a one-year contract with Spanish club Real Sociedad. [5]

On May 11, 2019 Palacios scored in the 19th minute in the 2018–19 Copa de la Reina de Fútbol to equalize against Atlético Madrid to assist Real Sociedad to its first title in a 2-1 victory. [6]

The 2018–19 Copa de la Reina de Fútbol was the 37th edition of the Spanish women's association football national cup.

Atlético Madrid Femenino

Club Atlético de Madrid Femenino is a Spanish women's football team based in Madrid that play in Primera División (women). It is the women's section of Atlético Madrid.

International career

Palacios represented Mexico at the 2015 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship and the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She made her senior debut on 4 February 2017 in a friendly match against Canada. [7]

2015 CONCACAF Womens U-20 Championship

The 2015 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship was the 8th edition of the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organised by CONCACAF for the women's under-20 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament was hosted by Honduras and took place between 3–13 December 2015, as announced by CONCACAF on 7 May 2015. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.

2016 FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup

The 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was the 8th edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the biennial international women's youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The tournament was held in Papua New Guinea from 13 November to 3 December 2016. This was the first FIFA tournament held in the country.

Exhibition game Sporting event wherein the result has no external impact

An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced. In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. If the players usually play in different teams in other leagues, exhibition games offer an opportunity for the players to learn to work with each other. The games can be held between separate teams or between parts of the same team.

Palacios made her first senior team start on July 8, 2017 vs Sweden and scored her first senior team goal on April 8, 2018 vs the United States in her 5th recorded cap.

Honours

Club

Real Sociedad

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Kiana Palacios". UC Irvine Athletics. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. "Sky Blue FC makes five selections in 2018 NWSL College Draft". Sky Blue FC. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. "Kiana Palacios". United Women's Soccer. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. "Refuerzo para la delantera" (in Spanish). Real Sociedad de Fútbol S.A.D. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  6. 1 2 "Real Sociedad women end Atletico double dreams with Cup win". 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  7. "La SNM Femenil cayó 3-2 con Canadá en duelo de preparación" (in Spanish). MiSeleccion.mx. Retrieved 31 March 2017.