Laura Österberg Kalmari
|Full name||Laura Elina Österberg Kalmari|
|Date of birth||27 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Kirkkonummi, Finland|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|2010–2011||Sky Blue FC||33||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Laura Elina Österberg Kalmari (née Kalmari; born 27 May 1979) is a Finnish former professional football (soccer) player. Immediately prior to her retirement in early 2012, she had been playing as a forward for American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) team Sky Blue FC. She is the Finland women's national football team's most capped player and all-time record goalscorer.
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Österberg Kalmari played in Finnish clubs Puistolan Urheilijat, Malmin Palloseura and HJK before moving to the University of Portland in 2000. Kalmari returned to HJK to play in the inaugural UEFA Women's Cup in 2001–2002. HJK reached the semi-finals, and then she moved back to the United States to play with Boston Renegades in the W-League. In 2002, she moved to Swedish Damallsvenskan club Umeå IK, where she won the UEFA Women's Cup two years in succession. Österberg Kalmari also played for Djurgården/Älvsjö in 2005 and 2006, before moving to AIK in 2007.
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With Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) team Sky Blue FC Österberg Kalmari scored seven goals in 33 appearances across the 2010 and 2011 seasons.After the failure of the professional league in America, Österberg Kalmari announced her retirement from playing in April 2012.
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