Lauren Holiday

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Lauren Holiday
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February 2012
Personal information
Full nameLauren Nicole Holiday
Date of birth (1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward, midfielder
Youth career
Ben Davis High School
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2009 UCLA
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009 Pali Blues 10 (2)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 32 (8)
2013–2015 FC Kansas City 48 (22)
National team
2004 United States U17
2006–2007 United States U20 20 (15)
2005 United States U21
2007–2015 United States 133 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of October 5, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 25, 2015

Lauren Nicole Holiday (néeCheney; born September 30, 1987) is an American retired professional soccer player who played as a midfielder and forward for the United States women's national soccer team from 2007 to 2015. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. Holiday played professionally for FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the Boston Breakers in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She played collegiate soccer for the UCLA Bruins.

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Holiday won gold with the national team at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, 2012 London Summer Olympics, and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. She played for the team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup where the U.S. finished in second place and Holiday was named to the tournament's All-Star team.

The women's association football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and four other cities in China from 6 August to 21 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to send their full women's national teams.

Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Womens tournament 2012 edition of the womens association football tournament during the Olympic Summer Games

The women's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held in London and five other cities in the United Kingdom from 25 July to 9 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to enter their women's teams in regional qualifying competitions, from which 11 teams, plus the hosts Great Britain reached the final tournament. There are no age restrictions for the players participating in the tournament. It is the first major FIFA affiliated women's tournament to be staged within the United Kingdom, and marked the first time a team representing Great Britain took part in the women's tournament.

2015 FIFA Womens World Cup 2015 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament was hosted by Canada for the first time and by a North American country for the third time. Matches were played in six cities across Canada in five time zones. The tournament began on 6 June 2015, and finished with the final on 5 July 2015 with a United States victory over Japan.

In 2007, she was named U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. [1] She earned U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year honors in 2014. [2] She was the first player in NWSL history to have her jersey retired after retiring from the league.

U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year is given by the United States Soccer Federation to the American soccer players judged best in the calendar year. The U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award originated in 1984 followed by the Female Athlete of the Year in 1985. Awards for Young Male and Young Female were added in 1998. An award for disabled athletes was added in 2012. The award is considered the highest American accolade for soccer players in the country.

Early life

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Rita and George Cheney, Holiday began playing soccer as a youth after watching her brother play the sport. She played on boys' teams until age 12. [3] [4] She attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis where she was named the school's most valuable offensive player in 2004–05. In 2004, she was named Metro Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star. [5] In 2006, she was named Parade All-American and was Gatorade Player of the Year in addition to receiving numerous regional awards including first-team All-Conference, All-County and All-State, and Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year. She earned Indiana All-State selection honors each year of her high school career and was named NSCAA All-American three times. Holiday finished her high school career having scored 118 goals and served 67 assists. [6] She graduated mid-year in 2006 to train full-time with the United States U-20 women's national soccer team for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. [7]

Ben Davis High School, also known as "BDHS", is a 3-year American high school in Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Gatorade Player of the Year awards are given annually to up and coming high school student-athletes in the United States. They are given for boys' baseball, boys' football, girls' softball, girls' volleyball, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, boys' cross country, girls' cross country, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, boys' track & field, and girls' track & field.

The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament, organized by FIFA, for national teams of women under the age of 20. The tournament is held in even-numbered years. It was first conducted in 2002 as the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship with an upper age limit of 19. In 2006, the age limit was raised to the current 20. The event was renamed as a World Cup effective with the 2008 competition, making its name consistent with FIFA's other worldwide competitions for national teams.

UCLA Bruins, 2006–2009

In the fall of 2006, Holiday enrolled at UCLA, where she was named a first-team All-American and NSCAA Freshman of the Year. [8] [9] She led the Pac-10 Conference with 19 goals, which also set a new UCLA freshman record with a goals-per-game percentage of .95. [10] [11] As a sophomore in 2007, she was the runner-up for the women's Hermann Trophy and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. She led the conference again in goals scored with 23 and broke the UCLA single-season school records for points (57) and goals (23). [12]

University of California, Los Angeles Public research university in Los Angeles, California

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is a public research university in Los Angeles. It became the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the fourth-oldest of the 10-campus University of California system. It offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. UCLA enrolls about 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students and had 119,000 applicants for Fall 2016, including transfer applicants, making the school the most applied-to of any American university.

Hermann Trophy

The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the United States's top male and female college soccer players.

Holiday became the first player in UCLA history to earn NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-America honors all four years of her career. At UCLA, she set new school records for points (173) and game-winning goals (28); and tied the career school record in goals with 71. She had 31 career assists, second place in the record book. During her four years, the Bruins played in consecutive NCAA College Cups. [12] [13]

Playing career

Club

Pali Blues, 2009

During the summer of 2009, Holiday joined Southern California team Pali Blues, in the W-League. [14] Throughout the entire regular season, the Blues did not lose a match and finished first in the Western Conference with a 9–0–3 record. [15] After defeating the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4–0 in the championship semi-final in which Holiday scored a goal in the 65th minute, [16] the Pali Blues clinched the championship title in a 2–1 defeat of the Washington Freedom Reserves on August 7, 2009. [17]

Boston Breakers, 2010–2011

Holiday playing in the rain against Saint Louis Athletica. Cheney-02-2010stl.jpg
Holiday playing in the rain against Saint Louis Athletica.

On January 15, 2010, Holiday was selected by the Boston Breakers as the second overall pick in the WPS Draft. [18] She played in 23 games for Boston during the 2010 season, starting in 21 matches and scoring five goals with two assists. [19] After Boston finished in second place during the regular season with a 10–8–6, the team advanced to the playoffs. [19] Holiday scored the team's lone goal in the 2–1 playoff loss against the Philadelphia Independence. [20] Holiday was named as a starter in the 2010 WPS All-Star Game and scored in the 79th minute. [21]

During the 2011 WPS season, Holiday made ten appearances for the club. [19] After returning to Boston following the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Holiday's brace during the team's final regular season match helped the Breakers clinch the last remaining spot in the playoffs. She was subsequently named WPS Player of the Week for week 18 of the season. [22] The Breakers finished the regular season in fourth place with a 5–9–4 The team was defeated 3–1 by magicJack during the playoff semifinal. [23]

FC Kansas City, 2013–2015

In 2013, Holiday was one of three national team players along with Becky Sauerbrunn and Nicole Barnhart to be allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League as part of the NWSL Player Allocation. [24] In June 2013, she was named NWSL Player of the Month after scoring six times in five games and becoming the league's leading scorer with eight goals. [25] FC Kansas City finished second during the regular season with an 11–6–5 record. [26] The team advanced to the playoffs but were defeated 2–3 by Portland Thorns FC during the semi-finals. Following the 2013 NWSL season, Holiday was awarded the Golden Boot, an award given to the player who scores the most goals (12) and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP). [27]

In 2014 NWSL season, FC Kansas City finished the regular season in second place, with Holiday providing a team-leading 7 assists, and finished second in goals scored with 8 behind Amy Rodriguez's 13. In the post-season playoffs, Holiday scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over the Portland Thorns FC in the semi final, and provided both the assists for Rodriguez's two goals, as they beat Seattle Reign FC 2–1 in the 2014 Championship game, to clinch the club's first NWSL title. Holiday was voted the match's MVP. [28]

As of 2015, Holiday was the leading goal scorer (20) and assist leader (12) all-time in the NWSL. She retired from the NWSL at the end of the 2015 season. [29] Her number 12 jersey was retired in her honour.

International

Holiday playing with the United States women's national soccer team in San Jose, California, 2015 Lauren Cheney on the ball.jpg
Holiday playing with the United States women's national soccer team in San Jose, California, 2015

Holiday made her first appearance and start for the U.S. women's national soccer team on January 26, 2007, against Germany. [13] She earned her second cap and scored her first goals against Mexico on April 14, 2007. [13] The same year, she was named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. [30]

2008 Beijing Olympics

Holiday was named to the U.S. roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after Abby Wambach was forced to withdraw with a broken leg. [31] [32] She appeared in three games as a substitute [13] helping the U.S. win gold at the tournament. [33] In 2010, Holiday was the second-leading scorer on the team with seven goals in 13 total matches, starting seven. [13]

Four Nations Tournament, Algarve Cup, and FIFA Women's World Cup, 2011

2011 saw the U.S. team making preparations for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and training starting with the Four Nations Tournament in January. Holiday scored her 12th international goal during the U.S.' 2–1 win over Canada. [34] The U.S. defeated China 2–0 in the final to clinch the tournament title. [35] At the 2011 Algarve Cup in March, she scored a goal against Iceland during the final helping the U.S. win 4–2 and clinch their 8th title at the tournament. [36] [37] [38]

Holiday started in all six 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup matches, scoring two goals and leading the team with three assists. Her performance earned a spot on the Women's World Cup All-Star Team. [39] Holiday scored the first tournament goal for the U.S. during the team's first group stage against North Korea on June 28 helping the U.S. win 2–0. [40] [41] During the team's next group stage match against Colombia, Cheney served the assist to Megan Rapinoe's first World Cup goal who had just subbed into the match. It was the quickest goal for a U.S. substitute in history of the tournament. [42] Despite losing to Sweden 2–1 during the team's third group stage match, [43] the U.S. advanced to the knockout stage where they faced Brazil on July 10. [44] The U.S. won the dramatic match after equalizing the match in the 120th minute and winning 5–3 in the resulting penalty kick shootout. [45] During the semi-final match against France on July 13, Holiday scored the game-opening goal in the ninth minute. [46] In the 79th minute, her cross to Abby Wambach lifted the score to 2–1 and an eventual 3–1 win to advance to the World Cup final against Japan. [47] In front of a sell-out crowd of 48,817, the United States tied Japan 1–1 during regulation time and 2–2 in overtime advancing to a penalty kick shootout where they were defeated. [48] [49] Despite experiencing an ankle early in the first half of the match, Holiday continued playing until being subbed off at the start of the second half. [50]

2012 London Olympics

Holiday led the United States team with seven assists in five games at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia including four assists during the U.S.' 14–0 rout of the Dominican Republic. She played in all six games at the 2012 Summer Olympics, starting five. She came off the bench in the gold medal match to play the final 23 minutes after suffering a minor injury in the semifinal. [13]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

In 2015, Holiday scored the third goal of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final in the 14th minute of the game helping the U.S. defeat previous World Cup champions Japan 5–2. [51] [52]

On July 7, 2015, following the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Holiday announced her retirement from her international career. [53] [54]

Career statistics

International goals

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

DateLocationOpponentLineupNo.MinAssist/passScoreResultCompetition
12007-04-14 [m 1] Foxborough Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

on 8' (off Lilly)

1.188 Heather O'Reilly

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
22008-01-18 [m 2] Guangzhou Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

on 46' (off Wambach)

1.169 Tina DiMartino

5250.03005 3–1

5350.04005 4–1

Four Nations Tournament
32008-04-04 [m 3] Juarez Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Start1.121unassisted

5250.02005 2–0

5650.06005 6–0

Olympic qualifier: final round
42009-05-25 [m 4] Toronto Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

on 77' (off Rodriguez)

1.180 Heather O'Reilly

5450.02005 4–0

5450.02005 4–0

Friendly
52010-02-24 [m 5] Santo Antonio Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland

off 66' (on Rodriguez)

1.161 Lori Lindsey

5250.02005 2–0

5250.02005 2–0

Algarve Cup: Group B
62010-03-01 [m 6] Ferreiras Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

2.156 Casey Nogueira

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Algarve Cup: Group B
72.286 Lori Lindsey

5250.02005 2–0

82010-03-03 [m 7] Faro Flag of Germany.svg  Germany

off 84' (on Nogueira)

1.169unassisted

5250.03005 3–1

5150.03005 3–2

Algarve Cup: final
92010-03-28 [m 8] San Diego Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

1.172 Shannon Boxx

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Friendly
102010-11-01 [m 9] Cancun Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Start1.168unassisted

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 4–0

World Cup qualifier: Group B
112010-11-08 [m 10] Cancun Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Start1.117 Lori Lindsey

5150.01005 1–0

5350.03005 3–0

World Cup qualifier: third-place match
122011-01-23 [m 11] Chongqing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

1.154 Lindsay Tarpley

5150.02005 1–0

5150.02005 2–1

Four Nations Tournament
132011-03-09 [m 12] Faro Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland

off 46' (on Wambach)

1.145+1 Megan Rapinoe

5050.02005 2–2

5250.04005 4–2

Algarve Cup: final
142011-06-05 [m 13] Harrison Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

on 61' (off Rodriguez)

1.190+2 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Friendly
152011-06-28 [m 14] Dresden Flag of North Korea.svg  Korea DPR Start1.154 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

World Cup: Group C
162011-07-13 [m 15] Mönchengladbach Flag of France.svg  France Start1.19 Heather O'Reilly

5150.01005 1–0

5250.03005 3–1

World Cup: semifinal
172012-01-20 [m 16] Vancouver Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Start1.164 Heather O'Reilly

6150.11005 11–0

6450.14005 14–0

Olympic qualifier: Group B
182012-01-22 [m 17] Vancouver Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala

off 46' (on Morgan)

1.124unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

6350.13005 13–0

Olympic qualifier: Group B
192013-06-15 [m 18] Foxborough Flag of South Korea.svg  Korea Republic

off 77' (on Brian)

1.17 Tobin Heath

5250.02005 2–0

5350.04005 4–1

Friendly
202013-06-20 [m 19] Harrison Flag of South Korea.svg  Korea Republic

off 71' (on Averbuch)

1.164 Kelley O'Hara

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
212013-10-20 [m 20] San Antonio Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia

on 64' (off Brian)

1.16unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

Friendly
222014-02-13 [m 21] Atlanta Flag of Russia.svg  Russia

on 68' (off Brian)

1.181penalty

5650.06005 6–0

5850.08005 8–0

Friendly
232014-04-06 [m 22] Commerce Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR

off 67' (on Rapinoe)

1.139unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Friendly
242015-07-05 [m 23] Vancouver Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1.114unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

5350.05005 5–2

World Cup: final

Honors and awards

International

Individual

Team

with FC Kansas City

Personal life

At the age of three, Holiday had open heart surgery to correct a heart defect. [68] She married professional basketball player Jrue Holiday, fellow former UCLA Bruin and NBA point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, on July 7, 2013. [69] The two first met and began dating in 2008 while they were both attending UCLA.

On September 4, 2016, it was announced that Holiday had previously been diagnosed with a brain tumor during her pregnancy. Her husband chose to take a leave of absence to care for her. The tumor, which was benign, was found on the right side of her brain in late June 2016. [70] [71] Holiday gave birth to Jrue Tyler Holiday, a baby girl in September 2016, and the tumor was successfully removed in October. [72]

Holiday has signed endorsement deals with Under Armour and Chobani. [73] [74]

Video games

Holiday 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. [75]

Ticker tape parade and White House honor

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Holiday and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. [76] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. [77] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. [78]

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