Lindsey Horan

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Lindsey Horan
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Horan with the United States women's national soccer team in June 2018
Personal information
Full nameLindsey Michelle Horan
Date of birth (1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Golden, Colorado, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position

Forward, attacking midfielder,

central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2012 Colorado Rush
Senior career*
2012 Colorado Rush 3 (2)
2012–2016 Paris Saint-Germain 58 (46)
2016– Portland Thorns FC 58 (22)
National team
United States U-17 17 (15)
United States U-20 24 (26)
2013– United States 64 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of September 4, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 22, 2019

Lindsey Michelle Horan (born May 26, 1994) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays primarily as a midfielder for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. In 2018 she was named NWSL MVP. Horan was a leading player for the Thorns during their 2017 championship season, scoring the winning goal in the championship game, and before that was a prolific scorer for Paris Saint-Germain FC, scoring 46 goals in 58 appearances. She was the leading scorer for the United States U-17 team at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship. [1] [2] [3]


Early life

Horan grew up in Golden, Colorado near Denver. Although she attended Golden High School, she did not play soccer for the school. Instead, she played club soccer with the Colorado Rush. She first started playing for the Rush* during the U-11 tryouts. In March, when Horan was 15 years old and was one of the youngest players on the United States under-17 women's national team, she scored 12 goals in nine games (a team best) leading up to the North American/Central American/Caribbean U-17 tournament in Costa Rica. During her sophomore year at Golden, she was named to the Parade Magazine High School All-American team although she didn't play high school soccer. [4] [5]

In 2012, Horan was named the top-ranked college prospect by ESPN. [6] Although she had a scholarship to play for North Carolina, Horan bypassed her college career and signed with French club Paris Saint-Germain FC (PSG). [7]

Club career

Colorado Rush

Horan played for the Colorado Rush in the W-League during the 2012 season. [8] She played three games for the team, scoring two goals and taking 19 shots. [9]

Paris Saint-Germain FC, 2012–2016

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Horan with PSG during the 2012–13 season

In July 2012, Horan signed a six-figure deal to play with the professional French club, Paris Saint-Germain FC (PSG). [10] [11] On January 4, 2016, Paris Saint-Germain announced Horan's contract had been terminated to allow her to return to the United States. [12] She played her final game on December 5, 2015, a 5–0 win over FCF Juvisy. Horan scored the match's opening goal. [13] Horan scored 46 goals in 58 appearances for PSG.

Portland Thorns, 2016–present

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Horan with Portland Thorns in 2016

On January 13, 2016, Horan signed with the Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL. [14]

Unlike her role at PSG, Horan for Portland plays in central midfield in a position similar to her national-team role.[ original research? ]

Horan scored the only goal in Portland's 1–0 win over the North Carolina Courage in the 2017 NWSL Championship, Horan was named NWSL Championship MVP. [15]

Horan was named Player of the Month for July 2018, she scored three goals in July, helping the Thorns to a 3–0–0 record for the month. [16] She was named to the 2018 NWSL Best XI, and on September 21, 2018 she was named 2018 NWSL Most Valuable Player. [17]

International career

Horan (right) with the national team in 2017 Lindsey Horan (37322124410).jpg
Horan (right) with the national team in 2017

Horan played for the United States women's national under-17 soccer team and was the leading scorer for the team at the 2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship. [1] She helped the United States women's national under-20 soccer team win the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in March by scoring four goals, including a hat trick against Guatemala in the group stage. Horan was unable to play in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup because of a knee injury that required surgery. [11]

In February 2013, at the age of eighteen, she was named to the senior team roster for the 2013 Algarve Cup. [18] She earned her first cap for the senior team during a group stage match against China at the Algarve on March 8, 2013. [19] Horan was called up to the senior roster near the end of 2015 [20] and scored her first goal for the senior team during a 'Woman of the Match' performance against Trinidad & Tobago in December 2015. She is on the roster for the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship and started the opening group stage match against Costa Rica in central midfield.

While Horan played successfully as a striker during her time at PSG, with 46 goals in 56 appearances, she gained praise[ by whom? ] for her role in central midfield after her return to the national team in 2016.[ citation needed ]

Career Statistics


Correct as of September 2018

Paris SG [21]
Portland Thorns [22] 201615511166
Career totals1106113810314279

* For NWSL, "Cup" refers to the championship playoffs.

International goals

12015-12-10 [m 1] Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 1.190+2 Stephanie McCaffrey

5650.06005 6–0

5650.06005 6–0

22016-02-21 [m 2] Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

off 82' (on Dunn)

1.153 Becky Sauerbrunn

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Olympic qualifier: final
32016-06-02 [m 3] Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

on 61' (off Brian)

1.189 Kelley O'Hara

5150.03005 3–2

5050.03005 3–3

42017-09-19Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand

on 33' (off Lavelle)

1.136 Samantha Mewis



52018-04-08 [m 4] Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

off 40' (on Hanson)

1.125 Megan Rapinoe



62018-07-29Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 1.190 Megan Rapinoe



2018 Tournament of Nations
72018-10-10Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 1.149unassisted



2018 CONCACAF Championship





Portland Thorns




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  2. "Lindsey Horan: She Won't Shy Away From Goals". US Soccer. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  3. Archived July 7, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Meet PARADE's All-America High School Soccer Team". Parade Magazine. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  5. Frei, Terry. "Golden's Horan, a soccer prodigy, battles despite prestige on national soccer scene". Denver Post. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  6. "ESPNHS 150: Class of 2012". ESPN. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  7. "Horan bypasses college soccer for Paris, PSG". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  8. "Lindsey Horan player profile". Colorado Rush. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  9. "2012 Colorado Rush stats". Colorado Rush. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  10. "Lindsey Horan signs reported six-figure deal with PSG". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  11. 1 2 "Golden's Lindsey Horan passes on college soccer for six-figure contract with French team". Denver Post. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  12. "L'Américaine du PSG rappelée sous les drapeaux". (in French). Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  13. "Paris win the derby! –". Paris Saint-Germain – PSG. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  14. "Midfielder Lindsey Horan added to Thorns FC through U.S. Women's National Team allocation process". January 13, 2016.
  15. "Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns Win the 2017 NWSL Championship Over the NC Courage". October 14, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  16. "July Player of the Month: Lindsey Horan". August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  17. "2018 NWSL Most Valuable Player: Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns FC". September 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  18. Bird, Liviu. "U.S. Soccer releases roster for 2013 Algarve Cup". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  19. "Christen Press Scores Team-Leading Fourth Goal as U.S. WNT Defeats China PR 5–0 at Algarve Cup in Portugal". US Soccer. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  20. "WNT Brings 28-Player Roster for Final Matches of 2015 Victory Tour". US Soccer. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
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  22. "Lindsey Horan stats" . Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  23. "WNT WINS 2018 SHEBELIEVES CUP WITH 1–0 VICTORY VS. ENGLAND". March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
Match reports
  1. "WNT Continues Victory Tour with 6–0 Win vs. Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio". U.S.Soccer. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  2. "WNT Defeats Canada 2–0 to Win 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship". U.S.Soccer. February 21, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  3. "USA and Japan Play to Thrilling 3–3 Draw Before Sold Out Crowd in Colorado". U.S.Soccer. June 3, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  4. "U.S. WNT vs. Mexico". U.S. Soccer. April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.