Merritt Mathias

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Merritt Mathias
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Mathias, April 2017
Personal information
Full nameMerritt Elizabeth Mathias
Date of birth (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 11
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2009 North Carolina 39 (3)
2010–2011 Texas A&M 44 (17)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2012 New York Fury
2013–2014 FC Kansas City 42 (2)
2015–2017 Seattle Reign FC 60 (2)
2018– North Carolina Courage 26 (3)
National team
2006–2007 United States U-17
2011 United States U-23
2018– United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of April 21, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 12, 2018

Merritt Elizabeth Mathias (born July 2, 1990) is an American soccer forward currently playing for North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She previously played for FC Kansas City and Seattle Reign FC.

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Early life

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Mathias attended and played for Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. Mathias was one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation according to Soccer Buzz Magazine. She was a Parade Magazine high school All-America selection in 2007 and the 2006 and 2007 National High School Coaches Association All-America. [1]

Birmingham, Alabama Most populous city in Alabama, United States

Birmingham is a city in the north central region of the U.S. state of Alabama. With an estimated 2018 population of 209,880, it is the most populous city in Alabama. Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County, Alabama's most populous and fifth largest county. As of 2018, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 1,151,801, making it the most populous in Alabama and 49th-most populous in the United States. Birmingham serves as an important regional hub and is associated with the Deep South, Piedmont, and Appalachian regions of the nation.

Alabama A state in the United States

Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. With a total of 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.

Oak Mountain High School

Oak Mountain High School is a four-year public high school in the northern Shelby County suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. It is the largest of Shelby County School System's seven high schools. The school's colors are red, white, and blue, and the athletic teams are called the Eagles. Oak Mountain competes in AHSAA Class 7A athletics.

University of North Carolina, Texas A&M University, 2008–2011

Mathias attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she played for the Tar Heels for two seasons in 2008 and 2009 before transferring to Texas A&M University where she majored in Agriculture leadership and development. [2] During her first season with the Aggies, she started in 20 matches and scored nine goals – third best on the team. She was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer team. She was also a two-time Big 12 Player of the week. During her senior year, she started in all 24 matches and scored eight goals, including three game-winners. She ranked second on the team in assists with 11 and led the Big 12 Conference in all games with 93 shots on the season while ranking second in shots per game at 3.88. She ranked third in assists at eleven and third in assists per game at 0.46. Mathias ranked second in Top Drawer Soccer's Big 12 Top 20 Player Rankings and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team as well as the Big 12 All-Tournament Team. Mathias ended the season ranked at number 17 nationally in total assists was number 35 for assists per game. [3]

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also known as UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or simply Carolina is a public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is the flagship of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system. After being chartered in 1789, the university first began enrolling students in 1795, which also allows it to be one of three schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States. Among the claimants, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the only one to have held classes and graduated students as a public university in the eighteenth century.

North Carolina Tar Heels womens soccer

The North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I soccer. The team has won 20 of the 27 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, and 22 of the 36 NCAA national championships.

Texas A&M University Public research university in College Station, Texas, United States

Texas A&M University is a public research university founded in 1876 and located in College Station, Texas. In 1948, Texas A&M University became the founding member of the Texas A&M University System. As of 2017, Texas A&M's student body is the largest in Texas and the second largest in the United States. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution–the only university in Texas to hold all three designations–reflects a range of research with ongoing projects funded by organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. In 2001, Texas A&M was inducted as a member of the Association of American Universities. The school's students, alumni—over 450,000 strong—and sports teams are known as Aggies. The Texas A&M Aggies athletes compete in 18 varsity sports as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Club career

New York Fury, 2012

Following the folding of the WPS, Mathias signed on to play with the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite.

Womens Professional Soccer defunct soccer league and highest level of womens soccer in the United States

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.

New York Fury

New York Fury was a semi-professional American women’s soccer club playing in the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the top tier of women’s soccer in the United States in 2012. It was part of the Fury Soccer Organization which also supports the Long Island Fury. The club, founded in 2011, was a member of Women's Premier Soccer League and in 2012 joined the newly formed Women's Premier Soccer League Elite.

Womens Premier Soccer League Elite defunct soccer league, formerly the highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The Women's Premier Soccer League Elite was a women's semi-professional soccer league created by the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) to support the sport in the United States, both from continued interest by WPSL teams in professionalism and as a response to the suspension of the WPS.

FC Kansas City, 2013–2014

Prior to the start of the National Women's Soccer League's inaugural season, Mathias was selected 22nd overall in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft by FC Kansas City. [4] [5] [6] During the 2013 season, Mathias started in 20 of the 23 matches in which she played. She scored two goals: one against the Portland Thorns on June 30 resulting in a 2–0 win for Kansas City and the second in the ninetieth minute against Boston Breakers on July 24. [7] Kansas City finished the regular season in second place with an 11–6–5 record and advanced to the playoffs. [8] [9] They were eliminated in the semi-finals after being defeated 3–2 by Portland in overtime. [10]

National Womens Soccer League Professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league owned by the teams, and under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of three expansion teams in Houston (2014), Orlando (2016), Salt Lake City (2018) and the loss of FC Kansas City and Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

The 2013 National Women's Soccer League season was the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this was the seventh overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league was operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing was provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations paid the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

The 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft took place on February 7, 2013.

During the 2014 season, Mathias helped FC Kansas City finish second in the regular season standings with a 16–6–2 record and ultimately win the league championship after defeating first place Seattle Reign FC 2–1. [11] Mathias started in 18 of the 22 matches in which she played. [7]

The 2014 season was FC Kansas City's second season of existence. The team competes in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

Seattle Reign FC, 2015–2017

In November 2014, Mathias was traded to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Kate Deines and two 2015 draft picks. [12] [13] During the 2015 season, Mathias started in 19 of the team's 20 regular season games and recorded 1,480 minutes on the pitch. During a match against the Washington Spirit on May 2, she scored the game-winning goal in the 48th minute helping the Reign win 3–1. [14] During a match against the Houston Dash on August 12, she scored an equalizer in the 22nd minute. The Reign defeated the Dash 2–1 and earned a berth to the playoffs. [15] Mathias served two assists throughout the season. [16] The Reign finished the regular season in first place clinching the NWSL Shield for the second consecutive time. [17] After advancing to the playoffs, Seattle faced fourth-place team Washington Spirit and won 3–0, advancing to the championship final. [18] Seattle was ultimately defeated 1–0 by FC Kansas City during the championship final in Portland. [19]

During the 2016 season, Mathias made 17 starts in her 19 appearances for the club. [7] She scored the club's lone goal (a header goal) during a 2–1 loss to Sky Blue FC in April 2017, the club's first loss at home in 24 games. [20] During the first few months of the season, a number of offensive players became unavailable due to injury including Manon Melis, [21] Jess Fishlock [22] and Megan Rapinoe. [23] Seattle finished the regular season in fifth place with a 8–6–8 record, narrowly missing a playoff spot by two points. [24]

Returning to the club for the 2017 season, Mathias scored a goal in the 39th minute in a match against the Portland Thorns FC. [25] After the match, she was fined and suspended three matches for an incident with Emily Sonnett. [26]

North Carolina Courage, 2018–present

Mathias was traded to North Carolina Courage in January 2018. [27] She appeared in 22 regular season games for the Courage, scoring 3 goals. Mathias was an important part of the backline that broke the record for fewest goals concealed, and won the NWSL Shield. She was named to the 2018 NWSL Second XI. [28] In the 2018 play-offs, Mathias was in the starting lineup for the semi-final and final. She recorded an assist in the Championship game as the Courage won the 2018 NWSL Championship. [29]

International career

Mathias has extensive experience at the youth national team levels having played on the U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-23 teams. In October 2016, Mathias was called up to camp for the United States women's national soccer team. [30] She received her first cap for United States women's national soccer team on June 12, 2018 in a friendly against China PR in Cleveland. Mathias came in as a substitute replacing Sofia Huerta in the 77th minute. [31]

She was named to the U.S Roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations, but she didn't appear in any games. The U.S won the tournament. [32] Mathias was on the provisional 35-player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship but wasn't named to the final 20-player roster, however she would still join the squad to train and help in preparations. [33]

Honors

Club

FC Kansas City

Seattle Reign

North Carolina Courage

Personal

International

See also

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