Raquel Rodríguez

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Raquel Rodríguez
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Personal information
Full nameRaquel Rodríguez Cedeño [1]
Date of birth (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 25) [1]
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in) [1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sky Blue
Number 11
College career
2012–2015 Penn State 93 (23)
Senior career*
2016– Sky Blue FC 66 (8)
2017–2018Perth Glory (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2008–2010 Costa Rica U17 3 (3)
2008–2012 Costa Rica U20 14 (10)
2008– Costa Rica 49 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 21 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2017

Raquel "Rocky" Rodríguez Cedeño (born 28 October 1993) is a Costa Rican international soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League.

Costa Rica Country in Central America

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a sovereign state in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers. An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José with around 2 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.

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).

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.


Early life

Born in San José, Costa Rica to Sivianni Rodriguez and Grettel Cedeño, [2] Rodriguez was raised in Costa Rica and moved to the United States where support for women's soccer offered more opportunity. [3] [4] Her father, Sivianni Rodríguez, played professionally in Costa Rica with Herediano and the Costa Rica national football team. [5]

San José, Costa Rica City and municipality in San José, Costa Rica

San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and the capital of the province of the same name. It is located in the centre of the country, specifically in the mid-west of the Central Valley, and contained within San José Canton. San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of Costa Rica. The population of San José Canton was 288,054 in 2011, and San José’s municipal land area measures 44.2 square kilometers, with an estimated 333,980 residents in 2015. The San José metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and includes the cities of Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago, with an estimated population of over 2 million in 2017. The city is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.

C.S. Herediano association football club

Club Sport Herediano, commonly known as Herediano and nicknamed El Team, is a Costa Rican multisport club based in the district of San Francisco, Heredia. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Herediano is mostly known for its association football team. It plays in the Primera División de Costa Rica, the top tier of the Costa Rican football league system. Herediano are one of two clubs to have never been relegated, along with Alajuelense.

Costa Rica national football team mens national association football team representing Costa Rica

The Costa Rica national soccer team is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica. They have been a member of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) since 1927, a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.

Rodriquez began playing soccer at age four and played on boys teams and trained with her brother and father as a youth. At age 11, her cousin told her one of the well-known men's club teams was holding tryouts for a women’s team. After trying out, she played for the team's under-15 team. [5] She played for the high school team while still attending elementary school. [5] Both Raquel and her brother, Sivianni, attended International Christian School. [5] She played for the school's team for a short while before committing to play for Costa Rica's national teams. [5]

Penn State, 2012–2015

Rodriguez was a four-year starter for the Penn State Nittany Lions. [2] As the 2015 team captain, she led her team to victory at the NCAA College Cup by scoring the game-winning goal against the Duke Blue Devils. [6] Rodriguez received numerous awards in 2015, including NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year, Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Year, and she was the 2015 recipient of the Mac Herman Trophy. [2]

Penn State Nittany Lions intercollegiate sports teams of Penn State University

The Penn State Nittany Lions are the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University, except for the women's basketball team, known as the Lady Lions. The school colors are navy blue and white. The school mascot is the Nittany Lion. The intercollegiate athletics logo was commissioned in 1983.

Duke Blue Devils intercollegiate sports teams of Duke University

The Duke Blue Devils are the athletic teams that represent Duke University, featuring 27 varsity teams in the NCAA Division I. The name comes from the French "les Diables Bleus" or "the Blue Devils," which was the nickname given during World War I to the Chasseurs Alpins, the French Alpine light infantry battalion.

TopDrawerSoccer.com (TDS) is an American soccer website that is dedicated to youth soccer in the United States. Specifically, the website focuses on Academy soccer, high school soccer, and college soccer in the United States. The website was launched by Robert Ziegler in 2003.

Club career

Sky Blue FC, 2016–present

Rodríguez was selected second overall by Sky Blue FC in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. [7] In her rookie season, she scored 1 goal in 18 matches, and at the end of the season was named NWSL Rookie of the Year. [8] In the 2017 season, Rodríguez scored the fastest goal in NWSL history, netting 24 seconds from kick-off against Portland Thorns FC. [9]

The 2016 NWSL College Draft was held on January 15, 2016 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 2017 National Women's Soccer League season was the fifth 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), it was the eleventh overall season of FIFA- and USSF-sanctioned top-division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association; both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

Portland Thorns FC soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Portland, Oregon, USA

The Portland Thorns FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Portland, Oregon. Established in 2012, the team began play in 2013 in the then-eight-team National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), which receives support from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and formerly the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). The Portland franchise is owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, which also owns the Portland Timbers. The Thorns, the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, and the Utah Royals are other NWSL teams with Major League Soccer affiliations.

Perth Glory, 2017

On 12 October 2017, Rodríguez joined Perth Glory for the 2017–18 W-League season. Rodríguez is the first Central American ever to play in the W-League. [10]

Perth Glory FC (W-League)

The Perth Glory FC, also known as the Perth Glory Women, represents the Perth Glory in the W-League, the top division women's football (soccer) league in Australia. The team was established in 2008, with the founding of the new league. They use both HBF Park and Dorrien Gardens as their main home grounds since the 2017–18 Season.

The 2017–18 W-League season was the tenth season of the W-League, the Australian national women's association football competition.

International career

During the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Rodriguez scored Costa Rica's first ever Women's World Cup goal during the opening Group Stage match against Spain, which ended 1–1. [11] [12] Rodriguez played in all of Costa Rica's three matches in the tournament. [13] During the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, Rodriguez scored five goals in the three group state matches. [14]

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