|Full name||Raquel Rodríguez Cedeño|
|Date of birth||28 October 1993|
|Place of birth||San José, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|2016–||Sky Blue FC||66||(8)|
|2017–2018||→ Perth Glory (loan)||9||(0)|
|2008–2010||Costa Rica U17||3||(3)|
|2008–2012||Costa Rica U20||14||(10)|
| * 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, 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 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).
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Born in San José, Costa Rica to Sivianni Rodriguez and Grettel Cedeño,Rodriguez was raised in Costa Rica and moved to the United States where support for women's soccer offered more opportunity. Her father, Sivianni Rodríguez, played professionally in Costa Rica with Herediano and the Costa Rica national football team.
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.
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.
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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.She played for the high school team while still attending elementary school. Both Raquel and her brother, Sivianni, attended International Christian School. She played for the school's team for a short while before committing to play for Costa Rica's national teams.
Rodriguez was a four-year starter for the Penn State Nittany Lions.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. 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.
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Rodríguez was selected second overall by Sky Blue FC in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.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. In the 2017 season, Rodríguez scored the fastest goal in NWSL history, netting 24 seconds from kick-off against Portland Thorns FC.
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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.Rodriguez played in all of Costa Rica's three matches in the tournament. During the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, Rodriguez scored five goals in the three group state matches.
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