Sarah Huffman

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Sarah Huffman
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Huffman with Western New York Flash, July 2013
Personal information
Full nameSarah Huffman
Date of birth (1984-03-05) March 5, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2002–2005 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007–2008 Washington Freedom Reserves 17 (2)
2008 Røa IL 13 (14)
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 22 (1)
2011 magicJack 18 (1)
2012 Pali Blues 6 (3)
2013 Western New York Flash 14 (0)
2014 Portland Thorns 22 (1)
National team
2000–2002 United States U-19
2003–2007 United States U-21
2010 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of July 23, 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 13, 2010

Sarah Huffman (born March 5, 1984) is an American former professional soccer player who last played for Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL.

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Early life

Huffman was born in Danbury, Connecticut. She grew up in Flower Mound, Texas and attended Marcus High School. [1]

Danbury, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

Danbury is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, located approximately 50 miles (80 km) northeast of New York City making it part of the New York metropolitan area. Danbury's population at the 2010 census was 80,893. Danbury is the fourth most populous city in Fairfield County, and seventh among Connecticut cities. The city is within the New York combined statistical area and Bridgeport metropolitan area.

Flower Mound, Texas Town in Texas, United States

Flower Mound is an incorporated town located in Denton and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. Located northwest of Dallas and northeast of Fort Worth adjacent to Grapevine Lake, the town derives its name from a prominent 12.5-acre (5.1 ha) mound located in the center of town.

University of Virginia

Huffman attended the University of Virginia. A four-year starter, she is one of the top players in the school's history. She was a two-time NSCAA All-American, a two-time Soccer America MVP, and a three-time first team All-ACC selection. [2]

University of Virginia public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. The flagship university of Virginia, it is also a World Heritage site of the United States. It was founded in 1819 by Declaration of Independence author and former President Thomas Jefferson. UVA is known for its historic foundations, student-run honor code, and secret societies.

In 2004, she was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was also Co-MVP of the ACC Tournament as the Cavaliers won the first conference championship in school history. She was named Virginia State Player of the Year and was a finalist for Soccer Buzz National Player of the Year. [2]

As a senior in 2005, she was named Soccer Buzz All-American, Soccer America MVP, and NSCAA All-American. [2]

She ended her collegiate career with 12 goals and 28 assists (second most assists in school history). [3] [4]

Playing career

Club

Huffman with magicJack teammates Becky Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone in August 2011 Becky Sauerbrunn Christie Rampone Sarah Huffman.jpg
Huffman with magicJack teammates Becky Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone in August 2011

Huffman was a member of the 2007 W-League champion, Washington Freedom. [2]

In 2008, she played for Norwegian team, Røa IL, and helped the team win the Norwegian Women's Cup. [5]

In 2009, Huffman was the number one pick in Round 1 of the 2008 WPS General Draft and signed with the Washington Freedom in Women's Professional Soccer. Under new ownership, the team moved to Florida and was renamed magicJack (WPS).

In 2012, after the WPS folded, Huffman signed with the Pali Blues in the W-League. [6] [7] She helped the team to an undefeated season and the Western Conference championship title. [8] [9]

In 2013, Huffman signed with the Western New York Flash.

April 5, 2014 Huffman was traded with a player to be named later to the Portland Thorns for Courtney Wetzel, Kathryn Williamson, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft. That pick later became Jaelene Hinkle. Huffman had earlier decided to live in Portland in the house she bought with her spouse Abby Wambach, who will play 2014 with Western New York Flash. [10] April 7, 2014, Portland Thorns revealed that the player to be named later was Verónica Boquete. [11]

November 18, 2014 Huffman announced her retirement from professional soccer. [12]

International

Huffman was a member of the U-16, U-17, U-19, U-21, and U-23 United States women's national soccer teams. She helped her team win the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and won the Nordic Cup with the U-21s in 2004, 2005, and 2007. [2]

In 2010, she was called to play with the United States women's national soccer team. [13]

Coaching career

Huffman is a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, University of Virginia. [14]

Personal life

Huffman resides in Portland, Oregon. [10] Her nickname is "Huffy." [15] Huffman came out as bisexual in a statement on the Athlete Ally website supporting equality in sports. [16] On October 5, 2013, she married her longtime girlfriend, Abby Wambach, in Hawaii. [17] In September 2016, in a new autobiography, Wambach announced that she and Huffman are divorcing. Their divorce was finalized in 2016. [18]

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