Savannah McCaskill

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Savannah McCaskill
Personal information
Full nameSavannah Elizabeth McCaskill
Date of birth (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Chapin, South Carolina, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 9
College career
2014–2017 South Carolina Gamecocks 91 (40)
Senior career*
2018–2019 Sky Blue FC 26 (3)
2018–2019Sydney FC (loan) 13 (5)
2019– Chicago Red Stars 9 (1)
National team
2017– United States U-23
2018– United States 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of June 19, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 5, 2018

Savannah Elizabeth McCaskill (born July 31, 1996) is an American soccer forward who plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Association football Team field sport

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Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

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Chicago Red Stars soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Chicago Red Stars is a women's professional soccer club based in Chicago, Illinois, who compete in the National Women's Soccer League and play their home games in SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, and played in the league in 2009 and 2010. After leaving the WPS in December 2010, due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team co-founded and competed in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the single year this league existed. In the fall of 2012 the Red Stars with the Boston Breakers and US Soccer, attracted 6 other teams and founded the National Women's Soccer League. Since 2013 the team has been competing in the National Women's Soccer League. From 2015-2018 the Chicago Red Stars have made the playoffs of the NWSL and are the first and only team to do so for four consecutive years.


Early life

McCaskill was raised in Chapin, South Carolina where she attended Irmo High School. [5] She was twice-named to the All-State team and was the team's highest-scoring player in 2012 with 33 goals. [5] As a senior, she was ranked by Top Drawer Soccer in the top 100 players and top 20 midfielders nationwide. [6]

Chapin, South Carolina Town in South Carolina, United States

Chapin, popularly known as the capital of Lake Murray, is a small, affluent, lake town located at the northern tip of Lexington County, South Carolina bordering Newberry County, South Carolina to the north. Lake Murray separates Chapin from the rest of Lexington County. Chapin is located approximately 22 miles northwest of Columbia and many people commute there for work, however, the town is considered fringe rural by the US postal service. Chapin was founded by Martin Chapin in 1889. The following year, 1890, the railroad was built to connect Chapin to Columbia, South Carolina and other major regions. The population of Chapin was 1,445 according to the 2010 census, however, the population of the area with a Chapin mailing address, which is all known as Chapin by local people, is 6,742. The town government is set up in the Mayor-Council form and the current Chapin mayor is David W. Knight. Chapin has four public schools in the area; the first Chapin school was built in 1924. Lake Murray is the main attraction to Chapin and provides recreational boaters with water-related entertainment.

Irmo High School is a public high school in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, the state capital. Around 1,500 students are enrolled in any single year. Irmo High School falls under the administrative jurisdiction of District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, which encompasses Irmo, Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Spring Hill. It is an International Baccalaureate school. (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.

McCaskill played club soccer for CESA 95 in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and captained the team. [5] She played for the South Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP) team from 2008–2012 and the regional ODP team from 2010–2013. [5]

Collegiate career

McCaskill attended the University of South Carolina where she played for the Gamecocks from 2014–2017. [5] As a freshman, she started in all 25 matches and tied for the most points (15) on the team playing as a forward (though initially recruited as a defender). [7] She was named as Freshman of the Year by the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and was named to the conference's second-team and all-freshman teams. [8]

University of South Carolina University in Columbia, South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is a public research university in Columbia, South Carolina. It has seven satellite campuses throughout the state and its main campus covers over 359 acres (145 ha) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The university is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having "highest research activity." It has been ranked as an "up-and-coming" university by U.S. News & World Report, and its undergraduate and graduate International Business programs have ranked among the top three programs in the nation for over a decade. It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside Scotland, and the world's largest Ernest Hemingway collection.

South Carolina Gamecocks womens soccer womens soccer team of the University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks women's soccer team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference. The team was formed in 1995 and plays its home games at Stone Stadium. Shelley Smith is the current head coach of the women's soccer team, with her husband Jamie as the associate.

Southeastern Conference College athletics conference of universities in the southern United States

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the South Central and Southeastern United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of ten states, three additional public land grant universities, and one private research university. The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.

As a sophomore starting in all 25 games, McCaskill led the team in points and goals (29 and 10 respectively) while her nine assists ranked second. [5] She ranked in the top five in the SEC for points and assists per game as well as total assists. [5] She was named to the All-SEC First Team, NSCAA All-South Region First Team and was voted the team's Offensive Player of the Year. [5]

In 2016, McCaskill's 45 points and 17 goals set new school records for a single season. [5] Her ten game-winning goals ranked second in Division 1 and first in the SEC. [5] She was named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week in early September. [9] She scored a hat-trick against Tulsa in August marking the first time one had been scored by a player on the team since 2010. [5]

A hat-trick or hat trick is the achievement of a positive feat three times in a game, or another achievement based on the number three.

Club career

Sky Blue FC, 2018–2019

McCaskill was selected by the Boston Breakers as the number two overall pick at the 2018 NWSL College Draft. [10] After the team folded due to failed buyout negotiations in late January, McCaskill was selected by Sky Blue FC with the second pick in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. [11] [12] She scored her first career goal on April 21 against the Chicago Red Stars. [13] McCaskill was a finalist for 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year, alongside Andi Sullivan and Imani Dorsey. [14]

McCaskill made six appearances for Sky Blue in 2019.

Loan to Sydney FC

McCaskill signed with Sydney FC for the 2018-19 W-League season, joining fellow Americans Sofia Huerta, Danielle Colaprico and Aubrey Bledsoe in Sydney. [15]

McCaskill scored her first goal for Sydney FC in a 5-2 win over Adelaide United in December 2018, [16] before scoring a brace the following month against Newcastle Jets in a 3-1 win. [17]

Sydney FC advanced to the 2019 W-League Grand Final, Sydney won 4-2. McCaskill scored two goals and recorded an assist, she was named Player of the Match award for her performance. [18]

Chicago Red Stars, 2019–present

On June 19, 2019 McCaskill was traded to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for a first and second round draft pick at the 2020 NWSL College Draft. [19]

International career

McCaskill has represented the United States on the under-23 national team and was nominated for U.S. Soccer’s 2017 Young Female Athlete of the Year award. [20] [21] She made her debut for the senior national team on January 21, 2018 during an international friendly against Denmark. [22] McCaskill was named to the U.S. roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. She appeared in all three games as the United States won the tournament for the second time. [23]

On August 23, 2018 she was named to the United States U-23 team for the 2018 Nordic tournament. [24]

McCaskill was named to the provisional U.S. Roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship but she was not named to the final 20-player squad. [25]





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