|Full name||Thori Yvette Staples Bryan|
|Date of birth||April 17, 1974|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|1992–1995||NC State Wolfpack|
|2001–2003||Bay Area CyberRays||62||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Thori Yvette Staples Bryan (born April 17, 1974) is an American retired soccer defender who previously played for the United States women's national soccer team and the Bay Area CyberRays in the Women's United Soccer Association.
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Bryan grew up in Joppatowne, Maryland and played soccer for the Columbia Crusaders for five years. She won state championships in long jump, 400-meter dash and 800-meter run.
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In 1992, her first season with North Carolina State University, she started all 22 games and was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992. During her time at North Carolina, she was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and All-South Region selection.
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Bryan was nominated for the Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year award in 1994 and 1995. During her senior year, she started all 22 regular season games while the Wolfpack posted an 18–4–0 record and No. 9 national ranking.
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Bryan made her first appearance for the United States women's national soccer team on March 11, 1993 in a game against Denmark. She would go on to earn 64 caps with the team from 1993 to 2003.
In 1994, she helped the team win the title at the CONCACAF Qualifying Championship in Montreal and qualify for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Championship and FIFA Women's World Championship in Sweden.
Bryan was a member of the 1995 Women's National Team that placed third at Sweden. She was an alternate on the 1996 Olympic Team.
In 2003, she was named by national team head coach, April Heinrichs, as one of the 20 players that would travel to China for the Four Nations Tournament.
Bryan was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.She runs the Thori Bryan Soccer Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
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