Tierna Davidson

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Tierna Davidson
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Tierna Davidson with the USWNT
Personal information
Full name Tierna Lillis Davidson [1]
Date of birth (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Menlo Park, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Position(s) Center back, left back
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 12
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2016–2018 Stanford Cardinal 46 (5)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2019– Chicago Red Stars 27 (1)
National team
2015–2018 United States U20 8 (1)
2018– United States 48 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of June 26, 2021
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of February 23, 2022

Tierna Lillis Davidson (born September 19, 1998) is an American soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), [2] the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women's national soccer team. [3] She was drafted first overall by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2019 NWSL College Draft after playing three years at Stanford. [4]

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Early life

Davidson intended to become an astronaut, before actively pursuing professional soccer. [5]

Stanford University, 2016–2018

In Davidson's freshman year in 2016 she started all 21 games for the Cardinal, and was named to the Pac-12 All Freshman team and the All-Pac-12 Second Team. In 2017, Davidson was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She was a key part of the Stanford team that won the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament and was named the 2017 College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player. [6] In 2018 Davidson only appeared in 3 games for Stanford as she suffered a fractured ankle on September 9 against North Carolina. [7] This would be her final appearance for Stanford as she declared for the 2019 NWSL College Draft, forgoing her final year of college eligibility. [8]

Club career

Chicago Red Stars, 2019–present

In November 2018, the National Women's Soccer League changed their rules for the NWSL College Draft to allow for players to enter the draft before they had exhausted their college eligibility. [9] This allowed Davidson to declare for the 2019 NWSL College Draft after only playing three years at Stanford. Davidson was selected 1st overall at the draft by the Chicago Red Stars, she was the second consecutive Cardinal to be selected 1st overall after Andi Sullivan was the 1st overall pick in 2018. [10]

On March 11, 2019 Davidson signed a contract with the Red Stars. [11]

Davidson was injured in March 2022, suffering an ACL injury, missing the remainder of the 2022 NWSL season. [12]

International career

In 2018 Davidson played for the senior USWNT and the U-20 WNT. She received her first senior cap for the United States on January 21, 2018 in a friendly against Denmark. After the match she joined the U-20 squad in Trinidad & Tobago for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. [13] Davidson scored the tying goal in the Championship game against Mexico, but the United States would lose on penalty kicks. [14]

Davidson was not part to the final roster for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as she has continued to receive call-ups for the senior USWNT. On July 18 she was named to the USWNT roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. [15]

Davidson scored her 1st international goal on August 31, 2018 against Chile. [16] Davidson was not part of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship due to a fractured ankle injury while playing for Stanford. [17] In December, Davidson was named 2018 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year. [18]

After recovering from injury Davidson returned to the USWNT in January 2019 and was named to the roster for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup in February. [19]

In May 2019, Davidson was named to the final 23-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the youngest player on the roster. [20]

In June 2021, Davidson was named to the 18-player squad for the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. [21]

International goals


Goal
DateLocationOpponentLineup#MinAssist/passScoreResultCompetition
12018-08-31 [22] Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1.18 Tobin Heath
1–0
3–0
Friendly

World Cup appearances

MatchDateLocationOpponentLineupResultCompetition
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
1
2019-06-13 [23] Paris, France Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Start3–0 W Group stage

Olympic appearances

MatchDateLocationOpponentLineupResultCompetition
2020 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
1
2021-07-21 [24] Tokyo, Japan Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden

on 80' (off Dunn)

0–3 L Group stage
2
2021-07-24 [25] Saitama, Japan Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Start6–1 W Group stage
3
2021-07-27 [26] Kashima, Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Start0–0 D Group stage
4
2021-08-02 [27] Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Start0–1 L Semi-final
5
2021-08-05 [28] Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Start4–3 W Bronze medal match

Personal life

Davidson is openly queer. [29] [30]

Honors

Stanford

United States

Individual

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