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OFF THE FIELD: Off the field I enjoy coaching, traveling, fashion and sports. I began coaching after graduation in 2005. I have coached both at the collegiate level (Santa Clara University) as well as club (Chicago Eclipse). I now run my own soccer camps around the country and continue to meet as many kids as I can. In my free time I love to travel around the world. I have become very interested in the fashion world and continue to partake in fashion shows.
WORLD CUP BIO: I received my first call up in 2003 and now have 59 caps for the US Team. In 2006 I was chosen as a finalist for the US soccer player of the year. In September of 2007, I competed in my first World Cup and earned the bronze medal. Leading up to the 2007 World Cup, I had the opportunity to start in many games due to the injury to Shannon Boxx. I gained valuable experience in both 2006 and 2007. In the 2007 World Cup, I had the opportunity to play in 5 of our 6 games, starting in 4. My tackling, heading ability and knack for keeping possession of the ball in midfield are some qualities I try to posses.
US NATIONAL TEAM: I started playing with the U.S. National Team youth programs when I was 14 years old. I played with the U.S. U-16, U-18, U-19 and U-21 National Teams and received my first call up with the full team in 2003. I won a U-19 World Championship in 2002 and finished my U-19 career with 21 caps and four goals. I have 8 caps with the U.S. U-21’s and played on the 2003 Nordic Cup Championship team. My first appearance with the U.S. Women’s Team is January 30, 2004, vs. Sweden. I scored my first goal on October 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei.
COLLEGE: I played both forward and center mid in college. As a senior, I received the NCAA’s Honda Award as the nation’s top female athlete in my sport. I finished my Bronco career with 44 goals and 34 assists. I was named the WCC Player and Defender of the Year 3 times and the All-WWC First-Team for the four consecutive years. I was a semifinalist for the 2004 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and was a NSCAA First-Team All-American 3 years. In 2001, we won the national championship my freshman year beating North Carolina Tar heels.
HIGH SCHOOL: I went to Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wis. I played for coach John Burke from 1998-2001. We won the state championships both my sophomore and senior year. I had 97 goals and 79 assists. Catholic Memorial retired my jersey (#10) in 2004. I was named the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year and Wisconsin Player of the Year as a sophomore and senior.
CLUB: I played for FC Milwaukee for almost ten years, winning state titles every year. My junior year in high school, I played for Rory Dames with the Chicago Eclipse. After college, I played with the Sacramento Storm for one season. I will be looking forward to the WPS (formerly WUSA) coming back in 2009.