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McCall Zerboni

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McCall Zerboni
Full nameMcCall RaNae Zerboni
Date of birth (1986-12-13) December 13, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birthCamarillo, California, United States
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Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Youth career
1996–2005Southern California Blues
2000–2002Clemente Wildcats
2003–2004Laguna Beach Breakers
2005–2008UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007Vancouver Whitecaps Women1(0)
2009Los Angeles Sol10(0)
2010Atlanta Beat20(0)
2011-2014Western New York Flash46(4)
2015-Portland Thorns FC6(0)
National team
23x15px United States U-17

McCall RaNae Zerboni (born December 13, 1986) is an American professional soccer midfielder who plays for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League.

Early life

Born in Camarillo, California, to parents, James and Lindy, Zerboni was a four-year letter-winner at San Clemente High School (San Clemente, California) in San Clemente, California. She was named CIF Offensive Player of the Year during her freshman and sophomore years. She was a three-time South Coast League MVP and four-time first-team All-Orange County selection. In 2005, she was named Gatorade Player of the Year. She was ranked as the number 17 overall recruit and fifth best midfielder in the nation by Student Sports Magazine.[1]

In addition to her high school playing experience, Zerboni was an Olympic Development Program (ODP) State and Region-IV team member and played club soccer for the Southern California Blues for several years, helping the them to League Cup Championships in 2001 and 2002, a Region-IV Championship in 2000 and their first-ever Surf Cup title in 2004.[1]

Playing career

Collegiate

Zerboni attended UCLA and played for the Bruins women's soccer team from 2005-2009.[2] She scored a goal in her first collegiate match at UCLA, a 3-0 opening day victory over Long Beach State in 2005. Zerboni became the 16th player in UCLA history to register a hat trick in a 5-0 victory over Fresno State in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. She was named MVP for UCLA’s 2008 season.[citation needed]

Club

Los Angeles Sol (WPS)

Zerboni was chosen as the 47th pick overall in the 2009 WPS Draft by the Los Angeles Sol. In her first season with the Sol, she made 10 appearances with four starts, tallying both a goal and an assist.[citation needed]

Atlanta Beat (WPS)

Zerboni signed to the Atlanta Beat during the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft.[3]

Western New York Flash (WPS, WPSL Elite, NWSL)

Zerboni signed with the Western New York Flash for the 2011 season.[4]

After the WPS folded in early 2012, Zerboni played for the Western New York Flash in the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite as the team captain.

In January 2013, the Western New York Flash announced that Zerboni would return to the team its inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[5] During the 2013 season Zerboni scored 1 goal in 20 games for the Flash.[6] In her final season with the Flash, she added another 24 appearances of which 23 were starts while playing 2,036 minutes (ranked seventh overall in the league), scoring three goals, and adding a pair of assists.[7]

Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)

The Portland Thorns FC acquired Zerboni in a trade alongside Kathryn Williamson in exchange for midfielder Amber Brooks on November 6, 2014 in an attempt to give the team more available full-time players for the coming 2015 season, during which the Thorns anticipated needing to fill in for players called up to the national team to participate in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[7]

International

In 2003, Zerboni was a member of the United States women's national under-17 soccer team.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b "McCall Zerboni player profile". UCLA. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alumna McCall Zerboni auctions signed sports bras for breast cancer research". UCLA Daily Bruin. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Beat Signs Nonen and Zerboni". Atlanta Beat. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Akron coming ... McCall Zerboni signs ... awards". ESPN. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Zerboni returning to WNY Flash". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.nwslsoccer.com/Stats/index_E.html
  7. ^ a b "Thorns FC acquire defender Kat Williamson, midfielder McCall Zerboni from Western New York Flash in exchange for midfielder Amber Brooks". Portland Thorns FC Communications. November 6, 2014. 

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