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Whitney Engen

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Whitney Engen
Full nameWhitney Elizabeth Engen
Date of birth (1987-11-28) November 28, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birthTorrance, California, United States
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Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current team
Western New York Flash
Youth career
Slammers FC
2006–2009North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009Pali Blues
2010Chicago Red Stars24(0)
2011Western New York Flash17(0)
2011Tyresö FF (loan)6(1)
2012Pali Blues
2013Liverpool Ladies13(1)
2013-2014Tyresö FF
2014Houston Dash11(0)
2015-Western New York Flash0(0)
National team
2006–2007United States U-20
2009United States U-23
2011–United States25(3)

Whitney Elizabeth Engen (born November 28, 1987) is an American professional soccer player who plays for the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)[1] and the United States women's national soccer team.

Early life

Born in Torrance, California to parents Chris and Kim Engen, Whitney attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, California where she was named her Most Valuable Offensive Player as a freshman and Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. She lettered for two years as a forward and attacking midfielder on the varsity soccer team, but missed her junior season with an injury and then concentrated on club soccer during her senior year. Engen played club soccer for nine years, the last four with Slammers Futbol Club (SFC) and helped lead SFC to back-to-back state and regional titles from 2004–2005. She twice took part in national championship tournaments with her club, taking second in 2004 and third in 2005. Engen also played on the '86 Olympic Development Program (ODP) team that clinched regional and national titles. Engen was ranked among the Top 25 recruits in the nation by Soccer Buzz in 2006.[2]

University of North Carolina

Engen attended the University of North Carolina. She began her college career with the Tar Heels playing as a forward before transitioning to central defense.[3]

As a freshman, Engen played in 27 games for the Tar Heels, starting 24. She was Carolina's third-leading point producer with 37 and tied for second on the team in goals with 12 and in assists with 13. She won the UNC soccer team's Gift of Fury award. During her sophomore year, Engen played in all 23 games that she played in, scoring six goals and providing eight assists. She ranked third in point total on the team with 20 and was named to the All-ACC Academic team. As a junior, Engen moved into the starting role at center back after playing her first two years as a starting striker. She started all 28 games and led the team in minutes played with 2,518, playing the last 1,211 minutes of the season without taking a break. Engen recorded three assists and tied the school record for games played and games started in a season with 28.[2]

A highly decorated player, Engen received the following honors during her junior and senior years alone with the Tar Heels:

  • Second-Team Soccer Buzz All-America
  • Third-Team NSCAA All-America
  • Second-Team All-ACC
  • Women's College Cup All-Tournament Team
  • All-ACC Tournament
  • ACC All-Academic Team
  • NSCAA/adidas First-Team Collegiate Scholar All-America Team
  • First-Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region
  • First-Team Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region
  • Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
  • Soccer America National Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
  • Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
  • MVP of 2008 Duke adidas Classic
  • 2008 Duke adidas Classic All-Tournament Team

Club career

Pali Blues

Engen joined Pali Blues in 2009.

Chicago Red Stars

On January 15 2010, Engen was drafted fourth overall to the Chicago Red Stars in the 2010 WPS Draft.[4]

Western New York Flash

Engen transferred to Western New York Flash for the 2011 season. She was named WPS Defender of the Year as the Flash won the Championship.

Tyresö FF

At the end of the WPS season, Engen joined Swedish team Tyresö FF on loan, playing six games and scoring one goal in the Damallsvenskan.[5]

Second stint at Pali Blues

Returning to America to find that the WPS had collapsed, Engen rejoined W-League team Pali Blues.[6]

Liverpool L.F.C.

In October 2012, Engen signed with English club Liverpool Ladies for the 2013 FA WSL season.[7] With Liverpool challenging Arsenal for the WSL title, Tyresö announced in August 2013 that they had agreed a deal to re-sign Engen on the expiry of her Liverpool contract. She was expected to move back to Sweden in late September or early October and would be available to play for Tyresö in their UEFA Women's Champions League fixtures.[8]

Second stint at Tyresö FF

Engen was one of five American players at Tyresö who were all asked by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to return to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris came back for the beginning of the 2014 NWSL season while Engen, Meghan Klingenberg and Christen Press delayed their return until the end of Tyresö's Champions League campaign.[9]

Houston Dash

Engen was allocated to expansion team Houston Dash.

International career

In February 2011, Engen was named to the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup.[10] In 2013, under new head coach, Tom Sermanni, Engen was named to the roster for the 2013 Algarve Cup as well as two friendlies against Scotland. [11][12]

International goals

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Goal
Date
Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
<center>1 2013-03-08[13] Albufeira 23x15px China PR 90.Start 84 unassisted

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

Algarve Cup – group stage
<center>2 2014-09-13[14] Sandy 23x15px Mexico 45.

on 46' (off Sauerbrunn)

58 Christen Press

5650.06005 6–0

5850.08005 8–0

Friendly match
<center>3 2014-10-17[15] Chicago 23x15px Guatemala 90.Start 58 Megan Rapinoe

5400.04005 4–0

5500.05005 5–0

World Cup qualifier:Group A

See also

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References

  1. ^ "PLAYER BIO: WHITNEY ENGEN". U.S.Soccer. 
  2. ^ a b "Whitney Engen player profile". University of North Carolina. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Player Bio: Whitney Engen – NORTH CAROLINA OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Tarheelblue.cstv.com. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Grant (February 1, 2010). "Contracts small for female professional soccer players". The Daily Tar Heel. 
  5. ^ "Whitney Engen". Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Blues Add USWNT Member Whitney Engen". Pali Blues Soccer Club. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (8 October 2012). "Source: Whitney Engen signs with Liverpool Ladies". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tyresö värvar amerikansk back" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (16 December 2013). "Ashlyn Harris leaves Tyresö, returning to Spirit". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sundhage Names 24-Player Roster for 2011 Algarve Cup". Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "USWNT and Abby Wambach Defeat Scotland: 5 Thoughts from the Win". American Touchline. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Soccer releases roster for 2013 Algarve Cup". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Krieger and Engen Tally First International Goals as U.S. WNT Defeats China PR 5–0 at Algarve Cup in Portugal". U.S.Soccer. 
  14. ^ "USA Cruise to 8-0 Win Against Mexico". U.S.Soccer. 
  15. ^ "WNT Takes Control of Group A with 5-0 Victory against Guatemala". U.S.Soccer. 

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