Alyssa Naeher

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Alyssa Naeher
Alyssa Naeher 2012.jpg
With Turbine Potsdam in 2012
Personal information
Full name Alyssa Michele Naeher
Date of birth (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Boston Breakers
Number 1
Youth career
2006–2009 Penn State Nittany Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 SoccerPlus Connecticut (0)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 36 (0)
2011-2013 Turbine Potsdam 39 (0)
2013- Boston Breakers 33 (0)
National team
United States U-16
United States U-17
2007–2008 United States U-20
2009– United States U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alyssa Michele Naeher (born April 20, 1988) is an American soccer player from Seymour, Connecticut. She is a goalkeeper for the Boston Breakers in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She previously played for the United States U-23 women's national soccer team.

Early life[edit]

Naeher attended Christian Heritage School, where she was a standout player in soccer. She was a three-time All-State and three-time FAA All-Conference selection. In addition to this, she was a Parade All-American and two-time NSCAA Youth All-American. Naeher also was a star basketball player scoring over 2,000 points during her career.[1]

Penn State University[edit]

As the starting goalkeeper for the Penn State women's soccer team from 2006–2009, Naeher started all games that she played in during her career at Penn State.

Playing career[edit]


Naeher was selected by the Boston Breakers as the 11th overall pick (First Round) in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer draft. She was the first goalkeeper selected in the 2010 WPS draft.[2] She recorded her first career shutout 4 August 2010 against the Atlanta Beat.[3] During the off-season after the 2011 WPS season she transferred to German Bundesliga champion Turbine Potsdam.[4] Her contract expired in December, but she subsequently returned to Turbine after the 2012 WPS season was suspended.[5]


Naeher was a member of the United States U-20 women's national soccer team that played at the 2007 Pan-American Games, where they finished runners-up to the full Brazilian national team.

In 2008, Naeher was the starting goalkeeper for the U-20 squad that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, starting and playing in all but one game during the tournament. She only conceded one goal throughout the competition to North Korea, during the dying minutes of the final game. She was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the Cup.[6]


Naeher is the daughter of John and Donna Lynn Naeher. She has a twin sister named Amanda who plays soccer for Messiah College and a younger sister named Abigail. She currently lives in Seymour, Connecticut.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Player Bio: Alyssa Naeher, Penn State Official Athletics Site.
  2. ^ "Breakers Acquire Penn State Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher". 15 January 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Smith's Two Goals Lead Breakers to 2-0 Shutout Over Beat". 4 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Potsdam signs Neaher" (in German). 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Alyssa Naeher signes with Turbine Potsdam again.
  6. ^ "Morgan and Leroux, blazing a trail". FIFA. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Civin, Todd. Getting Silly With The Shot Stopper; Alyssa Naeher of the Boston Breakers. Bleacher Report. 22 Feb. 2010.