Amy Rodriguez

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Amy Rodriguez
Amy Rodriguez 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Amy Joy Rodriguez
Date of birth (1987-02-17) February 17, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Forward / winger / attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Kansas City
Number 8
Youth career
2005–2008 USC Trojans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 West Coast FC 0 (0)
2009 Boston Breakers 17 (1)
2010–2011 Philadelphia Independence[1] 37 (17)
2014– FC Kansas City 10 (8)
National team
United States U-17
United States U-19/U-20 19 (11)
United States U-21
2005– United States 111 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:50, August 19, 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 21, 2014

Amy Joy Rodriguez (born February 17, 1987) is an American soccer player who currently plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League and is also a member of the United States women's national soccer team. She previously played for the Boston Breakers and Philadelphia Independence of the WPS. She has played most of her games in the forward position and is known to be speedy. She is called "A Rod" by her teammates and sometimes by soccer commentators.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Beverly Hills, California, to parents John and Lori, Rodriguez attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, where she was a Parade All-American in 2003 and 2004 and the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005. Her paternal grandparents were from Cuba and immigrated to the United States in the 1950s.[3][4] She has a sister named Lauren and brother named Adam.[5]

In 2005, Rodriguez was considered the nation's top recruits and was named National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine, EA Sports and NSCAA after scoring 17 goals in 15 games for Santa Margarita High during her senior year. She earned local honors as the Orange County Register Player of the Year and Girls Soccer Player of the Year, as well as the Los Angeles Times Girls' Soccer Player of the Year. She was a four-time all-league selection and All-CIF honoree.[5]

University of Southern California[edit]

Rodriguez was recruited by and eventually attended the University of Southern California. She played for the Trojans women's soccer team from 2005 through 2008. She finished her career at USC as the number four all-time scorer and was considered a cornerstone in the team's first-ever NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Rodriguez holds the school's second career game-winning goal record with 12, is number four all-time in career points with 79, and is ranked sixth in career assists with 17.[5]

During her freshman year, Rodriguez led the team with nine goals, 25 points and four game-winners. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and to the Soccer America National Team of the Week after scoring back-to-back game-winning goals in 1–0 wins over Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. She was named the 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, a member of the Soccer Times All-America Third Team, and was selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team and Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. She was also named a SoccerBuzz Freshman All-American first-teamer and SoccerBuzz All-West Region first-teamer the same year.[5]

In 2006, Rodriguez missed USC's first four games while competing with the United States under-20 national team at the U-20 World Championships. After returning, she started 14 of 16 games and scored the game-winning goal in USC's NCAA first-round upset of Santa Clara. She finished the season with four goals and three assists.[5]

Rodriguez appeared in all 25 games as a junior in 2007, starting in 21 matches on her way to leading the Trojans in scoring. She finished with a team-high of 10 goals along with three assists for 23 points on the year and had three game-winning goals. Her first career two-goal game occurred in the NCAA Semifinals, where she scored twice in the second half to help USC to a 2–1 win and help earn herself honors as the NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. The same year, she was named Umbro/Soccer News Net Player of the Year and was named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team. She also earned SoccerBuzz Second Team All-West Region and NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-West Region honors. Rodriguez was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week on October 2 after notching the game-winner against then number two Portland. She finished the season ranked sixth in all-time in career points (59), seventh in goals (23), sixth in assists (13) and fourth in game-winning goals (9).[5]

During her senior year in 2008, Rodriguez missed the first three games of the season due to competing with the United States women's national soccer team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal. She was USC's top scorer with eight goals (including three game-winning goals) during the season, provided four assists finishing with 20 points. Rodriguez was named a Preseason All-American and was on the watch list for the Hermann Trophy. She was selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team and was an NSCAA All-American Third Team pick.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Rodriguez playing against the Athletica.
Amy Rodriguez of the United States women's national soccer team before a 2011 friendly against Canada.

West Coast FC[edit]

Rodriguez signed to play with West Coast FC of Women's Premier Soccer League in 2008. However, an injury to Abby Wambach propelled Rodriguez to the United States women's national team to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She never appeared for West Coast FC.

Boston Breakers[edit]

Upon her return from the 2008 Summer Olympics, the new top-tier women's soccer league in the United States, Women's Professional Soccer, made Rodriguez the first overall pick in the 2009 WPS Draft. Her playing rights were assigned to the Boston Breakers.[6] During the inaugural season, Rodriguez appeared in 17 matches (11 starts, 982 minutes) and scored one goal. The Breakers finished the season in fifth place with a 7–9–4 record.[7]

Philadelphia Independence[edit]

On September 29, 2009, Rodriguez was traded with Boston's first round selection in the 2010 WPS Draft to WPS expansion team, the Philadelphia Independence, in exchange for Philadelphia's first two selections in the 2010 WPS Draft.[8]

During the 2010 season, Rodriguez scored 12 goals and had six assists.[9] She was named the WPS Player of the Month for June 2010.[10] Rodriguez finished third in the league in goals and scored the winning goal in the first round of the playoffs in overtime against the Washington Freedom to send her team to the Super Semifinal.[11] She finished second on the team in minutes played with 2,001. She was named to the WPS Best XI and a starter in the WPS All-Star Game. She was also a finalist for the WPS Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award and was named the Independence's Most Valuable Offensive Player.[11][12]

During a 2011 regular season shortened for Rodriguez due to her national team duty, Amy played in 10 games for the Independence (starting six) for a total of 641 minutes and tallied two regular season goals.[12][13][14] She scored in both of Philadelphia's playoff matches, tallying the second goal in the 2–0 victory over magicJack in the Super Semifinal and the equalizer in the 88th minute of the championship game against the Western New York Flash, sending the game to overtime before Philly eventually fell in penalty kicks.[11]

FC Kansas City[edit]

In 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, she joined Seattle Reign FC in the new National Women's Soccer League.[15][16] About a month after the allocation, Seattle announced that Rodriguez was pregnant and would not be available to play for the 2013 season.[17] She was later traded to FC Kansas City for Kristie Mewis during the 2013–14 off-season, making her debut for the Midwest club in a preseason exhibition match against the Chicago Red Stars.

On August 31 2014 Rodriguez scored two goals for FC Kansas City in a 2-1 win against Seattle Reign FC, both on assists provided by Lauren Holiday to help the club win the 2014 NSWL Championship.

International[edit]

National youth teams[edit]

Rodriguez played for several United States national youth teams, appearing in two FIFA youth championships: the 2004 U-19 World Championship in Thailand and the 2006 U-20 World Championship in Russia, as well as the 2005 Nordic Cup in Sweden. In total, she's played with the U-17, U-19/U-20 and U-21 programs.

Senior national team[edit]

Rodriguez's first appearance for the United States women's national team came on March 11, 2005, against Finland in the Algarve Cup while she was a senior in high school. She earned two caps, playing as a sub against Finland and Denmark.[11]

In 2008, Rodriguez played in 26 matches, starting in 11. She scored her first two full international goals in the first match of the year against Canada and added another against Norway in the Algarve Cup.[11]

She scored six goals with seven assists during the same year, including two game-winners against Brazil in 1–0 victories at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea and during a friendly match in Commerce City, Colorado, before the Olympics.[11]

2008 Beijing Olympics[edit]

By the spring of 2008, she had become a regular as forward, and started four of five games at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she scored against New Zealand. Rodriguez had appeared in 18 senior team matches going into the Olympics. Rodriguez provided the assist on Carli Lloyd's game-winning goal in the first period of extra time in the gold medal match to clinch the title.[18]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

In 2011, Rodriguez started all 18 games she played for the United States and recorded 1,102 minutes of playing time. She scored four goals with three assists. She played in her first FIFA Women's World Cup at the senior level, starting the first five matches of the tournament.[11]

Rodriguez scored one of the biggest goals of her career in the second leg of the playoff series against Italy, pounding in the game-winner in a 1–0 victory on November 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.[19] She started both legs of the playoff series and played all but five minutes over the two games.[11]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Rodriguez scored five goals in a 2012 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying match between the United States and the Dominican Republic; the final score of the match was 14–0. Rodriguez's performance set a record for goals scored in a single match by one player in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, and tied the single-game record for the United States national team.[20][21] Both records were tied two days later by her teammate, Sydney Leroux, in a game against Guatemala.[22][23][24]

Rodriguez was a member of the team that competed in the 2012 London Olympics. She played four matches as a substitute and received her second Olympic gold medal, the gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics being her first.

In 2012, Rodriquez had nine goals off the bench to tie for the second most in United States women's national team history with Debbie Keller.[25]

On December 8, 2012, Rodriguez celebrated her 100th cap with the senior national team during an international friendly against China at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. She wore the captain's armband, a team tradition for players in their 100th national team appearance, during the 2–0 win.[26][27]

International goals[edit]

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1
2008-01-16[m 1] China Guangzhou  Canada Start
2.1
51 O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly

5150.01005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

Four Nations Tournament
2
2.2
65 O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly

5250.02005 2–0

3
2008-03-10[m 2] Portugal Alvor  Norway 28.

on 63' (off Kai)

1.1
90 Wambach, AbbyAbby Wambach

5450.04005 4–0

5450.04005 4–0

Algarve Cup: Group B
4
2008-06-17[m 3] South Korea Suwon  Brazil Start
1.1
41 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Peace Queen Cup: Group B
5
2008-07-13[m 4] United States Commerce  Brazil 45.

on 46' (off Kai)

1.1
71 Wambach, AbbyAbby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Friendly
6
2008-08-12[m 5] China Shenyang  New Zealand 56.

off 56' (on Kai)

1.1
43 Buehler, RachelRachel Buehler

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 4–0

Olympics: Group B
7
2010-03-28[m 6] United States San Diego  Mexico 45.

off 46' (on Cheney)

1.1
12 O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly

5150.01005 1–0

5350.03005 3–0

Friendly
8
2010-07-13[m 7] United States Omaha  Sweden Start
1.1
44 Wambach, AbbyAbby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5050.01005 1–1

Friendly
9
2010-10-28[m 8] Mexico Cancun  Haiti 57.

off 57' (on Cheney)

1.1
40 Wambach, AbbyAbby Wambach

5350.03005 3–0

5550.05005 5–0

World Cup qualification: Group B
10
2010-10-30[m 9] Mexico Cancun  Guatemala Start
3.1
21 O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly

5150.01005 1–0

5950.09005 9–0

World Cup qualification: Group B
11
3.2
45+ Lloyd, CarliCarli Lloyd

5650.06005 6–0

12
3.3
88 Morgan, AlexAlex Morgan

5950.09005 9–0

13
2010-11-27[19] United States Bridgeview  Italy Start
1.1
40 Rapinoe, MeganMegan Rapinoe

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

World Cup qualification: playoff 2
14
2011-01-25[m 10] China Chongqing  China PR 71.

off 71' (on Morgan)

1.1
67 Heath, TobinTobin Heath

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Four Nations Tournament
15
2011-03-02[m 11] Portugal Santo Antonio  Japan 63.

off 63' (on Morgan)

1.1
7 Cheney, LaurenLauren Cheney

5150.01005 1–0

5150.02005 2–1

Algarve Cup: Group B
16
2011-05-14[m 12] United States Columbus  Japan 64.

off 64' (on Cheney)

1.1
37 Wambach, AbbyAbby Wambach

5250.02005 2–0

5250.02005 2–0

Friendly
17
2011-05-18[m 13] United States Cary  Japan 61.

off 61' (on Morgan)

1.1
28 O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Friendly
18
2012-01-20[m 14] Canada Vancouver  Dominican 45.

on 46' (off Heath)

5.1
46 Cheney, LaurenLauren Cheney

5850.08005 8–0

6450.14005 14–0

Olympic qualification: Group B
19
5.2
48 Cheney, LaurenLauren Cheney

5950.09005 9–0

20
5.3
58 unassisted

6050.10005 10–0

21
5.4
69 Cheney, LaurenLauren Cheney

6250.12005 12–0

22
5.5
75 Morgan, AlexAlex Morgan

6350.13005 13–0

23
2012-01-22[m 15] Canada Vancouver  Guatemala Start
1.1
29 Wambach, AbbyAbby Wambach

5450.04005 4–0

6350.13005 13–0

Olympic qualification: Group B
24
2012-04-03[m 16] Japan Chiba  Brazil 20.

on 71' (off Morgan)

1.1
83 unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Kirin Challenge Cup
25
2012-06-30[m 17] United States Sandy  Canada 40.

on 51' (off Morgan)

1.1
85 unassisted

5150.02005 2–1

5150.02005 2–1

Friendly
26
2012-12-12[m 18] United States Houston  China PR 16.

on 75' (off Morgan)

1.1
85 O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly

5450.04005 4–0

5450.04005 4–0

Friendly
27
2014-02-13[m 19] United States Atlanta  Russia s.

on 75' (off Leroux)

1.1
52 O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly

5350.03005 3–0

5850.08005 8–0

Friendly
28
2014-09-19[m 20] United States Rochester  Mexico 45.

off 45' (on Morgan)

1.1
9 Rapinoe, MeganMegan Rapinoe

5150.01005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

Friendly

Sponsorships[edit]

Rodriguez, Natasha Kai and Leslie Osborne are the only American women to hold sponsorship deals with sportswear company Puma.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Rodriguez married fellow USC athlete Adam Shilling on October 8, 2011.[29][30] On January 29, 2013, it was confirmed that Rodriguez and her husband were expecting their first child.[31] On August 6, 2013, their first son Ryan John Shilling was born.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Including postseason
  2. ^ "A-Rod on A-Rod". U.S. Soccer. May 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ESPNFC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. September 26, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Amy Rodriguez, Soccer Olympian". HispanicBusiness.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Amy Rodriguez player profile". University of Southern California. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jones, Grahame L. (January 17, 2009). "USC's Amy Rodriguez is top pick in women's soccer draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Boston Breakers History". Boston Breakers. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Breakers Trade Forward Amy Rodriguez to Philadelphia Independence". Our Sports Central. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Star forward keeping Independence in the hunt". Philly.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/press_releases/100707-arod-potm.aspx
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  12. ^ a b http://www.womensprosoccer.com/philadelphia/players/bios/amy-rodriguez
  13. ^ "Kai and Rodriguez are key weapons for Independence". Philly.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Back from Women's World Cup, Amy Rodriguez's spot with Independence not guaranteed". Philly.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "NWSL allocation easier said than done". ESPN. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ Farley, Richard. "Pregnant Amy Rodriguez to miss NWSL season". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Extra-time winner gives US gold". BBC Sport (BBC). August 21, 2008. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  19. ^ a b "U.S. Women Qualify For 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 1–0 Victory Against Italy in Chicago". U.S.Soccer. 
  20. ^ "US scores 14 goals in Olympic qualifier". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  21. ^ "A-Rod’s redemption: Amy Rodriguez leads U.S. with five-goal outing". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ Goff, Steven (January 23, 2012). "Sydney Leroux scores 5 goals as U.S. women’s soccer team routs Guatemala, 13–0". Washington Post. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  23. ^ "U.S. advances after 13-goal romp". EPN. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  24. ^ Uthman, Daniel; Whiteside, Kelly (November 29, 2012). "With her husband in jail, fans there for Hope Solo". USA Today. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  25. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Squares Off Against Australia on Wednesday in Fan Tribute Tour, Presented by Panasonic". US Soccer. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Amy Rodriguez talks about appearance number 100 for U.S. Women’s National Team". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Morgan joins Hamm in 20–20 club, Rodriguez gets 100th cap as USWNT beats China 2–0". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ Puma Pushes Soccer, Footwear News on WWD.com, Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  29. ^ A-Rod Married, Philadelphia Independence News on womensprofessionalsoccer.com, retrieved on November 7, 2011.
  30. ^ "A-Rod on A-Rod". US Soccer. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Pregnant Amy Rodriguez to miss NWSL season". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Reign FC notes: Amy Rodriguez expected at preseason training camp after a year off". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
Match reports
  1. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Tops Canada, 4–0, at Four Nations Tournament". U.S.Soccer. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Women Roll Past Norway, 4–0, at 2008 Algarve Cup; WNT Advances to Sixth Straight Algarve Cup Final". U.S.Soccer. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Women Take Control of Group B at Peace Queen Cup with 1–0 Victory Against Brazil". U.S.Soccer. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Women Edge Brazil 1–0 in First Game of Two Before the Olympics". U.S.Soccer. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Advances to Olympic Quarterfinals with 4–0 Victory Against New Zealand". U.S.Soccer. 
  6. ^ "USA Defeats Mexico 3–0 in First Domestic Match of 2010". U.S.Soccer. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Ties Sweden 1–1 in First Match in Nebraska". U.S.Soccer. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Haiti 5–0 to Open CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico". U.S.Soccer. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Guatemala 9–0 to Qualify for Semifinals at CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifyingin Cancun, Mexico". U.S.Soccer. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Defeats China 2–0 to Win Four Nations Tournament". U.S.Soccer. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Japan 2–1 to Open 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal". U.S.Soccer. 
  12. ^ "U.S. WNT Wins First of Two-Game Series against Japan". U.S.Soccer. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Japan 2–0 in Cary, N.C., as Rodriguez and O'Reilly Score". U.S.Soccer. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Women’s National Team Opens 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying With Record Performance in 14–0 Rout of Dominican Republic". U.S.Soccer. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Women’s National Team Qualifies for Semifinals of 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying with 13–0 Victory Against Guatemala". U.S.Soccer. 
  16. ^ "Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez Score as the U.S. Women’s National Team Downs Brazil 3–0 in Chiba, Japan". U.S.Soccer. 
  17. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Defeats Canada 2–1 in 2012 Olympic Send Off Match in Sandy, Utah". U.S.Soccer. 
  18. ^ "U.S. WNT Beats China PR 4–0 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston". U.S.Soccer. 
  19. ^ "U.S. WNT Routs Russia 8-0 in Second Leg in Front of 16,133 Fans at Georgia Dome". U.S.Soccer. 
  20. ^ "U.S. WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Final Tune-Up for CONCACAF Women's Championship". U.S.Soccer. 

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