|Full name||Ella Masar|
|Date of birth||April 3, 1986|
|Place of birth||Urbana, Illinois, United States|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|2004–2007||Illinois Fighting Illini|
|2004||Windy City Bluez||1||(0)|
|2009-2010||Chicago Red Stars||38||(8)|
|2013||Chicago Red Stars||20||(3)|
|2007||United States U-21||12||(2)|
|2008–2009||United States U-23||8||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 5, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ella Masar (born April 3, 1986) is an American soccer forward who currently plays for the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She previously played for Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL and Paris Saint-Germain of France's Division 1 Féminine. She also played for the Chicago Red Stars and magicJack in the WPS. She made one appearance for the United States women's national soccer team in 2009.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 References
- 4 External links
University of Illinois
Masar enrolled at the University of Illinois in 2004 and played for the Fighting Illini for four years. In 2006, she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and NSCAA Second Team All-American. During Masar's senior year, she was named All-Big Ten First Team and Lowe's All-American First Team. Over the course of the 2007 season, Masar tallied 12 goals and 3 assists. Throughout her career, Masar compiled a total of 20 assists - the second most in the program's history. She also added 27 goals, good for fourth most.
In 2005, Masar switched to the Chicago Gaels, for whom she appeared in seven games for (650 minutes). She scored 9 goals and added an assist. She stayed with the team the following season and played in 9 more games (791 minutes). In 2006, she scored 1 goal and 1 assist.
Vancouver Whitecaps marked the next stop for Masar, who played for the Canadian team in 2007. She appeared alongside Cori Alexander, Tiffeny Milbrett, Jill Oakes, and McCall Zerboni. She played in eight games (632 minutes) and scored one goal and assisted on five others.
Masar moved to Washington Freedom in 2008, where she appeared in seven games (321 minutes) and scored three goals, while helping the Freedom to a first place finish in the Northeast Division.
Chicago Red Stars (WPS), 2009-10
With the introduction of top-flight women's soccer back to the United States in the form of Women's Professional Soccer, Masar declared herself eligible for the WPS. She was drafted in the second round (9th overall) to the Chicago Red Stars in the 2008 WPS General Draft on October 6, 2008. In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Masar appeared in 16 games (five starts, 655 minutes) and recorded two assists. However, her season was hampered by a hip injury sustained on June 7, 2009 during a match against FC Gold Pride, which resulted in four torn muscles.
It was announced on September 28, 2009 that Masar's contract option had been picked up by Chicago, who held her playing rights for the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season.
magicJack (WPS) and Paris Saint-Germain, 2011
Chicago Red Stars (WPSLE, NWSL), 2012-13
Masar rejoined the Red Stars for the 2012 WPSLE season, and was re-signed by the Stars for the 2013 NWSL season.
Houston Dash (NWSL), 2014-present
Masar's international career began in 2007 with the U-21 Women's National Team. She appeared in 12 games, scoring two goals and adding an assist. In 2008, the U-21 team switched to being a U-23 team. For the newly re-branded U-23 Women's National Team, Masar appeared in eight games and scored three goals, her last appearance coming in 2009 before she became ineligible due to age.
Masar's made her debut for the United States women's national soccer team on October 29, 2009 against Germany, where she was a 73rd minute substitute for Amy Rodriguez. Masar and Kacey White were late additions to the squad due to the retirement of Angela Hucles and an injury to Megan Rapinoe.
- Alicia, Tolar (January 15, 2014). "Know Your Dash- Ella Masar". SB Nation. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Ell Masar player profile". Soccer Way. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Houston Dash Selects Red Stars Ella Masar in 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft". Chicago Red Stars. January 10, 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "U.S. Defeats Germany 1-0 in Augsburg, Germany". U.S. Soccer. 2009-10-29.
- Official website
- US Soccer player profile
- Illinois player profile
- WPS player profile
- Chicago Red Stars player profile
- Ella Masar on Twitter