|Full name||Heather Ann O'Reilly|
|Date of birth||January 2, 1985|
|Place of birth||East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder/ winger|
|2003–2006||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|2004–2005||New Jersey Wildcats||9||(8)|
|2009–2011||Sky Blue FC||50||(4)|
|2012||Boston Breakers (WPSL-E)|
|2013–14||Boston Breakers (NWSL)||42||(14)|
|2015-||FC Kansas City (NWSL)|
|United States U-19|
|United States U-21|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 27, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Heather Ann O'Reilly (born January 2, 1985), also known by her initials HAO, is a member of the United States women's national soccer team and a three-time Olympic gold medalist. She is a midfielder currently playing for FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She previously played for the Boston Breakers in the NWSL and Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 2.1 Club
- 2.2 International
- 2.3 International
- 2.4 Individual
- 3 Personal
- 4 Endorsements
- 5 In popular culture
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Further reading
- 9 External links
Born to Andrew and Carol O'Reilly, Heather is the youngest of four children. Growing up in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey, O'Reilly attended Saint Bartholomew's School and later played on the girls soccer team at East Brunswick High School. In her four-year career, she scored 143 goals. As a junior in 2001, she led the team to the New Jersey state high school title.
Throughout high school, O'Reilly was a member of the National Honor Society and played on the school's basketball team. During her senior year, she was named All-American and National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine. In 2002, she was named the Gatorade High School National Player of the Year and the National Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year. She was also named by Soccer America as the top college recruit in the country.
University of North Carolina
O'Reilly was an education major at University of North Carolina, where she played forward for the North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer program from 2003 through 2006. She appeared 97 times for the Tar Heels, scoring 59 goals and assisting on 49 others. She led her team to national championships in 2003 and 2006.
New Jersey Wildcats, 2004–05
Sky Blue FC, 2009–11
O'Reilly was allocated to Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer on September 16, 2008, along with fellow U.S. national team players Natasha Kai and Christie Rampone. She appeared in 17 matches as co-captain during the 2009 inaugural season, leading Sky Blue to an unexpected playoff berth. During the championship 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs game against Los Angeles, she scored the only goal helping her team clinch the championship title.
Boston Breakers, 2012–present
Following her husband's enrollment in Harvard Business School, O'Reilly trained with and played two matches with the Boston Breakers of the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite in 2012 after the WPS folded and during breaks with her national team duties. She was allocated to the Breakers in 2013 at the initiation of the new National Women's Soccer League.
In 2002, while still in high school, O'Reilly was named to the U.S. national team. O'Reilly made her first appearance with the United States women's national soccer team on March 1, 2002, against Sweden.
2004 Athens Olympics
After recovering from a broken fibula from a match the year before, O'Reilly made the national team roster for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. At nineteen years old, she was the youngest player on the roster. On August 23, 2004, she scored the game-winning goal in the Olympic semifinal match against Germany, propelling the United States into the final, in which they defeated Brazil for the gold medal.
2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
In the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, O'Reilly scored a critical goal against North Korea in the 69th minute, which tied the game at 2–2 and saved the Americans from a devastating opening-round loss. The United States ended up taking the bronze medal, with O'Reilly scoring a goal during the 4–1 win against Norway. She was nominated as Sports Illustrated's 2007 Sportsman of the Year.
2008 Beijing Olympics
O'Reilly was a part of the U.S. Women’s Team roster for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. She scored the fastest goal in Olympic women's soccer history against New Zealand to earn the team a spot in the quarterfinals. She also scored a goal in the semifinal match against Japan. The team went on to defeat heavy-favorite Brazil 1–0 to win the gold medal. Prior to the Summer Games, Time magazine ranked her number 15 on its list of 100 Olympic Athletes to Watch.
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
2012 London Olympics
At the 2012 Olympics in London, she made a crucial assist in the 123rd minute of the semifinal match against Canada, sending a cross from the right to Alex Morgan who headed the ball into the goal over the hand of Erin McLeod, propelling team USA to the gold medal match against Japan.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|#||NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)|
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
Assists made in international matches
- Four Nations Tournament: 2007, 2008, 2011
- WPS All-Star Team: 2010
- MVP, WPS Championship Game: 2009
O'Reilly married Dave Werry on October 1, 2011. Although she legally changed her name to Werry, she decided to keep O'Reilly on the back of her jersey. She is of Irish descent.
O'Reilly currently lives in Massachusetts. In January 2013, she gave a speech to the students at South Lawrence East 5th Grade Academy. Afterwards, she proceeded to beat the entire student body in a footrace.
In popular culture
In 2008, Time listed profiled O'Reilly as the #15 Olympic Athlete to Watch in their list of 100 Olympic Athletes To Watch. She has been featured in Fitness, Shape, Teen Vogue, Sports Illustrated, and Boston Magazine.
Television and film
O'Reilly has made appearances with her national teammates on Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, The Rachel Maddow Show and Good Morning America. She was featured in the film, Winning Isn't Everything about the women's soccer program at the University of North Carolina.
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists in one event
- List of Olympic medalists in football
- List of footballers with 100 or more caps
- List of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Olympians
- List of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni
- Staff. North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly Captures Honda Soccer Award, Atlantic Coast Conference press release dated December 20, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2011. "The East Brunswick, N.J. Native Is Also Automatically Nominated for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award."
- "Heather O'Reilly". U.S. Soccer Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Heather O'Reilly". University of North Carolina, Chapel Hil. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- Goff, Steve. "Soccer Insider – WPS Allocation List". Voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- Steve Politi/Star-Ledger. "Ledger Archives: Heather O'Reilly lifts team into the finals". NJ.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- Nicki Jhabvala (November 13, 2007). "SI.com – 2007 Sportsman of the Year – My Sportsman: Heather O'Reilly – Tuesday November 13, 2007 2:47PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- Martin Mejia (August 12, 2008). "East Brunswick's Heather O'Reilly leads U.S. women's soccer team into quarterfinals". NJ.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- Gregory, Sean (July 24, 2008). "15. Heather O'Reilly – 100 Olympic Athletes to Watch". TIME. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- "O'Reilly Adidas Commercial". Game Changing Films. January 26, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Gregory, Sean (July 24, 2008). "100 Olympic Athletes To Watch". Time. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Magno, Marianne (July 27, 2012). "Olympic Moments With Heather O’Reilly…and an adidas Giveaway!". Fitness. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Nuñez, Alanna (July 16, 2012). "Go for the Gold! Workout Secrets from Top Olympic Athletes". Shape. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "Q&A With Soccer Star Heather O'Reilly!". Teen Vogue. August 2, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Segura, Melissa (February 3, 2003). "Date With Destiny". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Kahn, Madison (March 2013). "Reverse the Curse: Boston Breakers and Women’s Soccer Make a Comeback". Boston Magazine. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "WNT Appears On NBC's Today Show". US Soccer Federation. May 13, 2008. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Thach, Yenly (July 19, 2011). "NBC's 'Today Show': Women’s Soccer Team, The New Heroes and Trendsetter". Gather. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Maddow, Rachel (July 19, 2011). "US women’s soccer returns to jubilant reception". MSNBC. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- "The U.S. Women's Soccer Team on GMA 7–19–11". Celeb TV. April 11, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "Winning Isn't Everything". IMDB. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Match reports
- "U.S. Clinches 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup with 4–0 Win Over Italy". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Down Norway 3–1 to Open Four Nations Tournament in China". U.S.Soccer.
- "Wambach Scores Twice as U.S. Downs Ireland, 5–0, in Utah". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Down Germany 2–1 in Overtime of Olympic Semifinal". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Earns 7–0 Win Against Ukraine". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Denmark, 5–0, in Second Group B Match of 2006 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Dominate Ireland, 5–0, as Defender Cat Whitehill Scores Twice". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Tie England, 1–1, at Four Nations Tournament". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Canada, 6–2, in Frisco, Texas, As Run to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Continues". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Finland, 4–0, at The Home Depot Center; U.S. Finish Domestic Schedule Undefeated and Now Head To The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China". U.S.Soccer.
- "Wambach and O'Reilly Score as U.S. Women Tie North Korea, 2–2, to Open 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Norway, 4–1, to Take Third Place". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Mexico, 5–1, at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in First of Three Matches to End 2007 Schedule". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women End 2007 Schedule With 1–1 Draw Against Mexico; O'Reilly Scores For USA, Her Seventh Goal of the Year". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Italy, 2–0, at 2008 Algarve Cup; Tarpley and O'Reilly Score For USA in Second Straight Shutout". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Roll Past Norway, 4–0, at 2008 Algarve Cup; WNT Advances to Sixth Straight Algarve Cup Final". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Jamaica, 6–0, to Open Olympic Qualifying; Wambach Scores Twice at USA is Through to Semifinals". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFIES FOR 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS WITH 3–0 VICTORY OVER COSTA RICA". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Advances to Olympic Quarterfinals with 4–0 Victory Against New Zealand". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Comeback for 4–2 Win Against Japan, Face Brazil in Gold Medal Match". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Open Achieve Your Gold Tour With 2–0 Win Against Ireland in Philadelphia". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Earn Fourth Victory on Achieve Your Gold Tour With 3–1 Win Over South Korea". U.S.Soccer.
- "Heather O'Reilly Nets Ninth Goal of 2008 As U.S. Women Defeat Korea Republic 1–0 in Tampa". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat China PR 1–0 in Final Match of Achieve Your Gold Tour to Finish Historic Year With 33–1–2 Record". U.S.Soccer.
- "Wambach Scores Twice, Lilly and O'Reilly Add Goals As U.S. Women Roll to Impressive 4–0 Victory Against Germany". U.S.Soccer.
- "Two First Half Goals Give U.S. Women 2–1 Win against China". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Iceland For 2011 Algarve Cup Title". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Japan 2–0 in Cary, N.C., as Rodriguez and O'Reilly Score". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Secures Place in Quarterfinal Phase of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup with Dominating 3–0 Victory against Colombia". U.S.Soccer.
- "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.
- "U.S. Women’s National Team Wins Group B at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying with 4–0 Victory Against Mexico". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Topples Costa Rica 8–0 to Open Fan Tribute Tour in Rochester". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Provides Head Coach Pia Sundhage with 6–2 Victory in Final Match in Charge". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats New Zealand 4–1 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco". U.S. Soccer Federation.
- "U.S. WNT Rolls to 7-0 Victory Against Russia in Boca Raton, Fla.". U.S. Soccer Federation.
- "U.S. WNT Routs Russia 8-0 in Second Leg in Front of 16,133 Fans at Georgia Dome". U.S. Soccer Federation.
- "U.S. WNT Blanks Korea DPR 3-0 for Seventh Place at Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer. March 12, 2014.
- "U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet". U.S.Soccer. September 13, 2014.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Australia, 3–1, as Mia Hamm Scores 150th Career Goal". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Finland, 3–0, at Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Tops Mexico 3–0 to Finish 2005 Undefeated". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Clinch Berth in Algarve Cup Final with 4–1 Win vs. France". U.S.Soccer.
- "Lilly's Late Goal Gives U.S. WNT Hard Fought 3–2 Victory vs. Sweden". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Roll Past Mexico, 5–0, Behind Two Goals from Kristine Lilly". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Tops Canada, 4–0, at Four Nations Tournament". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Wins Group A, Downs Host Mexico 3–1 in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Open 2008 Peace Queen Cup With 2–1 Victory Over Australia". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Canada, 2–1, On Overtime Goal From Natasha Kai to Earn Berth to Semifinal of Beijing Olympic Games". U.S.Soccer.
- "Woznuk and DiMartino Score as U.S. Women Defeat Denmark 2–0 to Open 2009 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Score Twice In Each Half to Defeat Canada 4–0 at BMO Field in Toronto". U.S.Soccer.
- "Lloyd, Wambach and Cheney Score As U.S. Women Win 2010 Algarve Cup With 3–2 Victory Against Germany". U.S.Soccer.
- "USA Defeats Mexico 3–0 in First Domestic Match of 2010". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Guatemala 9–0 to Qualify for Semifinals at CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Beats Costa Rica 4–0 to Top Group B at CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women Defeat Japan 2–1 to Open 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Advances to Final of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup". U.S.Soccer.
- "Morgan Scores Twice as U.S. WNT Defeats Denmark 5–0 to Open 2012 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Routs Sweden 4–0 to Take Third Place at 2012 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer.
- "WNT Earns 3–1 Win on the Road against Sweden". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Japan 4–1 in Penultimate Tune-Up for the 2012 Olympics". U.S.Soccer.
- "Match to Qualify for Gold Medal Game at 2012 Olympics". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Comes Back to Defeat Australia 2–1 at The Home Depot Center". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Ireland 5–0 in Fan Tribute Tour, Presented by Panasonic ~". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Beats China PR 4–0 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Netherlands 3-1 in International Friendly at The Hague". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Korea Republic 4–1 in Foxborough, Mass.". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Rolls Past Australia 4–0 in Front of 19,109 at Alamodome in San Antonio". U.S. Soccer Federation. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Brazil 4-1 in Orlando to Complete Undefeated 2013 Campaign". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Falls to Denmark 5-3 in Final Group B Match at Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer. March 10, 2014.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Final Tune-Up for CONCACAF Women's Championship". U.S.Soccer.
- Crothers, Tim (2010), The Man Watching: Anson Dorrance and the University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Dynasty, Macmillan, ISBN 1429946261
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