Julie Johnston

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Julie Johnston
Julie JOHNSTON, FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and Bronze Ball 2012.jpg
Julie Johnston with 2012 FIFA World Cup trophy and her Bronze Ball award
Personal information
Full name Julie Beth Johnston
Date of birth (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 8
Youth career
(U-9 – U-12) Arsenal GSC
(U-13 – U-19) Sereno Soccer Club
2010–2013 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Chicago Red Stars 21 (2)
National team
United States U-15
United States U-18
2012 United States U-20
2013– United States 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 16, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 18, 2014

Julie Beth Johnston (born April 6, 1992) is an American soccer defender who plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. She was captain of the United States under-20 women's national soccer team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the under-23 team that won the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Phoenix, Arizona to David and Kristi Johnston, Johnston attended Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona where she was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society. She opted not to play high school soccer and instead volunteered as a student athletic trainer. She played under-9 through under-12 for the Arsenal girls soccer club; and played under-13 through under-19 for Sereno Soccer Club. She won the state title nine times with Sereno Soccer Club and was captain of the team.[4]

Santa Clara University[edit]

Johnston attends Santa Clara University where she is majoring in communications and plays for the Broncos women's soccer team. In 2010, as a college freshman, she played in 20 games, starting 16 and accumulated 1,519 minutes of playing time. She led the team with five assists. She was named WCC Freshman of the Year, All-West Region Second-Team, Soccer America All-Freshman First-Team, All-WCC Second-Team, and WCC All-Freshman. As a sophomore, Johnston started all 21 games and led the Broncos with nine goals and four assists. She scored four game-winning goals in matches against Cal Poly, WSU, Cal and Nevada. She was a MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist and was named to the NSCAA All-American First-Team as well as the All-WCC First-Team.[5]

Professional career[edit]

July 26, 2014; Julie Johnston and Kealia Ohai in Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash

2014 Chicago Red Stars[edit]

The Chicago Red Stars announced on March 28, 2014, the signing of their 2014 National Women's Soccer League College Draft class; the first round picks Julie Johnston and Vanessa DiBernardo, along with third round pick Hayley Brock.[6] Johnston was named NWSL Rookie of the Year for the 2014 season.[7]


Julie Johnston receiving championship trophy at 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup[edit]

In 2012, Johnston competed in international under-20 youth soccer and scored a goal against Switzerland at the La Manga Tournament in Spain. Heading into the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, she had 13 caps and four goals for the U-20 team.[4]

Johnston captained the United States team to the Japan 2012 FIFA Women's World Cup; winning the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship along the way. She played in three games in the qualifying tournament and scored three goals, including one in the 4-0 semifinal victory over Mexico that sent the USA to Japan. In Japan, Johnston captained her team to win the FIFA under-20 world cup, and won the Bronze Ball award herself.[4]

In 2013, Johnston played for the U-23 team in the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The team won the tournament beating England in the final on March 7.[2]

Senior national team[edit]

On January 22, 2013, Johnston was called to the national training camp by head coach Tom Sermanni, in preparation for a friendly match of United States women's national soccer team against Scotland women's national football team, ahead of the Algarve Cup.[8][8] On February 9, 2013, she earned her first cap for the senior team, in a friendly against Scotland.[9][10]

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