Karen Bardsley

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Karen Bardsley
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Karen Bardsley
Personal information
Full name Karen Louise Bardsley[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Santa Monica, California, United States
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Youth career
2002–2006 Cal State Fullerton Titans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Ajax America Women
2008 Pali Blues 5 (0)
2009–2011 Sky Blue FC 17 (0)
2011–2012 Linköpings FC 3 (0)
2013 Lincoln Ladies 14 (0)
2014– Manchester City
National team
England U-19
England U-21
2005– England 35 (0)
2012– Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:41, 22 November 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:41, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Karen Louise Bardsley (born 14 October 1984 in Santa Monica, California) is an American-born, English international football goalkeeper. She currently plays for Manchester City of the English FA WSL and is a member of the England women's national football team.

University career[edit]

Bardsley enrolled at California State University, Fullerton as a graphic design major in 2002 after graduating from Ruben S. Ayala High School. She was a student-athlete while studying and played for Cal State Fullerton Titans women's soccer program. She was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year after her first season. The following season, she played just 28 minutes before a broken leg ended her season. In 2004 she missed the first eight games, still recovering from the injury, but once back in the team made such an impact that she was named Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, an honour she won again in 2005.

Bardsley guarding the Sky Blue net

Club career[edit]

On leaving university, Bardsley joined Ajax America Women for the 2007 WPSL season, then joined Pali Blues in February 2008 in advance of the W-League season.[2]

She joined Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer as a third round pick in the 2009 WPS Draft.[3] She went on to appear in four games for the club in their inaugural 2009 season in which the club won the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs.

In August 2011 Bardsley joined Swedish club Linköpings FC.[4] With Linköpings Bardsley made three Damallsvenskan appearances in 2011, but none in 2012 as Sofia Lundgren remained the first choice goalkeeper.[5]

Bardsley announced a transfer to Lincoln Ladies of the FA WSL in November 2012.[6] Bardsley moved at the end of the 2013 season to Manchester City on a two year deal.[7]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in Santa Monica, California, Bardsley decided to represent England due to family connections in Stockport.[8] She appeared for the England U-19s in the 2003 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.[9] She made her senior debut in the Algarve Cup in March 2005, where England beat Northern Ireland 4–0. In August 2009, she was named to coach Hope Powell's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2009.[10]

By the 2011 World Cup Bardsley had taken over the national team's first choice goalkeeping position from Rachel Brown.[11] After England's 1–1 opening group match draw with Mexico, coach Powell reported that Bardsley was "devastated" following the concession of a long-range equaliser to Mónica Ocampo.[12] In England's quarter final exit to France, Bardsley saved the first penalty in the shootout, but misses from Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England home.[13]

At the 2013 Euros England lost to Spain in their opening game when Bardsley scored a 94th minute own goal.[14]

Great Britain Olympic[edit]

In June 2012 Bardsley was named in the 18–player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[15]

Coaching career[edit]

Bardsley began coaching as a volunteer coach at her alma mater, California State University, Fullerton, before being employed as an assistant coach with the University of San Diego.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 UEFA EUROPEAN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PRESS KIT". UEFA. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Karen Bardsley and Valerie Henderson Join the Blues". Pali Blues Soccer Club. 26 February 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Karen Bardsley". Womens Pro Soccer. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Engelsk landslagsmålvakt till LFC" (in Swedish). NT.se. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Karen Bardsley" (in Swedish). SvenskFotboll.se. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "England keeper Karen Bardsley signs for Lincoln Ladies". British Broadcasting Corporation. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Karen Bardsley: Manchester City Ladies sign England goalkeeper". British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Leighton, Tony (26 March 2011). "England's Karen Bardsley relishes pre-World Cup test against the US". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Marley confirms England squad". BBC Sport. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Tony Leighton (4 August 2009). "England drop Yankey for Euro 2009". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  11. ^ John Ashdown (27 June 2011). "Are preconceptions about women goalkeepers out of date?". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Women's World Cup: England must improve – Hope Powell". BBC Sport. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Chris Bevan (9 July 2011). "Women's World Cup: England 1–1 France (France win 4–3 on pens)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  14. ^ . BBC Sport http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23292342.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Team GB women's squad for London 2012 announced". BBC Sport. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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