Markgraf in Ethiopia in July 2012
|Full name||Kathryn Michele Markgraf|
|Date of birth||August 23, 1976|
|Place of birth||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1991-1994||Detroit Country Day School|
|1995-1998||Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|2005||KIF Örebro DFF||8||(1)|
|2010||Chicago Red Stars||6||(0)|
|2009-||Marquette Golden Eagles (Assistant coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kathryn Michele "Kate" Markgraf (born August 23, 1976), née Sobrero, is a retired American professional soccer defender. She previously played for the Boston Breakers in the WUSA, the first women's professional soccer league in the United States, as well as for the United States women's national soccer team. She played three times at the Olympics and in three FIFA Women's World Cup final tournaments, in which the team finished in third place or higher.
Markgraf was born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and attended Detroit Country Day School. At Detroit Country Day, she helped to guide the soccer team to the state title in 1991, scoring 16 goals and having 26 assists.
University of Notre Dame
Markgraf attended University of Notre Dame and graduated with a degree in science and business. She was a three-time NSCAA All-American, a three-time all Big East selection, the 1997 Big East defensive player of the year, and the defensive MVP of the NCAA's Final Four in 1995, the year in which her team won the NCAA women's soccer championship.
Markgraf was a member of the Boston Breakers in the WUSA league, and she was named defender of the year for that team in 2001. Markgraf played professionally for KIF Örebro in the Swedish league alongside longtime USA teammate Kristine Lilly. She was scheduled to play with the Chicago Red Stars in WUSA's successor, Women's Professional Soccer, in its inaugural 2009 season. However, the Red Stars announced in January 2009 that she would not play that season because she was expecting her second child. She returned to the Red Stars in 2010 and played nearly every minute of the season.
In 1998, she made her international debut for the United States against Argentina, with Sobrero on the back of her jersey. She switched to Markgraf on the back of her jersey in 2004. She was the youngest member of the team that won the Women's World Cup in 1999, and also participated in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the 2004 Games in Athens, and was Co-Captain for the 2008 Games in Beijing. She won the silver medal in 2000, the gold in 2004, and the gold in 2008. She played 12 matches in 3 FIFA Women's World Cup, winning the title of World Champion in 1999 World Cup hosted by USA, and finished third in 2003 World Cup hosted by USA and 2007 World Cup hosted by China.
On July 13, 2010, after nearly a two year break from international competition, she made her 200th career international appearance, in a friendly match against Sweden. She became the 10th woman in FIFA history to earn her 200th cap, a mark no male player has reached. She subsequently announced her retirement from international play during halftime of the final 2011 Women's World Cup qualifying match against Italy on November 27, 2010.
|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
|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|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
Markgraf was paired with Adrian Healey as a color commentator on ESPN's secondary broadcast team for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Markgraf worked as a color analyst for NBC during the 2012 London Olympics. She has also worked as commentator for several US women's national team games on Fox Soccer  as well as several college games on the Big Ten Network.
She married Chris Markgraf, a former Providence College soccer player, on October 31, 2003. Their son, Keegan Jamison Markgraf, was born on July 18, 2006. In July 2009, she gave birth to fraternal twins, Carson Rose and Xavier Ryan. Markgraf lives with her husband and their children in the Milwaukee area.
- List of footballers with 100 or more caps
- List of Olympic medalists in football
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists in one event
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists
- List of 2004 Summer Olympics medal winners
- Women's Professional Soccer - Chicago Red Stars
- Sundhage names U.S. roster to face Germany on May 22
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- US Soccer bio
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