Kate Markgraf

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Kate Markgraf
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Markgraf in Ethiopia in July 2012
Personal information
Full name Kathryn Michele Markgraf
Date of birth (1976-08-23) August 23, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1991-1994 Detroit Country Day School
1995-1998 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001-2003 Boston Breakers[1] 51 (0)
2005 KIF Örebro DFF 8 (1)
2006-2009 Michigan Hawks 27 (1)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 6 (0)
National team
1998-2010 United States 201 (1)
Teams managed
2009- Marquette Golden Eagles (Assistant coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 17, 2010

Kathryn Michele "Kate" Markgraf (born August 23, 1976), née Sobrero,[2] 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.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

Markgraf attended University of Notre Dame and graduated with a degree in science and business.[3] 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.[4]

She was also a volleyball player making the All-League team three times.[5] In soccer, she made the NSCAA All-American team one time and was chosen for the All-State team three times.[6]

Playing career[edit]


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.[7] Markgraf played professionally for KIF Örebro in the Swedish league alongside longtime USA teammate Kristine Lilly.[8] She was scheduled to play with the Chicago Red Stars in WUSA's successor, Women's Professional Soccer, in its inaugural 2009 season.[9] However, the Red Stars announced in January 2009 that she would not play that season because she was expecting her second child.[10] She returned to the Red Stars in 2010 and played nearly every minute of the season.[11]


In 1998, she made her international debut for the United States against Argentina, with Sobrero on the back of her jersey.[5] She switched to Markgraf on the back of her jersey in 2004.[5] 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.[12] She played 12 matches in 3 FIFA Women's World Cup,[13] 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.[11]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2008-09-20[14] United States Bridgeview, IL  Ireland Start 31 penalty 2-0 2-0 Friendly


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.[15] Markgraf worked as a color analyst for NBC during the 2012 London Olympics.[16] She has also worked as commentator for several US women's national team games on Fox Soccer [17] as well as several college games on the Big Ten Network.[18]

Soccer Envoy[edit]

Kate Markgraf running with a girls group during the Soccer Clinic Program in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia from July 11–12, 2012.

In 2012, Kate Markgraf traveled with Tony Sanneh to Ethiopia on behalf of the United States Department of State and US Soccer to work with youth in the Ethopian city of Dire Dawa.[19]

Coaching career[edit]

Since 2009, she has been a volunteer assistant coach of the Marquette Golden Eagles.[20]

Personal life[edit]

She married Chris Markgraf, a former Providence College soccer player, on October 31, 2003.[21] Their son, Keegan Jamison Markgraf, was born on July 18, 2006.[22] In July 2009, she gave birth to fraternal twins, Carson Rose and Xavier Ryan.[23] Markgraf lives with her husband and their children in the Milwaukee area.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Women's Professional Soccer - Chicago Red Stars
  2. ^ Sundhage names U.S. roster to face Germany on May 22
  3. ^ Kate Markgraf Returns to Alumni Field - University of Notre Dame
  4. ^ Women's Professional Soccer - Remembering '99: Kate Markgraf
  5. ^ a b c Kate Markgraf - U.S. Soccer. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08.
  6. ^ Buckheit: The real soccer moms - ESPN Page
  8. ^ True Soccer Mom is Living the Dream
  9. ^ Markgraf Still Playing With Passion | News | US Soccer
  10. ^ "Red Stars Defender Kate Markgraf to miss 2009 WPS Season" (Press release). Chicago Red Stars. January 10, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Kate Markgraf Retires from Professional Soccer". US Soccer. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Kate Markgraf's U.S. Olympic Team bio. Archived from the original on 2008-05-15.
  13. ^ "Kate MARKGRAF". FIFA. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Women Set Record Wins in a Calendar Year at 29 With 2-0 Victory Over Ireland at Toyota Park". U.s.soccer. 
  15. ^ 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Commentators – ESPN MediaZone.
  16. ^ "Olympics: Four USWNT Alumni To Serve As Analysts For NBC". Women's Soccer Express. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ "FOX Soccer to Air U.S. WNT Match Against Germany Live from Toyota Park on Oct. 20". US Soccer. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Cardinal to be Tested in Happy Valley". Stanford University. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tony Sanneh and Kate Markgraf Travel to Ethiopia". United States Department of State. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ Player Bio: Kate Markgraf - MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
  21. ^ tips on flu prevention from an Olympic athlete and mother - The Chicago Now
  22. ^ Soccer Star Kate Markgraf Returns For Third Olympics
  23. ^ "Red Stars' Markgraf returns to form". ESPN. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  24. ^ Dure, Beau (September 16, 2008). "Wambach goes full circle as women's league stocks rosters". USA Today. 

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