Keelin Winters

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Keelin Winters
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Winters warming up for Seattle Reign FC in 2013
Personal information
Full name Keelin Winters
Date of birth (1988-12-09) December 9, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Reign FC)
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2004 Mustang Blast
2004–2007 Real Colorado
2007–2010 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Colorado Rush 16 (2)
2011 Boston Breakers 19 (4)
2012 Seattle Sounders 8 (1)
2012 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 9 (2)
2013– Seattle Reign FC 46 (4)
2014– Western Sydney Wanderers 11 (5)
National team
2010–2011 United States U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 May 2012

Keelin Winters (born December 9, 1988) is an American professional association football midfielder who currently plays for the Seattle Reign FC of the NWSL. She previously played for the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer, the Seattle Sounders of the American W-League, and the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australian W-League.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Winters was born in Cleveland, Ohio to parents, Brian and Julie Winters.[3] She has five siblings. Her father played nine years in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks and later went on to coach in both the NBA and WNBA.[4]

Winters played one year of high school soccer at Carondelet High School in Concord, California before moving to Colorado and joining Regis Jesuit High School where she was named team MVP all four years. Winters earned first team all-state honors from 2006-2007 and all-state honorable mention honors in 2005. As a freshman, she helped Carondelet to the 2003 North Coast Section finals.

She played for the Region IV Team in the Olympic Development Program in 2005 as well as the Colorado State Team from 2004-2006.[3]

University of Portland[edit]

Winters attended the University of Portland and played for the Portland Pilots from 2007-2010.

In 2007, Winters played a total of 1,457 minutes. She was named Soccer Buzz First Team Freshman All-America, West Coast Conference (WCC) Freshman of the Year, Soccer Buzz All-West Region Second Team, All-WCC Second Team and Nike Portland Invitational Defensive MVP. She was also named National Team of the Week on two separate occasions.[3][5]

In 2008, Winters missed five games, including all playoff matches, while training and playing at the U-20 World Cup. She was named All-WCC honorable mention.

In 2009, Winters started all 23 for the Pilots scoring two goals and notching two assists during the season as co-captain of the team. She was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Second Team, West Coast Conference (WCC) All-Academic First Team and All-WCC Second Team.[3][6]

In 2010, she was selected as the West Coast Conference (WCC) player of the year.[7]

Playing career[edit]


Boston Breakers, 2011[edit]

Winters was selected in the first round of the 2011 WPS Draft by the Boston Breakers.[8] She scored her first goal in the 22nd minute of her pro debut. Through the 2011 WPS season she was one of the best players for the breakers recording 3 goals and 2 assists in the 2011 regular season. Winters' excellent form in her first season got her nominated for the WPS Rookie of the Year Award.[9] Winters helped the Breakers to the post season where she scored a goal for them in a 3-1 loss to magicJack, which was their only playoff game.

Seattle Sounders, 2012[edit]

On March 8, 2012, Winters inked a contract with Seattle Sounders under head coach, Michelle French. Of her signing, she said, "Once WPS was suspended, I was obviously really disappointed. I thought about going overseas, but transfer windows were closed and things became really complicated and frustrating...Alex Morgan asked if I was interested in playing with her on the Sounders. [Alex] knew I have been living in Seattle. Right after that, I went back and sent [Michelle] an email to find out more information about the Sounders Women. So that's how it all started for me."[10] Winters played in eight matches for the Sounders Women, scoring one goal and serving one assist.[11] The team finished second in the Western Conference with a 10–3–1 record.[12]

1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, 2012–2013[edit]

On May 10, 2012, it was announced that Winters would join German Bundesliga side 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam effective July 1, 2012.[13][14] During the team's season opener against VfL Sindelfingen, she scored the first goal helping her team win 9–1.[15] Her second goal on the season came during the 45th minute of Potsdam's 5–1 victory over SGS Essen on November 4, 2012.[16] She made nine appearances for the team during the 2012/2013 season with eight starts.[17]

During the domestic cup, Frauen DFB Pokal, Winters scored three goals: two during Potsdam's 5–3 win over SGS Essen on October 7, 2012 and the lone game-winning goal against SC 07 Bad Neuenahr.[17] During the 2012-13 UEFA Women's Champions League, she scored a goal in the team's 3–4 loss to Arsenal L.F.C..[17]

Seattle Reign FC, 2013–present[edit]

In 2013, after originally being allocated to the Chicago Red Stars as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Winters was traded to Seattle Reign FC for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[18][19] She captained the team to a seventh place standing for the season. Winters played in 19 of the team's 22 games of the season, tallying a total of 1,710 minutes as a central midfielder for the squad. She scored one goal against the Western New York Flash on June 24, 2013 with an inside-the-eighteen yard box finish off an assist from Teresa Noyola.[20] She also had one assist on the season.[21] In October 2013, it was announced that she had signed a two-year contract with the Reign as a free agent (non-allocated player).[22]

During the 2014 season, Winters captained the Reign setting a league record unbeaten streak of 16 games during the first part of the season. During the 16 game stretch, the Reign compiled a 13-0-3 record.[23] The team finished first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the first time.[24] After defeating the Washington Spirit 2-1 in the playoff semi-finals, the Reign were defeated 2-1 by FC Kansas City during the championship final.[25] Winters finished the 2014 season with three goals playing primarily as a holding midfielder. She started in 22 of the 23 matches in which she played.[26]

Western Sydney Wanderers, 2014[edit]

In September 2014, Winters joined Western Sydney Wanderers on loan from Seattle.[27] She made 11 appearances for the club and was the team's leading scorer with five goals.[17] The Wanderers finished in last place during the regular season with a 2–8–2 record.[28]


Winters was named captain of the United States U-20 women's national soccer team in 2008, leading the team to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. She scored the game-winning goal in the quarterfinal match against England.[29] The United States squad would go on to win the championship, two years after finishing in fourth place at the 2006 U-20 Women's World Cup in Russia.

Winters was part of the United States U23 squad for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament.[30]

On May 9, 2012, Winters was called up for the United States match against China.[31][32]


Winters is the daughter of former NBA player and WNBA coach Brian Winters.[8] She is openly gay and has been with her girlfriend Paige for several years.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sounders Women 2012 Roster". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "11 Questions with Keelin Winters". US Soccer. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Keelin Winters player profile". University of Portland. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Boston Breakers Midfielder Keelin Winters: Becoming a Professional Athlete". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Keelin Winters pursues her 'true love,' and gets to teach her father about the game". Sports Tribune. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Winters shines on field, not court". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Keelin Winters selected as WCC player of the year". Oregon Live. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "No. 11 Keelin Winters". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Keelin Winters Called To USWNT". 18 April 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sounders Sign WPS Rookie of the Year Nominee Keelin Winters". 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Seattle Sounders Women 2012 Statistics". USL Soccer. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "W-League 2012". USL Soccer. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ein Trio für Turbine: Elsig, Mirlach und Winters kommen" (in German). 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Keelin Winter player profile". UEFA Women's Champions League. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Keelin Winters Scores in Bundesliga Opener". Seattle Sounders Women. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "TURBINE POTSDAM VS. SGS ESSEN 5 - 1". Soccer Way. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Keelin Winters". Soccer Way. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Seattle Reign FC acquires Keelin Winters from the Chicago Red Stars in the first ever NWSL trade". NWSL News. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "NWSL Preview: Players to Watch". ESPN. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Reign earns second point at Western NY". The News Tribune. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "2013 NWSL Stats". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Winters signs two-year Seattle deal as non-subsidized player". Equalizer Soccer. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  23. ^ "Seattle Reign FC sees unbeaten streak end at 16". The Seattle Times. July 12, 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "Reign Dominate Dash to Clinch Shield". Sounder at Heart. July 30, 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  25. ^ Bird, Liviu (August 31, 2014). "FC Kansas City beats Seattle Reign to win NWSL championship". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "2014 Player Statistics". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  27. ^ "Seattle Reign captain signs for Wanderers". Football Federation Australia. 9 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "2014-2015 W-League". Soccer Way. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  29. ^ "Second-half flurry sinks England". 30 November 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  30. ^ "Keelin Winters". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  31. ^ "Sundhage Names 28 Players to New Jersey Training Camp in Advance of U.S. WNT Match against China on May 27". 9 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  32. ^ "Team USA Update with Keelin Winters". Sounders Women. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  33. ^ "Let It Reign". Levy Films. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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