Kendall Fletcher

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Kendall Fletcher
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Personal information
Full name Kendall Lorraine Fletcher
Date of birth (1984-11-06) November 6, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Cary, North Carolina, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Reign FC
Number 13
Youth career
2002–2005 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Carolina Dynamo 11 (4)
2005–2006 New Jersey Wildcats 11 (2)
2007 Jersey Sky Blue
2008 Pali Blues 11 (3)
2009 Los Angeles Sol 1 (0)
2009–2010 Saint Louis Athletica 22 (0)
2009 Central Coast Mariners (loan) 11 (4)
2010–2012 Sky Blue FC 30 (1)
2010–2012 Melbourne Victory 22 (4)
2012–2013 Vittsjö GIK 43 (4)
2013–2014 Canberra United 12 (1)
2014– Seattle Reign FC 7 (2)
National team
2001–2002 United States U-19
United States U-21
2009– United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 16, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 26, 2009

Kendall Lorraine Fletcher (born November 6, 1984) is an American soccer defender currently playing for the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League. She previously played for the Boston Breakers, St. Louis Athletica, and Sky Blue FC in the WPS. She has played for Vittsjo in the Swedish top-division Damallsvenskan as well as Canberra United of the Australian W-League. In 2009, she played for the United States women's national soccer team.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cary, North Carolina to parents, Gwen and Yates Fletcher, Fletcher has one brother, Eric, and a sister, Preston. She attended Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina where she played center midfield for the soccer team for four years and played two years of varsity basketball as a point guard.

In 2002, she was ranked as the nation's sixth best high school senior by Soccer America, was a Parade and NSCAA High School All-America selection, and was named Gatorade Player of the Year. She was also named All-State in 2001 as well as All-conference and All-region in 2001 and 2002.[1]

University of North Carolina[edit]

Fletcher attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and played for the Tar Heels from 2002–05. During her career, she won three ACC championships and was a starter for the 2003 NCAA-title winning team that went 27–0–0 for the season.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Fletcher signed for Jersey Sky Blue for the 2007 W-League season, but did not make an appearance for the club.[3] She switched coasts in 2008, joining Pali Blues in Los Angeles, California as the first signing in team history.[4]

Fletcher during a game against the Boston Breakers

in 2009. She joined Los Angeles Sol in the WPS in 2009, but only played one game for the club before she was traded to Saint Louis Athletica.[5] She played seventeen games for Athletica, and gave multiple assists in helping the team go from the bottom of the ladder to second place and the playoff semifinal. Athletica then loaned her to the Central Coast Mariners, where she scored four goals in ten games as the Mariners finished second in the league.

Athletica kept Fletcher for the 2010 WPS season, but surprisingly folded only six games into the season, all of which she started. Sky Blue FC picked up her contract, and she became a regular player there as well, starting ten of the fifteen games she played with the Jersey-based club. During the off-season, she returned to Australia, this time with the Melbourne Victory – the Mariners had folded as well – and helped them to the semi-finals.

Fletcher playing for the Central Coast Mariners of the Australian W-League.

Fletcher returned to the Sky Blue FC for the 2011 WPS season, and started all 15 games that she played. Like the previous season, Sky Blue was just short of making the playoffs. Fletcher is currently back with the Victory for the fourth season of the W-League.

International[edit]

Fletcher was a member of the U-19 United States Women's National Team that won the first ever U-19 World Cup in 2002. She played for the team in two Nordic Cup Championships with the U-21 National Team winning the championship in 2005. She was team captain in 2006.[2]

Fletcher was also a member of the Women's National Team player pool having trained with the team during residency in previous years.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Fletcher was an assistant coach for the University of California, Irvine and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kendall Fletcher bio". University of North Carolina. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kendall Fletcher, assistant coach". UC Irvine. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fletcher joins Sky Blue". W-League. December 15, 2006. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "KENDALL FLETCHER SIGNS AS FIRST-EVER PLAYER FOR PALI BLUES". Pali Blues. December 26, 2007. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Athletica acquires Welsh, Fletcher from L.A. in trade". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 8, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Kendall Fletcher". US Soccer. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 

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