Lauren Holiday

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Lauren Holiday
Lauren Cheney Warmup.jpg
Personal information
Full name Lauren Cheney Holiday
Date of birth (1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward/Midfield-playmaker
Club information
Current team
FC Kansas City
Number 12
Youth career
Ben Davis High School
2006–2009 UCLA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Pali Blues 10 (2)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 32 (8)
2013– FC Kansas City 17 (12)
National team
2004 United States U17
2006–2007 United States U20 20 (15)
2005 United States U21
2007– United States 102 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 12, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 21, 2014

Lauren Nicole Holiday (born September 30, 1987), née Lauren Nicole Cheney, is an American professional soccer midfield playmaker and forward. She currently plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. Holiday is a two-time Olympic gold medalist winning gold with the national team at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She previously played for the Boston Breakers in the WPS and collegiate soccer for the UCLA Bruins.

Early life[edit]

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Rita and George Cheney, Lauren began playing soccer as a youth after watching her brother play the sport. She played on boys' teams until age 12.[1][2] She attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis where she was named the school's most valuable offensive player in 2004–05. In 2004, she was named Metro Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star.[3] In 2006, she was named Parade All-American and was Gatorade Player of the Year in addition to receiving numerous regional awards including first-team All-Conference, All-County and All-State, and Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year. She earned Indiana All-State selection honors each year of her high school career and was named NSCAA All-American three times. Holiday finished her high school career having scored 112 goals and served 67 assists.[4] She graduated mid-year in 2006 to train full-time with the United States U-20 women's national soccer team for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[5]

UCLA Bruins[edit]

In the fall of 2006, Holiday enrolled at UCLA, where she was named a first-team All-American and NSCAA Freshman of the Year.[6][7] She led the Pac-10 Conference with 19 goals, which also set a new UCLA freshman record with a goals-per-game percentage of .95.[8][9] As a sophomore in 2007, she was the runner-up for the women's Hermann Trophy and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. She led the conference again in goals scored with 23 and broke the UCLA single-season school records for points (57) and goals (23).[10]

Holiday became the first player in UCLA history to earn NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-America honors all four years of her career. At UCLA, she set new school records for points (173) and game-winning goals (28); and tied the career school record in goals with 71. She had 31 career assists, second place in the record book. During her four years, the Bruins played in consecutive NCAA College Cup.[10][11]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Pali Blues, 2009[edit]

During the summer of 2009, Holiday joined Southern California team, Pali Blues, in the W-League.[12] Throughout the entire regular season, the Blues did not lose a match and finished first in the Western Conference with a 9–0–3 record.[13] After defeating the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4–0 in the championship semi-final in which Holiday scored a goal in the 65th minute,[14] the Pali Blues clinched the championship title in a 2–1 defeat of the Washington Freedom Reserves on August 7, 2009.[15]

Boston Breakers, 2010–11[edit]

Cheney
Holiday playing in the rain against Saint Louis Athletica.

On January 15, 2010, Holiday was selected by the Boston Breakers as the second overall pick in the WPS Draft. She played in 23 games for Boston during the 2010 season, starting in 21 matches and scoring five goals with two assists. She helped Boston to a playoff berth and scored her team's lone goal in the playoff match. She was named as a starter in the WPS All-Star Game.[citation needed]

On August 14, 2011, she scored two goals against Sky Blue FC to take her team to the 2011 WPS playoffs.[citation needed]

FC Kansas City, 2013–present[edit]

In 2013, Holiday was one of three national team players along with Becky Sauerbrunn and Nicole Barnhart to be allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League as part of the NWSL Player Allocation.[16] In June 2013, she was named NWSL Player of the Month after scoring six times in five games and becoming the league's leading scorer with eight goals.[17] FC Kansas City finished second during the regular season with an 11–6–5 record.[18] The team advanced to the playoffs but were defeated 2–3 by Portland Thorns FC during the semi-finals. Following the 2013 NWSL season, Holiday was awarded the Golden Boot, an award given to the player who scores the most goals (12) and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP).[19]

International career[edit]

Holiday challenging New Zealand's Katie Hoyle for the ball

Holiday made her first appearance and start for the senior U.S. women's team on January 26, 2007, against Germany.[11] She earned her second cap and scored her first goals, against Mexico on April 14, 2007.[11] She was named the 2007 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She was named to the U.S. roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics after Abby Wambach was forced to withdraw from the Olympics with a broken leg.[20] She appeared in three games as a substitute. In 2010, she was the second-leading scorer on the team with seven goals in 13 total matches, starting seven.[11]

She scored the opening goal for the U.S. team in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, against North Korea on June 28, 2011. Holiday started in all six World Cup games, scoring two goals and leading the team with three assists to earn a spot on the Women's World Cup All-Star Team.[11]

In 2012, Holiday led the United States team with seven assists in five games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, including four assists during the USA's 14–0 rout of the Dominican Republic. She played in all six games at the Olympics, starting five, and came off the bench in the gold medal game to play the final 23 minutes after she had suffered a minor injury in the semifinal.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1
2007-04-14[m 1] United StatesFoxborough  Mexico 83.

on 8' (off Lilly)

1.1 88 Heather O'Reilly

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
2
2008-01-18[m 2] ChinaGuangzhou  Finland 45.

on 46' (off Wambach)

1.1 69 Tina DiMartino

5250.03005 3–1

5350.04005 4–1

Four Nations Tournament
3
2008-04-04[m 3] MexicoJuarez  Jamaica Start 1.1 21 unassisted

5250.02005 2–0

5650.06005 6–0

Olympic qualification: final round
4
2009-05-25[m 4] CanadaToronto  Canada 24.

on 77' (off Rodriguez)

1.1 80 Heather O'Reilly

5450.02005 4–0

5450.02005 4–0

Friendly
5
2010-02-24[m 5] PortugalSanto Antonio  Iceland 25.

off 66' (on Rodriguez)

1.1 61 Lori Lindsey

5250.02005 2–0

5250.02005 2–0

Algarve Cup: Group B
6
2010-03-01[m 6] PortugalFerreiras  Sweden 45.

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

2.1 56 Casey Nogueira

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Algarve Cup: Group B
7
2.2 86 Lori Lindsey

5250.02005 2–0

8
2010-03-03[m 7] PortugalFaro  Germany 84.

off 84' (on Nogueira)

1.1 69 unassisted

5250.03005 3–1

5150.03005 3–2

Algarve Cup: final
9
2010-03-28[m 8] United StatesSan Diego  Mexico 45.

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

1.1 72 Shannon Boxx

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Friendly
10
2010-11-01[m 9] MexicoCancun  Costa Rica Start 1.1 68 unassisted

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 4–0

World Cup qualification: Group B
11
2010-11-08[m 10] MexicoCancun  Costa Rica Start 1.1 17 Lori Lindsey

5150.01005 1–0

5350.03005 3–0

World Cup qualification: third-place match
12
2011-01-23[m 11] ChinaChongqing  Canada 45.

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

1.1 54 Lindsay Tarpley

5150.02005 1–0

5150.02005 2–1

Four Nations Tournament
13
2011-03-09[m 12] Portugal Faro  Iceland 45.

off 46' (on Wambach)

1.1 45+1 Megan Rapinoe

5050.02005 2–2

5250.04005 4–2

Algarve Cup: final
14
2011-06-05[m 13] United StatesHarrison  Mexico 30.

on 61' (off Rodriguez)

1.1 90+2 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Friendly
15
2011-06-28[m 14] GermanyDresden  Korea DPR Start 1.1 54 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

World Cup: Group C
16
2011-07-13[m 15] GermanyMonchengladbach  France Start 1.1 9 Heather O'Reilly

5150.01005 1–0

5250.03005 3–1

World Cup: semifinal
17
2012-01-20[m 16] CanadaVancouver  Dominican Start 1.1 64 Heather O'Reilly

6150.11005 11–0

6450.14005 14–0

Olympic qualification: Group B
18
2012-01-22[m 17] CanadaVancouver  Guatemala 45.

off 46' (on Morgan)

1.1 24 unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

6350.13005 13–0

Olympic qualification: Group B
19
2013-06-15[m 18] United StatesFoxborough  Korea Republic 77.

off 77' (on Brian)

1.1 7 Tobin Heath

5250.02005 2–0

5350.04005 4–1

Friendly
20
2013-06-20[m 19] United StatesHarrison  Korea Republic 71.

off 71' (on Averbuch)

1.1 64 Kelley O'Hara

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
21 2013-10-20[m 20] United StatesSan Antonio  Australia s.

on 64' (off Brian)

1.1 6 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

Friendly
22 2014-02-13[m 21] United StatesAtlanta  Russia 23.

on 68' (off Brian)

1.1 81 penalty

5650.06005 6–0

5850.08005 8–0

Friendly
23 2014-04-06[m 22] United StatesCommerce  China PR 67.

off 67' (on Rapinoe)

1.1 39 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Friendly

Honors and awards[edit]

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

At the age of three, Holiday had open heart surgery to correct a heart defect.[21] She married professional basketball player Jrue Holiday, fellow UCLA Bruin and point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, on July 7, 2013.[22] The two first met and began dating in 2008 while they were both attending UCLA. Holiday is a Christian.[23]

Endorsements[edit]

Holiday has signed endorsement deals with Under Armour and Chobani.[24][25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Purdy, Jacqueline (15 July 2011). "Lauren Cheney is Made to Play Midfield". ESPN. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Bonham, Chad. "A conversation with U.S. Olympian Lauren Cheney". Beliefnet. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Individual Honors". Ben Davis High School. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Youth National Team Forward Lauren Cheney Named Gatorade National High School Girls' Player of the Year". U.S. Soccer Federation. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lauren Cheney Leads the U-20 WNT Through CONCACAF Qualifying with Big Game and Bigger Heart". U.S. Soccer Federation. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  6. ^ UCLA Athletics (8 December 2009). "Lauren Cheney Named NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-American". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "College Cup Teams Dominate Women's 2006 Division I All-America Team". National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ UCLA Athletics (5 November 1012). "UCLA's Title IX 40: Lauren Cheney, Tiffany Joh". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Canales, Andrea (30 November 2006). "Cheney should have been a Hermann contender". ESPN. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Lauren Cheney". UCLA. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Lauren Cheney U.S. Soccer Player Bio". USSoccer.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  12. ^ "Blues Add UCLA Trio with National Team Experience". Pali Blues Soccer Club. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Rodriguez, Justin (30 July 2009). "Soccer: Pali Blues loaded with talent". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Pali Blues at Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues". United Soccer Leagues. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pali Blues Win Second Straight W-League Championship". Pali Blues Soccer Club. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Hays, Graham (11 January 2013). "NWSL Allocation Easier Said than Done". ESPN. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Husted, Jeff (3 July 2013). "Lauren Cheney Named NWSL Player of the Month". FC Kansas City. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "National Women's Soccer League 2013 Standings". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  19. ^ KansasCity.com (28 August 2013). "FC Kansas City’s Lauren Holiday chosen MVP of National Women’s Soccer League". NWSL News. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Lauren Cheney". UCLA Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  21. ^ "Athletes with congenital heart defects". California Heart Connection. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Twitter / laurenholiday12: Touched down in LA with my". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  23. ^ "The View From Above". Sharing the Victory. Sharing the Victory Magazine. August 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  24. ^ Walker, Andrea K. (25 July 2011). "Under Armour's rookie strategy for endorsement deals". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Chobani® Announces Sponsorship of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Athletes and Hopefuls for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games". Chobani. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
Match reports
  1. ^ "U.S. Women Roll Past Mexico, 5–0, Behind Two Goals from Kristine Lilly". U.S.Soccer. 
  2. ^ "Lindsay Tarpley Scores Twice and U.S. Women Defeat Finland 4–1; USA Takes on China on Sunday, Jan. 20 For Four Nations Title". U.S.Soccer. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Jamaica, 6–0, to Open Olympic Qualifying; Wambach Scores Twice at USA is Through to Semifinals". U.S.Soccer. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Women Score Twice In Each Half to Defeat Canada 4–0 at BMO Field in Toronto". U.S.Soccer. 
  5. ^ "Hope Solo Saves Two Penalties as the USA Defeats Iceland 2–0 to Open 2010 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer. 
  6. ^ "Lauren Cheney Scores Twice As U.S. Women Defeat Sweden 2–0 To Advance to Eighth Consecutive Algarve Cup Championship Game". U.S.Soccer. 
  7. ^ "Lloyd, Wambach and Cheney Score As U.S. Women Win 2010 Algarve Cup With 3–2 Victory Against Germany". U.S.Soccer. 
  8. ^ "USA Defeats Mexico 3–0 in First Domestic Match of 2010". U.S.Soccer. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Beats Costa Rica 4–0 to Top Group B at CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico". U.S.Soccer. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Costa Rica 3–0 to Earn Spot in Two-Game Playoff Against Italy for Berth to Germany 2011". U.S.Soccer. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Women Rebound to Defeat Canada 2–1 at Four Nations Tournament in China". U.S.Soccer. 
  12. ^ "U.S. WNT Defeats Iceland For 2011 Algarve Cup Title". U.S.Soccer. 
  13. ^ "Stoppage-Time Strike from Cheney Lifts U.S Women to Win Against Mexico". U.S.Soccer. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Opens 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup with 2–0 Victory Against Korea DPR". U.S.Soccer. 
  15. ^ "U.S. WNT Advances to Final of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup". U.S.Soccer. 
  16. ^ "U.S. Women’s National Team Opens 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying With Record Performance in 14–0 Rout of Dominican Republic". U.S.Soccer. 
  17. ^ "U.S. Women’s National Team Qualifies for Semifinals of 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying with 13–0 Victory Against Guatemala". U.S.Soccer. 
  18. ^ "U.S. WNT Defeats Korea Republic 4–1 in Foxborough, Mass.". U.S.Soccer. 
  19. ^ "Abby Wambach Becomse All-Time Leading Scorer with Four Goals in 5–0 Win vs. Korea Republic". U.S.Soccer. 
  20. ^ "U.S. WNT Rolls Past Australia 4–0 in Front of 19,109 at Alamodome in San Antonio". U.S. Soccer Federation. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "U.S. WNT Routs Russia 8-0 in Second Leg in Front of 16,133 Fans at Georgia Dome". U.S. Soccer Federation. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "2-0 Victory in Colorado: U.S. WNT vs.China PR". U.S. Soccer Federation. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Stevens, Dakota (2011), A Look at the Women's Professional Soccer Including the Soccer Associations, Teams, Players, Awards, and More, BiblioBazaar, ISBN 1241047464

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