|Full name||Lauren Nicole Holiday|
|Date of birth||September 30, 1987|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Current club||FC Kansas City|
|Ben Davis High School|
|2013–||FC Kansas City||17||(12)|
|2004||United States U-17|
|2006–07||United States U-20||20||(15)|
|2005||United States U-21|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 12, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Honors and awards
- 4 Personal life
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 Further reading
- 8 External links
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. 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. 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. Cheney finished her high school career having scored 112 goals and served 67 assists. 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.
In the fall of 2006, Holiday enrolled at UCLA, where she was named a first-team All-American and NSCAA Freshman of the Year. 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. 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).
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.
Pali Blues, 2009
During the summer of 2009, Holiday joined Southern California team, Pali Blues, in the W-League. 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. After defeating the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4–0 in the championship semi-final in which Cheney scored a goal in the 65th minute, the Pali Blues clinched the championship title in a 2–1 defeat of the Washington Freedom Reserves on August 7, 2009.
Boston Breakers, 2010–11
On January 15, 2010, Cheney 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.
FC Kansas City, 2013–present
In 2013, Cheney 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. 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. FC Kansas City finished second during the regular season with a 11–6–5 record. 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).
Cheney made her first appearance and start for the senior U.S. women's team on January 26, 2007, against Germany. She earned her second cap and scored her first goals, against Mexico on April 14, 2007. 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. 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.
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. Cheney 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.
In 2012, Cheney 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.
|#||numberOfGoals.goalNumber by the player in the match|
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored; 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. See Assist (football) page.|
|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.|
|Result||The final score.|
|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|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
|NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
Honors and awards
- Four Nations Tournament (3): 2007, 2008, 2011
- NWSL Most Valuable Player (1): 2013
- NWSL Golden Boot (1): 2013
- U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year (1): 2007
- NCAA All-American First-Team (4): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year (1): 2007
At the age of three, Cheney had open heart surgery to correct a heart defect. She married professional basketball player Jrue Holiday, fellow UCLA Bruin and point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, on July 7, 2013. The two first met and began dating in 2008 while they were both attending UCLA.
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- Bonham, Chad. "A conversation with U.S. Olympian Lauren Cheney". Beliefnet. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Individual Honors". Ben Davis High School. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "U.S. Youth National Team Forward Lauren Cheney Named Gatorade National High School Girls' Player of the Year". U.S. Soccer Federation. 23. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Lauren Cheney Leads the U-20 WNT Through CONCACAF Qualifying with Big Game and Bigger Heart". U.S. Soccer Federation. 23. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- UCLA Athletics (8). "Lauren Cheney Named NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-American". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "College Cup Teams Dominate Women's 2006 Division I All-America Team". National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 14. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- UCLA Athletics (5). "UCLA's Title IX 40: Lauren Cheney, Tiffany Joh". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Canales, Andrea (30). "Cheney should have been a Hermann contender". ESPN. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Lauren Cheney". UCLA. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Lauren Cheney U.S. Soccer Player Bio". USSoccer.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Blues Add UCLA Trio with National Team Experience". Pali Blues Soccer Club. 25. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Rodriguez, Justin (30). "Soccer: Pali Blues loaded with talent". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Pali Blues at Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues". United Soccer Leagues. 31. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Pali Blues Win Second Straight W-League Championship". Pali Blues Soccer Club. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Hays, Graham (11). "NWSL Allocation Easier Said than Done". ESPN. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Husted, Jeff (3). "Lauren Cheney Named NWSL Player of the Month". FC Kansas City. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "National Women's Soccer League 2013 Standings". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- KansasCity.com (28). "FC Kansas City’s Lauren Holiday chosen MVP of National Women’s Soccer League". NWSL News. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Lauren Cheney". UCLA Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- "Athletes with congenital heart defects". California Heart Connection. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Twitter / laurenholiday12: Touched down in LA with my". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- Walker, Andrea K. (25 July 2011). "Under Armour's rookie strategy for endorsement deals". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Chobani® Announces Sponsorship of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Athletes and Hopefuls for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games". Chobani. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- 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
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lauren Cheney.|
- Lauren Holiday – FIFA competition record
- US Soccer player profile
- FC Kansas City player profile
- UCLA player profile
- Lauren Holiday on Twitter