Meghan Klingenberg

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Meghan Klingenberg
Meghan Klingenberg Training.jpg
Personal information
Full name Meghan Elizabeth Klingenberg
Date of birth (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Playing position Midfielder/ Defender
Club information
Current team
Tyresö FF, Houston Dash
Number 13, 25
Youth career
2007-2010 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 magicJack 2 (0)
2011 Boston Breakers 10 (1)
2012 Western New York Flash 3 (2)
2012– Tyresö FF 8 (1)
2014– Houston Dash 3 (0)
National team
2004[1] United States U-16
2005[1] United States U-17
2008[1] United States U-19
2009-2010[1] United States U-23
2011- United States 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 17, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Meghan Elizabeth Klingenberg (born August 2, 1988) is an American soccer midfielder. She previously played for magicJack and Boston Breakers in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league and is in the United States women's national soccer team player pool.[2] She is currently playing for the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League. Klingenberg is known for her great versatility and ability to serve in passes from the wing.

Early life[edit]

Klingenberg was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the suburban north hills of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. She attended Pine-Richland High School from 2003-2007 and was the captain of the girls soccer team. In 2005, she helped lead Pine-Richland to the Pennsylvania state high school championship and was a NSCAA All-America selection. She was also named a Parade All-American.[3]

University of North Carolina[edit]

Klingenberg attended the University of North Carolina and was a four-year starter for the Tar Heels. She scored 18 career goals with 24 assists. Klingenberg was a highly flexible player, playing on all three lines for UNC.

As a freshman in 2007, she played in 24 games, starting 10, and earned Freshman All-ACC honors. She scored five goals with three assists and was a Soccer America First-Team All-Freshman selection. Klingenberg led UNC freshmen in all offensive categories and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection.[3]

As a sophomore in 2008, she played in 20 games, starting eight, and missed the last six games of the season playing for the USA at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. She tied for second on the team with nine assists and two goals. Klingenberg was named to the ACC All-Academic women’s soccer team and the ACC Honor Roll.[3]

As a junior in 2009, she played in 26 games and played 1,668 minutes while scoring five goals with one assist. Klingenberg scored the game-winning goal in a 5-2 triumph over Wake Forest in the NCAA quarterfinals.[3]

As a senior in 2010, she was an NSCAA All-American while playing in all 24 games for the Tar Heels and was fourth on the team with 23 points. She had 11 assists (second on the team), scored six goals and was named First-Team All-ACC.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

WPS, 2011[edit]

Megan Klingenberg, Boston Breakers

In 2011, Klingenberg was selected by the Washington Freedom in the first round of the WPS draft.[4] After the team was moved to Florida and renamed magicJack, she was traded in early June to the Boston Breakers. Klingenberg played 10 matches for Boston, starting them all and totaling 961 minutes for the season. She ended the season with one goal and two assists.[3]

Tyresö FF, 2012–13[edit]

Klingenberg in the Svenska Supercupen, April 2013

In 2012, Klingenberg signed with Swedish club, Tyresö FF.[5]

Houston Dash, 2014-present[edit]

On January 10, 2014, it was announced that the Houston Dash had selected Klingenberg with the sixth pick in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft.[6] She will finish UEFA Women's Champions League with Tyresӧ FF, before joining the Dash mid season.

International[edit]

Klingenberg has played for the United States women's national soccer team at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. She received her first call-up to the senior squad for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament and earned her first two caps during the event. She was named an alternate for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[7][8] In March 2013, she was named to the senior team roster by US WNT coach, Tom Sermanni for upcoming exhibition matches against Germany and the Netherlands.[9] Klingenberg made her debut for senior team on April 9, 2013 against Netherlands; coming in as a substitute at sixty-fifth minute.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Meghan Klingenberg". U.S. Soccer. 
  2. ^ U.S. Player Pool
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Meghan Klingenberg player profile". US Soccer. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Lauletta's League Lowdown
  5. ^ "Meghan Klingenberg to Tyresö FF". Tyreso FF. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Houston Dash select 10 players in 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft". Houston Dash Communications. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Meghan Klingenberg set for Summer Olympics". Trib Total Media, LLC. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Meghan Klingenberg". London 2012 Olympic Games. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Franch, Johnston, Klingenberg on US women's roster for games at Germany, Netherlands". Fox News. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Netherlands 3-1 in International Friendly at The Hague". U.S.Soccer. 

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