Meleana Shim

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Meleana "Mana" Shim
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Personal information
Full name Meleana Shim
Date of birth (1991-09-25) September 25, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Honolulu, Hawaii
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 6
Youth career
2009–2012 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013- Portland Thorns FC 36 (5)
National team
2012 United States U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 23, 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 10, 2013 (UTC)

Meleana "Mana" Shim (born September 25, 1991) is an American soccer midfielder currently playing for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shim grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii where she attended Kamehameha Kapalama High School and helped the soccer team to three ILH championships. In 2007, the team won the state championship.[2][3]

Shim also played for the club soccer team, Ho'okalakupua. In 2003 and 2005, the team was Region IV Finalists. In 2004, 2006, and 2007, the team was Region IV semifinalists. In 2008, they won gold at the Surf Cup U19 Championship.[2][4][5]

Santa Clara Broncos[edit]

Shim attended Santa Clara University from 2009 - 2012 where she was a three-year starting midfielder for the Broncos. As a freshman in 2009, she played in 20 of the squad's 23 matches. She finished the year with 21 shots, including seven during the Broncos' three NCAA Tournament matches. During her sophomore year, Shim played in all 22 games, one of only four Broncos to do so, starting 18 matches for a total of 1,660 minutes played. She scored one goal and added three assists for five points and was named an All-West Coast Conference honorable mention. As a junior in 2011, she started all 21 games and tallied 12 points on four goals and four assists. She was named to the All-WCC Second-Team.[2][6]

Playing career[edit]


Portland Thorns[edit]

Shim signed with the Portland Thorns as a discovery player for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[7][8] She made her debut for the team during a match against the Washington Spirit on May 4, 2013.[9] She scored her first professional goal on June 16, 2013 at Jeld-Wen Field in a match against the Seattle Reign FC. After receiving a through ball from teammate Angie Kerr near the penalty spot, Shim finished with a left-footed shot past the goalkeeper. She also served her first assist during the match after stealing the ball off a bad pass and passing it to forward, Danielle Foxhoven, who was making a run into the left side of the penalty box.[10] She was the Thorns' lone scorer in a 1-1 draw with the Western New York Flash on July 14, 2013 which began a scoring streak in which she scored a goal in four consecutive matches.[11][12]

Houston Dash[edit]

On January 10, 2014, it was announced that Shim was drafted by the Houston Dash with the fourth pick in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft.[13] She was traded back to the Thorns one week later during the NWSL College Draft.[14]


Shim has represented the United States at the U-23 level. She played in both matches for the U-23 team during the Three Nations Tournament in June 2012 and helped the United States win the competition. On June 19, 2012 she started and played 90 minutes in a friendly against Norway.[15][16]

Personal Life[edit]

Shim publicly came out as a lesbian on August 30, 2013 in an interview with Outsports, the day before the Portland Thorns FC entered the National Women's Soccer League Championship.[17]


  1. ^ "Meleana Shim Player Profile". 
  2. ^ a b c "Meleana Shim". Santa Clara University. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Meleana Shim". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kamehameha's Shim homes in on third title". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Meleana Shim followed her dream and landed back in Hawaii". Star Bulletin. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hawaii Grown: Shim and Santa Clara coming on strong". Star Advertiser. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet: Portland Thorns season preview". SB Nation. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Portland Thorns FC Announces Roster". SB Nation. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Washington vs Portland". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 2, Seattle Reign FC 0". Portland Thorns. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "THORNS COMEBACK TO EARN 3-1 WIN OVER SKY BLUE FC". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Alex Morgan, Meleana Shim & Allie Long lead Portland Thorns to victory (video highlights)". Oregon Live. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Houston Dash select 10 players in 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft". Houston Dash Communications. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (17 January 2014). "Portland Thorns reacquire Meleana Shim and shake up roster at NWSL College Draft". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Meleana Shim". Portland Thorns. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "U-23 USWNT: May 2012 Camp Roster". Women's Soccer Express. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Portland Thorns midfielder Meleana Shim comes out publicly the day before national title game". Retrieved August 30, 2013. 

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