Alina Garciamendez

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Alina Garciamendez
Personal information
Full name Alina Lisi Garciamendez-Rowold[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-16) 16 April 1991 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Los Gatos, California, United States[2]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Dallas Texans
2006–2008 Ursuline Academy of Dallas
2009–2012 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 FFC Frankfurt 3 (0)
National team
Mexico Mexico U-17
2008–2010 Mexico Mexico U-20 9 (2)
2009– Mexico Mexico 51[3] (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:30, 25 June 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:35, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Alina Lisi Garciamendez-Rowold (born April 16, 1991) is an American soccer player from Fairview, Texas. She is a defender who plays for the Mexico women's national football team.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Los Gatos, California, to Edsel Garciamendez-Budar and Lisi Rowold-Garciamendez, Alina's family moved to Texas, where she attended Ursaline Academy in Dallas. Garciamendez helped lead Ursuline to four consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I championships, extending the school's streak to 19 consecutive titles. A three-time TAPPS District 1-5A Player of the Year, Garciamendez was rated as the 34th-best college prospect in the class of 2009 by ESPN Rise.[5]

During her senior year, she scored eight goals and had 12 assists as a senior midfielder, completing her fourth season as a starter and second as a captain. She also participated in track and field. Garciamendez won a national club championship with Dallas Texans Red 91 in 2008 and reached the finals in 2007. She also won three Region III championships and four North Texas State Cup titles.[5]

She is of Mexican descent.

Stanford University[edit]

Garciamendez has started every match since she arrived at Stanford in 2009, setting a school-record of 100 matches.[6]

During her freshman year, she was a vital part of a defensive line that allowed only 0.58 goals per match and totaled 14 shutouts. She was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman and Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie first teams and selected to the All-Pac-10 second team and Pac-10 All-Freshman team. She was also named among's Primetime Performers of the Week on Oct. 20 following Stanford's shutouts of USC and UCLA.[5]

As a sophomore, she became team co-captain and scored her first collegiate goal against Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA tournament on a header at the far post in the 49th minute. The goal gave Stanford a 2-0 lead and proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victor. Mirroring her freshman year, she was the foundation of a defense that allowed 0.45 goals per match and had 15 shutouts.[5]

During her junior year, Garciamendez contributed to 18 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.34 from her central defender position. She scored on a header for Stanford's final goal in 3-0 NCAA semifinal victory over Florida State. She was named to the Soccer America MVPs second team, NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team, All-Pac-12 first team, and NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team. Soccer America honored her as a Preseason All-American.[5]

In 2012, she was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy award.[7][8]

Playing career[edit]


In 2013, Garciamendez was allocated to the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League as part of the NWSL Player Allocation.[9] However, she later opted to join German side, FFC Frankfurt, signing a contract through 2015.[10] In October 2013, it was announced that her NWSL rights had been traded to the Seattle Reign FC.[11]


Garciamendez joined the Mexico national team system in February 2008. She scored two goals at the U-17 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in July, 2008 and played two matches as forward at the 2008 FIFA under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. She was captain of the Mexico team at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Germany and scored on a short-range volley against Nigeria, in the 78th minute, to tie the match 1-1, allowing Mexico to win its group and advance to the knockout stages. She also captained the Mexico team that finished second in the eight-team U-20 CONCACAF Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala.[5]

Garciamendez was a starter for the Mexico women's national football team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. She also started during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament semifinals on January 24, 2012, but the team fell one victory short of a berth in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "List of Players - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Las Defensas de la Selección Nacional Femenil que Participarán en la Copa Mundial de Canadá 2015". Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C. (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Alina Garciamendez player profile.". Stanford University Official Athletics Site. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Stanford player profile". Stanford University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Tom (23 November 2012). "Defender Garciamendez steadies Stanford". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists named". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stanford notes: Garciamendez's golden goal lifts No. 1 Stanford past No. 2 UCLA". Mercury News. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Washington Spirit receive seven players from NWSL allocation". 11 January 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Frankfurt signs Alina Garciamendez" (in German). 30 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Lauletta, Dan (25 October 2013). "Spirit land Cuellar in multi-player deal". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 

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