Alli Palisch

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Alli Palisch[1]
Palisch with London City Lionesses in 2021
Personal information
Full name Allison Palisch[2]
Birth name Allison Renee Murphy[3]
Date of birth (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 29)
Place of birth Plano, Texas, U.S.
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2009 Texas Football Club
2009–2012 D'Feeters Soccer Club
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Texas Tech Red Raiders 67 (12)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Washington Spirit 0 (0)
2017 Gustafs GoIF
2018 Houston Dash 1 (0)
2018–2019 PEC Zwolle 18 (1)
2019 Selfoss 6 (2)
2020–2022 London City Lionesses 26 (2)
2022– Watford
International career
2021– Republic of Ireland 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:25, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21:25, 11 April 2021 (UTC)

Allison Murphy Palisch (born Allison Renee Murphy, 13 May 1994), formerly known as Alli Murphy, is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Watford FC in the FA Women's National League South. Born and raised in the United States to an Irish father,[4] she capped for the Republic of Ireland women's national team.

Club career[edit]

Murphy was a second-round pick (20th overall) for Washington Spirit in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. She spent the 2016 season on the Spirit reserve team.[5]

In search of regular first-team football, Murphy moved to Swedish Division 1 Norra Svealand club Gustafs GoIF in 2017, then signed for Houston Dash for their 2018 season. Murphy attended the Dash's open tryouts and earned an invitation to the preseason training camp before making the regular-season roster.[6]

In June 2018, Dash waived Murphy along with Claire Falknor to make room on the roster for Sofia Huerta and Taylor Comeau, who were acquired in a trade with Chicago Red Stars.[7] Dash coach Vera Pauw, who said Murphy needed to work the technical side of her game, arranged for her to join PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands.[8] Murphy played in 18 matches with PEC Zwolle, 15 as a starter, during the 2018–19 season.[9] In August 2019, she joined Selfoss in Iceland.[9]

In July 2020, Murphy joined London City Lionesses of the English FA Women's Championship.[10]

International career[edit]

In January 2016 Murphy trained with the touring Republic of Ireland national team, who were in California to play two matches against the United States. Her college coach Tom Stone had alerted the Football Association of Ireland that Murphy was eligible as she had grandparents from Limerick and held an Irish passport.[11]

Senior Republic of Ireland national team coach Vera Pauw called up Murphy for the first time on 28 August 2020, for the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifier against Germany on 19 September 2020.[12][13] Pauw was Murphy's coach at Houston Dash,[14] although Pauw said she was unaware of Murphy's Irish passport until she was alerted by Lionesses coach Lisa Fallon.[8] Murphy made her international debut on 11 April 2021, starting Ireland's 1–0 friendly defeat by Belgium at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.[15]

Personal life[edit]

She married Austin Palisch in January 2021.


  1. ^ "Alli Palisch". Watford FC.
  2. ^ "Fixtures Details".
  3. ^ "Candidates for Undergraduate Degrees – Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering" (PDF). Commencement Fall 2015. Texas Tech University. December 2015. p. 29. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Skills, Heritage Get Red Raider to Pro, International Soccer". "It was good to see her in green, white and gold," said her father, Stephen Murphy, who years after coming to the United States has just a hint of the Irish lilt when he talks.
  5. ^ "How will the 2016 Olympics impact the Washington Spirit?". 2 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Houston Dash sign four players on eve of NWSL regular season" (Press release). Houston Dynamo FC. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Houston Dash acquire midfielders Sofia Huerta, Taylor Comeau for Christen Press and draft pick" (Press release). Houston Dash. 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b Ryan, Eoin (29 August 2020). "Vera Pauw hails new Irish recruit but familiar face Alli Murphy's dedication to self-improvement". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Murphy Joins Boren in Iceland". Texas Tech Red Raiders. 13 August 2019.
  10. ^ Frith, Wilf (13 July 2020). "London City Lionesses make Alli Murphy their first new signing". She Kicks. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  11. ^ Toth, Heidi (23 March 2016). "Skills, Heritage Get Red Raider to Pro, International Soccer". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  12. ^ "WNT Squad selected for Germany test". Football Association of Ireland. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  13. ^ "'I felt like I had been transported back to Ireland, listening to my Granny saying 'Go on, Go on, Go on". 29 August 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Murphy excited to get going with Ireland WNT". Football Association of Ireland. 29 August 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  15. ^ Pyne, Anthony (11 April 2021). "Recap: Belgium 1-0 Republic of Ireland". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2021.

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