Allie Long

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Allie Long
Allie Long (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Linsley Long Batista
Date of birth (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Huntington, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 10
Youth career
Northport Cow Harbor Mustangs
Albertson Express
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Penn State Nittany Lions
2007–2008 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Long Island Fury
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 39 (4)
2011 Sky Blue FC 18 (3)
2011–2012 Paris Saint-Germain 12 (4)
2012 New York Fury (1)
2013– Portland Thorns FC 80 (26)
National team
United States U-20
2007–2010 United States U-21
2014– United States 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 8, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 11, 2017

Alexandra "Allie" Linsley Long (born August 13, 1987) is an American soccer midfielder currently playing for the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. She made her debut for the national team on May 8, 2014 in a friendly against Canada.[1] She has since made 23 total appearances for the team.

Long played college soccer for the Penn State Nittany Lions for the 2005 and 2006 seasons before transferring to the University of North Carolina to play for the Tar Heels. Long was a member of the Tar Heels team that won the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament in 2008. Professionally, Long has played for the Washington Freedom and Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer, Paris Saint-Germain of Division 1 Féminine in France, and the New York Fury of Women's Premier Soccer League Elite. She currently plays for the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League.

Early life[edit]

Born in Huntington, New York to Barbara and James Long, Allie was raised with her younger brother Patrick. She started playing soccer for the Northport Cow Harbor Mustangs of the Long Island Junior Soccer League. She then played with the Albertson Soccer Club, where she won four consecutive State Open Cup titles. Long was a member of the Olympic Development Program of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association for five years and Region 1 ODP for four year.[2]

Long attended Northport High School from 2001 to 2005, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Long helped her high school team go undefeated in the regular season for all four years. In 2005, Northport advanced to the Long Island semifinals. Long was named to the All-State first team and All-County team all four years at Northport. After her junior and senior year, she was Newsday's Player of the Year and Suffolk County Player of the Year. Long also made the All-Long Island Team for her last two years at Northport.[3]

Pennsylvania State University, 2005–2006[edit]

Long attended Pennsylvania State University from 2005–2006. During her freshman year in 2005, she appeared in all 25 games, starting 22. After starting the first game, she entered the starting lineup permanently in the fifth game of the season, remaining there for the balance of the Lions' 23–0–2 season. She scored four goals on 58 shots and had six assists for the season. Long was a 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Third-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and was named to the Soccer Buzz second-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region, Soccer Buzz second-team freshman All-America squad, and was tapped for the Soccer Buzz 2005 Freshman All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team. She was also named to the second-team All-Big Ten squad and the All-Tournament Team at the 2005 Big Ten Tournament and earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors.[3]

During her second year in 2006, Long scored six goals and added four assists for the Nittany Lions. Allie started all 21 games that she played in after missing the first five games while playing for the United States in the U-20 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. She scored her first goal of the season September 24 against Michigan. She also recorded a goal and an assist in the game at Iowa on September 29 and against Northwestern on October 22. Long scored the game-winning goal against Minnesota on October 13 and against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament on November 5. She was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. She was the Big Ten's offensive player of the week on October 23, 2006. She was a 2006 Soccer Buzz first-team all-region selection and was selected for the Academic All-Big Ten Team.[3]

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007–2008[edit]

During her junior year in 2007, Long transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She appeared in all 24 games, starting in 22. Long scored five goals during the season. She picked up her first two goals as a Tar Heel against Yale for her only multiple goal game of the season, for which she was named to Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer National Teams of the Week. She was also on the watchlist for the Hermann Trophy.[3]

Club career[edit]

Long Island Fury[edit]

Long played with the Long Island Fury in the Women's Premier Soccer League under head coach Paul Riley during summers between college seasons.[4]

Washington Freedom, 2009–2010[edit]

On January 16, 2009, Long was selected seventh overall in the first round of the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Draft by the Washington Freedom for the inaugural 2009 WPS season.[5] She made her first appearance for the team on March 29, 2009 in a match against the Los Angeles Sol. During the 2009 regular season, Long made 18 appearances for the Freedom, helping the team finish third in the WPS.[6][7] She also made two goals during the regular season. The Freedom faced Sky Blue FC in the first round of the playoffs on August 15 and were defeated 2–1, ending their advancement in the postseason tournament.[7] Long remained with the Washington Freedom for the 2010 WPS season. Long scored the lone goal in the team's opening game of the season on April 10 against the Boston Breakers. She went on to make 21 appearances for the Freedom in the regular season and scored two goals.[7] The Freedom finished fourth in the WPS after the regular season but were defeated by the Philadelphia Independence in the first round of the playoffs on September 19.[8]

Sky Blue FC, 2011[edit]

Long wins the ball from Christine Sinclair during a match between Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash on July 30, 2011.

Following the 2010 season, Long became a free agent and was subsequently signed by Sky Blue FC in November 2010.[9][10] Jim Gabarra, the head coach of Sky Blue, stated that "Allie has been establishing herself as a prominent player in this league" and that he expected her to "continue developing and helping our team to be successful."[10] She made her first appearance for Sky Blue on April 10, 2011 in a match against Philadelphia Independence. Following the match, Long was named the WPS Player of the Week.[11] Long made 18 appearances for Sky Blue in the regular season and scored three goals, two of those on penalty kicks.[7] Sky Blue finished fifth in the WPS after the regular season and did not advance to the playoffs.[12]

Paris Saint-Germain, 2011–2012[edit]

Immediately following the 2011 WPS season, Long played for Paris Saint-Germain in the Division 1 Féminine in France for the 2011–2012 season, which ran from September to June.[13] She first made an appearance for the team on October 16, 2011 in a match against FF Yzeure Allier Auvergne. She made 12 appearances for the team, starting nine, and scored four goals. Her last appearance for the team was on March 25, 2012.[14]

New York Fury, 2012[edit]

On January 30, 2012, it was announced that the 2012 WPS season would be suspended following legal and financial challenges.[15] Although the league was intended to resume for the 2013 season, it officially folded in May.[16] In April 2012, Long signed with the New York Fury in the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, a semi-professional soccer league created by the WPSL in response to the suspension of the WPS.[17][18] The Fury finished third in the league and qualified for the playoffs.[19] The Fury faced the Western New York Flash on July 25, 2012 in the semifinals. Long scored the Fury's lone goal of the match and the team was defeated 2–1.[20]

Portland Thorns FC, 2013–present[edit]

Long with the United States women's national team before a match against Japan on June 5, 2016

On January 17, 2013, it was revealed that Long had signed with the Portland Thorns FC of the newly formed National Women's Soccer League for the 2013 season.[21] Following the American season, Long agreed an off-season loan to Chelsea Ladies. She traveled to Japan for the English team's International Women's Club Championship campaign. Allie has become one of Portland's top players over the years, leading the team to the title in 2013 and the semifinal in 2014.

International career[edit]

Long represented the United States on the U-20 and U-23 national teams and was a member of the 2006 U-20 Women's World Championship team. She was called up to the full national team in July 2010.

On May 8, 2014 Long made her international debut for the United States senior women's team against Canada in a friendly match at Winnipeg; entering the match at the 68th minute.[22] She scored her first and second goals in a friendly against Colombia on April 6, 2016, in East Hartford at Renschler Field.

International goals[edit]


Goal
Date
Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2016-04-06[m 1] East Hartford  Colombia 90.Start 2.1 32 Lindsey Horan

5250.02005 2–0

5750.07005 7–0

Friendly
2 2.2 65 Julie Johnston

5650.06005 6–0

3 2016-04-06[m 2] Atlanta  Netherlands 90.Start 1.1 77 Carli Lloyd

5250.02005 3–1

5750.07005 3–1

Friendly

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team: 2005
  • Soccer Buzz All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team: 2005
  • Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America Second Team: 2005
  • Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team: 2005
  • All-Big Ten Second Team: 2005
  • All-Big Ten Tournament Team: 2005
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team: 2005
  • All-Big Ten First Team: 2006
  • NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team: 2006
  • Soccer Buzz All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team: 2006
  • All-Big Ten Academic Team: 2006
  • MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List: 2007
  • Top Drawer Soccer Third Team: 2007
  • NWSL Best XI: 2015, 2016
  • NWSL Second XI: 2014

Team[edit]

with North Carolina Tar Heels
  • NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship: 2008
  • National Women's Soccer League Championship: 2013
with Portland Thorns

Personal[edit]

In late October 2016, Long married longtime boyfriend Jose Batista.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Rallies for 1–1 Draw Against Canada". U.S. Soccer. May 8, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Alumni News". Albertson Soccer Club. April 24, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Allie Long player profile". GoHeels.com. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vogt, Randy (September 2, 2013). "The Portland Thorns, With Former Eastern New York ODP Player Allie Long, Win the Inaugural NWSL Championship". US Youth Soccer. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ Klopsis, Nick (July 21, 2016). "Who is Allie Long?". Newsday. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "USA WPS 2009 Predictions, H2H Stats, Match Fixtures, Odds and Results". Soccer Punter. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Allie Long Profile and Statistics". Soccer Punter. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Washington Freedom Soccer Statistics and Results in WPS 2010". Soccer Punter. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "WPS Releases Protected List for 2010 Expansion Draft". Our Sports Central. October 20, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Allie Long Signs with Sky Blue FC". Resolution Sports. November 30, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (April 13, 2011). "Allie Long named WPS Player of the Week". The Equalizer. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Sky Blue Soccer Statistics and Results in WPS 2011". Soccer Punter. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ Lauletta, Dan (February 7, 2013). "Long leaves comfort zone with move to Portland". The Equalizer. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Paris Saint Germain Roster and Statistics". Soccer Way. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ "WPS Suspends 2012 Season". The Women's Game. January 30, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ Mandell, Nina (May 18, 2012). "WPS officially folds after three seasons". Daily News. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Semi-pro WPSL to offer new women's pro league". Sporting News. February 9, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Cheesesteak to NY". Philly Soccer News. April 5, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2012 Standings". Women's Premier Soccer League Elite. July 25, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  20. ^ "WNY Flash Defeats NY Fury to Advance to Championship". Western New York Flash. July 25, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  21. ^ Lewis, Scott (January 17, 2013). "Allie Long signs with Portland Thorns FC". NWSL News. National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  22. ^ "U.S. Rallies for 1–1 Draw Against Canada". U.S.Soccer. May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Allie Long got married on Saturday, and her teammates were right by her side". espnW. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
Match reports

Further reading[edit]

  • 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

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