Camille Levin

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Cami Levin
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Levin defends against a Tyreso player during the 2013 Svenska Supercupen on April 1, 2013
Personal information
Full name Camille Tayla Levin
Date of birth (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Newport Coast, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Houston Dash
Number 22
Youth career
Slammers FC '89
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Pali Blues 8 (0)
2012–2013 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 14 (0)
2013–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 4 (0)
2014–2015 Sky Blue FC 42 (0)
2016–2017 Orlando Pride 10 (0)
2017– Houston Dash 10 (0)
National team
2009 United States U-20 4 (0)
2012–2013 United States U-23 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 18, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 24, 2014

Camille "Cami" Levin (born April 24, 1990) is a professional soccer defender. She currently plays for Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League[1] and in 2013 was the captain of the United States U-23 women's national soccer team.

Early life[edit]

Levin was born in California to parents, Desmond and Diane Levin, both from South Africa.[2] She has two younger siblings, Jay and Savannah, who currently plays for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan. She attended Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School in Irvine, California where she played on a co-ed team for at least one season and was named to the NSCAA All-America team in 2006 and 2007.[3][4] With the Cal South Olympic Development Program (ODP) '90 state team, Levin won the ODP national championship in 2006 as well as three regional titles. Starting from age nine through her high school years, she played club soccer for Slammers FC '89 and helped the team win three Cal South State Cups, a United States Youth Soccer Association regional championship, and two U.S. club national tournaments.[2][5]

Stanford University[edit]

Levin attended Stanford University where she played for the Stanford Cardinal from 2008 to 2011. She finished her collegiate career with 12 goals and 22 assists having played multiple positions during her tenure.[6] During her freshman season, she served her first career assist during a match against UNC-Greensboro after dribbling the ball up the midfield and passing to Christen Press who scored the game-winning goal.[7][8] She scored her first goal in the 64th minute of a match against Yale off a corner kick play from Teresa Noyola and Christen Press. Levin's goal lifted the score to 3–1 with Stanford eventually winning 4–1.[9][10] She was subsequently named the Santa Clara/adidas Classic Tournament most valuable player (MVP) and to Soccer America's team of the week.[5][11]

During her sophomore season in 2009, Levin was on the starting lineup for the Cardinal during 5 of the 22 matches in which she played and was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention.[5] During her third season with the Cardinal, Levin was a starter in every match and played several different positions. She played as an outside left back in the first several games and then became a starting forward for most of the season. For two rounds of the NCAA tournament, she switched to central defense to fill in for an injured teammate. Playing as an attacking midfielder during the NCAA semifinals, she scored against Boston College in the 48th minute helping lift Stanford to the finals.[12][13] Of her performance, Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said, "Levin is an incredible player. I'm so happy for today to get that big-time goal, and she deserves it. She is a player that can be one of our best forwards, one of our best forwards and one of our best backs. Wherever we need her in a given game, she's willing to go in there and make a big difference."[14] Levin's 11 assists during her junior season tied for 20th in the nation with six of the assists occurring during consecutive matches.[5] She was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team and received her second All-Pac-10 honorable mention the same year.[5]

During her final season with the Cardinal, Levin set up the game-winning goal of the 2011 NCAA College Cup final to secure Stanford's first ever NCAA championship title.[2][5][15] Finishing her collegiate career as a highly decorated player, Levin was named to the NSCAA first-team All-America, Soccer America's MVPs first team and the NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team.[5][16][17] She was also named to the All-Pac-12 first team as well as the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team.[18][19] At the 2012 ESPN ESPY Awards program, Levin accepted the Capital One Cup on behalf of the Stanford women's athletic program, which was awarded the cup as the top women's Division I athletic program.[20][21][22][23]

Playing career[edit]

Levin (fourth from right) celebrates with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC after winning the Supercupen in April 2013

Club[edit]

Pali Blues, 2012[edit]

In 2012, Levin was first pick (fourth overall) by Sky Blue FC during the 2012 WPS Draft; however, the league suspended operations before the season began.[24][25] Levin signed with Pali Blues in the W-League for the 2012 season and helped the team reach the league's championship game, in which it lost on penalty kicks to the Ottawa Fury.[26]

Göteborg FC, 2012–13[edit]

In 2012, Levin signed with Swedish side, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan, the top division of women's soccer in Sweden. She made nine appearances for the club helping clinch the Svenska Cupen.[27][28] She returned to the squad in April 2013 and helped Göteborg defeat 2012 Damallsvenskan champions, Tyresö FF to clinch the Svenska Supercupen playing defense every minute of the match.[29][30][31]

Western Sydney Wanderers, 2013–14[edit]

Levin (left) marks Nahomi Kawasumi in June 2014

On November 30, 2013 it was announced that Levin had signed for the Western Sydney Wanderers for the remainder of the 2013–14 W-League (Australia) season.[32] She made four appearances for the club helping the team to two shutout wins against the Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory. The Wanderers finished seventh during the 2013–14 season with a 2–3–7 record.[27]

Sky Blue FC, 2014[edit]

In February 2014, it was announced that Levin had signed with Sky Blue FC for the 2014 NWSL season.[33]

International[edit]

Levin has represented the United States on various youth national teams. As a teenager, she played for the under-16, under-17, and under-18 U.S. national teams.[5] Her first experience with a junior national team came after being invited to the under-14 training camp.[34] She played for the U.S. under-20 team during the 10 Nations Tournament as well as in matches against France and Germany during a European tour.[5][35][36]

In 2012, Levin was a member of the under-23 women's national soccer team and helped the squad defeat Norway 5–0 to win the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.[37] In March 2013, she won the Four Nations Tournament with the U.S. under-23 team for a second time after defeating England 2–1. Levin served the assist on the United States' first goal of the match.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houston Dash. "Dash acquire Camille Levin from Orlando Pride for third-round pick". Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Elliott Almond (December 3, 2011). "Stanford seeks redemption, history in NCAA women's soccer championship". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Marcia C. Smith (March 9, 2007). "Necessity forces girls to take field with … ick!". Orange County Register. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Scott French (May 12, 2012). "Corona's Munerlyn lifts U.S. to title". ESPN. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Camille Levin player profile". Stanford University. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Barry Faulkner (January 13, 2012). "Pair of locals top picks". Daily Pilot. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rick Eymer (September 12, 2008). "Stanford ties Tar Heels, beats UNC Greensboro in women's soccer". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ Stanford Athletics (September 14, 2008). "No. 3 Stanford Shuts Out UNC Greensboro 2–0 In Stanford/Nike Invitational Finale". Stanford University. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Stanford Athletics (September 19, 2008). "No. 6 Stanford Comes From Behind To Defeat Yale 4–1". Stanford University. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Levin And O'Hara Earn National Team Of The Week Honors". Stanford University. September 23, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ Stanford Athletics (September 23, 2008). "Sixth-Ranked Stanford Hosts Saint Mary's Friday Night At Cagan Stadium". CBS College Sports. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ Stanford Athletics (November 20, 2011). "Stanford drops Boston College". NCAA. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Associated Press (December 3, 2010). "Stanford to face Notre Dame in College Cup final". WNDU – Channel 16. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ Hays, Graham (December 3, 2010). "Cardinal, Irish find ways to win". ESPN. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ Nicholas Schwartz (December 4, 2011). "Stanford Edges Duke to Win Its First Women’s Soccer Title". New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ Graham Hays (December 1, 2011). "One goal left for Stanford seniors". ESPN. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ Graham Hays (November 19, 2011). "Previewing Stanford-Florida State". ESPN. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ Pac-12 Conference (August 25, 2011). "A True All-Around Player". Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  19. ^ Jewish Women's Archive (December 4, 2011). "Stanford wins NCAA College Cup with help from Jewish soccer star, Camille Levin". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Levin signs pro contract". Daily Pilot. July 13, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Past Winners". Capital One Cup. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Attendees". ESPYs. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Stanford women, Florida men win Capital One Cup". Top Drawer Soccer. July 12, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  24. ^ Scott French (January 13, 2012). "UCLA's Leroux goes No. 1 in WPS draft". ESPN. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  25. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (January 13, 2012). "Leroux goes first in 2012 WPS Draft". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  26. ^ Barry Faulkner (August 1, 2012). "Briefs: Local trio advances". Daily Pilot. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "Camille Levin". Soccer Way. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  28. ^ Yael Averbuch (October 18, 2012). "Small Team With Enormous Heart". New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  29. ^ "TYRESÖ VS. GÖTEBORG FC 2 – 2". Soccer Way. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Marta straffsumpare – Göteborg vann damernas supercup" (in Swedish). Eurosport Sweden. April 1, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  31. ^ Fussgänger, Rainer (April 2, 2013). "Damallsvenskan: Super Cup Goes to Göteborg". Our Game Magazine. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  32. ^ "USA U23 Captain signs for Wanderers". Football Australia. November 30, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Sky Blue FC Signs Defender Camille Levin". Sky Blue FC. February 3, 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  34. ^ United States Soccer Federation (July 6, 2006). "w/ U-16 GNT Defender Camille Levin". United States Soccer Federation. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  35. ^ US Soccer Federation (March 9, 2009). "U.S. Under-20 Women Open La Manga Tournament with 3–2 Victory against Norway". US Soccer Federation. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  36. ^ Stanford Athletics (March 2, 2009). "Levin To Travel With U.S. U-20 Squad To Spain For 10 Nations Tournament". Stanford University. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  37. ^ "U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats Norway 5–0 to Win Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain". US Soccer Federation. March 4, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  38. ^ United States Soccer Federation (March 7, 2013). "U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats England 2–1 To Win Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain". United States Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 

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