Cari Roccaro

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cari Roccaro
Cari Roccaro FIFA U20 WorldCup 2012.JPG
Roccaro in the award ceremony at Japan 2012 FIFA U20 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Cari Elizabeth Roccaro
Date of birth (1994-07-18) July 18, 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth East Islip, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Houston Dash
Number 5
Youth career
Albertson Fury[1][2]
2010–2012[3] Long Island Fury[2]
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 75 (13)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 New York Fury 1 (0)
2016– Houston Dash 14 (0)
National team
United States U15
United States U17
United States U18
2012–2014 United States U20 14 (1)
2015 United States U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 9, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 18, 2012

Cari Elizabeth Roccaro (born July 18, 1994) is an American soccer defender from East Islip, New York.[1] She currently plays for the United States under-20 women's national soccer team [4] and helped the team win the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup held in Tokyo, Japan. She previously played for the New York Fury[2] in the WPSL Elite.

Early life[edit]

Cari attended East Islip High School in Islip Terrace, New York where she played for the Redmen. During her senior year, she scored 11 goals with an 11-3-1 record. She was named a First Team ESPNHS All-American, a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and was Long Island Player of the Year.[5][6][7]

Roccaro led the Redmen as team captain as a sophomore, junior, and senior. She was named All-League, All-Conference, and All-County as a freshman, junior, and senior and Team MVP as a freshman and senior. A highly decorated player, she was named NSCAA All-American as a junior and senior and Parade All-American as a junior. She was also namedd New York Gatorade Player of the Year, Long Island Player of the Year, and New York State Player of the Year as a senior.[1]

Roccaro played for local club team, Albertson Fury and was a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region I Team from 2007-2010 as well as the Eastern New York state Olympic Development Program (ODP) squad from 2005-2010.[8]

University of Notre Dame[edit]

Roccaro currently attends the University of Notre Dame where she plays defender for the Fighting Irish.[6] In January 2013, she was named Soccer America's Women's Freshman of the Year after leading Notre Dame to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament.[9] She was also named Big East Conference Rookie of the Year[10]

Playing career[edit]


New York Fury[edit]

While still in high school, Roccaro played for Long Island Fury in Women's Premier Soccer League, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States. She joined the club New York Fury, in the new WPSL Elite which was created after the folding of Women's Professional Soccer in early 2012.[3][11]


2012 FIFA Under-20 World Cup awards ceremony.

Roccaro has represented the United States as a member of the U-15, U-17, U-18, and U-20 national youth teams.[1] In March 2010, she scored her first international goal in a qualifier match against Haiti during the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[3] She also played and scored goals for the US during the 2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship and 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship.

Roccaro was a member of the United States U-20 squad, which won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.[12] She played 2 matches in the group stage; and played in all 3 matches in the knock-out stage.[12][13][14][15]

Roccaro captained the United States under-20 women's national soccer team that competed at 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. She played all 360 minutes of the 4 matches played by the team; as the team was eliminated in the quarter-final.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cari Roccaro". U.S. Soccer. 
  2. ^ a b c "New York Fury club roster". New York Fury. 
  3. ^ a b c "New York Fury Add Lenczyk, Roccaro and Yokers to WPSL Elite League Roster". 
  4. ^ "United States under-20 women's national team player pool". U.S. Soccer. 
  5. ^ "New York Girls Soccer POY: Cari Roccaro". ESPN. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Cari Rocarro". New York Fury. 
  7. ^ "Cari Roccaro, prized for her versatility". Soccer America. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cari Roccaro player profile". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Notre Dame's Roccaro is Women's Freshman of the Year". Soccer America. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Big East Honors: Roccaro named Rookie of the Year". Big Apple Soccer. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "NY Fury signs Lenczyk, Roccaro, Yokers". Big Apple Soccer. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "FIFA Player Statistics: Cari ROCCARO". FIFA. 
  13. ^ "LIJSL Alumni Crystal Dunn and Cari Roccaro help win USWNT U-20 World Cup". Soccer Long Island Magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Women's Soccer Wins U20 World Cup, Defeating Germany, 1-0, In Final (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. September 8, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ Bell, Jack (September 8, 2012). "Another Title for U.S. Women". New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 

External links[edit]