Overbeck in 2007
|Full name||Carla Werden Overbeck|
|Date of birth||May 9, 1968|
|Place of birth||Pasadena, California, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|1986–1989||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|1992–||Duke Blue Devils (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Carla Werden Overbeck (born May 9, 1968) is a retired American soccer player and longtime member and captain of the United States women's national soccer team. She is currently an assistant coach of Duke University's women's soccer team, where she has been coaching since 1992, overseeing Duke's defensive unit principally. She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.
Born in Pasadena, California, Overbeck grew up in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, where she attended Richardson High School. She began playing soccer at the age of 11, playing for club soccer team, the Dallas Sting. With the Sting, she won two national championships.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Overbeck played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1986 to 1989, where she won the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship each of her four seasons. She was an NSCAA All-America selection three times. During her time as a central defender with the Tar Heels, the team tallied a 95-match unbeaten streak (89–0–6).
In her collegiate coaching debut, Carla Overbeck made an immediate impact on the Duke University women’s soccer program, helping the 1992 Blue Devils advance to the NCAA title game. For over 20 years, she has continued her work with the Blue Devils as Duke has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 21 times, including a second NCAA College Cup appearance in 2011 and a third NCAA College Cup trip in 2015.
A three-time All-America selection at the University of North Carolina, Overbeck was a member of four unbeaten Tar Heel national title squads from 1986–89. North Carolina posted a phenomenal 95-match unbeaten streak (89–0–6) during her career.
Overbeck was a four-time member of the NCAA All-Tournament Team and a two-time All-ACC selection. In addition, she was a member of the 1986 Soccer America All-America Freshman Team and was the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the 1988 NCAA Tournament.
Overbeck’s playing accomplishments include competing for the United States National Team. Overbeck was an instrumental player for the U.S. in winning the 1991 Women’s World Cup in China. She captained the 1995 U.S. World Cup squad that advanced to the semifinals and also served as captain of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold medal.
In 1998, Overbeck competed on the gold-medal-winning Goodwill Games squad. She again captained Team USA to the 1999 World Cup Championship and to a silver medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
On May 6, 2006, Overbeck was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was a 2010 North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Overbeck, who graduated from North Carolina with a degree in psychology in 1990, attended Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. She and her husband, Greg, have one son, Jackson (19) and a daughter, Carson Elizabeth (14). Jackson will be a freshman at Texas in the spring of 2017.
From 2001 to 2002, Overbeck played for the Carolina Courage in the WUSA, the first professional soccer league for women in the United States. She was also on the WUSA Board of Governors. In August 2002, her overtime goal in the semifinal match helped lift the Courage to the WUSA Founders Cup II, the league's championship game against the Washington Freedom, led by Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach. The Courage defeated the Freedom 3–2 to clinch the championship title on August 24, 2002.
Overbeck first appeared with the U.S. national team on June 1, 1988, and was a member of the U.S. team that won the first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991. Playing central defender, she led a defense that allowed five goals in six matches.
She was one of two players to play every minute of each of the team's games at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 1996 Summer Olympics, and the 1999 Women's World Cup. In 1998, she captained the national team to win the first-ever Goodwill Games.
Overbeck retired from international competition following the 2000 Summer Olympics, finishing her career with 168 caps.
Honors and awards
- National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, 2006
- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductee, 2010
- Sports Illustrated Sportswomen of the Year, December 1999
- WUSA Founders Cup II, 2002
Overbeck appeared with her national team teammates on the cover of Sports Illustrated's December 20, 1999 issue. She was featured in the film Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team in 2007.
- List of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Olympians
- List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers
- List of Olympic medalists in football
- List of 1996 Summer Olympics medal winners
- List of 2000 Summer Olympics medal winners
- List of members of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
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