Carla Overbeck

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Carla Overbeck
Overbeck in 2007
Personal information
Full name Carla Werden Overbeck
Date of birth (1968-05-09) May 9, 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Pasadena, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
1986–1989 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Carolina Courage
National team
1988–2000 United States 170 (7)
Teams managed
1992– Duke Blue Devils (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carla Werden Overbeck (born May 9, 1968)[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Born in Pasadena, California, Overbeck grew up in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, where she attended Richardson High School.[2] 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.[2][3]

North Carolina Tar Heels[edit]

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).[2][4]

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 at Chapel Hill, 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.[5]

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.[5]

Playing career[edit]


Overbeck played for the Raleigh Wings of the W-League in 1998 and helped the team finish with a 14–0 record and clinch the league's championship title.[6][7]

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.[8] 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.[9] The Courage defeated the Freedom 3–2 to clinch the championship title on August 24, 2002.[10]


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.[2]

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.[2]

Overbeck retired from international competition following the 2000 Summer Olympics, finishing her career with 168 caps.

Coaching career[edit]

Overbeck has been an assistant coach for Duke University's women's soccer team since 1992.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]



  • Sports Illustrated Sportswomen of the Year, December 1999[14]
  • WUSA Founders Cup II, 2002

Media coverage[edit]

Overbeck appeared with her national team teammates on the cover of Sports Illustrated's December 20, 1999 issue.[14] She was featured in the film Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team in 2007.[15]

Overbeck was featured in the ESPN series Nine for IX in "The 99ers" episode.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In late 1999, Overbeck was diagnosed with Graves' disease.[17] In December 2009, she became an official spokesperson for Instaflex.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Carla Overbeck". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Carla Overbeck". North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "History and accomplishments". Sting Soccer Club. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Carla Overbeck". Duke University. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Carla Overbeck Bio".
  6. ^ Blevins, David (2011). The Sports Hall of Fame Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 739. ISBN 0810861305.
  7. ^ "USISL W-League: Raleigh Wings". Soccer Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "WUSA Restructures Senior Management and Relocates Headquarters to Atlanta". US Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Overbeck's OT goal sends Carolina to title game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  10. ^ "Courage won 2002 WUSA title with McDermott at helm". ESPN. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "Lalas, Overbeck elected to soccer Hall of Fame". USA Today. May 6, 2006. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  12. ^ "Lalas, Overbeck highlight Hall of Fame class". ESPN. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "Carla Overbeck". North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Sportswomen of the Year". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "SEE RANK Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team". IMDB. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  16. ^ "Carla Overbeck still inspires". ESPN. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Captain Carla Overbeck Diagnosed with Grave's Disease". US Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  18. ^ "Instaflex Signs Deal With Soccer Legend, Hall of Famer Carla Overbeck". New York Sports Journalism. Retrieved September 28, 2013.

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