Cheyna Matthews

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Cheyna Matthews
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Personal information
Full name Cheyna Matthews
Birth name Cheyna Williams
Date of birth (1993-11-10) November 10, 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Washington Spirit
Number 20
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Vanderbilt Commodores
2014–2015 Florida State Seminoles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Washington Spirit 38 (8)
National team
2015 United States U23
2019– Jamaica 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 23, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 14, 2019

Cheyna Matthews (born November 10, 1993), née Williams, is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Washington Spirit in the NWSL.

Playing career[edit]



In 2012, Williams attended Vanderbilt University where she would make 17 appearances, score six goals and register six assists her freshman year. Building on a successful season, she started all 18 games her sophomore year, scoring 16 goals and registering five assists.[1] Her performance in 2013 named her First Team All-SEC.[2]

Florida State[edit]

In 2014, Williams transferred to Florida State University where she would continue her form. She made 24 starts (26 appearances) and helped the Seminoles win their first NCAA National Championship in program history. Williams would finish her season year with an additional 25 games played and scoring 10 goals.[2]


Washington Spirit[edit]

Williams was drafted by Washington Spirit in the 1st round of the 2016 NWSL College Draft. She signed with the Spirit in April 2016.[3] In her rookie season, Williams played in 17 regular season games, 8 starts, totaling 779 minutes and scored three goals. The Georgia native scored her first professional goal on July 31, 2016 against Sky Blue FC.[4] The team went on to make its first ever NWSL Championship appearance, ultimately losing on penalties to Western New York Flash. Williams dressed but served as an unused substitute.[5]

The Spirit would struggle in the 2017 season but Williams became a regular contributor making 21 appearances and scoring 5 goals (tied for second on the team).

Williams sat out the 2018 NWSL season due to pregnancy.


Following the historic FIFA Women's World Cup qualification by the Jamaica women's national football team, Matthews was named to its training camp roster in January 2019.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Williams married NFL Philadelphia Eagles wide-receiver, Jordan Matthews in February 2018 having met while both attended Vanderbilt University.[7]


  1. ^ "Cheyna Williams | Vanderbilt Profile". Vanderbuilt Women's Soccer. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Cheyna Williams | Florida State Seminoles Profile". Seminoles Women's Soccer. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Washington Spirit Signs Forwards Cheyna Williams and Cali Farquharson". Washington Spirit. April 16, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cheyna Matthews | Spirit Profile". Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Steven Goff (October 9, 2016). "Washington Spirit loses NWSL championship on penalty kicks". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  6. ^ De Souza, Ana (10 January 2019). "January Activities for ConcacafW". Fútbol Ace. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ Qina Liu (February 20, 2018). "Bills WR Jordan Matthews marries soccer star Cheyna Williams". Retrieved February 23, 2018.

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