Christie Rampone

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Christie Rampone
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Personal information
Full name Christie Patricia Rampone
Date of birth (1975-06-24) June 24, 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Defender / Center-back
Club information
Current team
Sky Blue FC
Number 3
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Monmouth Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Central Jersey Splash
1998 Buffalo FFillies
1998 New Jersey Lady Stallions
2001–2003 New York Power 55 (0)
2009–2010 Sky Blue FC 30 (0)
2011 magicJack 11 (0)
2013– Sky Blue FC 49 (2)
National team
1997– United States 311 (4)
Teams managed
2009 Sky Blue FC (caretaker player/manager)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 14, 2013.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 20, 2015

Christie Patricia Rampone (née Pearce; born June 24, 1975) is an American professional soccer defender. She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League and is the former captain of the United States women's national soccer team. Christie Rampone is a 3-time Olympic gold medalist, and also a 2-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion.

Rampone has played in five FIFA Women's World Cup finals and four Olympics women's football tournaments. She is a 1999 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, and a three-time gold medalist having won championship titles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She has finished no lower than third place in each of the World Cup or Olympic tournaments in which she has competed.

Rampone played in the W-League from 1997 through 1998. She played in two American professional leagues the entire time they were in operation; from 2001 through 2003 in the WUSA and from 2009 through 2011 in the WPS. In 2009, while playing for Sky Blue FC, she simultaneously served as coach of the club while winning the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs, and was named WPS Sportswoman of the Year.

Rampone is the oldest player to appear in a FIFA Women's World Cup game, and the second-most capped player in U.S. and world history.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Christie Rampone grew up in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. During her high school years, she was a four-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, track, and field hockey. While attending Point Pleasant Boro High School, she scored 2,190 career high school basketball points,[2] and was the first female athlete in New Jersey history to lead her conference in scoring in three different sports. This accomplishment led her to all-state honors in all three sports. Rampone was heralded as the best athlete Ocean County, New Jersey had ever produced.[citation needed]

Monmouth University[edit]

Rampone attended Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, after being highly recruited by nearly every major college in the country.[citation needed] At Monmouth, she excelled as a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. During her senior year, she opted to ease away from her starting point guard basketball position to train and travel with the United States women's national soccer team. On the Monmouth soccer field, Rampone was a two-time Northeast Conference Player of the Year selection and First Team All Mid-Atlantic Region selection, posting ten multiple-goal games in her senior year. She finished her collegiate soccer career with a start in all 80 games, led her team with 79 career goals and 54 assists, and was Monmouth's record holder for goals, assists, and points in a season.[3]

When not on the field, Rampone studied towards a degree in Special Education, which she completed in 1996. She also worked as a volunteer basketball and soccer coach when completing her student teaching with Monmouth. As a tribute to her achievements and for the worldwide fame she brought to her alma mater, the university awarded her with an honorary degree in Public Service in 2005. Furthermore, the university inducted her into the Monmouth University Hall of Fame in 2007 and honored her 2008 Olympic accomplishments by declaring October 5, 2008 as Christie Rampone Day.[4]

Playing career[edit]


After college, Rampone played for Central Jersey Splash and New Jersey Lady Stallions, in 1997 and 1998 respectively, of the W-League.

In 2001, she was selected as a member of New York Power, a professional soccer team in Women's United Soccer Association. In the first year, Christie played every minute of the first 18 games until tearing her anterior cruciate ligament, sidelining her for the rest of the season. In 2002, Christie bounced back to play in 1699 minutes over 19 games, and another 18 games in 2003 in addition to her national team duties. Shortly after concluding its third season, the WUSA suspended all operations. In anticipation of an eventual relaunch, WUSA preserved its rights in the team names, logos and similar properties.[5]

The next attempt at women's professional soccer in the United States kicked off in 2008 under the name of Women's Professional Soccer. On September 16, 2008, the initial WPS player allocation was conducted and Rampone was chosen as captain for New Jersey's Sky Blue FC with fellow US Women's National Team players Heather O'Reilly and Natasha Kai.[6]

In its inaugural season, Rampone and Sky Blue FC struggled, including the suspension of their first head coach Ian Sawyers and the resignation of his successor, Kelly Lindsey. In July 2009, the Sky Blue organization announced that Rampone would serve as the caretaker coach, in addition to her playing duties, for the remainder of the WPS season.[7] After taking on the position as head coach, the third in one season for Sky Blue FC, Rampone took her team on to win the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs. It was later revealed she was almost three months pregnant with her second child at the time of the match.[8] One week later, Rampone was named WPS Sportswoman of the Year.[9]

She remained with Sky Blue in a playing role for 2010 before switching to magicJack ahead of the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season.[10]

On January 11, 2013 Rampone was one of three members from the United States women's national team that was allocated to the new NWSL club Sky Blue FC, along with Jillian Loyden and Kelley O'Hara.[11]


Rampone training with the United States team in 2015.

Christie Rampone has represented the United States at the 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup finals,[12] in addition to the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics.

After training with the United States women's national soccer team during her senior year at Monmouth, Rampone switched to playing as a defender. Rampone's first game was February 28, 1997 versus Australia. She tallied her first national team goal on May 2, 1997, in a match versus South Korea. Rampone started 16/18 games in her first season and finished with two goals and three assists.[13] The following year, Rampone helped her team to its first undefeated season and led the United States to gold in the 1998 Goodwill Games by starting in both matches.

Rampone played 2540 minutes with the national team in 2000, including five games at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. The team finished with the Silver medal. In 2001, Rampone tore her anterior cruciate ligament and missed a majority of the limited national team season. Rampone was back with the team for two training camps in 2002, but focused on recovering from her surgery. In 2003, she started in 15/17 national team games and all four World Cup matches to lead her team to the Bronze medal.

Rampone (in yellow) vies for the ball with U.S. teammate Amy LePeilbet during practice June 30, 2011, in Heidelberg, Germany.

In the 2004 Athens Olympics, she helped the United States win gold after defeating Brazil in what would be the final Olympic Games for a few of her senior teammates: Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy. It was in this same year that Rampone would become the fifth most capped defender in United States history.[14]

Rampone returned to the team in 2006, after taking off the 2005 season to have her first child. In 2006, Christie returned to the team just 112 days after giving birth for China's Four Nations Tournament. 2007 brought Rampone's busiest year to date, starting in all 20 games in which she played and she became the most capped defender and second-most capped played on the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup team. She started in all six matches of the World Cup.

In 2008, Rampone was named captain[15] of the Women's National Team and led the United States to the Gold medal once again, earning her 200th National Team cap at the 2008 Summer Olympics. With the retirement of teammate Kristine Lilly in 2010, Rampone became the most capped active player in the world.

Rampone captained the USA team to win second place at 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing to Japan 1–3 in the penalty shoot-out, having drawn the final match at 2–2 at the end of extra-time. She played all 600 minutes in all 6 matches USA played.[16]

In 2012 London Olympics, Rampone captained the USA team to a 2–1 gold medal win over Japan in the final; playing all 570 minutes in 6 matches and was a key free kick taker throughout the tournament. Rampone also saved a shot off the line from Japan in the Olympic final. The USA team won all six matches it played at the 2012 London Olympics, including 3 shutouts.

As of September 20, 2015, Rampone is currently second on the all-time cap list with 311.

On July 5, 2015, Rampone became the oldest woman to play in a FIFA Women's World Cup final, and in any tournament game, at age 40 years, 11 days, when she entered the final against Japan during the 86th minute.[17] In 1999 she played against Korea DPR in the group stage,[18] and in 2015 she played against Nigeria in the group stage,[19] and in the final against Japan.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
1 1997-05-02[21][22][23] Milwaukee  Korea Republic unknown 79 7–0 7–0 unknown
2 1997-06-05[21][23][24] Ambler  Australia unknown 37 5–0 9–1 1997 Nike U.S. Cup
3 2000-04-05[25] Davidson  Iceland Start 54 4–0 8–0 Closed door international friendly
4 84 8–0

Personal life[edit]

Rampone married Chris Rampone on November 9, 2001 in Jersey City, New Jersey. They currently have two daughters, Rylie (born September 29, 2005) and Reece (born March 6, 2010).[26] In July 2011, Rampone revealed she had Lyme disease.[27]


In 2012, Jersey Mike's Subs appointed Jersey Shore native Rampone as its first spokesperson in its 56-year history.[28]

In popular culture[edit]

Video Games[edit]

Rampone was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16, the first time women players were included in the game.[29] In September 2015, she was ranked by EA Sports as the #8 women's player in the game.[30]

Ticker Tape Parade and White House Honor[edit]

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Rampone and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker Tape Parade in New York City.[31] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio.[32] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.[33]


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  4. ^ "Monmouth University declares October 5th Christie Rampone Day". Monmouth University. 
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  6. ^ "WPS Allocation List". The Washington Post. 
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  27. ^ "Rampone adds a special story to U.S. women's World Cup quest". CNN. July 16, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Jersey Mike's Sub Club Gains 200K Members in First Month". QSR. May 22, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  29. ^ Barnes, Katie (September 28, 2015). "Why 'FIFA 16' is a Landmark for Women". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
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  32. ^ "Team USA parades NYC's "Canyon of Heroes"". CBS News. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  33. ^ Wagner, Laura (October 27, 2015). "Obama To U.S. Women's Soccer Team: 'Playing Like A Girl Means You're A Badass'". NPR. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 

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Preceded by
Kristine Lilly
WNT captain
Succeeded by
Carli Lloyd / Becky Sauerbrunn