Cindy Parlow Cone

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Cindy Parlow Cone
Personal information
Full name Cynthia Marie Parlow Cone
Date of birth (1978-05-08) May 8, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1995–1998 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Atlanta Beat
National team
1995–2006 United States 158 (75)
Teams managed
2007–2012 North Carolina Tar Heels (assistant)
2012–2013 Portland Thorns FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Cynthia "Cindy" Marie Parlow Cone, née Cynthia Parlow, (born May 8, 1978) is the former head coach for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League, and a retired American professional soccer player, two-time Olympic Gold medalist, and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup champion. In May 2018, the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced Parlow will be inducted into the Hall.[1]

Early life[edit]

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, where she attended Germantown High School, Cindy is the daughter of Larry and Josephine Parlow.

University of North Carolina[edit]

Parlow Cone played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a four-time All-American and member of three teams that won the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. She won the Hermann Trophy as outstanding female collegiate soccer player twice, in 1997 and 1998, and the ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1999. She was the second two-time winner of the award following fellow Tar Heel Mia Hamm.

She ended her career at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 68 goals and 53 assists. [2]

Playing career[edit]


Parlow was a founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association, and played for the Atlanta Beat, helping her team reach the playoffs in each of the league's three seasons of operation (2001–2003).[citation needed]


Parlow began training with the U.S. Women's National Team in March 1995, making her first appearance (and scoring her first goal) in a January 14, 1996 friendly against Russia. She started all six games for the United States during their 1999 World Cup victory, scoring two goals. She was also a member of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams, as well as the 2003 Women's World Cup team.[citation needed]

On July 30, 2006, she announced her retirement from international play, citing post-concussion syndrome. She concluded her career with 158 caps (the ninth most in United States Women's National team history) and 75 goals (fifth best).[3] She did, however, leave the door open for a possible return to professional play domestically in a hypothetical reconstituted version of the WUSA.

Coaching career[edit]

Portland Thorns FC[edit]

Parlow Cone became the first head coach in Portland Thorns FC history after being appointed for the 2013 inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League on December 19, 2012.[4][5] She became the first head coach to win an NWSL Championship, as Thorns FC beat Western New York Flash 2–0 in the first ever championship game August 31, 2013.[6] She resigned as head coach on December 5, 2013, citing personal reasons, particularly the desire of her and her husband, Portland Timbers director of sports science John Cone (who also resigned around the same time), to be together more.[7]

Cindy also coached at the Berkshire Soccer Academy for girls in 2015


On July 28, 2007, she married John Cone in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIVE MEMBERS OF 2018 CLASS OF THE NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCED". US Soccer. May 31, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cindy Parlow bio". ESPN. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "U.S. WNT Forward Cindy Parlow Retires from International Soccer". US Soccer. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Thorns FC name Cindy Parlow Cone club's first head coach". Portland Timbers. Archived from the original on December 22, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Bird, Liviu. "Cindy Parlow Cone Named Portland Thorns FC Head Coach". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Hays, Graham (August 31, 2013). "Portland blazes trail with NWSL title". ESPN. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  7. ^ Goldberg, Jamie. "Cindy Parlow Cone has resigned as head coach for the Portland Thorns." Accessed February 7, 2014.

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