Courtney Niemiec

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Courtney Niemiec
Personal information
Full name Courtney Niemiec
Date of birth (1992-04-13) April 13, 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
FC Delco Sting
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 La Salle Explorers 87 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Portland Thorns FC 15 (0)
2016 Western New York Flash 6 (0)
2017 North Carolina Courage 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 28, 2017

Courtney Niemiec (born April 13, 1992) is a retired American soccer player who last played for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League.

Early life[edit]

Niemiec was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Niemiec played high school soccer at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, where she was a four year varsity letter-winner in both soccer and lacrosse. Niemiec played club soccer for FC Delco Sting.[2]

Collegiate career[edit]

Niemiec attended La Salle University where she played as a defender and midfielder for the Explorers. Niemiec scored 8 goals and had 14 assists in 87 appearances for the Explorers, starting every game her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Portland Thorns, 2014–2015[edit]

Niemiec was signed by the Portland Thorns on April 9, 2014 as a free agent.[3] On June 24, 2015, the Portland Thorns FC waived defender Courtney Niemiec. Niemiec, 23, appeared in four matches (3 starts) for Thorns FC during the 2015 season. An undrafted rookie in 2014, Niemiec made the team through an open tryout and started 10 games in her first NWSL season.[4]

She was waived by the Portland Thorns FC in June 2015.[5]

Western New York Flash, 2016[edit]

Niemiec signed with the Western New York Flash for the 2016 NWSL season. She started four games for the Flash with six appearances.

North Carolina Courage, 2017[edit]

It was announced on January 9, 2017, that the Western New York Flash was officially sold to new ownership, moved to North Carolina,[6] and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. Niemiec appeared in 6 matches for the Courage, starting in 4 matches and playing 395 total minutes.[7]

On May 27, 2017, Niemiec announced her retirement from professional soccer.[8]

Awards & Honors[edit]


  • First Team All-Atlantic 10: 2013
  • Second Team NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region: 2013
  • Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year: 2012
  • First Team All-Atlantic 10: 2012
  • First Team NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region: 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Courtney Niemiec". Portland Thorns FC. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Courtney Niemiec". La Salle University. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Thorns FC sign Courtney Niemiec and Katarina Tarr". Portland Thorns. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Thorns FC waive Courtney Niemiec". Thorns FC. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (June 24, 2015). "Portland Thorns waive defender Courtney Niemiec". The Oregonian. 
  6. ^ "North Carolina Courage joining NWSL signals long-term ambition for young league | FOX Sports". FOX Sports. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Courtney Niemiec". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ "COURTNEY NIEMIEC ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM PROFESSIONAL SOCCER". North Carolina Football Club. May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 

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