Danesha Adams

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Danesha Adams
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Personal information
Full name Danesha Lavonne Adams
Date of birth (1986-06-06) June 6, 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Bellflower, California, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Playing position Forward/Midfielder
Youth career
2004–2007 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Cleveland Internationals Women 5 (10)
2008 Pali Blues 11 (6)
2009 Chicago Red Stars 12 (0)
2010–2011 Philadelphia Independence 27 (4)
2011 Medkila 7 (4)
2012–2013 Vittsjö 11 (7)
2013 Sky Blue FC 20 (3)
2013 Ataşehir Belediyespor 7 (8)
2014 Washington Spirit 13 (1)
2015 Medkila IL
National team
United States U-20
United States U-21
2006 United States 1 (0)
Teams managed
2017– Houston Cougars (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 19, 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 8, 2009

Danesha Lavonne Adams (born June 6, 1986) is an American retired soccer forward and midfielder. She is an assistant coach for the Houston Cougars. She played for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[1] She previously played for Sky Blue FC and Washington Spirit of the NWSL, Chicago Red Stars and Philadelphia Independence in the WPS, Medkila IL in Norway's Toppserien, Vittsjö GIK in the Swedish Damallsvenskan,[2] and Ataşehir Belediyespor in Turkey's Women's First Football League as well as for the Cleveland Internationals and Pali Blues in the W-League.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Bellflower, California to LaVonne and Lawrence Adams, Danesha attended Walnut High School in Walnut, California for one year, earning Rookie of the Year honors and playing on the Region-IV Olympic Development Program (ODP) Team. After moving to Ohio with her family, Adams finished her high school career at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio where she would set the school's single-season record for goals and assists

Adams played club soccer for the FC Slammers and helped the team to two state championships. She was named MVP of the Under-19 Super Group at the 2003 Surf Cup after leading her team to the title and helped her team capture the Frosted Flakes Kellogg's Cup in 2000, earning a picture on a Kellogg's cereal box. Adams was a Third-Team All-Ohio selection.

Playing career[edit]


Adams attended UCLA where she played four years for the Bruins. As a freshman, she played in all 25 games, starting 23. She ended the season ranked second on the team and fourth in the Pac-10 Conference in scoring with 28 points (12 goals and 4 assists). She also ranked first on the team with five game-winning goals. Adams scored four goals during the NCAA Tournament, including game winners over Duke in the third round and Princeton during the semifinal. She was named a Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American. Other season honors included: Pac-10 Player of the Week, 2004 NCAA All-Tournament Team, and Soccer America's Team of the Week.

As a sophomore, she started all 26 matches and led the Pac-10 in scoring with 46 points on 21 goals and four assists, setting a new single-season school record with nine game-winning goals. Adams was named to the NSCAA/adidas second-team All-American and was a member of Soccer America's Collegiate MVP Team. She was also named First-team Soccer Buzz All-American, First-team All-Pac-10, and was a member of the all-tournament team at the NCAA College Cup. During the NCAA Tournament, she scored a record four goals in the Bruins' 5–0 victory over Virginia during the NCAA Quarterfinals and tallied a total of six goals during UCLA's run to the NCAA Final. During her junior year, Adams played and started 19 matches. She missed the first four matches of the year while competing at the FIFA Under-20 World Championships in Russia and later missed two more matches while competing with the full U.S. Women's National Team. Adams earned third-team NSCAA/adidas All-America honors, was a Soccer Buzz second-team All-American and First-team All-Pac-10 selection. She ranked second on the team in scoring with 28 points on twelve goals and four assists. She also ranked second in game-winning goals with seven. Adams was named Soccer America's National Player of the Week after scoring three goals in victories over number three-ranked Texas A&M and number eleven UConn.[4]


Women's Professional Soccer, 2009–2011[edit]

Adams signed with the Chicago Red Stars for the 2009 WPS season. She made 12 appearances for the club, making two starts.[5]

Adams signed with the Philadelphia Independence for the 2010 season. Her goal in the 103rd minute of the WPS Super Semifinal gave the Independence a 2–1 overtime win over the Boston Breakers leading the team to the 2010 WPS Championship.[6][7]

National Women's Soccer League, 2013–2014[edit]

In 2013, Adams signed with Sky Blue FC for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[8][9][10][11]

On January 10, 2014, the Houston Dash selected Adams with the ninth pick in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft.[12] Just a few days later, on January 13, 2014, the Houston Dash traded Adams to the Washington Spirit for Stephanie Ochs.[13] On September 12 Washington Spirit waived Adams.[14]

On September 15, 2014, Adams was selected by Portland Thorns FC, from among players waived by NWSL clubs, for the 2015 season.[1][15]

Ataşehir Belediyespor, 2013[edit]

On November 1, 2013, Adams signed for the Turkish team Ataşehir Belediyespor in Istanbul.[3] She capped in all the seven matches of the Women's First League's first half season, and scored eight goals.[3]


As a junior international, Adams took part in the 2006 U-20 World Championship, where she was the United States's top scorer with three goals and was included in the competition's all-star team.[16] She made her first and only appearance for the United States women's national soccer team one month later in a friendly match against Chinese Taipei, providing an assist for Megan Rapinoe at the 82nd minute.[17]

International career statistics[edit]

Country Team Year Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists
United States U-20 2006 4 2 250 3
WNT 2006 1 0 16 0 1


  1. ^ a b "Thorns FC claim forward Danesha Adams off NWSL Waiver Wire". PortlandThornsFC.com. Portland Thorns FC Communications. September 15, 2014.
  2. ^ http://au.eurosport.com/football/danesha-adams_prs292204/person.shtml
  3. ^ a b c "Futbolcular – Danesha Lavonne Adams" (in Turkish). Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  4. ^ "Danesha Adams player profile". UCLA. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Danesha Adams providing spark for Independence". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Adams' OT goal lifts Independence into WPS Championship". Women's Professional Soccer. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "WPS Player of Week Danesha Adams Provides Assistance in 2–2 Tie vs Beat". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "Sky Blue FC sign Bock, De Vanna, Adams, Makoski". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "Sky Blue FC Victorious in NWSL Debut". Sky Blue FC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4702424
  11. ^ http://www.nwslnews.com/sky-blue-announces-free-agent-signings/
  12. ^ "Houston Dash select 10 players in 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft". Houston Dash Communications. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "Houston Dash acquire forward Stephaine Ochs from Washington Spirit; Dash send Danesha Adams to Washington for second-year forward". Houston Dash Communications. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "NWSL CLUBS WAIVE 12 PLAYERS ON FRIDAY". NWSL. Archived from the original on September 13, 2014.
  15. ^ "FOUR PLAYERS SELECTED OFF NWSL WAIVER WIRE; Souza, Adams, Lohman and Williams all selected by new teams". NWSL. September 15, 2014. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  16. ^ "Overview TSG explain Russia 2006 All-Star team". FIFA.
  17. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Chinese Taipei, 10–0, Behind Wambach's Hat-trick". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013.

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