Denise Bender

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Denise Bender
Personal information
Full name Denise Bender
Place of birth Seattle, Washington, United States
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Years Team
1977 Washington State University
1980–1983 University of Washington
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 United States 4 (0)

Denise Bender is a retired American soccer defender who was a member of the 1985 United States women's national soccer team. She was the first captain of the USWNT in its history and played in its first international game in Italy in August 1985.[1] She played college soccer for Washington State and Washington.[2] She has an identical twin sister, Laurie Bender.[3]

International career statistics[edit]

Nation Year International Appearances
Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists
United States 1985 4 4 330 0 0
Career Total 1 4 4 330 0 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ US Soccer (March 26, 2010). "US Women Set To Face Mexico in San Diego". Archived from the original on August 9, 2010. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "U.S. WNT Flashback – 20th Anniversary of First-Ever Match: Denise Bender". United States Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on August 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Spokane Daily Chronicle – Google News Archive Search".

Further reading[edit]

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Nash, Tim (2016), It’s Not the Glory: The Remarkable First Thirty Years of US Women’s Soccer', Lulu Press, ISBN 1483451526

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