Jackie Santacaterina

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Jackie Santacaterina
2013-06-09 RedStars v Breakers JackieSantacaterina.JPG
Jackie Santacaterina; on June 9, 2013, in Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers
Personal information
Full name Jacqueline Santacaterina
Date of birth (1987-12-29) December 29, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Geneva, Illinois
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Eclipse Soccer Club
2006–2009 Illinois Fighting Illini
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Chicago Red Stars (WPS) 1 (0)
2011 Chicago Red Stars (WPSL)
2012 Chicago Red Stars (WPSLE)
2013–2014 Chicago Red Stars (NWSL) 31 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 30, 2014

Jackie Santacaterina (born December 29, 1987) is an American former professional soccer defender who last played for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League.

Early life[edit]

Santacaterina was raised in Geneva, Illinois where she attended Geneva High School and finished her high school career with 49 goals and 47 assists in 70 games, all as midfielder for the Lady Vikings. In 2005, she helped lead Geneva to a third-place finish in Illinois class AA and was named Kane County Player of the Year. She earned Suburban Prairie North Conference MVP honors in 2004 and 2005 and was listed as a Top 150 recruit by Soccer Buzz.[1][2]

Santacaterina helped lead the club soccer team, Eclipse Select, to consecutive United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) national championships in 2004 and 2005 followed by a Region II title in 2006. As a member of the Illinois state Olympic Development Program (ODP) team from 2000 to 2005, she helped guide the squad to a second-place national finish in 2005. Santacaterina also earned All-State honors in 2004 and 2005.[3]

University of Illinois[edit]

Santacaterina attended the University of Illinois where she played for the Fighting Illini from 2006–2009. During her freshman year, she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, Top Drawer Soccer's All-Rookie first team, Soccer Buzz's Great Lakes Region All-Freshman team and the All-Illini Tournament team. In 2007, she started in all 21 matches and was named to the Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region second team and All-Big Ten second team. During her junior season, she started all 23 matches and was named to the All-Big Ten second team. During her final season, she was named Named team Co-MVP and was one of 11 Illini to register at least 1,000 minutes of play.[3]

Playing career[edit]


Chicago Red Stars[edit]

In 2013, Santacaterina was selected in the fourth round (28th overall) of the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft by the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[4][5]

Following the 2014 NWSL season, Santacaterina announced her retirement, citing inability to recover from a soccer injury.[6]


  1. ^ "2004 ODP Teams". Illinois Youth Soccer. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Specialization reluctant choice for 2-sport star". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Jackie Santacaterina". University of Illinois. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Red Stars style will reflect strong work ethic". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "Midfielder earns pro soccer shot". News Gazette. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Red Stars' Jackie Santacaterina announces retirement". NWSL. Retrieved November 21, 2014.

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