Jen Buczkowski

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Jen Buczkowski
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Personal information
Full name Jennifer Buczkowski
Date of birth (1985-04-04) April 4, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 103 (20)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Chicago Cobras 6 (0)
2005–2008 Chicago Gaels 32 (9)
2009 Sky Blue FC 16 (0)
2010–2011 Philadelphia Independence 41 (0)
2012 Chicago Red Stars
2013–2016 FC Kansas City 66 (2)
National team
2003–2004 United States U-19
2005 United States U-21
2006–2008 United States U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 5, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:50, October 1, 2009 (UTC)

Jen Buczkowski (born April 4, 1985) is an American former soccer midfielder. She played for FC Kansas City in the NWSL. She previously played for the Philadelphia Independence and New Jersey Sky Blue of Women's Professional Soccer.

Early life[edit]

Buczkowski was born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She played three seasons at Elk Grove High School and was named by Gatorade as the 2003 Illinois Player of the Year.[1]

University of Notre Dame[edit]

Buczkowski attended the University of Notre Dame from 2003–2007 and set the Notre Dame record for 103 career games played. During her career at Notre Dame, she scored 77 points (22nd in Notre Dame history), 20 goals, 37 assists and 97 starts. Buczkowski was a three-time NSCAA All-American.[1] She was among the final 15 candidates for the MAC Hermann Award in 2005 and 2006.

Club career[edit]

Buczkowski in training, 2010.

Sky Blue FC (WPS)[edit]

Buczkowski was a sixth-round selection (39th overall) in the 2009 WPS College Draft for the New Jersey Sky Blue.[2] The team went on to win the national championship.

Philadelphia Independence (WPS)[edit]

The following season, Buczkowski was selected in the first round of the expansion draft by the Philadelphia Independence. During the 2011 season, Jen won the "Iron Women Award" for playing every minute of the season.[3]

From 2009–2010, Buczkowski started in 38 of 41 games played in the WPS.[2]

Chicago Red Stars (WPSL Elite)[edit]

After the folding of the WPS in early 2012, Buczkowski joined the Chicago Red Stars, in the semi-professional WPSL Elite.[4] The team would go on to come in second to the Western New York Flash after penalty kicks during the WPSL final.[5]

FC Kansas City (NWSL), 2013–2016[edit]

In 2013, she signed with FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the NWSL.[6] She started all 66 regular-season matches in the first three seasons of the NWSL for FCKC, the only player in the whole league to do so. Buczkowski won the NWSL Championship in 2014 & 2015 with FCKC.[7][8]

She retired after FCKC's match on May 13, 2016, as she had enrolled in the DPT Program at the University of Kansas and her school schedule prevented her from playing soccer.[9]

International career[edit]

Buczkowski was a member of several youth national teams. She was a member of the U-19 World Cup team in 2003 and played every minute of the U-21 Nordic Cup tournament in 2005, in which the team won the championship.[10]

Honors and awards[edit]


with FC Kansas City:

Coaching career[edit]

Buczkowski joined the University of Notre Dame as Assistant Coach in 2007.[1] In 2011, she joined the Lyons Township Soccer Club coaching staff.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Jen Buczkowski profile". University of Notre Dame. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Eclipse Select alumna Buczkowski re-signs with WPS's Independence". Chicago Tribune Local. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Reynolds Among Small Group of WPS Iron Women". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Red Stars Sign Buczkowski & Sitch". Chicago Red Stars. Archived from the original on June 13, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Injuries play major role in WPSL Elite final". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Q&A time with FC Kansas City's Jen Buczkowski". NWSL News. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Breakers waive Ketler; Ochs has Surgery", The Equalizer, accessed May 7, 2015
  8. ^ Gier, Kathleen (September 12, 2015). "Jen Buczkowski keeps FC Kansas City consistent". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "FC Kansas City midfielder Jen Buczkowski announces retirement". May 6, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Chicago Red Star Player Joins LTSC Coaching Staff". Lyons Township Soccer Club. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "FC Kansas City Earns 2014 NWSL Championship". FC Kansas City. August 31, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.

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