Jillian Loyden

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Jillian Loyden
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Personal information
Full name Jillian Ann Loyden
Date of birth (1985-06-25) June 25, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Vineland, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
2004–2007 Villanova Wildcats
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Jersey Sky Blue 21 (0)
2009 Saint Louis Athletica 3 (0)
2009 Central Coast Mariners (loan)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 23
2011 magicJack 8 (0)
2013–2014 Sky Blue FC 20 (0)
National team
2010–2014 United States 10 (0)
Teams managed
2016- Sky Blue FC (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 27, 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 6, 2014

Jillian Ann Loyden (born June 25, 1985) is an American retired soccer goalkeeper who most recently played for Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's soccer team. She previously played for the Saint Louis Athletica, Chicago Red Stars, and MagicJack in the WPS. She became an assistant coach for Sky Blue FC in 2016.

Early life[edit]

A native of Vineland, New Jersey, Loyden played soccer and basketball at Vineland High School.[1] She was named a first team All-State selection and was chosen as the Player of the Year by The Press of Atlantic City and The Daily Journal. She was also named the Daily Journal Player of the Year in 2001 and was a three-time All-South Jersey and All-Cape Atlantic League performer.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Collegiate career[edit]

Loyden attended Villanova University and majored in comprehensive science. She played goalkeeper for the Wildcats. During her senior year, she had a .891 save percentage (fourth in the United States), finished with a 0.52 goals-against average (10th in nation), and was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight season (a conference first) and named First-Team All-Big East. During her junior year, she was named NSCAA First-Team All-American First-Team All-Big East and was honored as the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. [2]

Club career[edit]

Magic Jack keeper Jill Loyden

In 2009, Loyden was drafted in the sixth round (37th overall) of the inaugural season of the Women's Professional Soccer. She was the back-up goalkeeper for Hope Solo on St. Louis Athletica. During her first appearance for St. Louis on May 23 in Chicago, she made six saves in a 2-0 win and was named WPS Player of the Week.[2]

In 2010, Loyden was the starting goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars in the Women's Professional Soccer league, playing in 23 games while making 72 saves and compiling a 1.17 GAA.[2]

In 2011, Loyden served as the goalkeeper for magicJack in the Women's Professional Soccer league. She started and played in eight regular season games helping the team to the WPS playoffs.

On January 11, 2013 she joined Sky Blue FC in the new National Women's Soccer League.

International career[edit]

2011 United States women's national soccer team players, Jillian Loyden, Nicole Barnhart, Lori Lindsey, and Ali Krieger, with United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Loyden made her first appearance for the United States women's national soccer team on October 2, 2010 in a game against China. In 2011, she earned a spot on her first world championship roster, making the Women's World Cup team as the third goalkeeper.[2][3][4]

She was an alternate on the 2012 London Olympics roster, along with Christen Press, Lori Lindsey, and Meghan Klingenberg. After winning the gold medal, the team embarked on a "Victory Tour," during which Loyden was substituted in for Hope Solo in the 55th minute of the game against Costa Rica.[5]

Loyden decided to retire from international soccer in October 2014, citing a need to focus on raising her nephew, whose mother (Loyden's younger sister Britton) was murdered by her fiancee in 2012.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

On Feb 4, 2016, Loyden was named an assistant coach for Sky Blue FC,[7] where she had previously played in 2013-2014.


  1. ^ Jillian Loyden, Villanova University, Accessed July 17, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jill Loyden profile". US Soccer. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jill Loyden makes most of unexpected opportunities". ESPN. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Heather Mitts, Jill Loyden on training roster". ESPN. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Topples Costa Rica 8-0 to Open Fan Tribute Tour in Rochester". US Soccer. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Former Team USA Keeper: Hope Solo Should Be Benched". ESPN. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Paul Greig, Jill Loyden Join Sky Blue FC Coaching Staff". NWSL. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 

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