Fletcher playing for Saint Louis Athletica in 2010
|Full name||Kendall Lorraine Fletcher|
|Date of birth||November 6, 1984|
|Place of birth||Cary, North Carolina, United States|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Western Sydney Wanderers|
|2002–2005||North Carolina Tar Heels||67||(8)|
|2005–2006||New Jersey Wildcats||11||(2)|
|2007||Jersey Sky Blue|
|2009||Los Angeles Sol||1||(0)|
|2009–2010||Saint Louis Athletica||22||(0)|
|2009||→ Central Coast Mariners (loan)||11||(4)|
|2010–2012||Sky Blue FC||30||(1)|
|2014–2016||Seattle Reign FC||66||(5)|
|2014–2015||→ Canberra United (loan)||20||(2)|
|2016–2017||→ Western Sydney Wanderers (loan)||12||(2)|
|2017–||Sydney Uni SFC|
|2001–2002||United States U-19|
|United States U-21|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 5, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 9, 2015
Kendall Lorraine Fletcher (born November 6, 1984) is an American soccer defender who currently plays for Western Sydney Wanderers on loan from Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League. She previously played for the Los Angeles Sol, St. Louis Athletica, and Sky Blue FC in the WPS. She has played for Vittsjo in the Swedish top-division Damallsvenskan as well as Melbourne Victory and Canberra United of the Australian W-League. She played for the United States women's national soccer team in 2009.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Coaching career
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Born in Cary, North Carolina to parents, Gwen and Yates Fletcher, Fletcher has one brother, Eric, and a sister, Preston. She attended Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina where she played center midfield for the soccer team for four years and played two years of varsity basketball as a point guard.
In 2002, she was ranked as the nation's sixth best high school senior by Soccer America, was a Parade and NSCAA High School All-America selection, and was named Gatorade Player of the Year. She was also named All-State in 2001 as well as All-conference and All-region in 2001 and 2002.
Fletcher played for the North Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP) team from 1997–2002. She also played for several different club teams including the CASL Spartan Stars, the CASL Spartan Vipers, and the GYSA Twisters Green. She won two State Cup championships with two of the club teams.
University of North Carolina, 2002–2005
Fletcher attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and played for the Tar Heels from 2002–2005. During her career, she won three ACC championships and was a starter for the 2003 NCAA-title winning team that went 27–0–0 for the season. During her freshman season, she played in 19 matches for the team after being out for part of season due to illness. She scored her first goal against the University of Washington Huskies. She returned in 2003 and started in 18 of the 25 games she played. She scored four goals and served seven assists as a defender helping the team earn a 27–0–0 record and ultimately the 2003 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship – the highest accolade for collegiate sports teams in the United States. During her junior season in 2004, Fletcher started all 23 games and finished the season with three goals and five assists. She was named second-team All-Southeast Region by Soccer Buzz and third-team All-Region by the NSCAA.
Fletcher signed for Jersey Sky Blue for the 2007 W-League season, but did not make an appearance for the club. She switched coasts in 2008, joining Pali Blues in Los Angeles, California as the first signing in team history.
Los Angeles Sol, St. Louis Athletica and Central Coast Mariners, 2009–2010
She joined Los Angeles Sol in the WPS in 2009, but only played one game for the club before she was traded to Saint Louis Athletica. She played seventeen games for Athletica, and gave multiple assists in helping the team go from the bottom of the ladder to second place and the playoff semifinal. Athletica then loaned her to the Central Coast Mariners, where she scored four goals in ten games as the Mariners finished second in the league.
Sky Blue FC and Melbourne Victory, 2010–2012
Athletica kept Fletcher for the 2010 WPS season, but surprisingly folded only six games into the season, all of which she started. Sky Blue FC picked up her contract and she became a regular player there as well, starting ten of the fifteen games she played with the Jersey-based club. During the off-season, she returned to Australia, this time with the Melbourne Victory – the Mariners had folded as well – and helped them to the semi-finals.
Fletcher returned to the Sky Blue FC for the 2011 WPS season, and started all 15 games that she played and scored one goal. Like the previous season, Sky Blue was just short of making the playoffs. Following the end of the season, she returned to the Melbourne Victory for the fourth season of the W-League. She played in eleven games for the Victory during the 2011-12 W-League season where the team finished fourth during regular season play.
After the WPS suspended operations in 2012, Fletcher signed with Vittsjö in the Swedish Damallsvenskan where she played for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. During the 2012 season, she scored one goal and started in all 21 games that she appeared. Vittsjö finished sixth during the regular season. After returning for the 2013 season, she scored 3 goals and started in all 22 matches for the team. Vittsjö finished in eighth place.
Seattle Reign, 2014–2016
In February 2014, Fletcher signed with Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League for the 2014 season. Of the signing, Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey said, "Kendall adds experience and depth to our backline and potentially our midfield as well. She has proven professional experience in America, Australia and in Europe, which could prove vital for us in the coming season." Fletcher scored two goals as a defender for the team and helped them set a league record unbeaten streak of 16 games. The Reign won the league's regular season title (NWSL Shield) with a 16–5–6 record and 54 points – 13 points ahead of the second place team, FC Kansas City. Fletcher was named to the league's Best XI team after contributing to the Reign's 0.83 goals against average, scoring two goals, and serving one assist.
In January 2017, it was announced that Fletcher would not be returning to the Reign for the 2017 season after she committed to bible college in Sydney for three years.
Fletcher was a member of the United States under-19 women's national team that won the first ever under-19 World Cup in 2002. She played for the team in two Nordic Cup Championships with the under-21 national team winning the championship in 2005. She was team captain in 2006.
Fletcher was a member of the player pool for the United States women's national soccer team having trained with the team during residency in previous years. She made her first cap for the team in 2009.
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- "Seattle Reign FC sees unbeaten streak end at 16". The Seattle Times. July 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
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- "Kendall Fletcher Departs Reign FC". Seattle Reign FC. January 16, 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
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