|Full name||Lauren Nicole Holiday|
|Date of birth||September 30, 1987|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Ben Davis High School|
|2013–2015||FC Kansas City||48||(22)|
|2004||United States U17|
|2006–2007||United States U20||20||(15)|
|2005||United States U21|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 5, 2015.
Lauren Nicole Holiday (née Cheney; born September 30, 1987) is a retired American professional soccer midfielder and forward. She played for FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. Holiday is a two-time Olympic gold medalist winning gold with the national team at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She also played in the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She previously played for the Boston Breakers in the WPS and collegiate soccer for the UCLA Bruins.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Honors and awards
- 4 Personal life
- 5 In popular culture
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Further reading
- 9 External links
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Rita and George Cheney, Lauren Nicole Cheney began playing soccer as a youth after watching her brother play the sport. She played on boys' teams until age 12. She attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis where she was named the school's most valuable offensive player in 2004–05. In 2004, she was named Metro Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star. In 2006, she was named Parade All-American and was Gatorade Player of the Year in addition to receiving numerous regional awards including first-team All-Conference, All-County and All-State, and Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year. She earned Indiana All-State selection honors each year of her high school career and was named NSCAA All-American three times. Holiday finished her high school career having scored 118 goals and served 67 assists. She graduated mid-year in 2006 to train full-time with the United States U-20 women's national soccer team for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
In the fall of 2006, Holiday enrolled at UCLA, where she was named a first-team All-American and NSCAA Freshman of the Year. She led the Pac-10 Conference with 19 goals, which also set a new UCLA freshman record with a goals-per-game percentage of .95. As a sophomore in 2007, she was the runner-up for the women's Hermann Trophy and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. She led the conference again in goals scored with 23 and broke the UCLA single-season school records for points (57) and goals (23).
Holiday became the first player in UCLA history to earn NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-America honors all four years of her career. At UCLA, she set new school records for points (173) and game-winning goals (28); and tied the career school record in goals with 71. She had 31 career assists, second place in the record book. During her four years, the Bruins played in consecutive NCAA College Cups.
Pali Blues, 2009
During the summer of 2009, Holiday joined Southern California team, Pali Blues, in the W-League. Throughout the entire regular season, the Blues did not lose a match and finished first in the Western Conference with a 9–0–3 record. After defeating the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4–0 in the championship semi-final in which Holiday scored a goal in the 65th minute, the Pali Blues clinched the championship title in a 2–1 defeat of the Washington Freedom Reserves on August 7, 2009.
Boston Breakers, 2010–11
On January 15, 2010, Holiday was selected by the Boston Breakers as the second overall pick in the WPS Draft. She played in 23 games for Boston during the 2010 season, starting in 21 matches and scoring five goals with two assists. She helped Boston to a playoff berth and scored her team's lone goal in the playoff match. She was named as a starter in the WPS All-Star Game.
FC Kansas City, 2013–2015
In 2013, Holiday was one of three national team players along with Becky Sauerbrunn and Nicole Barnhart to be allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League as part of the NWSL Player Allocation. In June 2013, she was named NWSL Player of the Month after scoring six times in five games and becoming the league's leading scorer with eight goals. FC Kansas City finished second during the regular season with an 11–6–5 record. The team advanced to the playoffs but were defeated 2–3 by Portland Thorns FC during the semi-finals. Following the 2013 NWSL season, Holiday was awarded the Golden Boot, an award given to the player who scores the most goals (12) and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP).
In 2014 NWSL season, FC Kansas City finished the regular season in second place; with Holiday providing a team leading 7 assists, and finished second in goals scored with 8 behind Amy Rodriguez's 13. In the post-season playoffs, Holiday scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over the Portland Thorns FC in the semi final, and provided both the assists for Rodriguez's two goals, as they beat Seattle Reign FC 2–1 in the 2014 Championship game, to clinch the club's first NWSL title. Holiday was voted the match's MVP.
Holiday is the leading goal scorer (20) and assist leader (12) all-time in the NWSL.
She retired from the NWSL at the end of the 2015 season.
Holiday made her first appearance and start for the senior U.S. women's team on January 26, 2007, against Germany. She earned her second cap and scored her first goals, against Mexico on April 14, 2007. She was named the 2007 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She was named to the U.S. roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics after Abby Wambach was forced to withdraw from the Olympics with a broken leg. She appeared in three games as a substitute. In 2010, she was the second-leading scorer on the team with seven goals in 13 total matches, starting seven.
She scored the opening goal for the U.S. team in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, against North Korea on June 28, 2011. Holiday started in all six World Cup games, scoring two goals and leading the team with three assists to earn a spot on the Women's World Cup All-Star Team.
In 2012, Holiday led the United States team with seven assists in five games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, including four assists during the USA's 14–0 rout of the Dominican Republic. She played in all six games at the Olympics, starting five, and came off the bench in the gold medal game to play the final 23 minutes after she had suffered a minor injury in the semifinal.
In 2015, Holiday scored the third goal of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final, which the United States would go on to win with 5 goals to Japan's 2. Holiday's goal came in the 14th minute of the game, and her performance in the competition as a whole was praised.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Goal in match||Goal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
|#||NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)|
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
|NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
Honors and awards
- Olympic Gold Medal: 2008, 2012
- FIFA Women's World Cup: 2015
- Algarve Cup: 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
- Four Nations Tournament: 2007, 2008, 2011
- WPS All-Star: 2010
- NWSL Best XI: 2013, 2014
- NWSL Most Valuable Player: 2013
- NWSL Golden Boot: 2013
- NWSL Championship Game MVP: 2014
- U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year: 2007
- NCAA All-American First-Team: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year: 2007
- U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year: 2014
- Recipient of the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash accolade: 2015
- with FC Kansas City
Also her number was retired. At every FCKC game, a flag will be flying with the #12 on it.
At the age of three, Holiday had open heart surgery to correct a heart defect. She married professional basketball player Jrue Holiday, fellow UCLA Bruin and point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, on July 7, 2013. The two first met and began dating in 2008 while they were both attending UCLA. Holiday is a Christian.
In popular culture
Ticker Tape Parade and White House Honor
Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Holiday and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker Tape Parade in New York City. Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.
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- "Lindsay Tarpley Scores Twice and U.S. Women Defeat Finland 4–1; USA Takes on China on Sunday, Jan. 20 For Four Nations Title". U.S.Soccer.
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