Leigh Ann Brown
|Full name||Leigh Ann Brown|
|Birth name||Leigh Ann Robinson|
|Date of birth||August 17, 1986|
|Place of birth||Poway, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Defender|
|2004–2007||San Diego Toreros|
|2007||San Diego Sunwaves||11||(4)|
|2009||FC Gold Pride||18||(1)|
|2013–2015||FC Kansas City||65||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Leigh Ann Brown (born August 17, 1986; née Robinson) is an American former soccer defender. She previously played for FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League, FC Gold Pride, Atlanta Beat, and the Philadelphia Independence of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) and earned two caps with the United States women's national soccer team.
Born in Poway, California, Brown attended Mt. Carmel High School where she led her team to two league championships and two second-place finishes. As a freshman, she was named Second Team Palomar League while winning the CIF San Diego section championship. She was named Second Team North County and First Team Palomar League during her sophomore year and earned All-North County and First Team Avocado League honors her junior and senior seasons. She also played for the 2003 National Champion and 2001 Regional Finalist San Diego Surf teams.
University of San Diego, 2004–2007
Brown attended the University of San Diego where she played for the Toreros from 2004 to 2007. During her freshman season, she started 17 games. She was named second-team All-WCC her sophomore season before being named to the first-team the subsequent two seasons. After her senior season, she earned a fourth-team All-American selection by Soccerbuzz Magazine. Brown played in 75 of the team's 81 games throughout her career at San Diego.
Brown was selected by FC Gold Pride during the sixth round (40th overall) of the 2009 WPS Draft for the inaugural season of the WPS. She scored her only goal of her WPS tenure on May 3, 2009 in a 1-0 home win versus Sky Blue FC. At the end of the season, Brown was deemed surplus to requirements by Albertin Montoya and was subsequently chosen by Atlanta Beat as the first overall choice in the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft.
Brown signed with the Atlanta Beat after being selected first overall in the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft in preparation for the 2010 season. She made 24 appearances for the Beat with 21 starts playing for a total of 1,972 minutes.
In 2011, Brown played for the Philadelphia Independence. She started in all 19 of her appearances and played a total of 1,740 minutes. She re-signed with the Independence for the 2012 season; however the WPS suspended operations before the season began.
NWSL: FC Kansas City, 2013-2015
In February 2013, Brown signed with FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the NWSL. During the team's first defeat in regular season play, Brown provided the assist on Kansas City's lone goal against the Western New York Flash.
She retired at the end of the 2015 season.
Honors and awards
with FC Kansas City:
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- "WPS folds after three seasons". ESPN. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "FC Kansas City Reaches Agreement with Two More Star Players". Our Sports Central. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
- "FC Kansas City Suffers First Defeat". FC Kansas City. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Manzari, Megan. "Wambach double hands FC Kansas City first loss". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "Leigh Ann Brown Announces Retirement". FC Kansas City. October 29, 2015.
- Kassouf, Jeff (August 28, 2013). "NWSL announces Best XI, led by FCKC again". The Equalizer. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
- "NATIONAL WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2015 BEST XI". NWSL. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
- "FC Kansas City Earns 2014 NWSL Championship". FC Kansas City. August 31, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- Kassouf, Jeff (October 29, 2015). "Kansas City's Brown retires after NWSL title repeat". The Equalizer. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
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