Leslie Osborne

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Leslie Osborne
Osbourne 02-2010-stl.jpg
Personal information
Full name Leslie Marie Osborne
Date of birth (1983-05-27) May 27, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 12
Youth career
2001–2004 Santa Clara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Chicago Cobras
2005 California Storm 6 (1)
2009 FC Gold Pride 19 (0)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 34 (0)
2012 Boston Breakers
2013 Chicago Red Stars 18 (1)
National team
United States U-16
United States U-18
United States U-19 21 (4)
United States U-21 8
2004–2008 United States 61 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 2, 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 2, 2014

Leslie Marie Osborne (born May 27, 1983) is a retired American soccer defensive midfielder who last played for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL in 2013. She is a former member of the United States women's national soccer team and previously played for FC Gold Pride and the Boston Breakers in the WPS. She announced her retirement as a player in March 2014.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Osborne grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin and attended Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Santa Clara University[edit]

Osborne in St. Louis in 2010.

Osborne played soccer at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. As a freshman, she was a key member of the Santa Clara team that won the 2001 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. As a senior in 2004, she was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy and won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's outstanding collegiate female player.

Playing career[edit]


Osborne defends against Megan Rapinoe in August 2011

FC Gold Pride[edit]

In 2009, she played for the FC Gold Pride, in the inaugural season of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league.

Boston Breakers[edit]

In 2010, Osborne was made a free agent and signed with the Boston Breakers.

When the WPS suspended operations in early 2012 and later folded, Osborne continued with the Breakers as they moved into the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite.[2][3] She played a key role in securing investors for the team in both the WPS and WPSL Elite.[4]

Chicago Red Stars[edit]

In 2013, she joined the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.[5]

On March 11, 2014 she announced her retirement from professional soccer.[6]


Osborne was a member of U.S. national youth teams in 2002 and 2003, and earned her first cap with the senior national team on January 30, 2004 against Sweden. After sitting out the first U.S. game of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in favor of Shannon Boxx, she played all 90 minutes in all five remaining matches. During the 4-0 semifinal loss to Brazil, Osborne scored an own goal in an attempt to clear a corner kick.

In May 2008, Osborne tore her ACL before the 2008 Olympics, which caused her to miss the Beijing games. She took nearly a year to rehab the knee injury, causing her to miss several national team games and lose her regular starting position on the national team.

International goals[edit]

Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
October 1, 2006[m 1] United StatesCarson  Chinese Taipei 63.

off 63' (on Miller)

8 Kristine Lilly

5150.01005 1–0

6050.10005 10–0

November 26, 2006[m 2] United StatesCarson  Canada 91.

off 91' (on Lloyd)

6 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5150.02005 2–1

Gold Cup: final
May 10, 2008[m 3] United StatesWashington  Canada 21.

on 70' (off Tarpley)

87 Amy Rodriguez

5650.06005 6–0

5650.06005 6–0


Coaching career[edit]

Osborne was an assistant coach for the Santa Clara women's team for several years.


Osborne has a primary sponsorship with German sportswear company, Puma.[4]


Match reports

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