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Lori Lindsey
Lindsey with the USWNT in 2011
Personal information
Full name Lori Ann Lindsey[1]
Date of birth (1980-03-19) March 19, 1980 (age 44)
Place of birth Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Indiana Blaze
2002 San Diego Spirit 20 (2)
2003 Washington Freedom
2006–2009 Washington Freedom 47 (11)
2010–2011 Philadelphia Independence 35 (2)
2012 Western New York Flash
2013–2014 Washington Spirit 43 (2)
2013–2015 Canberra United 14 (2)
International career
United States U-17
United States U-21
2005–2013 United States 31 (1)
Medal record
Representing  United States

FIFA Women's World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2011 Germany Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Lori Ann Lindsey (born March 19, 1980) is an American soccer commentator and retired midfielder. Lindsey made 31 appearances for the United States national team. She represented her country at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, where they were runners-up, and was an alternate at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Lindsey was raised in Indianapolis and played college soccer for the Virginia Cavaliers. She played professionally for the Washington Freedom in the WUSA, the Washington Freedom and Philadelphia Independence in the WPS, the Western New York Flash in the WPSL Elite League, the Washington Spirit in the NWSL, and Canberra United in the W-League in Australia.

Early life


Lindsey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the daughter of Larry and Carol Lindsey. A graduate of Pike High School, she was named NSCAA Parade All-American and earned first team All-State honors four consecutive years. Upon graduating, she was the all-time leading prep scorer in Indiana high school history. During high school, Lindsey refereed the indoor soccer games of national teammate Lauren Holiday (née Cheney).[2]

University of Virginia


Lindsey played at the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2001 and was the school's first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, winning the award two consecutive years (2000 & 2001) joining Mia Hamm as the only other player to achieve that distinction. She finished sixth all-time scorer in UVA history with 33 goals and 76 points and was named NSCAA Second-Team All-American in 2001 and Third-Team All-American in 2000. She was also a 2001 finalist for the M.A.C. Award. Lindsey was named Female Athlete of the Year at UVA for the 2001–02 academic year.[3]

Club career

Lindsey playing against Saint Louis Athletica

Lindsey played for the Indiana Blaze of the W-League from 1997 to 2000. In 2002, she was the fourth overall pick in the WUSA draft by the San Diego Spirit. She played in 20 games, starting 13 and scored two goals with five assists. She was traded to the Washington Freedom during the 2003 WUSA Draft and was a member of 2003 Founders Cup III Champions.

Lindsey was a member of the 2007 W-League champions with the Washington Freedom.

In 2009, she played for the Washington Freedom in the inaugural season of the WPS after being taken 17th overall by the Freedom in the WPS General Draft. She started 18 of the 19 games she played for the Freedom, scoring two goals with one assist.

She was the first player taken in the WPS Expansion Draft by the Philadelphia Independence, and played with the club for two seasons (2010, 2011).[2]

Lindsey played for the Western New York Flash during the 2012 season.[4][5][6]

In January 2013 Lindsey was allocated to the Washington Spirit in the newly formed National Women's Soccer League. She started 21 games and captained the team in 2013.[7] Following the 2013 NWSL season, she went on loan to Canberra United in the W-League.[8]

In 2014 Lindsey played in 22 games for the Spirit. After the NWSL season, she again went on loan to Canberra United. Canberra won the 2014 W-League Championship by defeating Perth Glory in the Grand Final.[9]

Lindsey announced in August 2014 that she would be retiring at the end of the year.[10]

International career

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

Lindsey played for the U.S. U-16, U-17 and U-21 teams and was a member of the USA's U-21 2001 Nordic Cup champions in Norway.[2]

Lindsey was called into national team training camps in 2009 and 2010 and was in Residency Training Camp at the Home Depot Center in 2004 and 2006. She played one match in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany against Colombia which the U.S. won 3–0. She has been described as one of the best possessors of the ball on the U.S. team and is known for her excellent work rate, superb passing, and willingness to sacrifice for the team. As a central midfielder, she led the team in assists in 2010 with seven.[2]

Lori Lindsey was a member of the 2012 U.S. Women's National Team player pool and was named as an alternate for the 2012 Olympics in London.[11]

Lindsey was nominated for the National Soccer Hall of Fame class of 2018.[12]

Post-playing career


On April 24, 2017 it was announced that Lindsey would join the staff of the Washington Spirit Development Academy as the Strength and Conditioning Director and Assistant Coach.[13]

In 2018 Lindsey served as a commentator for non-televised NWSL games that were broadcast on go90 and the NWSL website.[14]

Nashville SC in 2020 announced Lindsey would serve as its sideline reporter.[15] As of 2023, she is one of the match analysts for MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

Career statistics


International goals

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. January 22, 2012 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  Guatemala 6 – 0 13–0 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Personal life


Lindsey resides in Washington, D.C.[2] She came out publicly as gay in 2012 in an interview with Autostraddle, but notes her sexuality has never been in question to friends and family.[16]


  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 – List of Players: USA" (PDF). FIFA. July 28, 2014. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 22, 2019. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lori Lindsey profile". US Soccer. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Lori Lindsey player profile". University of Virginia. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Lori Lindsey player profile". Western New York Flash. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Flash continue to build, add Lindsey". Equalizer Soccer. January 3, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "WNY Flash Players Return from National Team Duty". Western NY Flash. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "Washington Spirit receive seven players from NWSL allocation". January 11, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Gibbs, Russ (September 3, 2013). "US international set for Canberra move". Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "Lori Lindsey". December 15, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Nearing end of long soccer career, Lori Lindsey shows her true spirit". The Washington Post. August 14, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Pia Sundhage names 18 women to U.S. women's 2012 Olympic soccer roster". NBC. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "Lori Lindsey nominated for National Soccer Hall of Fame class of 2018". March 12, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Former USWNT midfielder Lori Lindsey added to Washington Spirit staff". April 24, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "2018 NWSL Matchday 2 TV & Streaming Schedule". Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nashville SC announces TV broadcast team". Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "Lori Lindsey, USWNT Dark Horse: The Autostraddle Coming Out Interview". September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.