Mandy Clemens

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Mandy Clemens
Personal information
Full name Amanda Kate Cavan
Date of birth (1978-09-03) September 3, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Silicon Valley Red Devils (3)
2001–2002 Philadelphia Charge 38 (7)
2003 San Jose CyberRays 16 (0)
2004 San Diego SeaLions 2 (0)
2007 Ajax America Women 0 (0)
National team
1999–2002 United States 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:55, December 28, 2013 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:55, December 28, 2013 (UTC)

Amanda Kate Cavan (née Clemens; born September 3, 1978) is an American former soccer forward who played for the United States women's national soccer team, as well as the Philadelphia Charge and San Jose CyberRays of Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).

Playing career[edit]


Clemens attended Santa Clara University and found success in college soccer as a forward. She graduated in 1999 having majored in business. With the Broncos, Clemens was twice named a First-Team All-American. In 95 games at Santa Clara she scored 67 goals and served 67 assists, both all-time records in program history. She collected the Hermann Trophy, for the best college player in the country, after her senior year in 1999.[1]

She spent the final six months of her college career in Brisbane, Australia, where she eschewed soccer in favor of running half marathons. This caused Clemens to lose so much weight that "startled" national coach April Heinrichs told her she no longer resembled a soccer player.[2]


In 2000, Clemens was among the twenty founding players of the Women's United Soccer Association, (WUSA), the first official professional women's soccer league in the United States. From 2001–2002, she played for the Philadelphia Charge. After her second season in Philadelphia, team coach Mark Krikorian traded Clemens to San Jose CyberRays in exchange for a fourth round draft pick, which he used to acquire Hope Solo. Clemens had often been moved into midfield or left on the substitutes' bench after an injury to Philadelphia's Kelly Smith saw Krikorian make tactical changes.[3]

With the demise of WUSA, Clemens signed for pro–am Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team San Diego WFC SeaLions for the 2004 season. In 2007, she joined WPSL team Ajax America Women. During her graduation year in 1999, Clemens had played WPSL soccer for Silicon Valley Red Devils – she scored three goals and added an assist to total seven points.[4]


Clemens's first appearance on the United States women's national soccer team was on February 24, 1999, in a 3–1 win over Finland in Orlando, Florida.[5][6] She collected a total of five caps over the following three years,[7] but was not included in the US squads for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, or the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

In 2004 Clemens took part in American Broadcasting Company (ABC) reality television show The Bachelor.[8] After her soccer career she became a mental health counselor and a qualified practitioner of Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).[9] In 2012, she was pregnant with twins.[10]


  1. ^ "Women's Soccer Honors No. 5 Jersey of Mandy Clemens". Santa Clara Broncos. November 5, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Jensen, Mike (July 13, 2001). "Charge star has her game back Mandy Clemens took some time off from soccer last year. The rust is gone". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Cornfield, Josh (May 4, 2004). "Clemens' New Beginning". Women's United Soccer Association. Archived from the original on May 14, 2004. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Litterer, Dave (January 31, 2010). "The Year in American Soccer, 1999". The American Soccer History Archives. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Mandy Clemens". Soccer Times. August 23, 2001. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Litterer, Dave (June 16, 2011). "USA – Women – International Results". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  7. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team All-Time Player Appearances". United States Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  8. ^ Dure, Beau (April 15, 2004). "All's fair in love and soccer". USA Today. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "About us". Playa Counseling Group. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  10. ^ "Interviews with elite, athlete moms". Birth like an Athlete. October 8, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2013.

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