Purce playing for Boston Breakers in 2017
|Full name||Margaret Purce|
|Date of birth||September 18, 1995|
|Place of birth||Olney, Maryland, United States|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|2011–2012||United States U17|
|2013–2014||United States U20|
|2015–2018||United States U23|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 5, 2019|
Margaret "Midge" Purce (born September 18, 1995) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She previously played with the Boston Breakers in 2017 and for the Harvard Crimson in 2013–2016.
Purce is the daughter of James Purce, and has an older brother, JP Purce. She began playing soccer as a child, following in the footsteps of her brother. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic High School in her hometown of Olney, Maryland, where she was named Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012 and an NSCAA All-American in 2010 and 2011.
Harvard Crimson, 2013–2016
Purce scored 42 goals in 69 appearances with the Harvard University women's soccer team, and was named Ivy League Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016, and a first-team NSCAA All-American in 2016. She majored in psychology at Harvard in pursuit of a future law career.
Boston Breakers, 2017
Portland Thorns FC, 2018–present
Purce made 21 appearances and 16 starts for the Thorns in 2018, playing primarily as a right fullback. During the 2019 NWSL season, Purce moved into wide and central forward positions, and at one point scored 5 goals in a span of 5 games.
Youth USWNT (2011–2018)
Purce was called up to the United States women's national U17, U20, and U23 teams. She played in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, made 4 appearances and 3 starts in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, and scored goals for the US U20s against France in a friendly and against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF U20 Championship.
Senior USWNT (2017–)
Purce received her first call-up to the United States women's national team for the 2017 Tournament of Nations but she did not appear in any of the three games. She received another call-up in June 2018 for a pair of friendlies against China PR, but she sustained an ankle injury in training camp and was ruled out for the two friendlies.
NWSL Player of the Week: 2019 week 19
NWSL Goal of the Week: 2019 week 8
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- "TALENTED RETURNEES HIGHLIGHT 24-PLAYER WNT ROSTER FOR CHINA PR FRIENDLIES". May 29, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
- "WNT DEFENDER MARGARET PURCE RULED OUT OF CHINA PR FRIENDLIES". June 5, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- Levine, Matthew (August 27, 2019). "Week 19 Player of the Week: Midge Purce, Portland Thorns FC". NWSLsoccer.com. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
- Purdy, Jacqueline (July 8, 2019). "June Team of the Month". NWSLsoccer.com. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
- NWSLsoccer.com Staff (September 5, 2019). "Thorns FC's Menges, Sinclair and Purce named to NWSL Team of the Month for August 2019". Portland Timbers. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
- "MIDGE PURCE, PORTLAND THORNS FC | WEEK 8 GOAL OF THE WEEK". NWSLsoccer.com. June 4, 2019. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
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