Mary Therese McDonnell

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Mary Therese McDonnell
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-08-26) 26 August 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Orland Park, Illinois, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Windy City Pride
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Illinois Fighting Illini
2008 Boston Renegades 5 (4)
2009 Sky Blue FC 0 (0)
2009 Chicago Red Stars 0 (0)
2010 St. Louis Athletica 0 (0)
2011–2012 Chicago Red Stars 8 (0)
National team
2008– Republic of Ireland 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 13, 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 2, 2014

Mary Therese McDonnell (born 26 August 1986), is an Irish American soccer defender. She is a Republic of Ireland women's national football team player. After being released from St. Louis Athletica's preseason training camp in March 2010, she rejoined the Chicago Red Stars for 2011.

College career[edit]

McDonnell attended Carl Sandburg High School[1] then spent four years at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign studying speech and hearing sciences.[2] In 2012, she played for the University of Illinois College of Law Club team, Learned Foot, in the Chamapign County Soccer League helping the Learned Foot win the title.

Club career[edit]

After graduating McDonnell played for Boston Renegades in the 2008 W-League season, scoring four goals in five games.[3]

McDonnell was assigned to Sky Blue FC in the 2009 WPS Draft. However, she was released the week before the squads were finalised[4] and instead joined Chicago Red Stars as a developmental player.[5] In July 2009 McDonnell played for the Irish national team against her Chicago Red Stars club side in an exhibition game at the Sports Complex at Benedictine University.[6] The Red Stars released McDonnell in September 2009.

She then attended St. Louis Athletica's preseason training camp,[7]

International career[edit]

McDonnell first appeared for the Republic of Ireland in three friendly games against the United States in September 2008.[8][9] She said, "After college I played in Boston for a summer and it turned out my coach was Irish. He literally walked up to us on the practice field and asked if any of us were Irish, and one thing led to another. It’s been great."[10] Mary Therese and elder sister Shannon featured in Ireland's qualifying campaigns for Euro 2009 and World Cup 2011.[9] Daughters of Ian and Jean McDonnell, their eligibility for the Irish team derived from their grandfather; who was from Foxford.[11]

Both sisters were called up to the national squad in August 2011, ahead of the Euro 2013 qualifying series.[12]


  1. ^ Heather Warthen (2009-05-01). "Sandburg welcomes home soccer standout". The Orland Park Prairie. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  2. ^ "6. Mary Therese McDonnell". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Boston Renegades". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Transactions: 2009". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Red Stars Announce Opening Day Roster". 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  6. ^ Mary Therese McDonnell (2009-07-09). "Mary Therese Blog: Inside the Irish National Team". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  7. ^ Lauren Salter (2010-03-08). "Women's Professional Soccer: St. Louis Athletica Training Camp Begins Today". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  8. ^ "McDonnell Joins Irish National Team". 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  9. ^ a b "Irish sisters look forward to French challenge". Football Association of Ireland. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  10. ^ Ken Ryan (2011-07-27). "McDonnell Sisters Honored to be Representing Ireland on Soccer Field". Oak Forest Patch. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Senior Women Player Profiles". Football Association of Ireland. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  12. ^ "Irish Squad set for Swiss Double Header". She Kicks. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 

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