Merritt Mathias

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Merritt Mathias
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Mathias, April 2017
Personal information
Full name Merritt Elizabeth Mathias
Date of birth (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Birmingham, Alabama
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 11
Youth career
2008–2009 University of North Carolina
2010–2011 Texas A&M
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 New York Fury
2013–2014 FC Kansas City 42 (2)
2015–2017 Seattle Reign FC 20 (2)
2018– North Carolina Courage 18 (3)
National team
2006–2007 United States U-17
2011 United States U-23
2018– United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 7, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 12, 2018

Merritt Elizabeth Mathias (born July 2, 1990) is an American soccer forward currently playing for North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She previously played for FC Kansas City and Seattle Reign FC.

Early life[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Mathias attended and played for Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. Mathias was one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation according to Soccer Buzz Magazine. She was a Parade Magazine high school All-America selection in 2007 and the 2006 and 2007 National High School Coaches Association All-America.[1]

University of North Carolina, Texas A&M University, 2008–2011[edit]

Mathias attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she played for the Tar Heels for two seasons in 2008 and 2009 before transferring to Texas A&M University where she majored in Agriculture leadership and development.[2] During her first season with the Aggies, she started in 20 matches and scored nine goals – third best on the team. She was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer team. She was also a two-time Big 12 Player of the week. During her senior year, she started in all 24 matches and scored eight goals, including three game-winners. She ranked second on the team in assists with 11 and led the Big 12 Conference in all games with 93 shots on the season while ranking second in shots per game at 3.88. She ranked third in assists at eleven and third in assists per game at 0.46. Mathias ranked second in Top Drawer Scocer's Big 12 Top 20 Player Rankings and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team as well as the Big 12 All-Tournament Team. Mathias ended the season ranked at number 17 nationally in total assists was number 35 for assists per game.[3]

Club Career[edit]

New York Fury, 2012[edit]

Following the folding of the WPS, Mathias signed on to play with the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite.

FC Kansas City, 2013–2014[edit]

Prior to the start of the National Women's Soccer League's inaugural season, Mathias was selected 22nd overall in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft by FC Kansas City.[4][5][6] During the 2013 season, Mathias started in 20 of the 23 matches in which she played. She scored two goals: one against the Portland Thorns on June 30 resulting in a 2–0 win for Kansas City and the second in the ninetieth minute against Boston Breakers on July 24.[7] Kansas City finished the regular season in second place with a 11–6–5 record and advanced to the playoffs.[8][9] They were eliminated in the semi-finals after being defeated 3–2 by Portland in overtime.[10]

During the 2014 season, Mathias helped FC Kansas City finish second in the regular season standings with a 16–6–2 record and ultimately win the league championship after defeating first place Seattle Reign FC 2–1.[11] Mathias started in 18 of the 22 matches in which she played.[7]

Seattle Reign FC, 2015–2017[edit]

In November 2014, Mathias was traded to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Kate Deines and two 2015 draft picks.[12][13] During the 2015 season, Mathias started in 19 of the team's 20 regular season games and recorded 1,480 minutes on the pitch. During a match against the Washington Spirit on May 2, she scored the game-winning goal in the 48th minute helping the Reign win 3–1.[14] During a match against the Houston Dash on August 12, she scored an equalizer in the 22nd minute. The Reign defeated the Dash 2–1 and earned a berth to the playoffs.[15] Mathias served two assists throughout the season.[16] The Reign finished the regular season in first place clinching the NWSL Shield for the second consecutive time.[17] After advancing to the playoffs, Seattle faced fourth-place team Washington Spirit and won 3–0, advancing to the championship final.[18] Seattle was ultimately defeated 1–0 by FC Kansas City during the championship final in Portland.[19]

During the 2016 season, Mathias made 17 starts in her 19 appearances for the club.[7] She scored the club's lone goal (a header goal) during a 2–1 loss to Sky Blue FC on April 2017, the club's first loss at home in 24 games.[20] During the first few months of the season, a number of offensive players became unavailable due to injury including Manon Melis,[21] Jess Fishlock[22] and Megan Rapinoe.[23] Seattle finished the regular season in fifth place with a 8–6–8 record, narrowly missing a playoff spot by two points.[24]

Returning to the club for the 2017 season, Mathias scored a goal in the 39th minute in a match against the Portland Thorns FC.[25] After the match, she was fined and suspended three matches for an incident with Emily Sonnett.[26]

North Carolina Courage, 2018–present[edit]

Mathias was traded to North Carolina Courage in January 2018.[27] She appeared in 22 regular season games for the Courage, scoring 3 goals. Mathias was an important part of the backline that broke the record for fewest goals concealed, and won the NWSL Shield. She was named to the 2018 NWSL Second XI.[28] In the 2018 play-offs, Mathias was in the starting lineup for the semi-final and final. She recorded an assist in the Championship game as the Courage won the 2018 NWSL Championship. [29]

International Career[edit]

Mathias has extensive experience at the youth national team levels having played on the U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-23 teams. In October 2016, Mathias was called up to camp for the United States women's national soccer team.[30] She received her first cap for United States women's national soccer team on June 12, 2018 in a friendly against China PR in Cleveland. Mathias came in as a substitute replacing Sofia Huerta in the 77th minute.[31]

She was named to the U.S Roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations, but she didn't appear in any games. The U.S won the tournament. [32]. Mathias was on the provisional 35-player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship but wasn't named to the final 20-player roster, however she would still join the squad to train and help in preparations. [33]

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Kansas City

Seattle Reign

North Carolina Courage

Personal

  • NWSL Second XI: 2018

International[edit]

  • Tournament of Nations: 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merritt Mathias". University of North Carolina.
  2. ^ "Texas A&M player profile".
  3. ^ "Merritt Mathias". FC Kansas City. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "A&M has two selected in NWSL draft".
  5. ^ "Rundown of FC Kansas City's Supplemental Draft Picks". NWSL News. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "First NWSL game is key, but lasting is the goal". ESPN. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Merritt Mathias". SoccerWay. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Standings". National Women's Soccer League. Archived from the original on November 23, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "FC Kansas City Clinches Playoff Berth". FC Kansas City. August 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "NWSL Semi-final Recap: Portland Thorns FC 3, FC Kansas City 2 (OT)". Portland Thorns. August 24, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Farley, Richard (September 1, 2014). "FC Kansas City upset Seattle Reign to win title as NWSL continues ascent". The Guardian. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Reign Deal Deines, Get Merritt Mathias From KC". Sounder at Heart. November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (November 12, 2014). "Reign trade Deines to FC Kansas City for Mathias". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  14. ^ Blakely, Chris. "Seattle Reign Defeat Washington Spirit 3–1, End Two Game Skid". Vavel. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  15. ^ "FC KANSAS CITYReign clinch playoff berth with win over Dash". The Equalizer. August 12, 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  16. ^ "2015 NWSL Statistics and leader". Fox Sports. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  17. ^ "SEATTLE REIGN WIN NWSL SHIELD FOR 2ND STRAIGHT SEASON". ESPN. August 27, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  18. ^ "Seattle Reign shuts out Washington Spirit, 3–0, in NWSL semi-final". The Seattle Times. September 13, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  19. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (October 1, 2015). "NWSL Championship Game: FC Kansas City 1, Seattle Reign 0 – Live chat and updates recap". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  20. ^ Rantz, Susie (April 17, 2016). "Seattle Reign open season with loss to Sky Blue". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  21. ^ Rantz, Susie (May 20, 2016). "Seattle Reign's Manon Melis suffers tibia fracture". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  22. ^ Rantz, Susie (April 28, 2016). "Jess Fishlock out 4–6 weeks with tibia fracture". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  23. ^ "One Day at a Time". Megan Rapinoe. June 10, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  24. ^ "2016 NWSL". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  25. ^ Conwell, William (May 6, 2017). "Portland Thorns Fight Back to Draw Seattle Reign 2–2". SB Nation. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  26. ^ Lee, Allison (May 11, 2017). "Thursday Roundup: NWSL Disciplinary Committee suspends Mathias". The Equalizer. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Seattle Reign trade Merritt Mathias to North Carolina Courage".
  28. ^ "Merritt Mathias". Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  29. ^ "Courage cap off record-setting season with NWSL Championship win". September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  30. ^ "Mathias Named to National Team Roster". Seattle Reign FC. Retrieved 3 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ "Rapinoe, Heath Goals Lift WNT 2-1, USA Completes Sweep of China PR in Cleveland". June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  32. ^ "ELLIS NAMES FINAL USA ROSTER FOR 2018 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS". July 23, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  33. ^ "U.S. WNT ROSTER NAMED FOR 2018 CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP". September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.

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