Nicole Barnhart

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Nicole Barnhart
Nicole Barnhart USA vs Can Sep17.jpg
Nicole Barnhart of the United States Women's National Soccer team at a friendly against Canada in 2011
Personal information
Full name Nicole Renee Barnhart
Date of birth (1981-10-10) October 10, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Utah Royals FC
Number 18
Youth career
Boyertown Soccer Club
1992–1998 Souderton Gems
1998–2000 FC Delco
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Stanford Cardinal 71 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–? California Storm
2009–2010 FC Gold Pride 37 (0)
2011 Philadelphia Independence 9 (0)
2013–2017 FC Kansas City 108 (0)
2018– Utah Royals FC 2 (0)
National team
2004– United States 54 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 18, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 27, 2013

Nicole Renee Barnhart (born October 10, 1981) is an American soccer goalkeeper, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist who currently plays for Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She played for the FC Gold Pride and the Philadelphia Independence in Women's Professional Soccer, and is a goalkeeper of the United States national team. She competed in qualifying matches for 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, 2011 Four Nations Tournament and 2011 Algarve Cup.

Early life[edit]

Barnhart was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and grew up in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. She attended Boyertown High School in Berks County, Pennsylvania where she played for the boys' team for all four years, playing on the field as well as in goal. She also played basketball and lacrosse, and was named an All-American.[1]

Stanford University[edit]

Barnhart played college soccer for the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford University. She was named an all-Pacific-10 Conference player in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and holds the Stanford women's record for lowest career goals-against average (0.41).[2]

Club Career[edit]

Nicole Barnhart in 2013

In 2009, Barnhart was allocated to FC Gold Pride for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).[1]

In 2010, Barnhart helped the FC Gold Pride to the 2010 WPS title, starting 21 games and playing 1880 minutes while making 73 saves and allowing just 16 goals. She had eight shutouts, including the WPS championship game, and was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and a WPS All-Star. She made 74 saves, allowed 23 goals for a 1.44 goals against average (GAA) and earned two shutouts.[1]

In 2011, she signed with the Philadelphia Independence for the 2011 WPS season and started nine total matches to help the club to a WPS playoff berth and a berth in the championship game. She earned a shutout in the 2–0 Super Semifinal victory against magicJack. Barnhart compiled a 4–3–2 record with three shutouts and had a goals against average (GAA) of 1.11.[1]

FC Kansas City, 2013-2017[edit]

On January 11, 2013 Barnhart was one of three members from the United States women's national team that was allocated to the new NWSL club FC Kansas City, along with Lauren Cheney and Becky Sauerbrunn via the NWSL Player Allocation. Her 2013 regular-season record of ten scoreless "clean sheet" games remained until surpassed by Adrianna Franch in a longer, 2017 season. In August 2013, she was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year.[3]

Barnhart appeared in 22 games in 2014, recording 8 clean sheets. She played in both the semi-final and final for FCKC, helping them to win the 2014 NWSL Championship over the Seattle Reign.[4]

In 2015 she was named to the NWSL second XI after recording 8 clean sheets in 17 games. Barnhart was crowned NWSL Champion again in 2015 as FC Kansas City defeated Seattle Reign in the final for the second straight year.[5]

Barnhart had similarly strong numbers in 2016, starting 20 games and recording 6 clean sheets, but FC Kansas City failed to qualify for the playoffs. In 2017 Barnhart started all 24 games for FC Kansas City, and recorded 6 shutouts, however FCKC missed the playoffs for the second straight year.[6]

Utah Royals FC, 2018-[edit]

After FC Kansas City ceased operations following the 2017 season, Barnhart was officially added to the roster of the Utah Royals FC on Fenruary 12, 2018.[7] Barnhart made her debut for the Royals on June 2 against Sky Blue FC as starting goalkeeper Abby Smith was away on international duty.[8]

International Career[edit]

Barnhart has appeared in 53 matches for the United States women's national soccer team. She made her debut in a five-minute appearance as forward against Mexico on October 16, 2004.[9] As the third U.S. goalkeeper at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, she was only expected to see action in the event of injuries to Hope Solo and Briana Scurry.[10]

Barnhart was the hero of the U.S. Women's 2008 CONCACAF final against Canada when she saved a penalty that won the final.[11]

Barnhart was a member of the gold-medal winning USA team at 2008 Beijing Olympic, although she did not appear in a match with Hope Solo playing all six U.S. matches.[12]

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.

In 2010, with Solo out for shoulder surgery and recovery, Barnhart started 11 matches, with 8 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws, and allowed 5 goals in 990 minutes; including 5 matches in CONCACAF qualifying tournament for FIFA Women's World Cup and 2 shutout playoff matches against Italy that secured the berth for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. In 2011, she started 9 matches and won 2 tournaments, at the Four Nations Tournament in China in January and the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March; with 6 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw.[1] She was on the roster for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup alongside Hope Solo, but did not get playing time.[13]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Nicole Barnhart received her second Olympic gold medal as a standby goalkeeper for the United States; she did not get playing time, with Hope Solo playing every minute of the United States' six matches.[14]

As a standby goalkeeper to Briana Scurry and Hope Solo, Barnhart has not competed in a single match in an Olympic or a FIFA World Cup tournament.[1][15]


Barnhart is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford University.[2] In the 2011 season as a volunteer assistant coach, she helped lead her alma-mater, the Stanford Cardinal, to its first national championship in Kennesaw, Georgia. The Cardinal defeated the Duke Blue Devils 1–0.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

Team Season League Domestic league Domestic playoffs Total [17]
Apps Starts Minutes Shutouts Apps Starts Minutes Shutouts Apps Starts Minutes Shutouts
California Storm 2006– WPSL
FC Gold Pride 2009 WPS 16 16 1440 2 16 16 1440 2
FC Gold Pride 2010 WPS 22 22 1970 8 22 22 1970 8
Total 38 38 3410 10 38 38 3410 10
Philadelphia Independence 2011 WPS 11 11 1020 3 11 11 1020 3
Total 11 11 1020 11 11 1020
Career total 39 39 4430 13 39 39 4430 13

International career[edit]

Nation Year International appearances
Apps Starts Minutes Shutouts
United States 2004 1 0 5 0
2005 2 2 180 2
2007 1 1 90 1
2008 13 8 885 5
2009 3 2 225 2
2010 11 11 990 7
2011 10 9 810 3
2012 5 1 270 1
2013 8 5 540 3
Career total 54 39 3995 24

Honors and awards[edit]



with FC Kansas City:


  • NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year: 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "NICOLE BARNHART". Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Nicole Barnhart assistant coach profile". Stanford University. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Goalkeeper of the Year: Nicole Barnhart". National Women's Soccer League. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "FC Kansas City crowned 2014 NWSL Champions!". August 31, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  5. ^ "What we learned from KC's 1-0 win over Seattle". October 2, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Nicole Barnhart Stats". June 30, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Utah Royals FC welcome New Zealand International Katie Bowen, GK Nicole Barnhart & NWSL standouts Rebecca Moros and Alex Arlitt". February 12, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Sky Blue FC vs Utah Royals FC". June 2, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Women Top Mexico 1–0 on Hucles Tally". United States Soccer Federation. October 17, 2004. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Previous Tournament: FIFA Women's World Cup: China 2007". FIFA. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Downs Canada in Penalty Kick Shootout to Win 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying". United States Soccer Federation. April 13, 2008. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  12. ^ Miedema, Laurence (July 28, 2007). "Four ex-local stars on team". The Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. Retrieved October 13, 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Previous Tournament: FIFA Women's World Cup: Germany 2011". FIFA. 
  14. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: USA – Statistics". FIFA. 
  15. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Nicole Barnhart". 
  16. ^ "Stanford wins first women's soccer title". ESPN. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Nicole Barnhart Stats". SoccerwayWomen. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  18. ^ "FC Kansas City Earns 2014 NWSL Championship". FC Kansas City. August 31, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Stevens, Dakota (2011), A Look at the Women's Professional Soccer Including the Soccer Associations, Teams, Players, Awards, and More, BiblioBazaar, ISBN 1241047464
  • Stewart, Barbara (2012), Women's Soccer: The Passionate Game, Greystone Books Ltd, ISBN 1926812603

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