Rachel Van Hollebeke

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Dr.Rachel Van Hollebeke
Rachel Buehler at Union at Earthquakes 2010-09-15 1.jpg
Rachel with the Gold Pride in September 2010
Personal information
Full name Dr.Rachel Marie Buehler Van Hollebeke
Date of birth (1985-08-26) August 26, 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Del Mar, California, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Defender
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 San Diego WFC SeaLions
2009–2010 FC Gold Pride 39 (2)
2011 Boston Breakers 10 (1)
2012 Atlanta Beat
2013–2015 Portland Thorns FC 32 (0)
National team
United States U-19 30 (3)
United States U-21 17
United States U-23
2008–2015 United States 113 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 23, 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 10, 2015

Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke (born August 26, 1985), née Rachel Marie Buehler, is a former American soccer defender who last played for the Portland Thorns FC and the United States women's national soccer team. In 2015, Van Hollebeke revealed she was retiring from professional soccer in order to train as a doctor.

Early life[edit]

Stanford University[edit]

Van Hollebeke attended Stanford University, where she was named by the NCAA Honors Committee as a recipient of the NCAA Top VIII Award, and completed her senior year in 2007, majoring in human biology/pre-medicine. A three-year captain for the Cardinal, Van Hollebeke was an All-Pac-10 Conference First-Team selection, an NSCAA First-Team All-American Scholar Athlete, and was chosen as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year.[1] As a redshirt junior in 2006, she was one of two players in the conference to be selected in the All-Pac-10 First Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.[1]

Playing career[edit]


FC Gold Pride, 2009[edit]

On September 16, 2008, Van Hollebeke was one of three members of the 2008 Beijing gold medal team allocated to the brand new Santa Clara, California, club FC Gold Pride, along with Nicole Barnhart and Leslie Osborne. FC Gold Pride, coached by former San Jose Clash midfielder Albertin Montoya, was the seventh and final club named in 2008 to compete in the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) the following year.

Portland Thorns FC, 2013–2015[edit]

On January 11, 2013 Van Hollebeke was one of three members from the United States women's national team that was allocated to the new NWSL club Portland Thorns FC, along with Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath.[2]

On August 23, 2015, Defender Rachel Van Hollebeke announced her retirement from international and professional soccer at the conclusion of the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. Van Hollebeke retires after playing six professional seasons, including the last three with Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL. In three seasons with Thorns FC, Van Hollebeke appeared in 44 regular-season matches (38 starts), logging 3,429 minutes. Van Hollebeke helped guide Portland to the 2013 NWSL Championship, featuring in both postseason matches during the team’s inaugural campaign. The 2013 Thorns FC Defender of the Year, Van Hollebeke earned NWSL Second XI honors, playing the full 90 minutes in 20 of the team’s 22 regular-season games in 2013. Additionally, Van Hollebeke played an active role in community events through the club’s Stand Together community platform and was named 2014 Community Player of the Year for all of her efforts.[3]


Van Hollebeke has played on several U.S. national youth teams, including U-16 and U-17, and was a member of the first place 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada and the third place team at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand. She joined the national team training camp in July 2006 and debuted for the full team in March 2008 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Van Hollebeke was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic women's soccer team on June 23, 2008. She appeared in two matches, chipping in with one assist.[4] She was also chosen for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad and scored on the USA's opening game against North Korea. Van Hollebeke was part of the team that won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Van Hollebeke appeared in all six matches and played all but 35 minutes of the United States gold medal campaign.

On March 6, 2013 in the opening game of the Algarve Cup, Van Hollebeke became only the 29th female to play 100 times for the United States. Van Hollebeke's very first appearance with the national team was in 2008 at the very same tournament. During her 100th cap against Iceland, Van Hollebeke scored a goal, making her only the 4th U.S woman next to Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan, and Abby Wambach to score in their 100th appearance.

Career statistics[edit]


Team Season League Domestic league Domestic playoffs Total
Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists
FC Gold Pride 2009 WPS 19 11 1088 1 1 19 11 1088 1 1
Portland Thorns FC 2013 NWSL 20 20 1800 2 2 2 180 22 22 1980 2
2014 12 9 1 12 9 1
2015 13 10 13 10
total 45 39 3 2 2 180 47 41 3
Career total 64 50 1 4 2 2 180 66 52 1 4


Nation Year International appearances
Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists
United States 2008 23 8 1217 0 1
2009 7 4 457 0 0
2010 17 17 1474 1 1
2011 19 18 1608 1 0
2012 31 26 2433 1 4
2013 4 4 360 1 0
Career total 6 102 77 7549 4 6

(*Correct as of March 6, 2013)

International goals[edit]

Rachel Van Hollebeke scored 5 goals in international competition; one each in World Cup final tournament, Olympic qualification, World Cup qualification, the Algarve Cup, and a friendly match.

Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
2010-10-28[m 1] neutral Cancun Haiti Start 8 Carli Lloyd

5150.01005 1–0

5550.05005 5–0

World Cup Qualifying:Group B
2011-06-28[m 2] neutral Dresden North Korea Start 76 Carli Lloyd

5250.02005 2–0

5250.02005 2–0

FIFA World Cup:Group C
2012-01-20[m 3] neutral Vancouver Dominican Republic Start 7 Abby Wambach

5350.03005 3–0

6450.64005 14–0

Olympic Qualifying:Group B
2013-03-06[m 4] neutral Albufeira Iceland Start; (c) 48 Lauren Cheney

5150.01005 1–0

5350.03005 3–0

Algarve Cup:Group B
2013-09-03[m 5] home Washington Mexico 39.

on 52' (off Rampone)

55 unassisted

5650.06005 6–0

5750.07005 7–0


Personal life[edit]

Rachel married Bobby Van Hollebeke on November 17, 2012 at Balboa Park in San Diego. She announced that she would be using her husband's last name professionally from 2014 on.[5]

Van Hollebeke's tough playing style earned her the well-known nickname "The Buehldozer".

Van Hollebeke began medical school at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in August, 2015 and retired from soccer after the 2015 NWSL season.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Biographies: Rachel Van Hollebeke". US Soccer. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  2. ^ "NWSL announces allocation of 55 National Team Players to Eight Clubs". US Soccer. January 11, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Van Hollebeke announces retirement from professional soccer". Thorns FC. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "2008 US Women's Olympic Soccer Team". US Soccer. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
  5. ^ "Twitter / Rachel_BVH: Changed my handle to @Rachel_BVH ..." Rachel Van Hollebeke. January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
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