Taryn Hemmings

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Taryn Hemmings
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Personal information
Full name Taryn Elizabeth Hemmings
Date of birth (1986-04-26) April 26, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Greeley, Colorado, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004–2008 Denver Pioneers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Boston Breakers 29 (0)
2011–2012 Canberra United 10 (4)
2013–2015 Chicago Red Stars 47 (1)
2014 Fortuna Hjørring (0)
2016 Orlando Pride 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Taryn Hemmings (born April 26, 1986) is an American former professional soccer defender.

Early life[edit]

Hemmings grew up in Greeley, Colorado and attended Greeley West High School. During her junior and senior years, she led her high school team to the 2003 and 2004 back to back state championship's and won the 2004 Colorado State Cup Champions title's. She was named Colorado 4A player of the year in 2003. Hemmings was also named NSCAA adidas High School All-American in 2003. She was named MVP of the championship game both years.[1]

University of Denver[edit]

Hemmings attended the University of Denver and played for the Pioneers from 2004–2008. She was named Comeback Player of the Year in 2008. In 2006 and 2008, she was also named Sun Belt Player of the Year, Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In 2006 and 2008, Hemmings was named to the Soccer Buzz All-Central Region First Team and NSCAA adidas All-Central Region Second Team. She ended her career as the Pioneers' second all-time career-scoring leader with 112 points and the leading scorer in NCAA Division 1 competition with 42 goals and 28 assists, tying the program's record for career goals and ranking third in career assists.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]


In 2010, Hemmings was selected in the seventh round (65th overall) by the Boston Breakers in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft. She started four of the 13 games she appeared in during the season, playing a total of 481 minutes.[3][4]

In 2011, she started 10 of the 16 games she appeared in, logging a total of 893 minutes. Hemmings credits her father Bruce for her athletic ability and competitive drive.[1]

July 4, 2013; in Chicago Red Stars vs Western New York Flash, Abby Wambach-20 marked by Taryn Hemmings-14

During the 2011–2012 off-season, she joined Canberra United in Australia's W-League as both a forward and right back to win the Westfield W-League premiership and Grand Final. Hemmings made a total of 10 appearances with nine starts, and finished second on the team in goals scored with four. She was named Player of the Match twice, including the semifinal-round win over Melbourne Victory.[1][5][6][7][8]

After the suspension of the Women's Professional Soccer league in early 2012, Hemmings was signed to the Boston Breakers in the WPSL Elite[9]

On February 5, 2013, she joined Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.[10] On July 14, week 15 of the NWSL 2013 season, she injured her left knee, defending against FC Kansas City; and was out for the rest of the season.[11]

On September 1, 2014, the Red Stars announced that Hemmings would be loaned to Fortuna Hjørring in Denmark.[12]

On November 2, 2015 Hemmings was selected by the new NWSL club Orlando Pride in an expansion draft to play in 2016 season.[13] However, before the start of the season, Hemmings decided to retire from professional soccer in March 2016.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d "Taryn Hemmings player profile". Boston Breakers. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Denver Plays to 2–2 Tie with Rival Colorado". CBS College Sports. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hemmings Drafted by Boston Breakers". Denver University. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Taryn Hemmings heads to Boston of WPS". Greeley Tribune. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hemmings joins Canberra United". The Women's Game. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Players Abroad: Hemmings' brace secures win for Canberra". Our Game Magazine. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hemmings Rejoins Breakers". New England Soccer Today. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Canberra United's Taryn Hemmings making the Grand Final". The Women's Game. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Boston Breakers add Amanda DaCosta to WPSL Elite League Roster". Soccer Nation. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ http://chicagoredstars.com/red-stars-add-chalupny-hemmings-masar-for-2013/
  12. ^ "Red Stars Loan Defender Taryn Hemmings To Fortuna Hjorring". ChicagoRedStars.com. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "NWSL ANNOUNCES 2015 EXPANSION DRAFT RESULTS". nwslsoccer.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Orlando Pride Defender Taryn Hemmings Announces Retirement". Orlando City Soccer Club. 

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