Verónica Pérez

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Verónica Pérez
Personal information
Full name Verónica Raquel Pérez Murillo[1]
Date of birth (1988-05-18) May 18, 1988 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Hayward, California, United States[2]
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Reign FC (preseason)
Youth career
2002–2005 PSV Union & Pleasanton Rage
2002–2003 Crystal Springs Uplands High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Washington Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Seattle Sounders Women 8 (1)
2010 Saint Louis Athletica 1 (0)
2012 Seattle Sounders Women 14 (12)
2012 Stjarnan Women 7 (1)
2013 Western New York Flash 22 (1)
2014 Washington Spirit 17 (1)
2015–2016 Canberra United 11 (3)
2016 KIF Örebro DFF 20 (2)
National team
2009 United States U23
2010– Mexico 84[3] (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 25. 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 18, 2015

Verónica Raquel Pérez Murillo (born 18 May 1988) is an American-born Mexican footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Mexico women's national team.

Pérez is currently a member of the 2017 preseason roster for American club Seattle Reign FC.[4]

Early life[edit]

Her parents are Irene Murillo and Bernardo Pérez. She holds dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico.[5] Perez attended Crystal Springs Uplands School where she played one year of soccer, earning first team, All-League honors. During her Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years she played for PSV Union FC and in her junior and senior years, she played for the club team, Pleasonton Rage, and represented the Far West region Olympic Development (ODP) team at the 2005 U.S. Youth Soccer Adidas Cup.[6]

University of Washington[edit]

Pérez played for the University of Washington Huskies and was twice named to the All-Pac-10 second team. Pérez left the University of Washington ranked in the all-time top-10 in several categories, including third in shots (194) and games played (83), fourth in game-winning goals (8), tied for sixth in goals (21) and eighth in points (53).[5]

Playing career[edit]


Perez was selected as the 37th pick overall in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) draft by the Saint Louis Athletica in 2010.[5] After the WPS folded, Perez began training again with the Mexico women's national football team.[6]

Perez played for the Seattle Sounders Women during the 2009 and 2012 seasons and was a leading scorer.[6][7]

During the summer of 2012, Perez and her Sounders teammate and fellow University of Washington alum, Kate Deines, played for Stjarnan Women in Iceland's top division. The team won the Icelandic Women's Cup after a 1–0 win over Valur.[8][9]

On January 11, 2013, Perez joined the Western New York Flash as part of the NWSL Player Allocation for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[10][11]

March 3, 2014, Western New York Flash traded Perez and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick to the Washington Spirit in exchange for a 2014 and 2015 international roster spot.[12] After she did not receive allocation status for the 2016 seasons, her NWSL rights were acquired by Seattle Reign FC in March 2016.[13]

Perez joined Swedish top division club KIF Örebro DFF in January 2016.[14]


Perez played for both the Mexico women's national football team and the United States women's national under-23 soccer team during the Summer of 2009.[5] On November 5, 2010, she scored the winning goal for Mexico in the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying game against the United States.[15][16] In mid-2011, Pérez represented Mexico in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.[17] In October of that year, she led the Mexico to a third-place finish in the 2011 Pan American Games.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Perez is an assistant coach for her former club, PSV Union FC

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "List of Players – 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Las Mediocampistas de la Selección Femenil que Participarán en la Copa Mundial de Canadá 2015". Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C. (in Spanish). Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Profile". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Clubs announce 2017 preseason rosters". National Women's Soccer League. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Veronica Perez Player Bio". University of Washington. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "The Magic of Veronica Perez". Seattle Sounders Women. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Seattle Sounders Women 2012 Statistics". United Soccer League. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kate Deines and Veronica Perez Win Icelandic Cup". Prost Amerika. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Starnan FC profile". Stjarnan FC. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "NWSL Allocation Easier Said than Done". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Equalizer Soccer – De Vanna, Perez find new homes during trade flurry". 
  13. ^ "TWO PLAYERS SELECTED IN NWSL DISTRIBUTION DRAFT – National Women's Soccer League". 
  14. ^ "Verónica Pérez da el salto a Europa". Talacheros FC. 
  15. ^ "Mexico Upsets U.S. Women in Cup Qualifying". The New York Times. November 6, 2010. 
  16. ^ "A chance at soccer south of the border". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Former University of Washington forward Veronica Perez playing for Mexico in World Cup". Seattle Times. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 

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