Thori Staples Bryan
|Full name||Thori Yvette Staples Bryan|
|Date of birth||April 17, 1974|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|1992–1995||NC State Wolfpack|
|2001–2003||Bay Area CyberRays||62||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Thori Yvette Staples Bryan (born April 17, 1974) is an American retired soccer defender who previously played for the United States women's national soccer team and the Bay Area CyberRays in the Women's United Soccer Association.
North Carolina State University
In 1992, her first season with North Carolina State University, she started all 22 games and was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992. During her time at North Carolina, she was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and All-South Region selection.
Bryan was nominated for the Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year award in 1994 and 1995. During her senior year, she started all 22 regular season games while the Wolfpack posted an 18–4–0 record and No. 9 national ranking.
Staples-Bryan played for the San Jose CyberRays in the Women's United Soccer Association, the first professional soccer league in the United States, from 2001 to 2003 and was a key member of the 2001 Founders Cup Championship team. She was a first round pick and the first American player to be selected in the inaugural draft.
In 1994, she helped the team win the title at the CONCACAF Qualifying Championship in Montreal and qualify for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Championship and FIFA Women's World Championship in Sweden.
Bryan was a member of the 1995 Women's National Team that placed third at Sweden. She was an alternate on the 1996 Olympic Team.
Staples Bryan married Kip Bryan in 1998.
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- Caparaz, Dean (December 21, 2000). "WUSA: CyberRays make Bryan the No. 1 American". Soccer America. Archived from the original on January 11, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
Staples, an alternate for the United States' 1996 Olympic team, played sporadically for the national team until 1998, when she married Kip Bryan.