Havana Solaun

Havana Marguerite Solaun (born February 23, 1993) is a Jamaican footballer who plays as a midfielder for Norwegian club Klepp IL and the Jamaica women's national team.

Solaun began her professional career with Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in 2015. After two years, she was traded to the Washington Spirit. Solaun is a former United States youth international, most recently at the U23 level.

Havana Solaun
Havana Solaun
Personal information
Full name Havana Marguerite Solaun[1]
Date of birth February 23, 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Gainesville, FL[2]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Klepp IL
Number 10
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Florida Gators 90 (30)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Seattle Reign FC 4 (1)
2017–2018 Washington Spirit 37 (5)
2019– Klepp IL 6 (1)
National team
2009–2010 United States U17 5 (3)
2014–2016 United States U23 5 (0)
2019– Jamaica 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 10, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019

Early life

Born in Hong Kong, Solaun's family moved to the United States when she was two. She attended Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida.[3] From 2008 to 2010, she was named to the All-Area Girls Soccer first-team by The Gainesville Sun.[4]

University of Florida Gators, 2011–2014

Solaun attended the University of Florida from 2011 to 2014 where she played soccer for the Florida Gators and was a four-year starting midfielder.[3] Solaun earned All-Southeastern Conference first team honors in 2014 and 2013 and also appeared on the NSCAA All-South Region teams those same seasons.[5][6] As a senior in 2014, Solaun registered collegiate best totals for goals(9), assists (9) and points (27) to finish second among the Gators in each category.[7]

Club career

Seattle Reign FC, 2015–2016

Solaun was selected 15th overall by Seattle Reign FC during the 2015 NWSL College Draft.[8][9] After signing with the team a few months later, Seattle Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey said, "Havana is a young, talented player who is very good on the ball. The most important thing for us is she is also very comfortable in possession, whether under pressure or not, she can keep control of the ball and move it in the way that we want her to."[10] Solaun made her debut for the Reign during 2–0 win over the University of Washington during preseason play but sat out the season after suffering an injury.[11][12] During the team's first 2016 pre-season match against the Portland Thorns, Solaun scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute helping the Reign win 2–0.[13] She made her debut for the club during its season opener against Sky Blue FC on April 17.[14] She scored her first goal during a match against the Houston Dash leading the Reign to a 1–0 win.[15][16]

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Solaun (right) with Reign FC teammate, Carson Pickett, 2016.

Washington Spirit, 2017–2018

Solaun's player rights were traded to the Washington Spirit in November 2016 in exchange for Spirit players Christine Nairn and Madalyn Schiffel. She signed with the team in December.[17] Solaun would become a regular starter for the Spirit, earning 24 appearances and scoring 5 goals during her first season.

Klepp IL, 2019

Despite a new contract offer from Washington Spirit, Solaun elected to join Norwegian club Klepp IL on a free transfer for 2019.[18]

International career

Born in Hong Kong to a Cuban American father (Felix Solaun,[19] born in the United States shortly after his parents Félix Solaun and Hilda Luis moved from their native Havana)[20] and a Jamaican mother (Sandra Brower,[21] formerly Solaun, née Phillips), Solaun was originally eligible to play for the national teams of Hong Kong, the United States, Cuba or Jamaica.

Youth national teams

Solaun represented the United States on the under-17 (2010 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship), under-20 and under-23 national teams.[22] As Solaun had previously lived in Canada (also in Singapore),[23] she participated in a centralized camp of the Canadian national team in February 2015.[24][25]

Jamaica senior national team

Following the historic FIFA Women's World Cup qualification by the Jamaica women's national football team, Solaun was named to its training camp roster in January 2019.[26] She made her debut on March 3 that year in a 3–2 friendly win against Chile.[27]

On June 18, 2019, Solaun scored Jamaica's first-ever goal in a FIFA Women's World Cup shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute against Australia.[28]

International goals

Scores and results list Jamaica's goal tally first

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
June 18, 2019 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France  Australia
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

Personal life

Solaun's first name, Havana, is a tribute to her paternal grandparents' birthplace.[29]

See also


  1. ^ "Havana Marguerite Solaun - Profil" (in Norwegian). Norges Fotballforbund.
  2. ^ Wyne, Zaneta (June 7, 2019). ""Never Let Fear Deter You." – Havana Solaun". Femletics. Retrieved June 19, 2019. I went from Hong Kong to Florida to Singapore to Florida to Canada and then finally back to Florida.
  3. ^ a b "Havana Solaun". University of Florida. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Johnson, Richard (February 27, 2013). "Gainesville native and Gators soccer star Havana Solaun". ESPN Gainesville. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Provenzano, Michelle (April 25, 2013). "Gators Women's Soccer Havana Solaun soars to new heights". ESPN Gainesville. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Shine in the Moment: Florida's Havana Solaun". SEC Sports. June 27, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Harvin, Jim (September 5, 2014). "Solaun's return to lineup keys No. 8 Florida's fast start". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Pentz, Matt (January 15, 2015). "Reign FC picks up pair of players, Seattle U.'s Verdoia goes to Boston in NWSL Draft". Seattle Times. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "NWSL Draft: Reign Select Florida's Havana Solaun". Sounder at Heart. January 16, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "Reign FC Sign Second Round Draft Pick Havana Solaun". Seattle Reign. April 3, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "Reign's Havana Solaun Called Up To U23 WNT Camp". Sounder at Heart. January 24, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  12. ^ Harvin, Jim (August 21, 2013). "Solaun builds on experience abroad". The Gainesville Sun. Archived from the original on April 4, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. ^ Blue, Molly (March 27, 2016). "Portland Thorns lose 2–0 to Seattle Reign FC in preseason match at Providence Park". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  14. ^ Lee, Allison (April 17, 2016). "Sky Blue FC opens 2016 with 2–1 upset of Seattle Reign". Once a Metro. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  15. ^ "Havana Solaun's goal lifts Reign, but work remains". The Seattle Times. June 12, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "Reign FC Shout Out Dash in 1–0 Win". National Women's Soccer League. June 12, 2016. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  17. ^ "Washington Spirit Signs Midfielder Havana Solaun". Washington Spirit. December 21, 2016. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  18. ^ Anderson, Jason (January 17, 2019). "Washington Spirit news round-up: Megan Crosson in, several players out". Black and Red United. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "A to Z: Sierra Solaun". Gainesville Sun (Gainesville, Florida).
  20. ^ "Felix Manuel Solaun Obituary - Jacksonville, FL". Dignity Memorial.
  21. ^ "Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Athletics - Zhoe Solaun - 2012-13". Florida Gulf Coast University.
  22. ^ "U-23 WNT Set to Travel to Croatia for Istria Cup". United States Soccer Federation. February 16, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  23. ^ "Havana Solaun (USA)". Canada Soccer.
  24. ^ "[2015-02] Centralised Development Program". Canada Soccer. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  25. ^ "Determined: Solaun moving past ACL tear, making impact for Gators". The Independent Florida Alligator. October 24, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  26. ^ "Reggae Girlz Training Squad". Facebook. Jamaica Football Federation. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  27. ^ "Solaun completes Reggae Girlz squad". jamaica-star.com. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  28. ^ Jamaica score right after half-time to cut Matildas' lead to a goal | The World Game, retrieved June 18, 2019
  29. ^ "Havana Gets FIFA's Nod To Play For Jamaica's Reggae Girlz". The Readers Bureau. May 29, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.

External links

2010 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship

The 2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship was held in Costa Rica from March 10–20, 2010. This was the second edition of the U-17 women's championship for CONCACAF. The first and second placed teams qualified for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup held in Trinidad and Tobago. The United States were the defending champions from 2008. Trinidad and Tobago did not participate because they automatically qualified to the World Cup as hosts.

2015 NWSL College Draft

The 2015 NWSL College Draft was held on January 16, 2015 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

2015 NWSL Expansion Draft

The 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft was a special draft held on November 2, 2015 by the National Women's Soccer League to allow expansion side Orlando Pride to select players from existing teams in the league. The Pride were allowed to select up to ten players total from the existing nine NWSL teams from a list of unprotected players previously provided by the clubs.

2015 Seattle Reign FC season

The 2015 Seattle Reign FC season is the club's third season of play and their third season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. To accommodate the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the league announced that it would reduce the season to 20 games while extending the calendar length into September and take a two-week break from June 7–19.

2016 Seattle Reign FC season

The 2016 Seattle Reign FC season is the club's fourth season of play and their fourth season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. The club enters the season as the two-time defending winner of the NWSL Shield.

2017 NWSL College Draft

The 2017 NWSL College Draft was held on January 12, 2017 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Los Angeles, California.

2017 Seattle Reign FC season

The 2017 Seattle Reign FC season was the club's fifth season of play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

Incorporating schedule disruptions caused by the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, teams competed in 24 games during the regular season, a schedule last played during the 2014 season.

2017 Washington Spirit season

The 2017 season is Washington Spirit's fifth season, competing in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

2018 NWSL College Draft

The 2018 NWSL College Draft was held on January 18, 2018 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2018 Washington Spirit season

The 2018 season is Washington Spirit's sixth season, competing in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. On August 21, the Spirit parted ways with Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra, assistant coach Tom Torres took over as interim Head Coach for the remaining 3 games of the season.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group C

Group C of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 9 to 18 June 2019. The group consisted of Australia, Brazil, Italy and Jamaica. The top two teams, Italy and Australia, along with the third-placed team, Brazil (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup squads

This is a list of squads of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, an international women's association football tournament being held in France from 7 June until 7 July 2019. Each of the 24 national teams involved in the tournament had to provide to FIFA a preliminary squad of between 23 and 50 players by 26 April 2019, which FIFA did not publish. From the preliminary squad, each team named a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 24 May 2019. FIFA published the 23-player final lists, with the squad numbers, on their website on 27 May 2019. Players in the final squad could be replaced by a player from the preliminary squad due to serious injury or illness up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.The age listed for each player is on 7 June 2019, the first day of the tournament. The numbers of caps and goals listed for each player do not include any matches played after the start of the tournament. The club listed is the club for which the player last played a competitive match prior to the tournament. A flag is included for coaches that are of a different nationality than their own national team.

Florida Gators women's soccer

The Florida Gators women's soccer team represents the University of Florida in the sport of college soccer. The Gators compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games in James G. Pressly Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are led by head coach Becky Burleigh. In the first sixteen years of the Gators' soccer program, they won thirteen SEC championships and one NCAA national championship.

Jamaica women's national football team

Jamaica women's national football team is nicknamed the "Reggae Girlz". They are one of the top women's national football teams in the Caribbean region along with Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti. In 2008 the team was disbanded after they failed to get out of the group stage of Olympic Qualifying, which notably featured the United States and Mexico. The program was restarted in 2014 after nearly a six-year hiatus. They finished second at the 2014 Women's Caribbean Cup losing 1–0 against Trinidad and Tobago in the final. The team is backed by ambassador Cedella Marley, the daughter of the late Bob Marley; she aids in raising awareness for the team and encourages development as well as providing for it financially. Jamaica qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time ever in 2019, but lost all its matches and left the tournament from the group stage.

Klepp IL

Klepp IL is a Norwegian sports club from the municipality of Klepp. It was founded on 1 October 1919, and has sections for football, handball and gymnastics as well as the less active sections for athletics and orienteering.

Most well known for their women's football team, Klepp Elite women currently play in the Toppserien, and have the distinction of being in the Norwegian top flight since its inception. Additionally, Klepp Elite have won the league in 1987 and 1989.

Klepp Elite have also won the National Championship Norgesmester for Junior Girls U19 more than any other club, winning in 2008, 2011 and most recently in 2016.

Among its most famous former players are Birthe Hegstad, Dagny Mellgren and Ane Stangeland Horpestad.

The men's football team currently plays in the Third Division (fourth tier), having last played in the Second Division back in 2006.

Gymnast Åge Storhaug was a member of Klepp IL.

List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers

This article lists each country's goalscorers in the FIFA Women's World Cup. There are 373 goalscorers for the 917 goals scored at the 8 editions of the World Cup final tournaments.


Numbers in green means the player finished as the tournament top scorer (or joint top scorer).

List of Reign FC players

Reign FC is an American soccer club founded in 2012 as "Seattle Reign FC", after the team ownership was awarded a National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) franchise. Reign FC began playing competitive soccer in the 2013 season.

All rostered players during the NWSL season (including the playoffs) are included, even if they did not make an appearance. Amateur call-ups from 2013 to 2017 are included only if they made an appearance. Statistics are correct as of April 13, 2019; they are updated once a year after the conclusion of the NWSL season.

List of foreign NWSL players

This is a list of current and former foreign players in the National Women's Soccer League, a women's soccer league in the United States. The following players

have been on the roster for the NWSL club(s) listed, not counting preseason.

have not been capped by the U.S. national team on any level/have been capped by a team other than the U.S. national team.

were born outside the U.S./have citizenship outside the U.S.

Players listed in bold are currently active.

Madalyn Schiffel

Madalyn Terese Schiffel is a retired American professional soccer goalkeeper who previously played Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and for Avaldsnes IL of the Norwegian Toppserien.


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