Tierna Davidson

Tierna Lillis Davidson (born September 19, 1998) is an American soccer player. She plays as a defender for the Chicago Red Stars and the United States women's national soccer team. She was drafted first overall by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2019 NWSL College Draft after playing three years at Stanford.

Tierna Davidson
Tierna Davidson postmatch vs China (43632430461) (cropped)
Personal information
Full name Tierna Lillis Davidson[1]
Date of birth September 19, 1998 (age 20)
Place of birth Menlo Park, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Playing position Center back, left back
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 26
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Stanford Cardinal 46 (5)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Chicago Red Stars 1 (0)
National team
2015–2018 United States U20 8 (0)
2018– United States 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 13, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 16, 2019

Early life

Davidson intended to become an astronaut, before actively pursuing professional soccer.[2]

Stanford University, 2016–2018

In Davidson's freshman year in 2016 she started all 21 games for the Cardinal, and was named to the Pac-12 All Freshman team and the All-Pac-12 Second Team. In 2017, Davidson was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She was a key part of the Stanford team that won the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament and was named the 2017 College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player.[3] In 2018 Davidson only appeared in 3 games for Stanford as she suffered a fractured ankle on September 9 against North Carolina.[4] This would be her final appearance for Stanford as she declared for the 2019 NWSL College Draft, forgoing her final year of college eligibility.[5]

Club career

Chicago Red Stars, 2019–present

In November 2018, the National Women's Soccer League changed their rules for the NWSL College Draft to allow for players to enter the draft before they had exhausted their college eligibility.[6] This allowed Davidson to declare for the 2019 NWSL College Draft after only playing three years at Stanford. Davidson was selected 1st overall at the draft by the Chicago Red Stars, she was the second consecutive Cardinal to be selected 1st overall after Andi Sullivan was the 1st overall pick in 2018.[7]

On March 11, 2019 Davidson signed a contract with the Red Stars.[8]

International career

In 2018 Davidson played for the senior USWNT and the U-20 WNT. She received her first senior cap for the United States on January 21, 2018 in a friendly against Denmark. After the match she joined the U-20 squad in Trinidad & Tobago for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship.[9] Davidson scored the tying goal in the Championship game against Mexico, but the United States would lose on penalty kicks.[10]

Davidson was not part to the final roster for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as she has continued to receive call-ups for the senior USWNT. On July 18 she was named to the USWNT roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations.[11]

Davidson scored her 1st international goal on August 31, 2018 against Chile.[12] Davidson was not part of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship due to a fractured ankle injury while playing for Stanford.[13] In December, Davidson was named 2018 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.[14]

After recovering from injury Davidson returned to the USWNT in January 2019 and was named to the roster for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup in February.[15]

In May 2019, Davidson was named to the final 23-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the youngest player on the roster.[16]

International goals

Personal life

Davidson is openly lesbian.[18]





  1. ^ "List of Players – 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). FIFAdata.com. FIFA. June 16, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Costabile, Annie (May 4, 2019). "From astronaut to USWNT, Red Stars' Tierna Davidson has always dreamed big". Chicago Sun-Times.
  3. ^ "2017 Women's Soccer Roster". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Tierna Davidson to miss World Cup qualifying; out 10–12 weeks with fractured ankle". September 18, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "Tierna Davidson declares for NWSL College Draft". January 9, 2019. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Expanded eligibility rules might make the NWSL College Draft more relevant than ever". November 21, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Every pick of the 2019 NWSL College Draft". January 10, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Tierna Davidson signs contract with Chicago". March 11, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Freshly-Capped Davidson Returns to U-20s with WNT Experience". www.ussoccer.com.
  10. ^ "CONCACAF WOMEN'S U20". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "USA Dominates First-Ever Match vs. Chile, Wins 3–0 on Wild Night in Carson". www.ussoccer.com.
  13. ^ "WNT and Stanford Defender Tierna Davidson Out 10–12 Weeks with Fractured Left Ankle". www.ussoccer.com.
  14. ^ "ALEX MORGAN VOTED 2018 U.S. SOCCER FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR". December 7, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "23 PLAYERS NAMED TO 2019 SHEBELIEVES CUP ROSTER". February 12, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "MEET THE USA'S 2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP TEAM". May 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "USA DOMINATES FIRST-EVER MATCH VS. CHILE, WINS 3–0 ON WILD NIGHT IN CARSON". August 31, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Yang, Stephanie (June 5, 2019). "Tierna Davidson remains unbothered". All For XI.
  19. ^ "WNT WINS 2018 SHEBELIEVES CUP WITH 1–0 VICTORY VS. ENGLAND". March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.

External links

2015 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

The 2015 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship was the 8th edition of the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organised by CONCACAF for the women's under-20 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament was hosted by Honduras and took place between 3–13 December 2015, as announced by CONCACAF on 7 May 2015. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.

Same as previous editions, the tournament acted as the CONCACAF qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The top three teams qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea.The United States won their fifth title overall and fourth in a row with a 1–0 final victory over Canada. Both finalists and third-placed Mexico qualified for the World Cup.

2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

The 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship was the 9th edition of the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organised by CONCACAF for the women's under-20 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago and took between 18–28 January 2018, as announced by CONCACAF on 31 October 2017. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.

The top three teams of the tournament qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France as the CONCACAF representatives. The tournament also determined which three Caribbean nations participate in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.Mexico defeated defending champions United States in the final to win their first title.

2018 Tournament of Nations

The 2018 Tournament of Nations was the second Tournament of Nations, an international women's football tournament, consisting of a series of friendly games. It was held in the United States, from July 26 to August 2, 2018, and featured the same four teams as the previous tournament.

2018 in American soccer

The 2018 season was the 106th season of competitive soccer in the United States.

2019 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2019 Chicago Red Stars season was the team's eleventh season and seventh season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France, which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F

Group F of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 11 to 20 June 2019. The group consisted of Chile, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. The top two teams, the United States and Sweden, advanced to the round of 16.

2019 NWSL College Draft

The 2019 NWSL College Draft was held on January 10, 2019 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Carli Lloyd

Carli Anne Hollins (née Lloyd; born July 16, 1982) is an American soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion (2015 and 2019), two-time FIFA Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), and a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016). She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team as a midfielder. Lloyd scored the gold medal-winning goals in the finals of the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She captained the United States to victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as appearing in the 2007, 2011, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Lloyd has made over 280 appearances for the U.S. national team, placing her third in caps, and has the fourth-most goals and seventh-most assists for the team.

During the United States' 5–2 win over Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Lloyd became the first player ever to score three goals in a FIFA Women's World Cup final, and the second soccer player ever to score a hat-trick in any senior FIFA World Cup Final, after Geoff Hurst. Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the final, with the first two occurring in the first five minutes of the game and within three minutes of each other. She received the Golden Ball Trophy as the best player of the tournament and earned the Silver Boot for her six goals and one assist during the tournament.She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Sky Blue FC, and Atlanta Beat in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). In 2013, she was allocated to the Western New York Flash for the inaugural season of the NWSL and helped her team win the regular season championship. After two seasons with the Flash, she was traded to Houston Dash prior to the 2015 season, and then to Sky Blue before the 2018 season. Her memoir, When Nobody Was Watching, was published in September 2016.

Chicago Red Stars

The Chicago Red Stars is a women's professional soccer club based in Chicago, Illinois, who compete in the National Women's Soccer League and play their home games in SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, and played in the league in 2009 and 2010. After leaving the WPS in December 2010, due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team co-founded and competed in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the single year this league existed. In the fall of 2012 the Red Stars with the Boston Breakers and US Soccer, attracted 6 other teams and founded the National Womens Soccer League. Since 2013 the team has been competing in the National Women's Soccer League. From 2016-2019 the Chicago Red Stars have made the playoffs of the NWSL and are the first and only team to do so for four consecutive years.

Davidson (name)

Davidson is a patronymic surname, meaning "son/descendant of David" (or "Beloved Son/Descendant"; 'David' lit. "Beloved One"). There are alternate spellings called septs, including those common in the British Isles and Scandinavia: Davidsen, Davisson, Davison, Daveson, Davidsson. While the given name comes from the Hebrew "David", meaning beloved, Davidson is rarely used as a masculine given name or nickname.It is also an anglicised version of the Ashkenazi Jewish surname Davidovitch, Slavic for "son of David" and Davidoff.

Julie Ertz

Julie Beth Ertz (née Johnston; born April 6, 1992) is an American soccer player and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She plays as a midfielder for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women's national soccer team. She first appeared for the United States national team during an international friendly against Scotland on February 9, 2013. She has since made 87 total appearances for the team and scored 19 goals.

Ertz has represented the United States at two FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments in 2015 and 2019. At 23, she was the second youngest member of the 2015 team behind 22-year-old Morgan Brian. The United States went on to the World Cup final where she played every minute of all seven games of the tournament and was subsequently named to the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team.

Ertz played collegiate soccer with the Santa Clara University Broncos from 2010 to 2013. Following her collegiate career, Ertz was selected third overall by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2014 NWSL College Draft that took place on January 17, 2014. She is in her fifth season with the Red Stars to date.

After moving to center midfield for club and country in 2017, Ertz was awarded U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

Ertz was again nominated for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2018 alongside Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, and Megan Rapinoe.

Sacred Heart Preparatory (Atherton, California)

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It has a student population of approximately 605 in grades 9 through 12. There are currently about 100 faculty and staff.

Sally Ride

Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982). Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32. After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate in both. Ride died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012.

Stanford Cardinal women's soccer

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Tobin Heath

Tobin Powell Heath (born May 29, 1988) is an American professional soccer player. She currently plays professionally for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women's national soccer team. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup winner with the United States women's national soccer team. She has also won two NWSL Championships with the Portland Thorns. Heath is described as "perhaps the USA's most skillful player" by the United States Soccer Federation, and she was voted the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2016. Heath usually plays as a flank midfielder or an attacking midfielder. She was the first overall pick in Women's Professional Soccer 2010 draft.

Heath's career started with the New Jersey Wildcats in 2004–05, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues in 2007 and Pali Blues in 2009. Her college career was with the North Carolina Tar Heels between 2006 and 2009 coinciding with her time on the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues. Her professional career began in the Women's Professional Soccer league, spending one season (2010) with Atlanta Beat, one season with Sky Blue FC (2011) and one season with the New York Fury until the Women's Professional Soccer league folded in 2012. She played in France with Paris Saint-Germain for the 2013–14 season before moving on to her current club, Portland Thorns FC, when the NWSL was established.

U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year

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United States women's national soccer team

The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning four Women's World Cup titles (including the first Women's World Cup in 1991), four Olympic gold medals (including the first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 1996), eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games (the first women's soccer competition in Pan American Games history). It medaled in every World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football).

After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014, falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the ranking's history. The team dropped to 2nd on March 24, 2017, due to its last-place finish in the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, then returned to 1st on June 23, 2017, after victories in friendlies against Russia, Sweden, and Norway. The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999, and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor. On April 5, 2017, U.S. Women's Soccer and U.S. Soccer reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that would, among other things, lead to a pay increase.,

United States women's national under-23 soccer team

The United States U-23 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the full Women's National Team. The team's most recent major tournament was the 2008 Nordic Cup, in which the United States team won 3–0 over Germany. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the annual Nordic Cup, which is the top competition for this age group.

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2018-08-31[17] Carson  Chile Start 1.1 8 Tobin Heath 1–0 3–0 Friendly
Chicago Red Stars – current squad


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