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Alyssa Naeher        

Goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team & Chicago Red Stars; 2-Time FIFA Women's World Cup Champion

Alyssa Naeher is an American soccer player. She is a goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national team. She was on the 23-player roster for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and she was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Naeher was named to the United States roster for the 2019 World Cup as her second World Cup. Naeher would be entering the tournament as the U.S number one goalkeeper. When Naeher started the team's first group game on June 11th, it was the first time in over two decades that neither Hope Solo nor Brianna Scurry were in goal for the U.S at a World Cup. Naeher recored three consecutive shutouts in the group stage as the U.S won 13–0 over Thailand, 3–0 over Chile and 2–0 Sweden.

In the knockout round, Naeher made four saves against France in the quarterfinals to help the team preserve a 2–1 victory over the host nation. In the semifinals, Naeher had a fantastic game as she not only made three big saves, but she stopped Steph Houghton's penalty kick in the 83rd minute to help the United States to a 2–1 victory over England. In Sunday's final, Naeher posted one save to culminate in a shutout over the Netherlands in the U.S.'s 2-0 victory, resulting in the team successfully repeating as World Cup champions. Naeher played every minute of the United States’ successful 2019 World Cup run.

Naeher attended Christian Heritage School in Connecticut, where she was a standout player in soccer. She was a three-time All-State and three-time FAA All-Conference selection. In addition to this, she was a Parade All-American and two-time NSCAA Youth All-American. Naeher also was a star basketball player scoring over 2,000 points during her career. As the starting goalkeeper for the Penn State women's soccer team from 2006–2009, Naeher started all games that she played in during her career at Penn State.

Naeher was selected by the Boston Breakers as the 11th overall pick in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer draft. She was the first goalkeeper selected in the 2010 WPS draft. Now with the Chicago Red Stars, Naeher had a strong start to the 2016 NWSL season as she was named Player of the Month for May as she posted three shutouts and only allowed one goal in four games during the month. Naeher was named Player of the Week in week 6 of the 2018 season by the NWSL Media Association, she was also named to the Team of the Month in June 2018.

Naeher was a member of the United States U-20 women's national soccer team that played at the 2007 Pan-American Games, where they finished runners-up to the full Brazilian national team. In 2008, Naeher was the starting goalkeeper for the U-20 squad that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, starting and playing in all but one game during the tournament. She only conceded one goal throughout the competition to North Korea, during the dying minutes of the final game. She was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the Cup.

In 2014, Naeher made her first appearance and start for the United States Women's National team in a 7–0 win over Argentina in the International Tournament of Brazil. In July 2016, Naeher was named to the United States Women's Soccer Team roster for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Since the United States' loss at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Naeher has become the USWNT's number one goalkeeper, taking over the spot that had been held by Hope Solo for years.

Naeher was the number one goalkeeper for the United States at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship she played in four out of the five matches and earned four shutouts. The U.S won their second consecutive CONCACAF Championship with a 2–0 win over Canada.

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