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Abby Dahlkemper
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Dahlkemper with the USWNT in May 2019.
Personal information
Full name Abigail Lynn Dahlkemper
Date of birth May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 28)
Place of birth Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Manchester City
Number 13
Youth career
2005–2010 MVLA Avalanche
2008–2011 Sacred Heart Preparatory
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Pali Blues
2014 LA Blues
2015–2016 Western New York Flash 42 (2)
2015–2016 → Adelaide United (loan) 12 (5)
2017–2020 North Carolina Courage 64 (1)
2021– Manchester City 8 (0)
National team
2008–2010 United States U-17
2011–2012 United States U-20
2012–2016 United States U-23
2016– United States 74 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 30, 2020.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 30, 2021

Abigail Lynn Dahlkemper (born May 13, 1993) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Manchester City of the FA Women's Super League (WSL), as well as the United States women's national soccer team.

Early life

Dahlkemper was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and raised in Menlo Park, California. She has two brothers, Andrew (the oldest) and Joseph (the youngest) and is the daughter of Andrew and Susan Dahlkemper. She attended Sacred Heart Preparatory and played on the soccer team. In 2010, she was named Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year and a Parade All-American.

UCLA Bruins, 2011–2014

In 2013 she helped the Bruins win their first ever NCAA National Championship. In 2014, Dahlkemper was awarded the Honda Sports Award.

Club career

In 2013, Dahlkemper signed with the Pali Blues in the W-League. The team won the western conference title as well as the national championship in July 2013.

Western New York Flash, 2015–2016

In January 2015, Dahlkemper was selected by the Western New York Flash in the 2015 NWSL College Draft as the third overall pick. She was signed to the team in March and made her debut in April. Dahlkemper won the NWSL Championship with the Flash in 2016.

Adelaide United FC, 2015–2016 (loan)

In October 2015, Dahlkemper joined Adelaide United in the Australian W-League on loan for the 2015–16 season.

North Carolina Courage, 2017–2021

Dahlkemper became part of the North Carolina Courage in 2017 after the Western New York Flash were sold to the owners of North Carolina FC. She played every minute for the Courage in 2017 helping them win the NWSL Shield. Dahlkemper was named to the 2017 NWSL Best XI. Dahlkemper was voted NWSL Defender of the Year for the 2017 Season.

In 2018 Dahlkemper played 19 regular season games for North Carolina. She was an important part of North Carolina's defense which broke the record for fewest goals conceded and repeated as NWSL Shield winners. She was named to the 2018 NWSL Best XI and was a finalist for Defender of the year. North Carolina won the 2018 NWSL Championship with a 3–0 win over Portland, and didn't concede any goals in the playoffs.

Manchester City, 2021–present

On January 16, 2021, Dahlkemper joined Manchester City of the English FA WSL on a two and a half year deal, becoming the third American international to sign for the club during the 2020–21 season following Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle's arrivals in summer.

International career

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Dahlkemper with the USWNT in September 2017.

In 2013, Dahlkemper represented the United States under-23 women's national soccer team at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament helping the under-23 team win the championship. She played in the 2014 Six Nations Tournament as a member of the under-23 team and helped lead the team to win the championship for a second time.

Dahlkemper received her first call-up to the U.S. Women's National Team in October 2016 for a set of friendlies against Switzerland. On October 19 she earned her first cap, as she came in as a second-half substitute. Due to a sepsis infection contracted at the end of 2016, Dahlkemper was unable to appear for the U.S. WNT until June 2017.

Following her recovery from sepsis, Dahlkemper quickly became a mainstay for the United States in central defense. She played her first 90 for the U.S. WNT against Norway on June 11, 2017. Dahlkemper would start 10 of the final 11 games of the year, accumulating 945 minutes in 2017, which was fifth highest on the team.

In 2018 Dahlkemper won the SheBelieves Cup and the Tournament of Nations with the U.S. WNT. On September 19, she was named to the final 20 player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

In 2019, Dahlkemper was the starting central defender for the national team beside Becky Sauerbrunn at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, marking her first World Cup appearance. Dahlkemper and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher were the only players to start every match of the tournament for the United States, with Dahlkemper playing every minute of the team's seven games aside from coming off in the 82nd minute against Chile in the group stage. Dahlkemper and the United States defeated the Netherlands 2–0 in the final to win the United States' fourth Women's World Cup title.

Personal life

In 2019, along with USWNT teammates Crystal Dunn, Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan, Dahlkemper posed for the 2019 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in Saint Lucia. She is married to Aaron Schoenfeld. They started dating in May 2019. They announced their engagement in December 2020. Shortly after, they got married in a private ceremony on January 5, 2021.

Career statistics

Club summary


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pali Blues 2013 USL W-League ? ? 2 0 2 0
Los Angeles Blues 2014 ? ? 2 0 2 0
Western New York Flash 2015 NWSL 20 0 20 0
2016 20 2 2 0 22 2
Total 40 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 42 2
Adelaide United (loan) 2015–16 W-League 12 5 12 5
North Carolina Courage 2017 NWSL 24 0 2 0 26 0
2018 19 0 2 0 21 0
2019 14 0 2 0 16 0
2020 4 0 4 1 8 1
Total 57 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 4 1 71 1
Manchester City 2020–21 FA WSL 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 12 0
Career total 117 7 4 0 12 0 0 0 4 1 141 8

World Cup appearances

Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Result Competition
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2019-06-11 Reims, France Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Start 13–0 W Group stage
2019-06-13 Paris, France Flag of Chile.svg Chile {{{4}}}.

off 82' (on Sonnett)

3–0 W Group stage
2019-06-20 Le Havre, France Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Start 2–0 W Group stage
2019-06-24 Reims, France Flag of Spain.svg Spain Start 2–1 W Round of 16
2019-06-28 Paris, France Flag of France.svg France Start 2–1 W Quarter-final
2019-07-02 Décines-Charpieu, France Flag of England.svg England Start 2–1 W Semi-final
2019-07-07 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Start 2–0 W Final

Olympic appearances

Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Result Competition
2020 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
2021-07-21 Tokyo, Japan Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Start 0–3 L Group stage
2021-07-24 Saitama, Japan Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Start 6–1 W Group stage
2021-07-30 Yokohama, Japan Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Start 2–2 (pso 4–2) W Quarter-final




  • NCAA Women's Soccer Championship: 2013
  • Honda Sports Award 2014




Western New York Flash
  • NWSL Champions: 2016
North Carolina Courage
  • NWSL Champions: 2018, 2019
  • NWSL Shield: 2017, 2018, 2019
  • NWSL Defender of the Year: 2017
  • NWSL Best XI: 2017, 2018, 2019
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