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Alyssa Naeher
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Naeher with the USWNT in June 2018
Personal information
Full name Alyssa Michele Naeher
Date of birth (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 35)
Place of birth Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Chicago Red Stars
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 SoccerPlus Connecticut (0)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 36 (0)
2011–2013 Turbine Potsdam 39 (0)
2013–2015 Boston Breakers 45 (0)
2016– Chicago Red Stars 93 (0)
National team
2004 United States U-16
2005 United States U-17
2007–2008 United States U-20
2009–2011 United States U-23
2014– United States 86 (0)
Women's soccer
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze 2020 Tokyo Team
FIFA Women's World Cup
Gold 2015 Canada Team
Gold 2019 France Team
Pan American Games
Silver 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 6, 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 13, 2022

Alyssa Michele Naeher (born April 20, 1988) is an American soccer goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. She was on the 23-player roster for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. She has also played for the Boston Breakers and Turbine Potsdam. With the Breakers, she won the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Early life

Naeher attended Christian Heritage School, 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.

Penn State University

Naeher attended Penn State from 2006 to 2009, she started 74 games during that span with a record of 50–19–5 with 24 shutouts. She was a First Team All-American in 2007 and 2008 and was named the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

Club career

Boston Breakers (WPS), 2010–2011

Naeher was selected by the Boston Breakers with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer draft, she was the first goalkeeper selected in the 2010 WPS draft. Naeher recorded her first career shutout on August 4, 2010, against the Atlanta Beat. The Breakers finished second in the WPS standings but lost the Super Semifinal to the Philadelphia Independence.

Turbine Potsdam, 2011–2013

After the 2011 WPS season concluded, Naeher transferred to German Bundesliga club Turbine Potsdam. She appeared in 24 matches across all competitions in the 2011/2012 season for Potsdam as they won the 2011–12 Frauen-Bundesliga. Naeher returned to Potsdam for the 2012/2013 season after the 2012 WPS season was suspended.

Boston Breakers, 2013–2015

In May 2013, Naeher signed with the Boston Breakers in the newly formed National Women's Soccer League, returning to the United States after playing two years in Germany.

In the 2014 National Women's Soccer League season Naeher played every minute of the season for Boston and won the Goalkeeper of the Year award as she recorded a record 106 saves in 24 games.

On November 22, 2015, Naeher was traded from the Boston Breakers to the Chicago Red Stars for defender Whitney Engen.

Chicago Red Stars, 2015–present

Naeher had a strong start to the 2016 NWSL season in Chicago 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.

On August 18, 2018, Naeher earned her 100th NWSL cap in a 2–2 draw against the Portland Thorns.

International career

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Alyssa Naeher with the USWNT in June 2016

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. She started and played in all but one game during the tournament. She only conceded one goal throughout the World Cup, which was to North Korea, during the final minutes of the championship game. She was awarded the Golden Glove Award as the best goalkeeper in the tournament.

On December 18, 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. She played the full 90 minutes and earned her first career shutout.

Naeher was on the roster for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada as a backup for Hope Solo, but did not play as Solo played every minute in goal as the United States won the 2015 World Cup.

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 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.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

On May 2, 2019, Naeher was named to the United States roster for the 2019 World Cup; this was her second World Cup. Naeher entered the tournament as the U.S.'s number one goalkeeper. When Naeher started the team's first group game on June 11, it was the first time in over two decades that neither Hope Solo nor Briana Scurry was in goal for the U.S at a World Cup. Naeher recorded three consecutive shutouts in the group stage as the U.S won, 13–0, over Thailand, 3–0 over Chile and 2–0 against 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 three saves and 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 repeating as World Cup champions. Naeher played every minute of the United States' successful 2019 World Cup run.


Naeher won a bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In the quarterfinal match against Netherlands, she made a penalty save in the 81st minute and two additional saves in the penalty shootout to help the team reach semifinals.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Leagues National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boston Breakers 2010 WPS 17 0 17 0
2011 19 0 19 0
Total 36 0 36 0
Turbine Potsdam 2011–12 FRB 17 0 1 0 6 0 24 0
2012–13 22 0 5 0 3 0 30 0
Total 39 0 6 0 9 0 54 0
Boston Breakers 2013 NWSL 9 0 9 0
2014 24 0 24 0
2015 12 0 12 0
Total 45 0 45 0
Chicago Red Stars 2016 NWSL 14 0 14 0
2017 23 0 23 0
2018 23 0 23 0
2019 16 0 16 0
2020 4 0 6 0 10 0
2021 8 0 2 0 10 0
2022 9 0 6 0 15 0
Total 97 0 14 0 111 0
Career Totals 217 0 20 0 9 0 246 0

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 Start 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 Lyon, France 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
2021-07-27 Kashima, Japan Flag of Australia.svg Australia Start 0–0 D Group stage
2021-07-30 Yokohama, Japan Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Start 2–2 (pso 4–2) W Quarter-final
2021-08-02 Kashima, Japan Flag of Canada.svg Canada {{{4}}}.

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0–1 L Semi-final

Personal life

Naeher is the daughter of John and Donna Lynn Naeher. She has a twin sister named Amanda who played soccer for Messiah College and a younger sister named Abigail. She is of German, English, and French Canadian ancestry. Naeher is a Christian.

In popular culture

Video games

Naeher was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16, the first time women players were included in the game.

Ticker tape parade and White House honor

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Naeher and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.



  • FIFA U20 Women's World Cup: 2008
  • FIFA Women's World Cup: 2015, 2019
  • Olympic Bronze Medal: 2020
  • CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2016; 2020
  • SheBelieves Cup: 2016; 2018; 2020, 2021; 2022
  • Tournament of Nations: 2018
  • CONCACAF Women's Championship: 2018; 2022


  • NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year: 2014
  • NWSL Best XI: 2014
  • NWSL Second XI: 2016
  • CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year: 2018
  • CONCACAF Best XI: 2018

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