Becky Sauerbrunn


Date of Birth

Jun 5, 1985




St. Louis, MO


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Career Highlights


2023 NWSL Ally Award winner.... 2022 NWSL Champion... 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup Champion... 2021 WICC Champion... 2021 NWSL Shield... 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019 NWSL Defender of the Year... 2013, 2014, 2016, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 NWSL Best XI... 2014, 2015 NWSL Champion with FC Kansas City.


Started and played 105 minutes in 2023 NWSL Playoffs semifinal on Nov. 5... Made four consecutive starts from Sep. 16-Oct. 15... Started on Sep. 16, logging 45 minutes against OL Reign... Made sub appearance against OL Reign on June 3... Started 14 consecutive matches from July 29, 2022-April 22, 2023.


Started 10 consecutive matches (July 29-Oct. 1) to conclude the regular season...Made her 150th NWSL appearance on Aug. 27 against San Diego...Scored her first goal and added her first assist of the season on June 19 against Orlando...Started five straight matches (May 28-June 19)...Made her season debut against Washington on May 18.


Started and played 90 minutes in six straight matches (Sept. 25-Oct. 30) to conclude the season...Made a late-game substitue appearance against North Carolina on Sept. 12... Returned to the lineup after the Olympics, starting and playing 90 minutes against Gotham FC on Aug. 25...Started seven straight matches (May 15-June 26), logging 90 minutes in six of seven matches...Made her Thorns FC regular-season debut against Chicago on May 16.


Started and played 90 minutes in three matches, including the Champion- ship match against Gotham FC on May 8...Made her 2021 debut against OL Reign on April 21.


Appeared in five games (4 starts) across all competitions...Played in all four games, making three starts during the NWSL Fall Series...Started and played 90 minutes against OL Reign on Oct. 10...Started and logged 69 minutes against Utah on Oct. 3...Made her first start at Providence Park, logging 45 minutes against OL Reign on Sept. 30...Made her Thorns FC home debut, logging 28 minutes as a substitute against Utah on Sept. 20 in the Fall Series...Made her Thorns FC debut, starting and playing 90 minutes against North Carolina in the Challenge Cup on June 27.


Appeared in 14 matches, contributing to six clean sheets... Tallied one goal... NWSL Defender of the Year... NWSL Best XI... NWSL Team of the Month (April)... NWSL Goal of the Week (Week 19)... Named club’s 2019 Defender of the Year.


Named team captain for Utah… Started in 19 of her 20 appearances... NWSL Team of the Month (March, April, May, and June)... Named the club’s 2018 MVP and Co-Defender of the Year... Was also nominated for the NWSL’s Defender of the Year.


Named team captain for fifth straight season... Started in all 22 games played, registering a full 90 minutes in every match... Scored one goal against the Washington spirit on May 28... Fourth in the league for completed passes (1176)... Tallied one goal and two assists.


Named team captain for fourth straight season... Played and started in 14 games... Scored against the Houston Dash on June 19... NWSL Best XI for 4th straight season... Nominated for NWSL Defender of the Year.


Captained FCKC to its second consecutive NWSL title... NWSL Defender of the Year... Won the award despite playing in just 11 matches due to WWC commitments, but played every minute of those games (990 minutes), including five of the Blues’ league-high nine shutouts...NWSL Best XI... Allowed just 20 goals and four in 10 matches at home.


NWSL Defender of the Year... Helped FC Kansas City win its first NWSL title after the team defeated Seattle 2-1 in the NWSL Championship Game... NWSL Best XI... Played every minute of 22 starts for FCKC during the regular season.


Played every minute of all 19 games she started in helping her club to a second place finish and a playoff berth... Defender of the Year... NWSL Best XI... At this point in her career, she had yet to come out of a professional game in which she had started, playing every minute, spanning three WPS seasons and one NWSL season (and missed just 10 minutes in her college career).


Played in 13 regular season games for magicJack, tied for most WPS matches played by a U.S. WNT player, while playing all 1,170 minutes (most by a WNT player)... Also played all 180 minutes over magicJack’s two playoff games.


She started all 24 matches and picked one up assist in her second season with the Freedom... Played all 120 minutes in playoff match against Philadelphia.


Played for Røa IL in the first division women’s league in Norway... Toppserien Champion... Selected by the Washington Freedom No. 3 overall in the 2008 WPS General Draft ahead of the inaugural season... Started all 20 games and scored one goal, a spectacular header for the Freedom’s first WPS goal.


Has earned 212 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team.


Appeared in 13 matches (9 starts)... Started the final and the semis at Concacaf W Championship, helping the USWNT qualify for the 2024 Olympics and 2023 World Cup... Earned her 200th career cap on Feb. 17 against the Czech Republic.


Appeared in 21 matches (17 starts)... Won the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, starting and playing 90 minutes against Australia in the match... Logged 90 minutes in the semifinals against Canada on Aug. 3... Played all 120 minutes in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands on July 30... Started and played in two of the three group matches in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Started three of five matches during the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament... Started and played 90 minutes in the semifinal match of the Olympic qualifying tournament against Mexico on Feb. 7 to secure a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics.


A member of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions, she was a starter in her second consecutive World Cup, playing every minute of all six games in which she appeared... Missed the opening match due to a minor injury, but then played every minute (540) thereafter to lead a defense that allowed just three goals in the tournament... Showed her remarkable consistency once again, playing in 22 games with 21 starts and 1,785 minutes which was second most on the team.


Missed a few games at the start of the year as she recovered from a foot injury, but once she returned she started 12 of the 14 games in which she played and played more than 1,000 minutes (1,109) for the sixth time in her WNT career making her one of 16 players in U.S. history to have six or more years of playing 1,000 or more minutes... Named to the year-end Concacaf Women’s Best XI for the fourth consecutive year.


In her fourth consecutive year as a consistent starter, she was one of two players to start all 16 matches and led the team in minutes played with 1,350... Picked up one assist to up her career total to six... Named to the CONCACAF Best XI for the third consecutive year.


Played in more than 20 matches for the third consecutive year and fourth time in her career... Started all 23 matches she played in and led the team in minutes played with 1,897... Picked up three assists, more than doubling her career total coming into the year... Had an important assist on the game-winning goal to Lindsey Horan in the championship of Olympic qualifying... Became the fifth most-capped player in U.S. history who has played exclusively in the back... Played every minute of four matches at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship and earned a spot on her second Olympic Team... At the Olympics, she played every minute of all four matches.


A member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions, she had a spectacular tournament in her second World Cup marshaling the defense while playing every minute of all seven games... She was the only player to start 25 matches for the U.S. this year and led the team in minutes played with 2,184, both career highs... Helped the USA win its 10th Algarve Cup title in Portugal... Named to the CONCACAF Best XI... Posted to become the 35th female player to earn 100 caps for the USA early in 2016.


Played in 22 games, logging career-highs to date in minutes played (1,757) and games started (20)... Member of the team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as she played every minute of three matches to help the USA book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup... Became the 46th female U.S. player to play 50 more games when she started the first game of the year against Canada in Frisco, Texas, and had the assist on the game-winning goal.


Was a consistent starter at center-back, getting the nod in 10 of the 12 games she played... Played 940 minutes, third most on the team.


Saw the most action of her National Team career to date, playing 1,255 minutes over 22 games while making nine starts... Played both center back and at outside back during the year... Made her first Olympic Team and played in three matches off the bench... Only played 38 total minutes, but was a key sub coming on during crunch time in both the semifinal and the final to help seal those victories and the Olympic gold medal... Started and played every minute of three matches at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada.


Had her best year yet for the National Team, playing in 12 games while starting eight and made her first Women’s World Cup roster at the senior level... Played in just one match in Germany but had a stellar game while playing all 90 minutes during the semifinal victory against France, stepping up in a big way to replace the suspended Rachel Buehler.


Played in five matches, starting three, and made the roster for the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, playing in one match... Was called into a training camp prior to the qualifying roster being named due to an injury to another player and ended up making the roster and solidifying her place in the national team pool.

Youth National Teams

Played for the U.S. U-21s/U-23s in 2007 and 2008, winning Nordic Cup titles in both years... Co-captain of Nordic Cup champion U-23s in 2008... Was a starter and co-captain for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, playing every minute of all six games... Completed her U-19 career with 25 caps... Member of U.S. U-16s and U-17s from 2000-02... Attended the U.S. U-14 I.D. camp in 1999.

COLLEGE (Virginia)

First Team NSCAA All-American... First Team All-ACC... NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year... ACC Player of the Year.


Second Team NSCAA All-American... First Team All-ACC.


Second Team All-ACC... ACC All-Academic Team.


Redshirted due to 2004 U-20 World Cup.


First Team NSCAA All-American... Second Team All-ACC... All-ACC Freshman team... ACC Freshman of the Year.



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