Women’s History Month “Alyssa Naeher”
Alyssa Michele Naeher (born April 20, 1988) is an American soccer goalkeeper who plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL and the United States national team. She was a member of the United States’ 23-player squad for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and she will be the starting goalkeeper for the United States at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. She’s also had stints with the Boston Breakers and Turbine Potsdam. She won the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year title with the Breakers.
Naeher was named to the United States roster for the 2019 World Cup on May 2, 2019, her second World Cup appearance. Naeher entered the tournament as the United States’ number one goalkeeper. It was the first time in over two decades that neither Hope Solo nor Briana Scurry had started a World Cup game for the United States. Naeher recorded three consecutive shutouts in the group stage as the United States 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 to a 2–1 victory against the host nation. In the semifinals, Naeher made three saves and stopped Steph Houghton’s penalty kick in the 83rd minute to help the US to a 2–1 victory over England. Naeher was a key member of the United States’ World Cup-winning team in 2019.
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
NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year: 2014
NWSL Best XI: 2014
NWSL Second XI: 2016
CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year: 2018
CONCACAF Best XI: 2018