Jessica McDonald

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Position: Forward
Height: 6-0
Born: Feb. 28, 1988, in in Phoenix, Ariz.
Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.
College: University of North Carolina
Last Club: Seattle Reign (NWSL)

 

 

A versatile forward, McDonald joined Thorns FC on Nov. 27, 2013 via a trade with Seattle Reign FC.

2014: One of two Thorns FC players to appear in all 24 regular-season matches (13 starts) ... Named to the NWSL Second XI ... Thorns FC's Golden Boot winner with 11 goals ... Ranked tied for third in the NWSL in goals, setting a Thorns FC single-season record ... Scored a pair of braces (April 26 against FC Kansas City, June 21 at Washington) ... Registered the fastest goal in NWSL history (33 seconds) on the road against the Chicago Red Stars on July 17... Scored a goal in consecutive matches on three occasions this season (May 14-21; April 26-May 3; July 17-20) ... Made her Thorns FC debut and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 road win at Houston on April 12.

2013: Recorded three goals and two assists in 16 appearances (9 starts) during the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season playing for the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC ... Made nine appearances (3 starts) for the Red Stars, recording one assist before being waived on June 28 ... Signed with Seattle Reign FC for the remainder of the regular season ... Appeared in seven games (6 starts) for Seattle, logging three goals and one assist ... 2012-13: Started all 13 of her appearances for Australian W-League side Melbourne Victory, helping lead the team to the 2013 Grand Final against Sydney FC ... 2010: Was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft by the Chicago Red Stars ... Made five appearances in her first professional season.

INTERNATIONAL: Has made appearances for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 U.S. Women’s National Teams ... Helped the U-20 Women’s National Team qualify for the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup, scoring a goal in 4-0 win over Costa Rica in the semifinals of CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying in Puebla, Mexico.

COLLEGE: Was the second-leading scorer for North Carolina as a junior in 2009, recording nine goals and six assists as the Tar Heels won their second consecutive NCAA title ... Played a key role in the Tar Heels’ 2008 National Championship, recording five goals and 10 assists in 21 games during her sophomore season in Chapel Hill ... Attended Phoenix College for two years before transferring to UNC ... A member of the honors program at Phoenix College ... Played soccer, basketball and track as a freshman... As a sophomore she played basketball and track to allow her to have three years of eligibility at North Carolina.

PERSONAL: Older brother is Brandon McDonald, a former defender for the LA Galaxy (2008), San Jose Earthquakes (2009-11), D.C. United (2011-13) and Real Salt Lake (2013) ... Husband, Courtney, played football at West Virginia University ... Has a son named Jeremiah.