Jessica McDonald

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: Tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal, in a 3-1 win over FC Kansas City April 26 ... Featured in a second consecutive match April 19, playing 83 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Sky Blue FC ... Made her Thorns FC debut and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 road win at Houston on April 12 ... Was credited with the assist on a throw-in that led to Allie Long's game-winning goal in the 24th minute.

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.