Rachel Van Hollebeke

Number: 16
Position: Defender
Height: 5-5
Born: Aug. 26, 1985, in La Jolla, Calif.
Hometown: Del Mar, Calif.
College: Stanford
Last Club: Boston Breakers (WPS)



A standout defender for the U.S. Women's National Team, Buehler was allocated to Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013.

2013: Named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team ... Named the Thorns FC Defender of the Year ... Started and played the full 90 minutes in 20 of the team's 22 regular-season games, finishing the year with two assists ... Recorded an assist on July 21 in a 2-1 win at Boston ... Added a second assist on Aug. 4 in a 3-2 loss against FC Kansas City in Portland's regular-season home finale ... Started both NWSL playoff games en route to winning the inaugural NWSL championship ... Missed matches on June 1 and June 16 due to U.S. Women's National Team duty.

U.S. National Team
2013: Earned her 100th international cap and scored a goal on March 6 in a 3-0 win over Iceland at the Algarve Cup in Portugal ... Scored two goals in 10 games during the 2013 calendar year ... 2012: A stalwart defender, Buehler appeared in 31 of the team’s 32 matches (26 starts), registering one goal and a career-high four assists in the process … Played all but 35 minutes of the team’s campaign to a fourth gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics … Scored her only goal of the year on Jan. 20 in a 14-0 rout of the Dominican Republic in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying … 2011: Played in 19 of the team’s 20 matches, starting 18 games ... Missed the 2011 Women’s World Cup semifinal after being issued a controversial red card in the quarterfinal against Brazil … Scored her first ever World Cup goal in a 2-0 victory against Korea DPR in the opening match of the tournament … Was second on the team in minutes played (1,608) … 2010: Became a starter for the national team, starting 17 games and playing 1,474 minutes  … Was named team co-captain … Scored her first career goal against Haiti in a 5-0 win during CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying … 2009: Appeared in all eight matches (5 starts) and surpassed 30 caps for her career … 2008: Was named to her first senior national team roster and debuted for the team in March at the Algarve Cup in Portugal against China … Earned a spot on the 2008 Beijing Olympics roster … Played in two matches at the Olympics as the U.S. won the gold medal … 2007: Attended several National Team camps … 2006: Received her first call-up to training camp with the full team in July … Youth National Teams: Earned valuable experience with the U.S. Under-21 and Under-19 teams … Was a starter for the USA in two FIFA youth world championships (2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand and the 2002 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada) … Sustained a torn ACL at the start of  the 2002 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada … Missed the 2003 season while recovering from knee surgery after sustaining a second torn ACL after rehabbing her first injury … Also played with the Under-17 and Under-16 National Teams.

2011: Signed with the Boston Breakers and appeared in 10 matches, all starts, playing 895 minutes … Helped lift the Breakers into the WPS playoffs … 2010: Played in 22 matches (all starts) for FC Gold Pride, aiding in the team’s run to the league championship … Named a WPS All-Star Game starter and selected to the WPS Best XI … 2009: Allocated to FC Gold Pride for the inaugural WPS season … Started 17 matches and was a key piece of the back line.

Following the completion of her career at Stanford, Buehler was named as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award … She was a three-year captain for the Cardinal … Selected as an NSCAA First-Team All-American Scholar Athlete in 2007 … As a redshirt junior in 2006, she was one of just four Cardinal players to start all 23 games … Garnered Second Team All Pac-10 honors as a redshirt sophomore in 2005.

Her father, Donald, is a heart surgeon and was a member of Stanford’s water polo and wrestling teams … Buehler graduated pre-med with a degree in human biology … Took her medical school entrance exams in July of 2008 and aspires to be in the medical field following the conclusion of her soccer career … She is one of 27 Buehlers to have attended Stanford … Was married to her boyfriend Bobby in November of 2012 … Loves to hike and be in nature … When she has free time, she likes to volunteer at local schools, children’s hospitals and volunteers her time with senior citizens.