Player Details


Margaret Purce


5' 5"

Date of Birth

9.18.1995 (28)


Olney, Md. United States


2023 MLS Regular Season
2023 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

2019: Played in 22 games, making 19 starts...Finished the regular season ranked in the top ten in goals (8 goals)...Recorded one assist...Made an appearance as a second-half substitute in the NWSL semifinals against the Chicago Red Stars on Oct. 20...Appeared in her 22nd game of the season on Oct. 12 against Washington...Made her 21st appearance of the season, including her 16th start, on Sept. 29 against Reign FC...Named NWSL Player of the Week for Week 19, increasing her season total to eight goals with her second career brace on Aug. 25 against Chicago...Recorded her first career assist for Thorns FC on July 24 against Houston...Scored her sixth goal of the season, which ranks third in the NWSL, on July 14 against Orlando...Named to the NWSL Team of the Month for June...Has made eight appearances (4 starts), tallying five goals...Recorded her fifth goal of the season against Houston on June 29...Her five goals rank tied for second in the NWSL...Scored for a third straight match, recording her fourth goal of the season on the road against North Carolina on June 15...Tallied her first career brace, and her first goal at Providence Park, on June 2 against Chicago...Scored her first goal for Thorns FC, the game-winner, on May 25 against Sky Blue FC...Made three straight appearances as a substitute (April 20-May 11)...Made her season debut as a second-half substitute against Chicago on April 20. 

2018: Played in 19 games, making 15 starts during the regular season...Appeared in her first NWSL playoff game against Seattle on Sept. 15...Made her 15th start and 19th appearance of the season against Seattle on Sept. 7...Returned to the starting lineup, playing 45 minutes against Utah on July 6...Logged 17 minutes as a substitute after returning from injury on June 30 against Seattle...Started 11 straight matches (March 24-May 30)...Started and played 89 minutes on the road against Chicago on March 31...Made her Thorns FC debut, starting and playing 90 minutes, against the North Carolina Courage on March 24. 

2017: The ninth pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers...Appeared in 22 matches (13 starts) during her rookie season...Tallied a goal and two assists in her first season...Made her professional debut on April 16 against FC Kansas City...Scored her first professional goal on July 1, the game-winner, against the Washington Spirit.


Started and earned her first international cap on Nov. 11 against Costa Rica.

2018: Earned her second call up to the national team during June 2018 FIFA dates.

2017: Called into the senior U.S. Women's National Team camp in July 2017.

Youth International: Member of the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team...Scored a goal for the U.S. U-23s in a 2-0 win over Japan at a tournament in La Manga, Spain in March 2017...Played for the USA at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, seeing action in one match… Was the first player from an Ivy League school to represent the USA in a FIFA Women’s World  Cup…A member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala and qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, she played in three games, starting all three…Was the USA’s second leading scorer in CONCACAF qualifying with three goals, all coming against the Bahamas …Attended one training camp with the U.S. U-15s in 2011 and that earned her a first call-up to the U-17s.

College (Harvard)
2016: Earned first team All-America honors...A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy...Named Ivy League Player of the Year...Named first team All-Ivy League...Started all 17 games for Harvard, tallying 12 goals and four assists.

2015: Named All-Ivy League first team and NSCAA Mid-Atlantic region second team...Named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List...Appeared in 16 games (14 starts)...Recorded nine goals and two assists.

2014: Earned NSCAA Mid-Atlantic first team honors...A first team All-Ivy League selection...Appeared in 18 games (16 starts)...Tallied 10 goals and two assists. 

2013: Appeared in 18 games (16 starts), tallying 11 goals and four assists...A third team All-America selection...Named Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year...Named first team All-Ivy.