Emilee O'Neil

Number: 4
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Height: 5-7
Born: March 26, 1983, in Atlanta, Ga.
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
College: Stanford
Last Club: Bay Area Breeze (WPSL)



A versatile midfielder/defender, Emilee O'Neil signed with Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural National Women's Soccer League season as a Discovery Player on April 5, 2013

2013: Made four appearances (1 start) during the 2013 season, while missing time due to calf and hamstring injuries ... Logged 18 minutes as a substitute in a 3-3 draw against Chicago on July 28 ... Earned her first professional start, playing 63 minutes at right back in a scoreless draw against Sky Blue FC on June 22 ... Logged 30 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 win over Seattle on June 16 ... Made her Thorns FC and professional debut as a 62nd-minute substitute at left back in a season-opening 1-1 draw at FC Kansas City on April 13.

2012: Appeared in 15 matches for the Bay Area Breeze during the 2012 WPSL season.

A four-year letterwinner for Stanford University from 2001-04, O’Neil appeared in 44 matches for the Cardinal including a career-best 20 games as a senior in 2004 ... Started 10 of the team’s last 11 matches of the 2004 season ... Scored the first goal of her collegiate career against Arizona State in 2004 ... Made a career-high 11 starts as a junior, helping the Stanford defense post seven shutouts ... Reached the NCAA Tournament all four years during her career, including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2002 where top-ranked Stanford suffered a penalty kick loss to eventual champions University of Portland.

Stepped away from soccer after graduating from Stanford, but resumed competitive play in 2012 with the Bay Area Breeze (WPSL) ... Maiden name is Emilee Shim ... Married husband Michael O’Neil in 2009 ... Husband competes in half Ironman triathlons with his team “Every Man Jack” ... Loves backpacking and traveling ... Lived for six months in Kenya working for a nonprofit called HopeRuns ... Spent a month backpacking with  the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and was a backpacking guide for a summer in Colorado for Young Life ... Received her NSCAA National Diploma for coaching ... Has been a youth soccer coach since graduating from Stanford ... Recently coached a NorCal Premier U-14 team in Palo Alto, Calif.