5 quick questions with Janine Beckie
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Thorns FC acquired Janine Beckie’s rights via a trade with Racing Louisville FC in exchange for $75,000 in allocation money. Louisville will receive an additional $25,000 in allocation money conditioned upon Portland and Beckie’s performance during the 2022 season.Following the trade with Louisville, Thorns FC completed a transfer with Manchester City in exchange for allocation money and signed her to a contract with the club. She will join the team in Portland and be added to the roster pending the receipt of her International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Beckie has made 86 appearances at the international level (72 starts), tallying 34 goals and 12 assists for Canada. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native helped guide Canada to gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and a bronze medal in 2016, while also featuring at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Beckie started all six Tokyo Olympic matches for Canada, recording two goals on July 24, 2021, to secure a 2-1 over Chile. She made her senior Olympic debut in the Rio 2016 Olympics, scoring 20 seconds into her first appearance against Australia and recording the fastest goal in Olympic history at the time. Throughout the 2016 tournament, she netted three goals to help Canada earn bronze.
In four seasons with Manchester City (2018-22), Beckie appeared in 84 matches across all competitions, logging 21 goals. She helped Manchester City win two FA Cup titles (2019, 2020) and two League Cup titles (2019, 2022). In 10 Champions League appearances, Beckie scored six goals.
She was drafted eighth overall out of Texas Tech University in the 2016 NWSL Draft by the Houston Dash. In two seasons with the Dash (2016-17), Beckie made 38 appearances (32 starts), registering five goals and three assists. Notably, she scored in her professional debut on April 16, 2016, against the Chicago Red Stars. Beckie was traded to Sky Blue FC in 2018, where she played 15 games, starting 11, before transferring to Manchester City.
During her collegiate career at Texas Tech (2012-15), Beckie set several program records for the Raiders, including career goals (57), game-winning goals (22) and points (130). Beckie helped the Red Raiders to NCAA playoff berths all four seasons, making it to the round of 32 three times and to the Sweet 16 in 2014.
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