Meghan Klingenberg on the title match and why she plays
The Thorns defender opened up on the Talk Timbers podcast ahead of the NWSL 2022 Championship final on Saturday, October 29.
Acquired: Trade with Orlando, November 2, 2015
HONORS: 2022, 2017 NWSL Champion...2016, 2021 NWSL Shield Winner...2017, 2021 NWSL Second XI...2021 NWSL Challenge Cup Champion...2021 WICC Champion.
2022: Appeared in 15 matches (14 starts), tallying two assists during the regular season...Started in both the NWSL Championship on Oct. 29 against Kansas City and the semifinal against San Diego on Oct. 23...Started six consecutive matches (Aug. 27-Oct. 1) to end the regular season...Recorded her second assist of the season on July 10 against OL Reign...Made a substitute appearance on May 28 against Chicago...Started three straight matches to begin the season (April 30-May 18)...Made her 100th regular season start with Thorns FC, tallying her 16th career assist (2nd most in club history) on April 30 against Kansas City.
2022 Challenge Cup: Started and played 90 minutes against San Diego on April 17 and Angel City on April 24...Made a substitute appearance against OL Reign on April 2...Started and played 83 minutes on March 26 against San Diego...Started and played all 90 minutes against OL Reign on March 18.
2021: Started six consecutive matches (Sept. 25-Oct. 30) to conclude the regular season... Made her 100th appearance for Thorns FC against Houston on Oct. 17...Made 12 consecutive starts (May 30-Aug. 25)...Tallied her team-leading third assist on Aug.14 against Orlando... Recorded her second assist on July 18 against Orlando...Has appeared in all 10 matches, re- cording nine starts...Recorded her first regular-season assist on May 30 against Gotham FC, starting and playing 90 minutes...Appeared as a sub against Orlando on May 26...Started for a second straight match, logging 77 minutes against OL Reign on May 23...Made her 100th career NWSL regular-season appearance, starting and playing 82 minutes against Chicago on May 16.
2021 Challenge Cup: One of four players to start and play in all five matches... Started, logging 90 minutes in the Challenge Cup Championship against Gotham FC on May 8...Started and played 73 minutes, logging an assist against KC NWSL on April 9.
2020: Appeared in nine games (9 starts) across all competitions...Started and played 90 minutes in three matches during the NWSL Fall Series, recording one assist...Started and played 90 minutes against OL Reign on Oct. 10 and Sept. 30...Recorded an assist, starting and logging 90 minutes against Utah on Sept. 20 in the Fall Series...One of two players to start all six matches in the tournament...Recorded her first assist of the tournament on July 5 against Washington.
2019: One of two players to appear in 23 matches this season, making her 23rd start on Oct. 12 against Washington...Started 16 consecutive matches (April 14-Aug. 7)...Registered her fourth assist of the season on July 14 against Orlando...Recorded her third assist of the season against Chicago on June 2...Named to the NWSL Team of the Month for April...Recorded her first career multi-assist game on April 20 against Chicago...Surpassed 5,000 career minutes played for Thorns FC against Orlando on April 14.
2018: Started and played in 20 games during the regular season, tallying two assists...Started both NWSL playoff games...Recorded her second assist of the season on May 25 against Utah...Tallied her first assist of the season on May 5 against Seattle
2017: Named to the NWSL Second XI...Led the team with six assists during the regular season, ranking among the top five in the NWSL...Appeared in 23 matches (22 starts), logging 1,935 minutes...Started both NWSL playoff matches, logging 180 minutes...Tallied her seventh assist of the season, first of her NWSL playoff career, against Orlando on Oct. 7...Started 20 straight matches to conclude the regular season...Tied for second in the NWSL with six assists...Recorded her fifth assist of the season, her second game-winning assist of the campaign, against Houston on Aug. 15...Tallied her fourth assist on the game-winning goal against Chicago on Aug. 12...Registered her second assist of the season against Sky Blue FC on June 3...Recorded her first Thorns FC assist on May 6 against Seattle.
2016: Appeared in 14 matches (all starts) in her first season with Thorns FC ... Made her Thorns FC debut, starting and logging 90 minutes against Orlando on April 17.
2015: Appeared in 12 matches for the Houston Dash.
2014: Selected by the Dash in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft and arrived midseason after the conclusion of her time with Swedish club Tyresö.
2012-14: Guided Tyresö to a runner-up finish in the 2013-14 UEFA Women’s Champions League, falling 4-3 in the final to VfL Wolfsburg.
2011: The third-overall selection in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft by magicJack...Appeared in two games before she was acquired by the Boston Breakers in a trade...Played in 10 matches, registering one goal and two assists in her first professional season with the Breakers.
Has earned 74 caps, tallying three goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
2017: Made two starts against Sweden (June 8) and Norway (June 11)...Returned to the starting lineup, appearing in a pair of friendlies against Russia on April 6 and 9...Named to the short list for the 2016 FIFPro World Best XI...Called into USWNT camp ahead of the SheBelieves Cup.
2016: Made 20 appearances (18 starts), tallying four assists...Named to her first Olympic roster for the 2016 Olympics, starting and playing in three matches in the tournament...Named to the FIFPro Women’s World XI...Helped the USWNT win the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and earn a berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2015: Named to the FIFPro Women’s World XI...A member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions in her first World Cup tournament, she played every minute of all seven games…Named to the FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team...Played in all 26 games for the WNT in 2015, starting 23 games...Scored her first goal of 2015, and second of her international career, on a spectacular shot from outside the penalty area in a 4-0 victory against New Zealand on April 4... Appeared in all four matches, starting three to help the U.S. claim the Algarve Cup title...Scored the third goal of her career against Costa Rica in her home town of Pittsburgh on Aug. 16…Assisted on the equalizing goal against Brazil during the Victory Tour on October 21.
2014: Started 17 of 18 games played…Was fifth on the team for field players in minutes played with 1,325…Notched her first international goal at the senior level with a golazo, long-distance strike against Haiti during World Cup Qualifying.
2013: Played in four matches, starting three, but missed several games due to a foot injury.
2012: Did not play in a match for the USWNT, but was named an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Team.
2011: Earned her first call-up for a training camp in January of 2011, and she earned a spot on the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China…Earned her first two caps at the Four Nations Tournament, playing against Canada and China.
Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in 2009 and 2010…A key member of the USA’s 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champions…Played every minute of her five starts in the tournament including all 90 during the World Cup Final victory against Korea DPR…Ended her U-20 career with 16 caps and one goal, that scored against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament…She played every minute of all five matches at the U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament…Played for the USA at the U-17 and U-16 levels in 2005 and 2004.
COLLEGE (North Carolina)
2010: Started and played in 24 matches...Tallied six goals and 11 assists...Second-team All-America selection by NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer...First-team All-ACC selection...Tapped for 2010-11 ACC Academic Honor Roll...NSCAA first-team All-Southeast Region...Finished fourth on the team in points with 23 and second in assists with 11...Had game-winning goal in 3-0 win over Texas A&M, scoring less than three minutes into the match...Scored game-tying goal in last minute of first half as Tar Heels rallied for a 2-1 win over Virginia Tech...Scored the game-tying goal with less than three minutes to play in 1-1 tie with Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament semifinals...Had season-high five points versus Middle Tennessee with two goals and an assist...Had a goal and an assist in wins over Texas A&M and Jackson State...Assisted on two goals against Tennessee and James Madison.
2009: Played in 26 games, starting 23 matches... Scored five goals and added an assist...Assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over UNC Greensboro...Scored goals against Notre Dame, NC State and Florida State (game-tying goal in regular-season meeting)...Scored against Georgia in the NCAA second round on a penalty kick...Scored the game-winning goal in a 5-2 triumph over Wake Forest in the NCAA quarterfinals.
2008: Played in 20 games, making eight starts...Missed the last six games of the season as she was playing with the U.S. U20 National Team which won the World Championship in Chile...Was named to the ACC All-Academic Women’s Soccer Team...Was also tapped for the 2008-09 ACC Honor Roll...Finished tied for second on the team with nine assists...Also scored two goals and finished with 13 points on the year...Scored her goals in back-to-back games in the Duke adidas Classic against Georgia and Fordham...Had two assists in the season opener against Charlotte...Assisted on two goals in the regular-season 3-2 win over Boston College...Was named to the All-Tournament Team at the ACC Tournament...Assisted on Tobin Heath’s game-winning goal in the 1-0 ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Miami...Also assisted on both goals in the 2-0 ACC Tournament semifinal victory over Boston College.
2007: Appeared in 24 matches (10 starts)...Recorded five goals and three assists...Earned Freshman All-ACC honors...Soccer America first-team All-Freshman selection...Named by Top Drawer Soccer to its first-team All-Rookie Squad...Soccer Buzz fourth-team freshman All-America Team choice...All-ACC Academic Team selection ...Had golden goals in ACC road wins against Boston College in double over-time and versus Florida State in overtime...Picked up her first collegiate goal against Texas A&M, opening the scoring in a 2-1 victory...Also had goals against Virginia Tech and High Point...Recorded assists against Ohio State, against Clemson in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals and on the game-winning goal in the ACC Tournament championship game against Florida State...Soccer Buzz first-team freshman All-Southeast Region choice.