Tina Ellertson


Number: 24
Position: Defender
Height: 5-9
Born: May 20, 1982, in Vancouver, Wash.
Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
College: University of Washington
Club: Not With Team



An athletic defender, Pacific Northwest native and a veteran of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Ellertson was Portland’s eighth overall pick in the NWSL Supplemental Draft on Feb. 7, 2013 and joined the team at the roster freeze deadline on July 31, 2013.

2013: Signed with the team at the July 31 roster freeze deadline and proceeded to make three regular-season appearances ... Earned playing time in both NWSL playoff games, including coming on as defensive support in the NWSL Championship following a red-card ejection to defender Kat Williamson ... Played the final 27 minutes of the title game, helping the club earn a 2-0 win ... Made her team debut on Aug. 7, entering as an 86th-minute substitute in a 2-1 loss at Boston.

Called into U.S. Women’s National Team training camp from Jan. 20-Feb. 4 … Was converted from a defender back into a forward by U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage … 2008: Appeared in four matches (3 starts) with the U.S. Women’s National Team … Scored her first international goal, the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against China PR on Dec. 13, 2008 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. … The 61st-minute goal, which came in the penultimate match of Ellertson’s WNT career, was assisted by forward Amy Rodriguez … Played her final match for the United States on Dec. 17, 2008 against China PR at Ford Field in Detroit … Started and played 42 minutes before exiting the game with a hamstring injury … 2007: Was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China … Made three appearances during the tournament, including playing the second half of the team’s 4-1 win against Norway in the third-place game … Started and played 34 minutes of a 4-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 17, 2007 at PGE Park (JELD-WEN Field) in Portland … Appeared in 13 matches (5 starts) for the United States in 2007 … 2006: Accumulated a career-high 14 appearances (10 starts) for the United States … Helped the team win the Four Nations tournament in China, starting and playing 90 minutes in the 2-0 championship win against China PR … 2005: Earned her first cap on July 10, 2005, in a 7-0 win against Ukraine at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland … Entered the match as a 55th-minute substitute for full back Heather Mitts … Made three appearances for the United States in 2005, playing 171 minutes. 

2011: Signed with magicJack in 2011 and played 18 games (17 starts) during the season … Helped lead the team to the semifinals of the WPS playoffs … 2010: Played five matches (5 starts) for St. Louis Athletica before the team folded operations midseason … Transferred to the Atlanta Beat in 2010 and appeared in 16 games for the club, scoring two goals … 2009: Was one of three U.S. Women’s National Team players allocated to St. Louis Athletica for the inaugural 2009 WPS season … Started 21 matches for St. Louis as a defender, leading the club in minutes played with 1,838 … Was named to the 2009 WPS All-Star starting lineup and helped lead the team to a 4-2 win against Umeå IK from Sweden at Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.

Finished a four-year career at the University of Washington as the program’s career leader in goals (43) and points (99) … Was a two-time Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year (2003, 2004) … Led the Pac-10 Conference in goals as a junior (13) and senior (16) ... The only two-time conference Player of the Year in Pac-10 women's soccer history … Washington's school record holder in career game-winning goals (18), points (99) and shots (231) ... Netted two hat tricks during her career and registered 13 multiple-goal games.

Maiden name is Tina Frimpong … Originally committed to play soccer at Santa Clara University, but had to change plans after giving birth to her daughter MacKenzie in 2000 … Walked onto the University of Washington team in 2001 … Is a mother of two girls, MacKenzie and Mya (born in 2007) … Twin sister, Crystal, played collegiately at the University of Florida … Mother is Nigerian, father is Ghanaian … Was contacted by the Ghana soccer federation to play for the national team at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but declined due to college commitments.