Professional Athlete of the Week: Soccer Player Julie Johnston

Currently a defender for the National Women’s Soccer League Chicago Red Stars, Julie Johnston has already begun to make her mark on the sport at 24 years old. Once considered a fringe player, Johnston has proven that she came to play and made others take notice.

As U.S. Soccer reports, she was a finalist for 2015 NWSL Defender of the Year and was named the 2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year, after being drafted as the third overall pick in the 2013 draft.

As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team, Johnston was on the American squad that won the 2015 World Cup in Canada, during which she played every minute of every game. That same year, she scored her first goal for the USWNT at the Algarve Cup; her first senior cap with the national team was in 2013. Johnston currently has 42 caps and 8 goals with the team.

On the youth national level Johnston played well, earning the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year award, among other notable achievements that included being the captain of the team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, according to U.S. Soccer.

Johnston is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where she was a First Team All-American, WCC Player of the Year, and a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Semi-Finalist twice, among other college career highlights.

by Mariela S.M.

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