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Alanna Kennedy

Alanna Kennedy
Alanna Kennedy WSW.jpg
Kennedy greets Western Sydney Wanderers' fans
Personal information
Full name Alanna Stephanie Kennedy
Date of birth (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Campbelltown, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Orlando Pride
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010-2011 Sydney FC 3 (0)
2011-2012 Newcastle Jets 9 (1)
2012-2013 Sydney FC 12 (3)
2013-2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 9 (0)
2014-2015 Perth Glory 13 (3)
2015-2017 Sydney FC 24 (3)
2016 Western New York Flash 17 (0)
2017- Orlando Pride 60 (8)
2017-2018 Melbourne City 14 (1)
2018-2020 Sydney FC 21 (3)
National team?
2008-2009 Australia U-17 10 (6)
2011-2014 Australia U-20 3 (0)
2012- Australia 87 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2020
? National team caps and goals correct as of 11 March 2020

Alanna Stephanie Kennedy (born 21 January 1995) is an Australian professional soccer player who currently plays for the Australia women's national soccer team and Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[2] Kennedy is recognized as being a versatile, technical player and is a right footed free kick specialist.[3] Known on the international level as a centre back, Kennedy is also able to play as a midfielder.[4]

Club career

Andi Sullivan & Alanna Kennedy fight for the ball in a match between Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride on 23 June 2018

Kennedy started her W-league career playing for Sydney FC in the 2010-11 season, where she featured in 3 games. The following year, Kennedy switched clubs and joined the Newcastle Jets in the 2011-12 W-League before returning to Sydney FC in the 2012-13 season. For the 2013-14 season, she joined city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers.[5] and in the 2014 season she joined Perth Glory.[6] In 2015, she returned to Sydney FC and would remain there the following 2 seasons. In 2016, Kennedy signed with the Western New York Flash in the National Women's Soccer League. She appeared in 17 games for the Flash in 2016. Kennedy played every minute of Western New York's two playoff games, as the Flash won the 2016 NWSL Championship.[7]

On 19 January 2017 Kennedy was traded to the Orlando Pride in exchange for midfielder Sam Witteman.[8] She appeared in every game for the Pride in 2017. In the final game of the regular season on 30 September, Kennedy scored the game-winning goal on a free kick in stoppage time. This win allowed Orlando to finish the regular season in 3rd place and qualify for the playoffs for the first time in club history.[9] In the semi-final, Kennedy scored again but Orlando lost 4-1 to the Portland Thorns.

Kennedy joined Melbourne City on loan for the 2017-18 W-League season.[10] During the 2017-2018 season, Kennedy was named to the Westfield W-League's "Team of the Decade", which was composed of the best XI players to ever play in the W-League, as voted for by the fans.[11]

In the 2018 NWSL Season, Kennedy appeared in 20 games and scored 2 goals; however, Orlando could not duplicate their success in 2017 and finished in a disappointing seventh place.[12]

After spending one season at Melbourne City, Kennedy signed with Sydney FC for the 2018-19 W-League season, returning to the club she had played at for four previous seasons.[13] On 16 February 2019 Kennedy won her third W-league Championship title with a 4-2 win over Perth Glory in the grand final. She re-signed with Sydney FC for the 2019-20 season.[14] The team returned to the grand final in 2020 but lost to Melbourne City 1-0.[15]

International career

Kennedy debuted for the Matildas against New Zealand in 2012.[16] In 2014, at age 19, she was named to the Matildas squad for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup. She appeared in three games, as Australia finished Runner-up to Japan.

In May 2015, Kennedy was named to Australia's 23-player roster for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and was the second youngest player on their roster. Kennedy appeared in all five matches for Australia. The Matildas finished second in their group and advanced to the knockout stage. They defeated Brazil in round 16 but lost to Japan in the quarter-finals.[17]

Kennedy attended her first Olympic Games in 2016. She played every minute of Australia's four matches at Rio 2016. Their quarter-final match against Brazil was tied 0-0 after extra time and went to penalties. Kennedy was the final penalty taker for Australia; she did not score her penalty and Brazil won the match 7-6 on penalties.[18]

Kennedy was part of the Matildas squad that won the 2017 Tournament of Nations and defeated the United States for the first time ever.[19]

At the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Kennedy scored two goals for Australia. The second goal she scored was a stoppage time equalizer against Thailand in the Semi-final. Australia went on to win the game in penalties. Australia lost to Japan 1-0 in the final.[20]

In May 2019, Kennedy was named to the Matildas squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second time she was included in a World Cup squad.[21] At the World Cup, Kennedy started all four of Australia's matches. In the Round of 16 tie against Norway, Kennedy received a straight red card in the 104th minute of extra-time for a DOGSO foul on Lisa-Marie Utland. Australia went on to lose on penalties and were eliminated.[22]

Career statistics

International goals

As of match played 22 June 2019. Australia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kennedy goal.

Goal
Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 March 2016 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Vietnam

5350.03005 3-0

5650.06005 9-0

2016 Olympics qualifying
2 9 August 2016 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Zimbabwe

5350.03005 3-0

5650.06005 6-1

2016 Summer Olympics - Group F
3 7 March 2017 VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  Netherlands

5350.03005 3-0

5650.06005 3-2

2017 Algarve Cup
4 10 April 2018 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Vietnam

5350.03005 2-0

5650.06005 8-0

2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup
5 17 April 2018 King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Thailand

5350.03005 2-2

5650.06005 2-2

2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup
6 2 August 2018 Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois, USA  Japan

5350.03005 1-0

5650.06005 2-0

2018 Tournament of Nations
7 6 March 2019 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia  Argentina

5350.03005 2-0

5650.06005 3-0

2019 Cup of Nations

Honours

Club

Sydney FC

Alanna Kenney in action at 2017 Algarve Cup.jpeg

Perth Glory

Western New York Flash

Melbourne City

Country

Australia

Individual

References

  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019(TM) - Players - Alanna Kennedy". www.fifa.com.
  2. ^ Shaffer, Kristen (10 November 2016). "Moving forward for Alanna Kennedy". The Women's Game. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/players/player/386994/
  4. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/os-sp-orlando-pride-news-0712-story.html
  5. ^ "Wanderers announce strong squad for upcoming W-League season". The Women's Game. 10 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Perth Glory announce signing of six Matildas". The Women's Game. 6 August 2014. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Scavuzzo, Diane (26 February 2016). "WNY Flash sign Australian defender". SoccerToday. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Orlando Pride Acquires Australia National Team Defender Alanna Kennedy". Orlando City SC. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Purdy, Jacqueline (30 September 2018). "Alanna Kennedy's FK stoppage-time stunner lifts Pride to 3-2 win over Courage". NWSLsoccer.com. National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Davutovic, David (25 October 2017). "Melbourne City caps off W-League signing spree with international duo Alanna Kennedy and Yukari Kinga". Herald Sun.
  11. ^ "Revealed! The Westfield W-League Team of the Decade". W-League.com.au. Football Federation Australia. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "A.Kennedy". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Greco, John (5 September 2018). "Kennedy's back as Sydney FC sign six Westfield Matildas". W-League.com.au. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Sydney FC Unveil Championship Defending Westfield W-League Squad". Sydney FC.
  15. ^ "Catley strike seals Melbourne City's record fourth Westfield W-League Championship". Westfield W-League. 21 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Westfield Matildas complete miraculous escape". Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Westfield Matildas name World Cup squad". myfootball.com.au. Football Federation Australia. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Brazil VS. Australia 0 - 0". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Australian women beat U.S. in Tournament of Nations". USA Today. Associated Press. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Women's Asian Cup". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Matildas squad for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup announced". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ Pender, Kieran (22 June 2019). "Norway won the shootout 4-1 after a 1-1 draw, with Elise Kellond-Knight cancelling out Isabell Herlovsen's opener before Alanna Kennedy was sent off in extra time". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ "Kennedy and Kerr nominated for FIFPro World XI". The Women's Game. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 2019.

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