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Ali Riley

Ali Riley
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Ali Riley in 2019
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Lowe Riley[1]
Date of birth (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States[2]
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Rosengård
(on loan from Orlando Pride)
Number 5
Youth career
1998-2004 Westside Breakers
2004-2006 Real So Cal
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006-2009 Stanford Cardinal 83 (7)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Pali Blues 7 (0)
2010 FC Gold Pride 23 (0)
2011 Western New York Flash 15 (0)
2012-2018 Rosengård 132 (4)
2018-2019 Chelsea 9 (0)
2019-2020 Bayern Munich 3 (0)
2020- Orlando Pride 0 (0)
2020- -> Rosengård (loan) 14 (1)
National team?
2006 New Zealand U20 11 (5)
2007- New Zealand 135[3] (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 October 2020
? National team caps and goals correct as of 10 March 2020

Alexandra "Ali" Lowe Riley (born 30 October 1987) is an American-born New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a defender for Swedish club Rosengård on loan from Orlando Pride of the NWSL.[4] Riley captains the New Zealand women's national football team.[5] As a collegiate athlete, she captained the Stanford soccer team to two NCAA semi-finals and one final.

Early life

Born in Los Angeles, California to parents John Graham Riley and Beverly Fong Lowe, Ali attended St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades and Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California. She was named captain of the soccer team during her senior season and was a two-time Mission League Offensive MVP as well as a two-time first-team San Fernando Valley selection. As a senior, she helped lead the Wolverines to the 2006 Southern Section Division I final and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division I first team. Riley also competed for local soccer clubs, LA Breakers FC [6](formerly Westside Breakers) and Real SoCal (formerly SoCal United).[7]

Stanford University

Riley attended Stanford University and played for the Stanford Cardinal from 2006 to 2009. During her freshman year, she started in fifteen of the eighteen matches she played. She played forward and scored four goals with two assists. As a sophomore, she played sixteen games and started in fourteen of them. She scored two goals and had two assists. During her junior year, Riley converted from her position at forward to an outside back, which is what she plays for the New Zealand National Team. As a senior, Riley started in each of the twenty-four games and scored one goal with one assist.[7]

Club career

FC Gold Pride

In January 2010, Riley was selected as the tenth pick in the first round of the 2010 WPS Draft by FC Gold Pride. While she plays on her natural right wing-back position for the NZ Women's National Team, she plays professionally as a left wing-back and had three assists in the 2010 run to the WPS championship by FC Gold Pride. Riley won the WPS Rookie of the Year award.

Western New York Flash

Riley signed for Western New York Flash for the 2011 season becoming a free agent after FC Gold Pride failed to find financial backers.[8]

In the 2011 season Riley was a finalist for Defender of the year as the Flash swept both the league season title and then won the 2011 WPS Championship.

In 2012, Riley re-signed with Western New York Flash for the 2012 season, however, the league folded before play began.

LdB FC Malmö/FC Rosengård

With the suspension of the WPS, she signed in 2012 with LdB FC Malmö, 2011 Swedish League Champions. In her first game, (the Super Cupen) she assisted on the winning goal. She played her first full season in the Damallsvenskan in 2013. With LdB FC Malmö she finished top of the table.

In September 2013 Riley re-signed with LdB FC Malmö (since December 2013 renamed FC Rosengård) for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. FC Rosengård again won gold in the Damallsvenskan.

In March 2015 she played both at full-back and forward in her second Super Cupen victory with Rosengård. In September 2015 she re-signed with Rosengård. The team went on to win the Damallsvenskan for the third straight year earning Riley earned her fifth league championship in her eight-year career.

Chelsea

On 26 June 2018, it was announced that Riley would be leaving Rosengård in July to join Chelsea in the English FA Women's Super League.[9]

Bayern Munich

On 18 July 2019, Riley moved to Bayern Munich of the Frauen Bundesliga.[10]

Orlando Pride

On 10 February 2020, Ali Riley returned to the US and signed for Orlando Pride on a one-year contract with an option for an additional year.[11][12] The season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic with the NWSL eventually scheduling a smaller schedule 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup tournament.[13][14] However, on 22 June 2020, the team withdrew from the tournament following positive COVID-19 tests among both players and staff.[15]

Loan to FC Rosengård

On 13 July 2020, having been unable to feature for Orlando Pride, Riley returned to Sweden to be with her partner during the pandemic and rejoined Rosengård on loan.[4]

International

Riley playing for New Zealand in May 2011

Ali Riley's father is from New Zealand.[16] Riley represented New Zealand at the 2006 Women's U-20 World Cup finals. She was named Player of the game v. Russia. She made her Football Ferns debut in a 0-5 loss to Australia on 6 February 2007,[17] and represented New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup finals in China,[18] where they lost to Brazil 0-5, Denmark (0-2) and China (0-2).[19]

Riley also played every minute for the New Zealand squad in the 2008 Summer Olympics where they drew with Japan (2-2) before losing to Norway (0-1) and the United States (0-4).[20] Riley's first international goal was scored in the final of the OFC Women's Nations Cup as New Zealand qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup with an 11-0 win over Papua New Guinea. [21]

On 27 June 2011, Riley earned her 50th A-international cap in a 2-1 loss to Japan in New Zealand's opening group stage match at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[22] In the final seconds of extra time in the match v. Mexico she assisted on the tying goal that gave the Football Ferns their first point in a World Cup final.

In the 2012 Olympics Riley played every minute of the Football Ferns' four games. In the preliminary round games the Ferns lost 0-1 to Great Britain and Brazil and beat Cameroon 3-1. This was the first victory by a NZ football team in the Olympics. With the victory the Ferns advanced to the second round based on goal differential. In the quarter-final the Ferns played the USA losing 0-2.

In 2013 Riley started for New Zealand in a series of games establishing the Football Ferns as a growing force in international competition. The Ferns won the Vallais Cup beating #4 Brazil 1-0 and #16 China 4-0 and also had ties playing #10 Australia, #3 Japan and #1 USA.

She featured in all New Zealand's three matches at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[23]

In the 2016 Rio Olympics Riley played every minute of the Football Ferns' three games. The Ferns lost 0-2 to USA, 0-3 to France and beat Colombia 1-0.

Riley has been the captain of the Football Ferns since the 2017 Cyprus Cup.

In April 2019, Riley was named to the final 23-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[24]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 17 October 2020.[25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] Continental[b] Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pali Blues 2009 USL W-League 7 0 -- -- 3 0 10 0
FC Gold Pride 2010 WPS 23 0 -- -- 1 0 24 0
Western New York Flash 2011 15 0 -- -- 1 0 16 0
Rosengård 2012 Damallsvenskan 19 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 26 0
2013 20 1 0 0 3 0 -- 23 1
2014 19 1 0 0 6 0 -- 25 1
2015 21 1 5 0 6 0 1 0 33 1
2016 22 0 4 0 6 0 1 0 33 0
2017 21 1 5 0 4 0 -- 30 1
2018 10 0 5 0 0 0 -- 15 0
Total 132 4 20 0 30 0 3 0 185 4
Chelsea 2018-19 FA WSL 9 0 1 0 2 0 4 2 16 2
Bayern Munich 2019-20 Bundesliga 3 0 1 0 3 0 -- 7 0
Orlando Pride 2020 NWSL 0 0 -- -- -- 0 0
Rosengård (loan) 2020 Damallsvenskan 14 1 1 0 0 0 -- 15 1
Career total 203 5 23 0 35 0 12 2 273 7
  1. ^ Includes the Svenska Cupen, FA Cup, DFB-Pokal
  2. ^ Includes the UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Includes the USL W-League playoffs, WPS playoffs, Svenska Supercupen, FA League Cup

International goals

New Zealand score listed first, score column indicates score after each Riley goal.
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 8 October 2010 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand  Papua New Guinea 1-0 11-0 2010 OFC Championship [26]

Honours

Club

FC Gold Pride

Western New York Flash

FC Rosengård (formerly LdB FC Malmö)

International

New Zealand

Individual

International

  • Nike Junior Women's Player of the Year 2006
  • Nike National Women's Player of the Year 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Oceania Football Confederation Women's Player of the Year 2009, 2010
  • FIFPRO World XI short-list (55 players): 2016, 2017[27]

Club

  • WPS Rookie of the Year: 2010
  • WPS All Pro selection (First XI): 2010, 2011[28]
  • Damallsvenskan All Star Selection (First XI): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

College

  • All-Pac-10 freshman first team: 2006
  • TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season: 2009
  • All-Pacific Region first team: 2009
  • All-Pac-10 first team: 2009
  • Pac-10 women's soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year: 2009
  • Stanford University, Pat Strathairn Best Competitive Athlete Award: 2010

References

  1. ^ a b c "List of Players - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "NZ Football - HOME". www.nzfootball.co.nz.
  3. ^ "Football Ferns squad revealed for World Cup". The New Zealand Herald. 29 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Orlando Pride Defender Ali Riley Loaned to FC Rosengård". Orlando City SC. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Caps 'n' Goals, New Zealand Women's national representatives". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "LA Breakers FC".
  7. ^ a b "Ali Riley player profile". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Western New York snaps up Riley". NZ Football. 13 December 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Ali Riley: Chelsea Women to sign New Zealand defender from FC Rosengard". 26 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "CHELSEA WOMEN DEPARTURE AS ALI RILEY MOVES TO BAYERN MUNICH". Chelsea FC. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Orlando Pride Signs New Zealand Women's National Team Defender Ali Riley". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  12. ^ Rosen, Haley (10 February 2020), Ali Riley talks her return to the US, Just Women's Sports
  13. ^ "NWSL, CPL delay start of 2020 seasons due to Covid-19". SportBusiness. 21 March 2020.
  14. ^ "NWSL announces 2020 Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret". www.nwslsoccer.com.
  15. ^ "Orlando Pride Statement Regarding 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Participation". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  16. ^ "Sixty seconds with: Ali Riley". Herald on Sunday. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Caps 'n' Goals, New Zealand Women's national representatives". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2008.
  18. ^ "New Zealand Squad List, 2007 Women's World Cup". FIFA. Retrieved 2008.
  19. ^ "Tournament Statistics - New Zealand". FIFA. Retrieved 2008.
  20. ^ "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  21. ^ "Football Ferns reach World Cup in style". NZFootball.com. 8 October 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011.
  22. ^ "Football Ferns move on". Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  23. ^ "FIFA player's stats". FIFA. Retrieved 2015.
  24. ^ "Football Ferns squad revealed for World Cup". 28 April 2019 – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  25. ^ "Ali Riley player profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 2020.
  26. ^ "OFC 2010 final New Zealand 11 - 0 Papua New Guinea". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  27. ^ "FIFPRO 2017 Voting on World Best XI".
  28. ^ "WPS announces best XI of 2011". WPS. 7 September 2011. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 2011.

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