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Camille Levin

Cami Levin
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Levin defends against a Tyreso player during the 2013 Svenska Supercupen on April 1, 2013
Personal information
Full name Camille Tayla Levin[1]
Date of birth (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Newport Coast, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Slammers FC '89
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008-2011 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Pali Blues 8 (0)
2012-2013 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 14 (0)
2013-2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 4 (0)
2014-2015 Sky Blue FC 42 (0)
2015 -> Fiorentina (loan) 8 (0)
2016-2017 Orlando Pride 10 (0)
2017 Houston Dash 22 (0)
2018 Vålerenga 12 (0)
National team?
2009 United States U-20 4 (0)
2012-2013 United States U-23 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 21, 2019
? National team caps and goals correct as of February 24, 2014

Camille Tayla Levin (born April 24, 1990) is a retired American professional soccer defender. She played for the Stanford Cardinal women's soccer team that won the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament. She most recently played for Vålerenga in the Toppserien.[2] and in 2013 was the captain of the United States U-23 women's national soccer team. Levin currently works for WWE in their talent relations department.

Early life

Levin was born in California to Desmond and Diane Levin, both from South Africa, and is Jewish.[3][4] She has two younger siblings, Jay and Savannah Levin, who played for the USC Trojans women's soccer team that won the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament, and currently plays for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan.[5]

She attended Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, a Jewish school in Irvine, California, where Levin played on a co-ed team for at least one season and was named to the NSCAA All-America team in 2006 and 2007.[6][7][8][4] With the Cal South Olympic Development Program (ODP) '90 state team, Levin won the ODP national championship in 2006 as well as three regional titles. Starting from age nine through her high school years, she played club soccer for Slammers FC '89 and helped the team win three Cal South State Cups, a United States Youth Soccer Association regional championship, and two U.S. club national tournaments.[3][9]

Stanford University

Levin attended Stanford University, where she played for the Stanford Cardinal from 2008 to 2011. She finished her collegiate career with 12 goals and 22 assists having played multiple positions during her tenure.[10]

During her freshman season, Levin served her first career assist during a match against UNC-Greensboro after dribbling the ball up the midfield and passing to Christen Press who scored the game-winning goal.[11][12] She scored her first goal in the 64th minute of a match against Yale off a corner kick play from Teresa Noyola and Christen Press. Levin's goal lifted the score to 3-1 with Stanford eventually winning 4-1.[13][14] She was subsequently named the Santa Clara/Adidas Classic Tournament most valuable player (MVP) and to Soccer America's team of the week.[9][15]

During her sophomore season in 2009, Levin was on the starting lineup for the Cardinal during 5 of the 22 matches in which she played and was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention.[9] During her third season with the Cardinal, Levin was a starter in every match and played several different positions. She played as an outside left back in the first several games and then became a starting forward for most of the season. For two rounds of the NCAA tournament, she switched to central defense to fill in for an injured teammate. Playing as an attacking midfielder during the NCAA semi-finals, she scored against Boston College in the 48th minute helping lift Stanford to the finals.[16][17] Of her performance, Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said, "Levin is an incredible player. I'm so happy for today to get that big-time goal, and she deserves it. She is a player that can be one of our best forwards, one of our best forwards and one of our best backs. Wherever we need her in a given game, she's willing to go in there and make a big difference."[18] Levin's 11 assists during her junior season tied for 20th in the nation with six of the assists occurring during consecutive matches.[9] She was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team, and received her second All-Pac-10 honorable mention the same year.[9]

During her final season with the Cardinal, Levin set up the game-winning goal of the 2011 NCAA College Cup final to secure Stanford's first ever NCAA championship title.[3][9][19] Finishing her collegiate career as a highly decorated player, Levin was named to the NSCAA first-team All-America, Soccer America's MVPs first team, and the NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team.[9][20][21] She was also named to the All-Pac-12 first team as well as the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team.[22][23] At the 2012 ESPN ESPY Awards program, Levin accepted the Capital One Cup on behalf of the Stanford women's athletic program, which was awarded the cup as the top women's Division I athletic program.[24][25][26][27]

Club career

Pali Blues, 2012

In 2012, Levin was first pick (fourth overall) by Sky Blue FC during the 2012 WPS Draft; however, the league suspended operations before the season began.[28][29] Levin signed with Pali Blues in the W-League for the 2012 season and helped the team reach the league's championship game, in which it lost on penalty kicks to the Ottawa Fury.[30]

Göteborg FC, 2012-13

Levin (fourth from right) celebrates with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC after winning the Supercupen in April 2013

In 2012, Levin signed with Swedish side, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan, the top division of women's soccer in Sweden. She made nine appearances for the club helping clinch the Svenska Cupen.[31][32] She returned to the squad in April 2013 and helped Göteborg defeat 2012 Damallsvenskan champions, Tyresö FF to clinch the Svenska Supercupen playing defense every minute of the match. She started the first few games of the season before suffering a season ending injury. [33][34][35]

Western Sydney Wanderers, 2013-14

On November 30, 2013, it was announced that Levin had signed for the Western Sydney Wanderers for the remainder of the 2013-14 W-League (Australia) season.[36] She made four appearances for the club helping the team to two shutout wins against the Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory. The Wanderers finished seventh during the 2013-14 season with a 2-3-7 record.[31]

Sky Blue FC, 2014-15

Levin (left) marks Nahomi Kawasumi in June 2014

In February 2014, it was announced that Levin had signed with Sky Blue FC for the 2014 NWSL season.[37] Levin made 42 appearances for Sky Blue FC over the 2014 and 2015 season.[38]

Fiorentina, 2015

She went on loan to Fiorentina in 2015.[39]

Orlando Pride, 2016-17

Levin was selected by the Orlando Pride in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft. She made 10 appearances for Orlando in the 2016 season. On April 18, 2017, Orlando traded Levin to the Houston Dash in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.[40]

Houston Dash, 2017

Levin made 22 appearances for Houston in 2017. On March 20, 2018 the Houston Dash announced they had waived Levin, per her request, allowing her to play overseas.[41]

Vålerenga, 2018

On March 28, 2018, it was announced that Levin had signed with Vålerenga in the Toppserien in Norway.[42] Levin appeared in 12 games for Vålerenga during the 2018 season.

On May 17, 2019, Levin announced her retirement from professional soccer.[43]

International career

Levin has represented the United States on various youth national teams. As a teenager, she played for the under-16, under-17, and under-18 U.S. national teams.[9] Her first experience with a junior national team came after being invited to the under-14 training camp.[44] She played for the U.S. under-20 team during the 10 Nations Tournament as well as in matches against France and Germany during a European tour.[9][45][46]

In 2012, Levin was a member of the under-23 women's national soccer team and helped the squad defeat Norway 5-0 to win the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.[47] In March 2013, she won the Four Nations Tournament with the U.S. under-23 team for a second time after defeating England 2-1. Levin served the assist on the United States' first goal of the match.[48]

Accolades

In 2015 she was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[49]

WWE

It was reported in November 2019, by women's wrestling journalist, Casey Michaels, that Levin is working for WWE in their talent relations department.

References

  1. ^ Camille Levin at the Norwegian Football Federation (in Norwegian) Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Houston Dash. "Houston Dash acquire Camille Levin from Orlando Pride for third-round pick". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Elliott Almond (December 3, 2011). "Stanford seeks redemption, history in NCAA women's soccer championship". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Stanford wins NCAA College Cup with help from Jewish soccer star, Camille Levin | Jewish Women's Archive". jwa.org.
  5. ^ "Camille Levin - Women's Soccer". Stanford University Athletics.
  6. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (December 2, 2010). "Cammy Levin, Stanford soccer's do-it-all player". SFGate.
  7. ^ Marcia C. Spublishermith (March 9, 2007). "Necessity forces girls to take field with ... ick!". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Scott French (May 12, 2012). "Corona's Munerlyn lifts U.S. to title". ESPN. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Camille Levin player profile". Stanford University. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Barry Faulkner (January 13, 2012). "Pair of locals top picks". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Rick Eymer (September 12, 2008). "Stanford ties Tar Heels, beats UNC Greensboro in women's soccer". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "No. 3 Stanford Shuts Out UNC Greensboro 2-0 in Stanford/Nike Invitational Finale". Stanford University. September 14, 2008. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "No. 6 Stanford Comes From Behind To Defeat Yale 4-1". Stanford University. September 19, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ "Levin And O'Hara Earn National Team of the Week Honors". Stanford University. September 23, 2008. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "Sixth-Ranked Stanford Hosts Saint Mary's Friday Night at Cagan Stadium". CBS College Sports. September 23, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "Stanford drops Boston College". NCAA. November 20, 2011. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ "Stanford to face Notre Dame in College Cup final". WNDU - Channel 16. December 3, 2010. Retrieved 2013.
  18. ^ Hays, Graham (December 3, 2010). "Cardinal, Irish find ways to win". ESPN. Retrieved 2013.
  19. ^ Nicholas Schwartz (December 4, 2011). "Stanford Edges Duke to Win Its First Women's Soccer Title". New York Times. Retrieved 2013.
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  22. ^ "A True All-Around Player". Pac-12 Conference. August 25, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  23. ^ "Stanford wins NCAA College Cup with help from Jewish soccer star, Camille Levin". Jewish Women's Archive. December 4, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  24. ^ "Levin signs pro contract". Daily Pilot. July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  25. ^ "Past Winners". Capital One Cup. Retrieved 2013.
  26. ^ "Attendees". ESPYs. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  27. ^ "Stanford women, Florida men win Capital One Cup". Top Drawer Soccer. July 12, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  28. ^ Scott French (January 13, 2012). "UCLA's Leroux goes No. 1 in WPS draft". ESPN. Retrieved 2013.
  29. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (January 13, 2012). "Leroux goes first in 2012 WPS Draft". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 2013.
  30. ^ Barry Faulkner (August 1, 2012). "Briefs: Local trio advances". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 2013.
  31. ^ a b "Camille Levin". Soccer Way. Retrieved 2013.
  32. ^ Yael Averbuch (October 18, 2012). "Small Team With Enormous Heart". New York Times. Retrieved 2013.
  33. ^ "TYRESÖ VS. GÖTEBORG FC 2 - 2". Soccer Way. Retrieved 2013.
  34. ^ "Marta straffsumpare - Göteborg vann damernas supercup" (in Swedish). Eurosport Sweden. April 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  35. ^ Fussgänger, Rainer (April 2, 2013). "Damallsvenskan: Super Cup Goes to Göteborg". Our Game Magazine. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  36. ^ "USA U23 Captain signs for Wanderers". Football Australia. November 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  37. ^ "Sky Blue FC Signs Defender Camille Levin". Sky Blue FC. February 3, 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  38. ^ "Camille Levin". June 30, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  39. ^ "The happy exiles: why US women's soccer stars choose to play abroad". the Guardian. May 16, 2017.
  40. ^ "Dash acquire Camille Levin from Orlando Pride for third-round pick". April 18, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  41. ^ "Houston Dash announce final roster for 2018". March 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  42. ^ "Camille Levin signs with Vålerenga IL". March 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  43. ^ "Cami Levin Instagram". May 17, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  44. ^ "w/ U-16 GNT Defender Camille Levin". United States Soccer Federation. July 6, 2006. Archived from the original on July 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  45. ^ "U.S. Under-20 Women Open La Manga Tournament with 3-2 Victory against Norway". US Soccer Federation. March 9, 2009. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  46. ^ "Levin To Travel With U.S. U-20 Squad To Spain For 10 Nations Tournament". Stanford University. March 2, 2009. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  47. ^ "U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats Norway 5-0 to Win Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain". US Soccer Federation. March 4, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  48. ^ "U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats England 2-1 To Win Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain". United States Soccer Federation. March 7, 2013. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  49. ^ "Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home". scjewishsportshof.com.

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