Whitney Elizabeth Engen (born November 28, 1987) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for the United States women's national soccer team andTyresö FF of Damallsvenskan.[1]


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Born in Torrance, California to parents Chris and Kim Engen, Whitney attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, California where she was named her Most Valuable Offensive Player as a freshman and Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. She lettered for two years as a forward and attacking midfielder on the varsity soccer team, but missed her junior season with an injury and then concentrated on club soccer during her senior year. Engen played club soccer for nine years, the last four with Slammers Futbol Club (SFC) and helped lead SFC to back-to-back state and regional titles from 2004-2005. She twice took part in national championship tournaments with her club, taking second in 2004 and third in 2005. Engen also played on the '86 Olympic Development Program (ODP) team that clinched regional and national titles. Engen was ranked among the Top 25 recruits in the nation by Soccer Buzz in 2006.[2]

University of North Carolina[edit]Edit

Engen attended the University of North Carolina. She began her college career with the Tar Heels playing as a forward before transitioning to central defense.[3]

As a freshman, Engen played in 27 games for the Tar Heels, starting 24. She was Carolina's third-leading point producer with 37 and tied for second on the team in goals with 12 and in assists with 13. She won the UNC soccer team's Gift of Fury award. During her sophomore year, Engen played in all 23 games that she played in, scoring six goals and providing eight assists. She ranked third in point total on the team with 20 and was named to the All-ACC Academic team. As a junior, Engen moved into the starting role at center back after playing her first two years as a starting striker. She started all 28 games and led the team in minutes played with 2,518, playing the last 1,211 minutes of the season without taking a break. Engen recorded three assists and tied the school record for games played and games started in a season with 28.[2]

A highly decorated player, Engen received the following honors during her junior and senior years alone with the Tar Heels:

  • Second-Team Soccer Buzz All-America
  • Third-Team NSCAA All-America
  • Second-Team All-ACC
  • Women's College Cup All-Tournament Team
  • All-ACC Tournament
  • ACC All-Academic Team
  • NSCAA/adidas First-Team Collegiate Scholar All-America Team
  • First-Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region
  • First-Team Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region
  • Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
  • Soccer America National Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
  • Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
  • MVP of 2008 Duke adidas Classic
  • 2008 Duke adidas Classic All-Tournament Team

Playing career[edit]Edit


Chicago Red Stars[edit]Edit

On January 15, Engen was drafted 4th overall to the Chicago Red Stars in the 2010 WPS Draft.[4]

Western New York Flash[edit]Edit

Engen transferred to Western New York Flash for the 2011 season. She was named WPS Defender of the Year as the Flash won the Championship.

Tyresö FF[edit]Edit

At the end of the WPS season, Engen joined Swedish team Tyresö FF on loan, playing six games and scoring one goal in the Damallsvenskan.[5]

Pali Blues[edit]Edit

Returning to America to find that the WPS had collapsed, Engen rejoined W-League team Pali Blues, where she had played in 2009.[6]

Liverpool L.F.C.[edit]Edit

In October 2012, Engen signed with English club Liverpool Ladies for the 2013 FA WSL season.[7] With Liverpool challenging Arsenal for the WSL title, Tyresö announced in August 2013 that they had agreed a deal to re-sign Engen on the expiry of her Liverpool contract. She was expected to move back to Sweden in late September or early October and would be available to play for Tyresö in their UEFA Women's Champions League fixtures.[8]

Tyresö FF[edit]Edit


In February 2011, Engen was named to the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup.[9] In 2013, under new head coach, Tom Sermanni, Engen was named to the roster for the 2013 Algarve Cup as well two friendlies against Scotland. [10][11]

International goals[edit]Edit

Goal Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2013-03-08[12] [1]


China PR Start 84 unassisted 5–0 5–0 Algarve Cup - group stage
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