Julie Johnston American Women Soccer

Julie Johnston's wonderful World Cup nearly ruined by defensive mistake Megan RapinoeJulie Beth Johnston (born April 6, 1992) is an American soccer defender who plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. She was captain of the United States under-20 women's national soccer team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the under-23 team that won the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona to David and Kristi Johnston. She has an older sister named Melanie Johnston who also played Division 1 Soccer until a major hip surgery. Although soccer is a huge importance to the Johnston family, Julie attended Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona where she was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society. She opted not to play high school soccer and instead volunteered as a student athletic trainer. She played under-9 through under-12 for the Arsenal girls soccer club; and played under-13 through under-19 for Sereno Soccer Club. She won the state title nine times with Sereno Soccer Club and was captain of the team.

Johnston attended Santa Clara University where she majored in communications and played for the Broncos women's soccer team. In 2010, as a college freshman, she played in 20 games, starting 16 and accumulated 1,519 minutes of playing time. She led the team with five assists. She was named WCC Freshman of the Year, All-West Region Second-Team, Soccer America All-Freshman First-Team, All-WCC Second-Team, and WCC All-Freshman. As a sophomore, Johnston started all 21 games and led the Broncos with nine goals and four assists. She scored four game-winning goals in matches against Cal Poly, WSU, Cal and Nevada. She was a MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist and was named to the NSCAA All-American First-Team as well as the All-WCC First-Team.
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