Julie Ertz is a professional soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL. The 28-year old was a communications major at Santa Clara University, where she also starred at a midfielder on the Broncos soccer team. As a freshman, Ertz appeared in all 20 games, started 16 and finished third in shots and first in assists. Her efforts earned her numerous All-Freshman team honors and WCC Freshman of the Year.
As a sophomore, Ertz was First-Team All-WCC after scoring nine goals, four of them game-winners, in 21 games. Continuing her stellar play as a junior, leading the team in goals and second in assists. Again performing in the clutch, she had three game winners and earned numerous First-Team accolades. Little changed during her senior year, leading the team with four game-winning goals, earning WCC Player of the Year. During her collegiate career, Ertz scored 31 goals in 79 games.
While still at Santa Clara, Ertz made her first appearance for team USA in international play versus England. After graduating from Santa Clara, Ertz was the third overall selection in the 2014 NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars. Earning a spot on the 2015 USA World Cup team at the age of 23, Ertz was a key member of the cup winning team, names to the Women’s World Cup All-Star Team.
After playing her entire career as a midfielder, Ertz moved to center midfield during the 2017 season for both the national team and the Stars. A member of the 2019 World Cup winning team, Ertz again was instrumental and won the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the second time. Still going strong, Ertz has played in more than 100 games for team USA.
Ertz, who is married to Zach Ertz, pro bowl tight end of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, has appeared in 74 professional games with the Red Stars, scoring six goals.
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