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Aly Wagner Bio

Team: San Diego Spirit
Position: Midfielder
Status: Active
WUSA Experience: 0
Previous Team: Santa Clara
College: Santa Clara
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Born: August 10, 1980 San Jose, CA, USA
Height: 5' 5"

National Team:
One of the most skillful young players in U.S. history, she was a member of the 1999 Women's World Cup and Olympic residency camps ... 2003: Played in Algarve Cup in Portugal in March, scoring two spectacular goals to help the USA to victory, upping her career total to 10 ... Played in Four-Nations Tournament in China, and vs. Japan in San Diego in January. 2002: Emerged as an impact player for the USA, playing in 17 matches and leading the team with 11 assists ... Was fifth on the team in scoring with 17 points ... A member of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Team that qualified for the 2003 Women's World Cup ... 2001: Did not play for the USA as she was hampered by leg injuries throughout the year ... 2000: A member of the USA's residency camp in San Diego for the 2000 Olympics, she played in 10 games and scored four goals ...Was named as an alternate on the 2000 Olympic Team ... Traveled with the USA to the Australia Cup in January, scoring a brilliant 35-yard goal against Australia to clinch the match and the tournament title ... 1999: Earned a spot in the Women's World Cup residency camp at age 18 (after coming off a knee injury following her red-shirt season at SCU) and was one of the last players cut from the WWC roster ... Played in five matches for the USA and scored her first career goal in a driving rainstorm against Japan in Charlotte, N.C. ... 1998: Missed the 1998 Nordic Cup when she tore the ACL in her left knee during a U-21 training camp in the spring, but came back from surgery in five months when she was called into camp with the full national team for the first time in December of 1998 in Los Angeles ... Earned her first cap and made her first start against Ukraine on Dec. 16, 1998, at UCLA.

Youth National Team:
Helped the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team to the 2002 Nordic Cup championship ... She missed the first match while traveling to Finland after playing 90 minutes for the WNT against Norway on July 21, 2002, but played the final three matches to help the USA to its fifth Nordic Cup title in six years ... Missed the 2001 Nordic Cup due to injuries ... Was a key player in midfield for the U-21 team that won the 2000 Nordic Cup in Germany, taking over the final as the Americans beat Germany, 1-0 ... Helped the 1999 U-21 Nordic Cup Team win the tournament in Iceland, scoring two goals ... Played with the U.S. U-16 National Team in 1996-97, where she was coached by April Heinrichs.

College:
The winner of the 2002 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as college soccer's top player, the first year the two awards were combined ... Also a winner of the NCAA Top VIII Award, presented to the top eight student-athletes from all NCAA divisions and all NCAA sponsored sports over the past calendar year ... Also nominated for the NCAA's Honda Student-Athlete Award as a senior ... A First-Team NSCAA All-American as a senior, when she led Santa Clara University to the NCAA Division I title game for the second consecutive year, scoring nine goals with nine assists while playing in just 18 of her team's 26 games due to national team duty ... Led Santa Clara University to the 2001 NCAA Championship, the school's first in women's soccer, by scoring the winning goal in the title game in a 1-0 victory over UNC ... She also set up two goals in the Broncos 3-2 semifinal win over Florida ... Named Offensive MVP of the Final Four ... Captained the Broncos ... She scored an amazing 17 goals from the midfield with a NCAA Division I best 20 assists during the 2001 season, earning First-Team All-American honors ... She was also the winner of the NCAA's prestigious Honda Award for women's soccer and was named the Soccer America Female Player of the Year ... Was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and MAC award as a sophomore and junior ... Missed eight matches due to injury as a sophomore, but started 15 of 16 contests in which she did play and scored three goals with eight assists ... A Second-Team NSCAA All-American as a sophomore... As a red-shirt freshman in 1999, she was one of the nation's top rookies, earning Second Team All-America honors, totaling 32 points after netting 10 goals and 12 assists ... Four of those 10 goals were game-winners ... Played in 23 matches, starting nod in 21, and was named WCC Freshman of the Year while helping SCU to the Final Four ... As a true freshman in 1998, she was forced to red-shirt after suffering a torn ACL in knee during training camp with the U.S. Under-21 National Team.

Personal:
Full name is Alyson Kay Wagner... Daughter of Dennis and Vicky Wagner... Sister Sam played soccer at California while brother Jered as a football player at Santa Clara in the late 1980s and married former Santa Clara soccer player Jen Birks in 2002 ...Majoring in Combined Sciences ... Loves music, movies and celebrities ... A big fan of technical gadgets ... Loves buying CDs, Starbucks coffee and Brad Pitt ... Lists Sam Wagner as her idol ... Has a drum set that she has not yet played, but promises one day to master ... Aspires to write a screenplay with her sister Sam.