Celeste Boureille

Celeste Anais Boureille (born April 20, 1994) is an American soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club AC Milan.

Celeste Boureille
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Boureille in 2016
Personal information
Full name Celeste Anais Boureille[1]
Date of birth (1994-04-20) April 20, 1994 (age 28)
Place of birth San Francisco, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
A.C. Milan
Number 16
Youth career
Mustang Soccer Club
Sacred Heart Cathedral
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 California Golden Bears 84 (16)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Selfoss 9 (3)
2016–2021 Portland Thorns 49 (0)
2016–2017Canberra United (loan) 13 (0)
2017–2020Brisbane Roar (loan) 26 (1)
2020Fleury (loan) 13 (1)
2022– AC Milan 7 (2)
National team
2017 United States U23 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of March 27, 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of May 6, 2019

Early lifeEdit

Boureille is the daughter of Max Boureille, a chef, and Carol Jenkins. She grew up in the Bay area, attending Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, where she was a three-time All-West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) selection and the 2012 WCAL Player of the Year. She played her club soccer for Mustang Soccer Club with whom she reached the 2010 National league title. Celeste attributes her early skill evolution to time she spent practicing skills and tricks at Panhandle Park.[2][3]

University careerEdit

University of California, BerkeleyEdit

Boureille played at the University of California, Berkeley from 2012 to 2015. She appeared in 84 games, scored 16 goals and recorded 8 assists. Boureille won two Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mentions in 2013 and 2014. In her final season, 2015, Boureille scored 5 goals and made 2 assists, earning second-team All-Pac-12 accolades as she helped guide Cal to the NCAA Tournament. Boureille graduated as a media studies major.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Portland Thorns FCEdit

Boureille joined preseason camp with Portland Thorns FC through open tryouts after going undrafted in 2016. Following preseason training camp she was signed to an NWSL contract on April 15, 2016.[5][6] Throughout her time at Portland, Boureille has been utilized as a right back, centre back and most recently secured her spot as a defensive midfielder.[7]

Loan to Canberra UnitedEdit

In October 2016, Boureille was loaned to Canberra United for the 2016–17 W-League season.[8][9]

Loan to Brisbane RoarEdit

In October 2017, Boureille was loaned to Brisbane Roar for the 2017–18 W-League and 2018–19 W-League seasons.[10][11] Boureille flourished in Australia, being named the 2017–18 Brisbane Roar Player of the Year.[12] She followed this with a BRFC Players' Player award for the 2018–19 season.[13]


  1. ^ "Celeste Anais Boureille" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. Archived from the original on June 26, 2022. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Celeste Boureille Cal Women's Soccer". Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Cal women's soccer player Boureille traces talent back to Panhandle Park". August 21, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Celeste Boureille Cal Women's Soccer". Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Portland Thorns sign midfielder Celeste Boureille, acquire forward Hayley Raso". April 15, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Know your Thorns FC: The 2016 NWSL roster". April 15, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "On Deck: Celeste Boureille". May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (October 20, 2016). "Portland Thorns loan Hayley Raso, Celeste Boureille to Australian club Canberra United". The Oregonian.
  9. ^ "Canberra United sign Jasmine Spencer and Celeste Boureille". the women's game. October 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Roar Women add talented American duo". Brisbane Roar. 21 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Q&A: Celeste Boureille". SB Nation. April 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Boureille takes out big award at Roar Gala". the women's game. May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "Polkinghorne Takes Top Honours at Roar Awards". the women's game. May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2019.

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