|Full name||Karen Louise Bardsley|
|Date of birth||14 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Santa Monica, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.82 m)|
|2002–2006||Cal State Fullerton Titans|
|2007||Ajax America Women|
|2009–2011||Sky Blue FC||17||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:30, 30 September 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:20, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
Bardsley enrolled at California State University, Fullerton as a graphic design major in 2002, where she played for the Cal State Fullerton Titans women's soccer program. She was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year after her first season. The following season, she played just 28 minutes before a broken leg ended her season. In 2004, she missed the first eight games, still recovering from the injury, but once back in the team made such an impact that she was named Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, an honour she won again in 2005.
Career beginnings in AmericaEdit
She joined Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer as a third round pick in the 2009 WPS Draft. She went on to appear in four games for the club in their inaugural 2009 season in which the club won the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs.
In August 2011 Bardsley joined Swedish club Linköpings FC. With Linköpings Bardsley made three Damallsvenskan appearances in 2011, but none in 2012 as Sofia Lundgren remained the first choice goalkeeper.
Bardsley moved at the end of the 2013 season to Manchester City on a two-year deal. Her two-year City stint started successfully, with Bardsley playing a pivotal role in the club winning the 2014 Continental Cup. In March 2015 Bardsley was given a three-match ban for her violent conduct in a 0–0 draw with Birmingham City.
During the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons, despite being first choice in the England national side, she lost her place in the Manchester City team to English teenager Ellie Roebuck. At the start of the following season, it was announced that Bardsley would miss the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup due to injury.
Despite being born in the United States, as a dual-citizen, Bardsley decided to represent England due to family connections in Stockport. She appeared for the England U-19s in the 2003 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. She made her senior debut in the Algarve Cup in March 2005, where England beat Northern Ireland 4–0. In August 2009, she was named to coach Hope Powell's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2009.
By the 2011 World Cup Bardsley had taken over the national team's first choice goalkeeping position from Rachel Brown. After England's 1–1 opening group match draw with Mexico, coach Powell reported that Bardsley was "devastated" following the concession of a long-range equaliser to Mónica Ocampo. In England's quarter final exit to France, Bardsley saved the first penalty in the shootout, but misses from Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England home.
At UEFA Women's Euro 2013 England lost 3–2 to Spain in their opening game, when Bardsley scored a 94th-minute own goal, and were knocked out in the first round. Hope Powell was sacked in the wake of that failure but new coach Mark Sampson continued to select Bardsley. In May 2015 Bardsley was included in England's final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted in Canada.
Great Britain OlympicsEdit
2015 Women's World CupEdit
Bardsley had previously played as goalkeeper in all five games and was part of the history-making team which beat the Norway women's football team in the round of 16 to become the first senior England women's team to win a world cup knockout match. She was substituted in the 51st minute of the quarter-final match against Canada, after suffering an inflammation of her right eye; she was immediately taken off pitch with her eye visibly swollen and was substituted with Siobhan Chamberlain. The reasoning for the swelling was unknown, but parts of the artificial turf were suspected.
UEFA Women's Euro 2017Edit
Bardsley played in England's first two Group games (against Scotland and Spain) but was rested in the final Group game against Portugal. She suffered a fractured tibia in England's quarter-final against France and did not take any further part in the tournament.
2019 Women's World CupEdit
On 8 May 2019, she was named in the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. She played in two of the matches in the group stage, against Scotland and Japan. She played in the round of 16 against Cameroon and in the quarter-final against Norway.
Bardsley began coaching as a volunteer coach at her alma mater, California State University, Fullerton, before being employed as an assistant coach with the University of San Diego. She graduated with a Master's degree in Sports Directorship at the Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2019.
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