Katherine Reynolds

Katherine Alexandra Reynolds (born September 14, 1987) is an American former professional soccer player who last played in 2020 as a defender for the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[2] She previously played for the Philadelphia Independence and Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), Western New York Flash and Washington Spirit of the NWSL, and Newcastle Jets in the Australian W-League, as well as the United States U-23 women's national soccer team. She won the NWSL Championship in 2017 with the Thorns.

Katherine Reynolds
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Reynolds with the Portland Thorns in 2016
Personal information
Full name Katherine Alexandra Reynolds[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-14) September 14, 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth San Clemente, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Eastside F.C.
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Seattle Sounders Women 18 (3)
2010 Philadelphia Independence 3 (0)
2011 Atlanta Beat 18 (0)
2012 Western New York Flash (0)
2012–2013 SC Freiburg 16 (0)
2013–2014 Western New York Flash 41 (0)
2014 Newcastle Jets 12 (0)
2015 Washington Spirit 18 (0)
2016–2020 Portland Thorns 50 (1)
National team
2007–2011 United States U-23
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Early lifeEdit

Born in San Clemente, California, Reynolds was raised in Medina, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle. She attended University Prep where she was a three-time MVP and captained the team to the state title in 2004.

Reynolds was a member of the Region IV Olympic Development Program (ODP) team. She also played nine years for Eastside F.C. and played for the Seattle Sounder Saints in 2006. Reynolds was named Washington State Soccer Athlete of the Year and was named to the league's first team all four years. She also ran track, played basketball and tennis, was a two-time Track Athlete of the Year, and was an eight-time State Champion on the track.[3]

Santa Clara UniversityEdit

Reynolds attended Santa Clara University from 2006 to 2009. She made 67 appearances for the Broncos. During her senior year, she started in all 22 games and was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. She also received NSCAA All-West Region Second Team recognition and was named to both the WCC Preseason All-Conference Team and the All-WCC Academic Team.[4]

Club careerEdit

Seattle Sounders WomenEdit

Reynolds played for the Seattle Sounders Women from 2006 to 2009. In 2009, the team took third in the W-League's Western Conference.[5]

Philadelphia IndependenceEdit

After being selected 34th overall by the Boston Breakers in the 2010 WPS Draft, Reynolds was later traded to the Philadelphia Independence for the 2010 WPS season.[6][7] She made two appearances for the club.[8]

Atlanta BeatEdit

Reynolds signed with the Atlanta Beat for the 2011 WPS season.[9] She made 18 starts in 18 matches playing a total of 1,602 minutes.[8][10]

Western New York Flash (WPSL Elite), 2012Edit

Reynolds with the Western New York Flash in 2013

After the WPS suspended operations in early 2012, Reynolds signed with the Western New York Flash in the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite and helped the squad win the league title after scoring during the penalty shootout of the championship match.[11]

SC Freiburg, Bundesliga (women)Edit

Reynolds played for German side SC Freiburg of the Frauen-Bundesliga for the 2012–2013 season. She made 16 starts in 16 matches, playing for a total of 1,440 minutes.[8]

Western New York Flash (NWSL), 2013–2014Edit

In 2013, Reynolds returned to the Western New York Flash for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[12] Upon her signing, Flash coach Aaran Lines said, "I'm very excited to have Reynolds back with us for her second stint at the club after gaining valuable experience with SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. She was instrumental in our success last season and I expect her to play a big role for us at outside back again!"[4] The Flash reached the final of the 2013 NWSL Championship, falling there to Reynold's future team, the Portland Thorns.

Newcastle Jets, 2014–15 (loan)Edit

In September 2014, Reynolds joined the Newcastle Jets in Australia's W-League together with fellow Americans Angela Salem and Tori Huster.[13]

Washington Spirit, 2015Edit

Following the 2014 NWSL season, the Flash traded Reynolds and Angela Salem to the Washington Spirit for Jordan Angeli and a first-round pick—sixth overall—in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.[14] That pick later became Lynn Williams.[15] In the Spirit's 2015 season, Reynolds played for 1,611 minutes in 18 games (all starts).[16]

Portland Thorns, 2016–2020Edit

Before the 2016 NWSL season, the Spirit traded Reynolds to the Portland Thorns in exchange for defender Alyssa Kleiner.[16] Reynolds thus stayed with head coach Mark Parsons, who moved from the Spirit to the Thorns in the same off-season.[17]

Reynolds missed the first 14 games of the 2017 season due to a groin injury.[18] In the 2017 Playoffs she played all 90 minutes in the Semi-Final and Championship game, helping the Thorns win the 2017 NWSL Championship.[19]

On May 30, 2018 Reynolds played in her 100th NWSL game, in which she scored her first career goal in a 4–1 loss to the North Carolina Courage.[20] On July 21 in a game against Sky Blue FC, she suffered a torn right medial collateral ligament (MCL), which would require surgery and end her 2018 season.[21]

In September 2020, Reynolds was part of the Thorns team that won the NWSL Fall Series.[22]

On Oct. 30, 2020, Reynolds announced her retirement from professional soccer.[23]

International careerEdit

Reynolds represented the United States as a member of the United States U-23 women's national soccer team.[11]


On Sept. 1, 2018, Reynolds married Tucker Hopp.[24]


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  2. ^ "Players". Portland Thorns FC. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Katherine Reynolds". Santa Clara University. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
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  6. ^ "Getting Silly With Another Boston Breakers Rookie: Katherine Reynolds". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "North Carolina's Heath Selected First in 2010 WPS Draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
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  10. ^ Kassouf, Jeff. "Reynolds among small group of WPS iron women". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Katherine Reynolds". Western New York Flash. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  12. ^ "NWSL's Western New York Flash sign Katherine Reynolds". Soccer Wire. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  13. ^ Kerry, Craig (September 8, 2014). "W-League 2014: Tori Huster, Angela Salem, Katherine Reynolds join Newcastle Jets". The Newcastle Herald. Archived from the original on September 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "WNY Flash makeover continues with trade of Salem and Reynolds".
  15. ^ "Dash select Brian No. 1 overall in 2015 NWSL Draft – Equalizer Soccer".
  16. ^ a b "Thorns acquire Katherine Reynolds, trade Alyssa Kleiner, waive Clare Polkinghorne". OregonLive.com. February 2, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Mark Parsons officially named Portland Thorns head coach". OregonLive.com. October 5, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  18. ^ "Wednesday Roundup: Parsons hoping Katherine Reynolds starts Saturday". July 19, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "Katherine Reynolds". Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  20. ^ "Thorns FC's Katherine Reynolds looks back on 100 appearances in the NWSL". May 30, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  21. ^ "Portland Thorns defender Katherine Reynolds out for remainder of 2018 NWSL season". August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  22. ^ "USWNT Rewind: Thorns Clinch First in NWSL Fall Series". US Soccer. Retrieved December 2, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "Thorns FC defender Katherine Reynolds announces retirement". Portland Thorns FC. October 30, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ Farley, Richard (June 11, 2019). "Thorns FC's Katherine Reynolds and Angela Salem on their long friendship over a decade of soccer". Portland Timbers FC. Retrieved June 12, 2019.

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