Katie Johnson (footballer)

Katlyn Alicia "Katie" Johnson Carreón (born September 14, 1994) is an U.S.-born Mexican footballer who plays as a forward for the Mexico women's national football team and the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Katie Johnson
Personal information
Full name Katlyn Alicia Johnson Carreón[1]
Date of birth (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Monrovia, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 33
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 USC Trojans 83 (24)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Seattle Reign 23 (4)
2018 Sky Blue FC 19 (4)
2019– Chicago Red Stars 13 (1)
National team
2015– Mexico 21 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 07, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2018[2]

Early life and educationEdit

Born and raised in Monrovia, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, Johnson is the daughter of Dennis Johnson and Esther Carreón. Her sister, Isabelle, also played soccer for USC.[3]

Johnson attended Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Canada, California and was a high school All-American soccer player. She scored 57 goals during her high school career.[3]

USC Trojans, 2012–2016Edit

Johnson played forward for the USC Trojan's women's soccer team in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 seasons. She was injured and did not play in the 2015 season. During her four seasons she appeared in 83 games and scored 24 goals and had 6 assists.[4] Johnson was named the Most Outstanding Player on Offense in the 2016 College Cup, scoring the only goal in the semi-final and two goals in the final to lead USC to its second national championship in women's soccer.[5]

Club careerEdit

Seattle Reign, 2017Edit

On January 12, 2017, Johnson was selected by Seattle Reign FC as the 16th overall selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.[6] She made her debut for the club in a match against the Houston Dash on April 22, 2017 and scored her first goal helping the Reign win 5–1.[7] Mostly coming off the bench as a substitute she finished the season with four goals and two assists.

Sky Blue, 2018Edit

In January 2018, Johnson was traded to Sky Blue FC.[8] She was named Player of the Week for Week 21 of the 2018 NWSL season after scoring 2 goals in Sky Blue's 2–2 draw against the Utah Royals.[9]

Chicago Red Stars, 2019Edit

In January 2019, the Chicago Red Stars announced they had acquired Johnson from Sky Blue FC in exchange for the sixth overall pick and highest second-round pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft. [10] Johnson had her first appearance for the Red Stars as a substitute for Sam Kerr in the 46th minute of a 2-1 loss to the Portland Thorns in the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational preseason tournament[11]

International careerEdit

Johnson was eligible to play for either the United States or Mexico national teams, as she was born in the U.S. to a Mexico-born mother. She ultimately chose to represent Mexico at the senior level. Johnson made her debut on 9 December 2015 in a 0–3 loss against Canada at the International Women's Football Tournament of Natal of that year.

Shortly after, she appeared in two matches and scored one goal for the Mexico national team in the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. Mexico did not qualify to play in the Olympics.[12] She scored the lone Mexican goal in Mexico's 4–1 friendly loss to the United States on April 5, 2018.

She scored three goals at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games helping Mexico win the gold medal.[13]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
16 December 2015 Arena das Dunas, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil   Trinidad and Tobago
2015 International Tournament of Natal
10 February 2016 Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas, United States   Puerto Rico
2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
4 February 2017 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada   Canada
Friendly match
5 April 2018 EverBank Field, Jacksonville, United States   United States
Friendly match
20 July 2018 Estadio Moderno Julio Torres, Barranquilla, Colombia   Trinidad and Tobago
2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
24 July 2018 Estadio Moderno Julio Torres, Barranquilla, Colombia   Nicaragua
2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
30 July 2018 Estadio Moderno Julio Torres, Barranquilla, Colombia   Costa Rica
2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
7 October 2018 Sahlen's Stadium, Cary   Trinidad and Tobago
CONCACAF Women's Championship


  1. ^ Communication (November 23, 2015). "La SNM Femenil inicia su preparación rumbo al Campeonato Preolímpico" [The Mexican Women's National Team begins its preparation for the Olympic Qualifying Championship] (in Spanish). MiSelección.mx. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  2. ^ https://miseleccion.mx/secciones/seleccion-femenil/, accessed 22 Mar 2018
  3. ^ a b "Katie Johnson", http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/katie_johnson_801615.html, accessed 17 Jan 2017
  4. ^ "USC Women's Soccer Archives", http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-soccer/archive/usc-w-soccer-archive.html, accessed 17 Jan 2017
  5. ^ "USC wins College Cup for second national title," http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/18205838/usc-wins-college-cup-2nd-women-soccer-national-title, accessed 17 Jan 2017
  6. ^ "2017 NWSL draft results", http://equalizersoccer.com/2017/01/12/2017-nwsl-draft-results-boston-select-lavelle-with-no-1-pick/, accessed 17 Jan 2017
  7. ^ Cristobal, Jacob (April 22, 2017). "Seattle Reign FC put five on it against the Houston Dash". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sky Blue FC acquires Rebekah Stott and Katie Johson from Seattle," http://www.skybluefc.com/sky-blue-fc-acquires-rebekah-stott-and-katie-johnson-from-seattle-reign-fc/, accessed 19 Feb 2018
  9. ^ "Player of the Week: Katie Johnson". August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Azar, Joe (January 9, 2019). "Chicago Red Stars Acquire Katie Johnson". Chicago Red Stars. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Red Stars kickoff Thorns Invitational against Portland". March 20, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Women's Olympic Qualifying" http://www.concacaf.com/category/olympics-qualifying-women/schedule-results Archived November 14, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, accessed 17 Jan 2017
  13. ^ "K.Johnson". Retrieved August 2, 2018.

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