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Lindsey Michelle Horan (born May 26, 1994) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays primarily as a midfielder for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. In 2018 she was named NWSL MVP. Horan was a leading player for the Thorns during their 2017 championship season, scoring the winning goal in the championship game, and before that was a prolific scorer for Paris Saint-Germain FC, scoring 46 goals in 58 appearances. She was the leading scorer for the United States U-17 team at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship.[1][2][3]

Lindsey Horan
Lindsey Horan sep2017.jpg
Horan with the USWNT in September 2017
Personal information
Full name Lindsey Michelle Horan
Date of birth (1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Golden, Colorado, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward, attacking midfielder, central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2012 Colorado Rush
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Colorado Rush 3 (2)
2012–2016 Paris Saint-Germain 58 (46)
2016– Portland Thorns FC 58 (22)
National team
United States U-17 17 (15)
United States U-20 24 (26)
2013– United States 74 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 4, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 7, 2019


Early lifeEdit

Horan grew up in Golden, Colorado near Denver. Although she attended Golden High School, she did not play soccer for the school. Instead, she played club soccer with the Colorado Rush. She first started playing for the Rush* during the U-11 tryouts. In March, when Horan was 15 years old and was one of the youngest players on the United States under-17 women's national team, she scored 12 goals in nine games (a team best) leading up to the North American/Central American/Caribbean U-17 tournament in Costa Rica. During her sophomore year at Golden, she was named to the Parade Magazine High School All-American team although she didn't play high school soccer.[4][5]

In 2012, Horan was named the top-ranked college prospect by ESPN.[6] Although she had a scholarship to play for North Carolina, Horan bypassed her college career and signed with French club Paris Saint-Germain FC (PSG).[7]

Club careerEdit

Colorado RushEdit

Horan played for the Colorado Rush in the W-League during the 2012 season.[8] She played three games for the team, scoring two goals and taking 19 shots.[9]

Paris Saint-Germain FC, 2012–2016Edit

Horan with PSG during the 2012–13 season

In July 2012, Horan signed a six-figure deal to play with the professional French club, Paris Saint-Germain FC (PSG).[10][11] On January 4, 2016, Paris Saint-Germain announced Horan's contract had been terminated to allow her to return to the United States.[12] She played her final game on December 5, 2015, a 5–0 win over FCF Juvisy. Horan scored the match's opening goal.[13] Horan scored 46 goals in 58 appearances for PSG.

Portland Thorns, 2016–presentEdit

Horan with Portland Thorns in 2016

On January 13, 2016, Horan signed with the Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL.[14]

Unlike her role at PSG, Horan for Portland plays in central midfield in a position similar to her national-team role.[original research?]

Horan scored the only goal in Portland's 1–0 win over the North Carolina Courage in the 2017 NWSL Championship and was named NWSL Championship MVP.[15]

Horan was named Player of the Month for July 2018, she scored three goals in July, helping the Thorns to a 3–0–0 record for the month.[16] She was named to the 2018 NWSL Best XI, and on September 21, 2018 she was named 2018 NWSL Most Valuable Player.[17]

International careerEdit

Horan (right) with the national team in 2017

Horan played for the United States women's national under-17 soccer team and was the leading scorer for the team at the 2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship.[1] She helped the United States women's national under-20 soccer team win the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in March by scoring four goals, including a hat trick against Guatemala in the group stage. Horan was unable to play in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup because of a knee injury that required surgery.[11]

In February 2013, at the age of eighteen, she was named to the senior team roster for the 2013 Algarve Cup.[18] She earned her first cap for the senior team during a group stage match against China at the Algarve on March 8, 2013.[19] Horan was called up to the senior roster near the end of 2015[20] and scored her first goal for the senior team during a 'Woman of the Match' performance against Trinidad & Tobago in December 2015. She is on the roster for the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship and started the opening group stage match against Costa Rica in central midfield.

While Horan played successfully as a striker during her time at PSG, with 46 goals in 56 appearances, she gained praise[by whom?] for her role in central midfield after her return to the national team in 2016.[citation needed]

Horan was called up for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, scoring her first World Cup goal in the opening game against Thailand on 11 June.

Career statisticsEdit

World Cup and Olympic AppearancesEdit

Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Result Competition
2016 Women's Olympic Soccer Tournament
2016-08-03[21] Belo Horizonte, Brazil   New Zealand Start 2–0 W Group stage
2016-08-09[22]   Colombia Start 2–2 D Group stage
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2019-06-11[23] Reims, France   Thailand Start 13–0 W Group stage
2019-06-13[24] Paris, France   Chile Start 3–0 W Group stage
2019-06-20[25] Le Havre, France   Sweden Start 2–0 W Group stage
2019-06-24[26] Reims, France   Spain on 89' (off Lavelle) 2–1 W Round of 16
2019-06-28[27] Paris, France   France on 63' (off Lavelle) 2–1 W Quarter-final
2019-07-02[28] Décines-Charpieu, France   England Start 2–1 W Semi-final


Correct as of September 2018

Club League Cup* Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris SG[29]
2012–2013 20 17 5 3 0 0 25 20
2013–2014 18 14 3 2 2 0 23 16
2014–2015 11 9 0 0 4 1 15 10
2015–2016 9 6 0 0 4 2 13 8
Total 58 46 8 5 10 3 76 54
Portland Thorns[30] 2016 15 5 1 1 16 6
2017 24 4 2 1 26 5
2018 22 13 2 1 24 14
Total 61 23 5 3 66 25
Career totals 110 61 13 8 10 3 142 79

* For NWSL, "Cup" refers to the championship playoffs.

International goalsEdit

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Goal in match Goal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2015-12-10[m 1] San Antonio, Texas, United States   Trinidad and Tobago Start 90+2' Stephanie McCaffrey

5650.06005 6–0

5650.06005 6–0

2 2016-02-21[m 2] Houston, Texas, United States   Canada 7.

off 82' (on Dunn)

53' Becky Sauerbrunn

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Olympic qualifier: Final
3 2016-06-02[m 3] Commerce City, Colorado, United States   Japan {{{4}}}.

on 61' (off Brian)

89' Kelley O'Hara

5150.03005 3–2

5050.03005 3–3

4 2017-09-19[m 4] Cincinnati, Ohio, United States   New Zealand {{{4}}}.

on 33' (off Lavelle)

36' Sam Mewis



5 2018-04-08[m 5] Houston, Texas, USA   Mexico {{{4}}}.

off 40' (on Hanson)

25' Megan Rapinoe



6 2018-07-29[m 6] East Hartford, Connecticut, United States   Australia Start 90' Megan Rapinoe



2018 Tournament of Nations
7 2018-10-10[m 7] Cary, North Carolina, United States   Trinidad and Tobago Start 49' unassisted



2018 CONCACAF Championship
8 2019-04-07[m 8] Los Angeles, California, United States   Belgium {{{4}}}.

off 60' (on Long)

26' Christen Press



9 2019-06-11[m 9] Reims, France   Thailand Start 32' Sam Mewis



FIFA Women's World Cup
10 2019-06-20[m 10] Le Havre, France   Sweden Start 3' Sam Mewis







Portland Thorns



  • NWSL Second XI: 2017
  • NWSL Championship MVP: 2017
  • NWSL Best XI: 2018
  • NWSL Most Valuable Player: 2018


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