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Renae Nicole Cuéllar (born 24 June 1990) is an American-born Mexican footballer who plays as a forward for Liga MX Femenil club Tijuana.[4] She was a member of the Mexico women's national team.

Renae Cuéllar
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Personal information
Full name Renae Nicole Cuéllar[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Bellflower, California, United States[2]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2008–2011 Arizona Wildcats
2012 Oklahoma Sooners
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 FC Kansas City 11 (5)
2013 Seattle Reign FC 7 (0)
2013Sundsvalls DFF (loan) 4 (1)
2014 Washington Spirit 12 (0)
2015 Hwacheon KSPO WFC 15 (6)
2016 BV Cloppenburg 12 (3)
2018–2019 Kiryat Gat 9 (10)
2019 Stjarnan 5 (1)
2019– Tijuana 0 (0)
National team
2010 Mexico U20
2008–2018 Mexico 31[3] (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:46, 18 June 2015 (UTC)


Early lifeEdit

Born in Bellflower, California to Andrés García and Dolores Cuéllar, Renae attended Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, California where she was a three-year letterwinner and three time all-conference, all-city, all-district, all-region, and Offensive Player of the Year. In 2005, she was named Rookie of the Year.[5]

Cuéllar played for the club team CRSC Infinity G U-19 Premier League and was a member of the Cal South Olympic Development Program State team for five years and Region IV Olympic Development Program for four years. She was also a member of the United States U-14 to U-18 national pool teams.[5]


Cuéllar attended the University of Arizona and played for the Wildcats from 2008–2011. As a freshman, she appeared in 19 games for the Wildcats, starting 18 of them as forward. She was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team and was selected as honorable mention for the All-Pac-10 Team. She tied for the team lead with five goals and second on the team with assists with two. Cuéllar led the Wildcats in shots on goal with 48, game winning goals with four, and came in second on the team with total points with 12. During her sophomore year, she was responsible for over a third of the team's scoring and nearly a quarter of the team's total attempts at goal. She led the team in points with 12, goals with six, shots at 43 and shots on goal at 21. She was an honorable mention selection to the All-Pac-10 team the same year. As a junior, Cuéllar scored six goals and provided three assists in the first six games of the season, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.[5]

In 2012, she transferred to the University of Oklahoma and played for the Oklahoma Sooners during her senior year. Cuéllar led the Sooners with 26 points from a team-high 12 goals, which ranked as the third-most in a single season in school history. She made OU soccer history by being named the 2012 Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and became the first member of the Oklahoma program to earn a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Central Region First Team. Cuellar also earned All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team honors. She was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week twice in 2012, earned national honors when she was named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week after scoring game-winning goals against Kansas and TCU.[6]

Playing careerEdit


FC Kansas CityEdit

In 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Cuéllar joined FC Kansas City in the new National Women's Soccer League.[6][7][8][9] On 13 April, Cuéllar scored the first goal in NWSL history versus Portland Thorns FC.[10] Cuellar made 11 appearances with eight starts for the Blues, scoring five goals. She missed two games after spraining her knee and ankle during a match against the Portland Thorns FC after being tackled by defender, Rachel Buehler. FCKC traded her to Seattle mid-season.[11]

Seattle Reign FCEdit

On 1 July 2013, FCKC traded Cuéllar to the Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Teresa Noyola, a second round pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft and rights to unsigned player, Nikki Krzysik.[12] She made seven appearances for the Reign, including three starts, tallying a total of 342 minutes on the pitch.[13]

Sundsvalls DFFEdit

After the conclusion of the 2013 NWSL season, Cuéllar signed with Swedish side, Sundsvalls DFF. She made her debut for the club on 22 August in a match against IF Limhamn Bunkeflo. She scored her first goal for the squad on 30 August during the team's 1–5 defeat to Sirius.[14]

Washington SpiritEdit

In October 2013, Seattle Reign FC traded Cuéllar to the Washington Spirit.[15]

Kiryat GatEdit

Cuéllar gave birth to her son Romeo in April 2017. She resumed soccer training with men's club Las Vegas Lights FC, where her husband Carlos Alvarez was on the roster.[16] In August 2018 she agreed a contract with Israeli Ligat Nashim club Kiryat Gat.[17]


In March 2019, she signed with Stjarnan of the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild kvenna.[18][19]


Cuéllar represented Mexico at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany in 2010. She scored a goal in Mexico's 3–3 draw against Japan and netted the game winner in the 62nd minute in a 1–0 victory over England.[20]

Cuéllar was an alternate for the Mexico women's national football team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.[5]

Cuéllar was named to the Mexico women's national football team roster for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Cuéllar played in all three matches for Mexico. When Mexico embarrassingly failed to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, Cuéllar criticized the team's management for not selecting her, alleging that she'd been left out due to her recent childbirth.[21]


  1. ^ a b c "List of Players – 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Las Delanteras de la Selección Femenil de México que Participarán en Canadá 2015". Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C. (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Renae Cuellar joins women's team". Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Renae Cuellar player profile". University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Cuellar Joins FC Kansas City". University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  7. ^ "FC Kansas City Allocated Seven Players". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  8. ^ "NWSL Allocation Easier Said than Done". ESPN. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Three from U.S. women's soccer team on FC KC roster". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Portland, Kansas City tie in first-ever NWSL game". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Reign land Cuellar in trade sending Noyola to KC". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Cuellar / Noyola Trade". Seattle Reign FC. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  13. ^ "2013 NWSL Stats". National Women's Soccer League. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Renae Cuellar". Soccer Way. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  15. ^ Lauletta, Dn (25 October 2013). "Spirit land Cuellar in multi-player deal". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  16. ^ Gotz, Ben (4 April 2018). "Lights training partner Renae Cuellar ready to represent Mexico". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  17. ^ @RenaeCuellar10 (29 August 2018). "I am happy to announce that I've signed w Division 1 champions league team; F.C Kiryat Gat in Israel. Thank you to my friend Damon of @WMgmtAlliance for helping me return to playing at the highest level. My family & I are excited for this new journey. ISRAEL we ready #SoccerMom" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Arnar Geir Halldórsson (4 March 2019). "Stjörnukonur fá liðsstyrk frá Mexíkó". Ví (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  19. ^ Hafliði Breiðfjörð (4 March 2019). "Renae Cuellar til Stjörnunnar (Staðfest)". Fó (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  20. ^ "UA soccer star Cuellar plays 'heart out' for Mexico". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Renae Cuéllar denuncia que fue marginada del Tri por maternidad" (in Spanish). SDP Noticias. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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