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Zoey Glenn Goralski (born January 22, 1995) is an American soccer player. She plays for the Chicago Red Stars. She was previously a part of the U-15 and U-17 player pool for the women's national team and played for the U-20 women's national team and the U-23 women's national soccer team.

Zoey Goralski
Personal information
Full name Zoey Glenn Goralski
Date of birth (1995-01-22) January 22, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Naperville, Illinois
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 32
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 UCLA Bruins 88 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Chicago Red Stars 2 (0)
National team
2011–2012 United States U17
2013 United States U20
2017 United States U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early lifeEdit

Goralski was born in Naperville, Illinois to Ed and Teri Goralski along with two sisters, Jamie and Naomi.[1] She began her soccer career with Team Chicago Academy Botafogo and went on to play for Neuqua Valley High School from 2009 to 2013.[2]

High SchoolEdit

While attending Neuqua Valley, Goralski was awarded NSCAA All-American in 2011 and 2012.[1][3][4] She scored 45 goals, ranking her fourth on Neuqua's career scoring list.[2] Goralski was placed in the United States U-15 women's national soccer team player pool in 2010.[4][1] She was named Gatorade State Player of the Year finalist and Illinois High School Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2012.[5][4][1] During this same year, Goralski was placed on the ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Best XI team.[1][4][6] She joined the United States U-17 women's National Soccer Team from 2011 to 2012.[7] Goralski was asked to play with the United States U-20 women's National Soccer Team as a starting striker in the 12 Nations tournament in La Manga, Spain where she tore her ACL playing against Germany on March 9, 2013.[3][2]


Goralski attended the UCLA Bruins in 2013 to major in Physiological Sciences.[1][8] She joined as a Redshirted player due to her torn ACL and began playing in 2014 where she played on the All-Freshman team, scoring two goals with three assists in the 22 games played.[1][8] In 2015, Goralski played 1414 minutes and was a starter in 18 of the 19 games for the season, followed by starting 21 of the 22 games in 2016.[1] As a senior, Goralski was the team co-captain and was recognized on the UCLA Athletic Director's Honor Roll 11 times as well as Pac-12 All-American three times.[1][8] She was selected for the Senior CLASS Award for her academics and athleticism.[8] She was placed on the College Cup All-Tournament Team and started 23 of the 25 games for this season, playing a total of 88 of the 90 games for all four years as a Bruin.[1][2][9] She brought the UCLA team to the national championship game in 2017.[1][2] Goralski graduated in 2017 and contributed a total of three goals and 15 assists during her collegiate career.[1][2][8]

Professional careerEdit

Chicago Red StarsEdit

Goralski was drafted as a third round pick into the Chicago Red Stars program in January 2018.[10][2] She practices with the first team but is a starter for the Red Stars Reserves team.[2][10] In the 2018 season, the Red Stars Reserve team had a record of 7–0, with Goralski starting four games with three assists.[11][2] She was pulled up to the first team for a game in May 2019 against Washington.[12] Although they lost 2–0, Goralski subbed in for 15 minutes as a defender as her first debut.[12]

International TeamEdit

In 2010, Goralski attended a training camp as a defender as part of the United States U-15 Women's National Team player pool at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.[1][13] She joined the United States U-17 Women's National Team in 2011 for training camps in Florida as Player Pool pick to possibly play in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, playing in games against their Germany counterpart.[7] She also took part in games against Loyola Marymount, Fullerton, and Japan.[14][15][16] In 2013, Goralski joined the United States U-20 Women's National Team.[17][1] She played in the game against UCLA and was selected for the 12 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, where she tore her ACL playing Germany.[18][19][3][2] Goralski joined the United States U-23 Women's National Team in 2017 where she played Houston Dash and Thorns FC in Seattle's Thorns Spring Invitational.[20][1] In the 2017 Women's U-23 Open Nordic Tournament, Goralski defended against Norway, England, and Sweden.[21]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Zoey Goralski – Women's Soccer". UCLA. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Cren, Matt Le. "Transition time: Neuqua Valley graduate Zoey Goralski adjusts to pro soccer with Red Stars Reserves". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  3. ^ a b c " – Your favorite newspapers and magazines". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  4. ^ a b c d "Zoey Goralski — Soccer Wire". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  5. ^ "Girls soccer / DuPage County-Area Team". Daily Herald. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  6. ^ "Young Players begin at ODP Interregional | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  7. ^ a b "U.S U17 WNT begins new World Cup cycle | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Goralski Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate". UCLA. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  9. ^ "COD Library Login". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  10. ^ a b Chicago Red Stars (2019-06-03), Road to the Pros | Zoey Goralski, retrieved 2019-06-19
  11. ^ "Chicago Red Stars Reserves – 2018 Regular Season – Roster – #6 – Zoey Goralski – D". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  12. ^ a b Ltd, Simplestream. "National Women's Soccer League". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  13. ^ "U15 GNT shows strengths, weaknesses | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  14. ^ "U17 WNT routs Loyola Marymount 7–0 | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  15. ^ "U17 WNT closes camp with draw vs. Fullerton | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  16. ^ "U.S. U17 WNT claws back against Japan | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  17. ^ "U.S. U20 WNT opens new cycle | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  18. ^ "U20 WNT scores five, defeats UCLA 3–2 | College Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  19. ^ "U20 WNT roster named for La Manga | College Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  20. ^ "U23 WNT heads to Portland, Florida | College Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  21. ^ "U.S. U23 WNT heads to Sweden in June | College Soccer". Retrieved 2019-06-19.

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