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Julie Ertz: Player of the Year

A member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) midfielders serves in a beautiful corner kick. The ball heads around the near post of the goal and into the back of the opposing team’s net, much to the joy of the frenzy pro-US crowd. That phenomenal near-post goal, which would later be named the 2017 U.S. Soccer Goal of the Year, was scored by you guessed it, Julie Ertz.

Julie Beth Johnston Ertz was born on April 6, 1992, in Mesa, Arizona. She grew up playing and loving the game of soccer. From eight to eleven years old, Ertz played soccer with Arsenal GSC before playing for the Sereno Soccer Club until the age of 18.  In 2006, she officially joined the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team programs and quickly became a coaching favorite. Ertz won her first major tournament in 2012 when the U-20 WNT team won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.  Ever since she made her first appearance for the national team (USWNT) on February 9, 2013, she has risen to prominence in the soccer community.

Here are some quick facts about her:

Age: 25

Height: 5′ 7″

National Team: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (#8)

Club Team: Chicago Red Stars, NWSL (#8)

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Nicknames: JJ or Jules

Signature game trademark: A light blue headband

*As a side note, I remember the very first time that I watched Julie play; I was so excited because she had the same soccer cleats as me.

As the USWNT 2017 Player of the Year, Etz has made 58 international appearances and has scored 15 goals for the national team, which is an impressive feat for a 25-year-old player who has played primarily as a defender. She has become an almost vital part of the national team, and her ability to break up, create, or finish set pieces make her a very versatile and skilled player.  For her current club team, the Chicago Red Stars, she has made 34 game appearances and has started in 33 of them.

In case you thought her surname sounded familiar, that’s because Julie is the wife of Zachary Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, the recent Super Bowl champions. Both she and her husband have now won the major tournaments in their respective sports—Julie the Women’s World Cup, and Zach the Super Bowl.  So, the next time you see her playing on the field with her signature headband, you will know the story behind this extraordinary and unique athlete.


About the Author

Name: Theresa Lam

Age: 15

How many years have you been apart of TPS?

This is my first year with TPS. I love it so far!

What classes are you taking with TPS this year?
I’m only taking one class–AP World History Section #2 with Mr. Mailand. I really enjoy class (my teacher and my classmates are awesome) and learning about world history, although the course itself is not easy.

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I really love playing soccer to the point that I want to play professionally, so I wouldn’t necessarily say that it is a hobby, but I guess it counts. You can probably guess that I also love watching soccer games that are on TV and online. I am an avid reader as well, and I love photography. I enjoy eating grapes and cheesecakes too–I suppose that those count as hobbies.




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