Former USWNT star Amy Rodriguez joins USC coaching staff

LOS ANGELESvs a former All-American soccer player and USC national champion who won two gold medals and a World Cup with the United States Women’s National Team, will join the USC soccer team in as an assistant coach.

Rodriguez, 34, will retire from professional and international football after 11 professional seasons, two NWSL titles (2014, 2015), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and a World Cup championship (2015). She played at USC from 2005 to 2008, leading the program to its first NCAA championship in 2007. Rodriguez joins the newly hired manager Jane Alukoniswas announced as the fifth head coach in program history Last week. She is the first USC alumna to be named a full-time program assistant since Isabelle Harvey in 2005.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Amy on the coaching staff,” Alukonis said. “Amy has won titles everywhere she has been – as a player at USC, with the USWNT at the Olympics and a World Cup, and in the NWSL. Needless to say, she’s a champion! I know Amy will bring her expertise and give her heart and soul to the program. I can’t wait to see her push the players to their maximum on a daily basis. She is the perfect coach and mentor to help USC players achieve their big dreams.

“I want to thank USC for giving me the opportunity to come home,” Rodriguez said. “Choosing to retire was an incredibly difficult decision for me. However, continuing to give back to the game has always been a priority of mine and there’s no better place for me to do that than here at the USC This university has given me so much and now it’s time for me to give back.

“I’m excited to begin working with Jane and discovering how I can complement her coaching style to create the best USC women’s soccer team possible. I plan to roll up my sleeves and get to work. Bringing another national championship to USC is my ultimate goal!

Rodriguez’s decorated international career began before she even adjusted to the Trojans, as the Southern California native made her first appearance for the USWNT in 2005 while still a senior at Catholic high school. of Santa Margarita. Over the next 13 years, Rodriguez earned 132 caps for the United States, helping lead the USWNT to gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, as well as a World Cup title in 2015. She also took part in the 2011 World Cup, helping the United States to a second-place finish.

Rodriguez ended his international career with a total of 30 goals scored and 19 assists. She is one of nine players to score a USWNT-record five goals in a game, accomplishing the feat against the Dominican Republic in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers. She scored a career-high nine goals internationals in 2012, helping lead the USWNT to Olympic gold in London that year.

Rodriguez had a number of memorable moments during his time with the US national team, including providing the assist on Carli Lloyd’s gold medal goal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Rodriguez registered seven career assists for the USWNT that year and scored a total of six goals. In 2011, she scored four goals and provided three assists, starting all 18 games she appeared in, including five at the World Cup in Germany. Her World Cup title came in 2015 when she was part of the USA team that won in Canada that year. Rodriguez appeared in 15 games in 2015, including two World Cup starts, and had two goals and three assists.

Rodriguez has also played for several United States national youth teams, participating in the 2004 U-19 World Championship in Thailand, the 2006 U-20 World Championship in Russia, and the 2005 Nordic Cup in Sweden. In total, she played with the U-17, U-19 and U-21 programs.

His professional career was highlighted by Rodriguez winning back-to-back NWSL titles at FC Kansas City in 2014 and 2015. The star forward was instrumental in both championships, scoring twice in a 2- 1 against the Seattle Reign in the 2014 title match, then scoring Kansas City’s only goal in the 2015 title match, again against the Reign. She was named to the NWSL First XI in 2014 and earned NWSL Championship Game MVP honors in 2015.

Rodriguez was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft (WPS), playing her first professional season with the Boston Breakers before being traded to the Philadelphia Independence, where she would spend the next two seasons (2010-11 ). After the demise of the WPS, Rodriguez joined the newly created NWSL and played for FC Kansas City from 2013 to 2017, winning the aforementioned two titles between the 2013 and 2016 seasons for the birth of his two children. She played three seasons for the Utah Royals (2018-20) before joining Kansas City Current in 2021 and ending her career with the North Carolina Courage after a mid-season trade from Kansas City.

During his professional career, Rodriguez played 160 games and scored a total of 64 goals. In addition to her NWSL honors in 2014 and 2015, Rodriguez was named to the WPS Best XI and All-Star Team in 2010.

While at Troy, the great USC helped cement the Trojans’ position as a premier college football program, leading USC to its first NCAA championship in 2007. She scored twice in the win in USC’s NCAA Semifinal against UCLA and was named the 2007 NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

Rodriguez has earned All-American honors twice (2005, 2008) and All-Pac-10 recognition three times (2005, 2007, 2008), including being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2005. She was a semi-finalist for the MAC Trophée Hermann as a senior in 2008.

Her name is still in the USC record books, with the forward ranking sixth in career points with 79, sixth in career goals with 31, ninth in career assists with 17 and third in goals winners with 12.

During the Trojans’ 2007 title run, Rodriguez led USC with 10 goals and 23 total points, earning Umbro/Soccer News Net Player of the Year honors.

Rodriguez was the nation’s top recruit as a decorated prep athlete in 2005 before committing to USC. She was named National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine, EA Sports and the NSCAA after scoring 17 goals in 15 games for Santa Margarita Catholic. Rodriguez was also named Gatorade California State Player of the Year that season and earned local honors as Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. She was a four-time all-league draft and All-CIF honoree and was named a Parade All-American in 2003 and 2004.

Rodriguez married former USC water polo player Adam Shilling in 2011 and the couple have two sons (Ryan and Luke). She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from USC in 2013.