Adrianna Franch

Adrianna Franch
Personal information
Full name Adrianna Nichole Franch
Date of birth (1990-11-12) November 12, 1990
Place of birth Salina, Kansas, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 24
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Oklahoma State
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Western New York Flash 22 (0)
2015 Avaldsnes IL 12 (0)
2016– Portland Thorns FC 6 (0)
National team
2010 United States U-20 7 (0)
2011–2013 United States U-23 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 8, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 24, 2014

Adrianna "A.D." Nichole Franch (born November 12, 1990) is an American soccer goalkeeper. She currently plays for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She was also a member of the United States U-23 women's national soccer team.

Early life

Franch attended South High School in Salina, Kansas and was the starting goalkeeper for three seasons, but did not play her senior season due to an injury suffered playing basketball. She earned All-State, All-Southwest Region and All-League honors, as well as league MVP during her time at South. Franch was also a star basketball player earning first-team All-County and All-League honors as well as an honorable mention All-State performer.[1][2]

Franch was a three-year member of the Kansas Olympic Development Program (ODP) team. She played on the Region II ODP team and was an ODP National Pool player in 2006. She led her club team, the KC Comets Select, to a Kansas state championship in 2006 and to the Kansas state finals in 2007 and 2008.[2]

As a child, Franch's favorite goalkeeper was women's national team keeper, Briana Scurry, and people use to call her the "next Bri Scurry."[1]

Oklahoma State University

Franch was the starting goalkeeper for Oklahoma State University as a freshman in 2009, playing in 24 games and allowing just 14 goals for a 0.61 GAA. She went 15–6–2 with 11 shutouts and was named First-Team All-Big 12. Franch played a key role in the Cowgirls winning the Big 12 tournament for their second time ever.[1]

Franch is considered one of the most decorated players in Big 12 Conference and Oklahoma State University soccer history. She is a two-time All-American and a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. During each of her four seasons with Oklahoma State, she was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, the seventh player in Big 12 Conference history to achieve that distinction.[3]

Franch holds the OSU career record for shutouts with 38 and led the Big 12 in the same category in three of her four seasons. She finished her career with 325 saves ranking second the program's history. Franch's 38 shutouts rank sixth all time in NCAA history, and her 8,064:02 minutes in goal rank ninth on the NCAA list. As a junior, she ranked second in the NCAA in goals against average (0.348) and third in save percentage (0.92). She also set OSU's single-season record with 12 shutouts.[3]

In 2010, Franch became the first Oklahoma State soccer player to play for a United States national team when she was called up to the United States U-20 team.[4]

Playing career

July 4, 2013; Adrianna Franch defending a corner kick in Chicago Red Stars vs Western New York Flash. Left to right:Katherine Reynolds-16, Adriana Leon-16, Adrianna Franch-24, Angela Salem-6, Maribel Dominguez-9


Western New York Flash

On January 18, 2013, Franch was the sixth pick during the first round of the 2013 college draft of National Women's Soccer League; the first goalkeeper picked by any team and the first player picked by Western New York Flash.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Franch said of the Flash, "They are a very strong team that plays together and knows how to win. It's an environment that I'm really excited to be around because they have a lot of drive and heart." [11] During the team's first regular season match against Sky Blue FC, Franch made six saves. Although the Flash lost 1–0 due to an own goal, Franch was heralded as a tremendous force in the goal and a future prospect at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[12]

Portland Thorns FC

On December 10, 2015, Franch signed with the National Women's Soccer League club, Portland Thorns FC.[13]


Franch has played for the United States U-20 and U-23 teams. Her first ever call-up to the U.S. youth national teams came at the end of 2009 when she was called to U-20 camp in Sunrise, Florida. Her first international caps came at the La Manga Tournament in Spain in March 2010, where she played against Norway and Germany, earning a win and a tie.

In May 2012, Franch was called up to train with the United States women's national soccer team in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics by coach, Pia Sundhage.[14][15] In March 2013, she was named to the senior team roster by US WNT coach, Tom Sermanni for upcoming exhibition matches against Germany and the Netherlands.[16][17]

Franch was called into the United States women's national soccer team January 2016 training camp by coach Jill Ellis.[18] and again for the June 2016 friendlies against Japan.[19] She was called to training camp in November 2016 but unable to attend the camp.[20]


  1. 1 2 3 "Adrianna Franch player profile". US Soccer. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Adrianna Franch player profile". Oklahoma State University. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Adrianna Franch". NCAA. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  4. "Franch Shines For U-20 National Team". Oklahoma State University. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  5. "NWSL Selects College Stars". ESPN. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  6. "Flash Take Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch as Top Pick in NWSL Draft". Our Sports Central. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  7. "Flash take top goalie with 1st-round pick in NWSL draft". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  8. "NWSL Draft Selections". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  9. "Western New York Flash Take Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch as top pick in 2013 NWSL Draft". Western New York Flash. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  10. "Flash add four draft picks for 2013 NWSL season". Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  11. "Recapping the NWSL Draft for the Western New York Flash". NWSL News. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  12. "WNY Flash's Adrianna Franch has bright future". Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  13. "Thorns FC acquire goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, third-round pick in 2016 NWSL College Draft from Orlando Pride in exchange for defender Steph Catley".
  14. "2012 London Olympics: Build-up begins for U.S. women's national team". Oregon Live. May 9, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  15. "Sundhage Names 28 Women To U.S. Camp Roster". NBC Olympics. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  16. "Franch, Johnston, Klingenberg on US women's roster for games at Germany, Netherlands". Fox News. March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  17. "Picking apart the U.S. Women's roster for upcoming Germany, Netherlands friendlies". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  18. "Major changes define USWNT's first 2016 camp".

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