Emily Sonnett

Emily Sonnett
Personal information
Full name Emily Ann Sonnett
Date of birth (1993-11-25) November 25, 1993
Place of birth Marietta, Georgia, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Number 16
Youth career
NASA 12 Elite II
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 University of Virginia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Portland Thorns FC 16 (1)
National team
2011–2012 United States U18
2013–2015 United States U23 3 (0)
2015– United States 12 (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 October 19, 2016

Emily Ann Sonnett (born November 25, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Portland Thorns FC and the United States women's national soccer team.

Early life

Emily was born in Marietta, Georgia to Jane and Bill Sonnett. She has a twin sister named Emma, who played soccer for the University of Georgia. Sonnett attended Fellowship Christian School in Roswell, Georgia. During her senior season, she led her team to the state championship game. She was also named the 2013 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year that year.[1] Sonnett ended her career at Fellowship Christian as the school's leading scorer with 113 goals and 41 assists. That same year, Sonnett helped her club team, NASA 12 Elite II, win the U-19 national title.[2] Sonnett signed her national letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Virginia.

University of Virginia

Sonnett was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team following her first season with the Cavaliers. Her first goal would turn out to be the game-winner against Boston College. Sonnett started in all 26 games during the 2014 season when Virginia reached the College Cup finals. She was recognized as the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Sonnett was named team captain at the beginning of her senior year. She helped Virginia reach the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Women's Tournament and was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy.[3] Additionally, Sonnett was also named NSCAA first-team All-American, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-ACC, and ESPNW National Player of the Year.[3]

Playing career


Portland Thorns FC

Sonnett was selected by Portland Thorns FC with the first overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.[4]


Sonnett has represented the United States at the U-18 and U-23 levels. On October 16, 2015, Sonnett received her first senior call-up to the U.S. women's national soccer team from Jill Ellis.[5] She received her first cap and start for the USWNT on October 25, 2015 against Brazil. Sonnett served as an alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.




  1. Rohrbach, Ben. "Georgia Girls Soccer POY: Emily Sonnett". ESPN. ESPN. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  2. "Fellowship Christian women's soccer alumni win national title". Neighborhoodnewspapers.com. Neighborhood Newspapers. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Sonnett Named Hermann Trophy Finalist". virginiasports.com. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  4. Goff, Steven. "Virginia defender Emily Sonnett taken No. 1 by Portland Thorns in NWSL draft". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  5. "Ellis Calls in 31-Player WNT Victory Tour Roster for Matches vs. Brazil in Seattle and Orlando". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  6. "ACC WOMEN'S SOCCER: 2015 SEASON AWARDS ANNOUNCED". The ACC. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  7. "ACC WOMEN'S SOCCER: DUNN, KALLMAN LEAD ALL-ACC TEAM". The ACC. Retrieved October 17, 2015.

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