Michelle Betos

Michelle Betos

Betos playing for Seattle Reign FC in 2013
Personal information
Full name Michelle Betos
Date of birth (1988-02-20) February 20, 1988
Place of birth Queens, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Number 18
Youth career
2004–2006 Albertson Fury
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Georgia Bulldogs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Atlanta Silverbacks
2010 River Plate
2012 New York Fury
2012–2013 Apollon Limassol
2013 Seattle Reign FC 7 (0)
2014– Portland Thorns FC 29 (1)
2015–2016Sydney FC (loan) 13 (0)

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

Michelle Betos (born February 20, 1988) is an American professional soccer goalkeeper for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She previously played for Seattle Reign FC, Apollon Limassol, and the New York Fury. In 2015, Betos won the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Early life

Born in Queens, New York to parents, Luke and Susan Betos, Michelle began playing soccer at age five.[1] She attended St. Francis Preparatory School in the New York City borough of Queens. She was a two-year captain on the soccer team and was named 2005 Most Valuable Player. She played for the Albertson Fury ’87 from 2004–2006 and was a member of the Region I Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 2006. In 2005, she was named an ENYSSA State Team player and participated in the Super Y-League Olympic Development Program (ODP) National Camp.[2]

University of Georgia

Betos attended the University of Georgia. She finished her college career with a total of 316 saves, ranking third all-time at Georgia and second in shutout count (26) and win totals (48). During her senior year, she started all 22 games, logging 1,929 minutes and earned eight shutouts and a goals-against average (GAA) of 1.12 per game. Her junior year, she appeared in all 23 games making 22 starts. She recorded seven shutouts and a 1.19 GAA, finishing the season with 117 saves. Betos was named SEC All-Tournament Team and SEC Defensive Player of the Week on October 21, 2008. In 2007, she started all 24 games, finishing with 18 wins, eight shutouts and a 0.79 GAA. She recorded a save percentage of .816, making 84 saves and allowing 19 goals. She was named the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player. During her freshman year, Betos appeared in 12 games in goal, making eight starts. She led Georgia in GAA (1.18), save percentage (.732), least goals allowed (11), wins (5), shutouts (3) and saves (30). She was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team the same year.[1][2]

Playing career


Atlanta Silverbacks, 2009

Betos played for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the W-League during the 2009 season. She was named W-League Goalkeeper of the Year after leading the Atlanta Silverbacks to the regular season Southeast Division title. She finished the season with a 9–1–1 record and the team finished 10–1–1. She ranked second in the league for her 0.188 goals-against average, nine wins and nine shutouts.[3]

New York Fury, 2012

Betos signed with the New York Fury in the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite for the 2012 season.[4]

Apollon Limassol, 2012–13

Betos signed with Apollon Limassol in the UEFA Women's Champions League for the 2012–2013 season. She recorded five appearances for the team for a total of 450 minutes.[5][6]

Seattle Reign FC, 2013

Betos was selected by the Seattle Reign FC during the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft as their fifth pick (34th pick overall).[7][8] She was the starting goalkeeper for seven of the club's matches during the beginning of the 2013 season before Hope Solo returned from wrist surgery recovery. Betos made 34 saves and registered a 2.0 goals against average.[9]

Portland Thorns FC, 2014–

In the 2013–14 offseason, Seattle traded Betos and Kristie Mewis to the Boston Breakers for Sydney Leroux.[10] Boston soon traded Betos to Portland for the thirty-fourth pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft.[11] On June 19, 2015, Betos scored the equalizing goal for 10-man Portland in the 95th minute against FC Kansas City. This was the first ever goal scored by a goalkeeper in the NWSL.[12] Her goal was featured on ESPN SportsCenter as the #2 play during the show's Top 10 feature.[13] She was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week.[14] Following the season, she was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year.[15]

Sydney FC, 2015

In September 2015, Betos joined Sydney FC on loan for the 2015–16 season.[16]


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  2. 1 2 "Michelle Betos player profile". University of Georgia. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  3. "Flushing's Betos backstopping Seattle in NWSL". Big Apple Soccer. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  4. "Women's Soccer News: New York Fury Add Johnson, Betos and Spencer". Soccer Nation. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  5. "Michelle Betos". UEFA Champions League. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  6. "Michelle Betos player profile". Soccerway. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  7. "Results: Ochs taken first in NWSL Supplemental Draft". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  8. "Seattle Reign picks six in NWSL Supplemental Draft, rumored to be acquiring Veronica Perez". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  9. "2013 National Women's Soccer League stats". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  10. "Breakers acquire Kristie Mewis, Michelle Betos from Seattle Reign FC – Boston Breakers". bostonbreakerssoccer.com.
  11. William Conwell. "Portland Thorns Shore Up Their Defense With Emily Menges and Michelle Betos". Stumptown Footy.
  12. Taylor, J.R. (June 22, 2015). "Michelle Betos Becomes First Goalkeeper to Score in NWSL History". Go Local PDX. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  13. Stone, Avery. "Portland Thorns goalkeeper scores stunning stoppage time equalizer". USA Today. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  14. Blue, Molly (June 23, 2015). "Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos is NWSL Player of the Week". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  15. "THORNS FC'S MICHELLE BETOS VOTED GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR" (Press release). NWSL. September 16, 2015.
  16. "Sydney FC sign Portland Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos". The Women's Game. September 24, 2015.
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