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US Women's National Team legend Heather O'Reilly announces retirement

USWNT legend and Women’s International Champions Cup ambassador Heather O'Reilly is hanging up her boots at the end of the 2019 NWSL campaign.

A three-time Olympic champion and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup winner, the 34-year-old has had a career that countless players dream of. The NC Courage star has the fifth most assists for the USWNT and ranks eighth for the most international caps with 231. 

Born in East Brunswick, New Jersey, O’Reilly played on the girl's soccer team East Brunswick High School and scored a remarkable 143 goals in four years there. Named as the top college recruit by Soccer America, she went on to major at the University of North Carolina.

There she was deployed as a forward by the North Carolina Tar Heels and her goals guided them to two National Championships.

O’Reilly’s goalscoring exploits saw ESPN the Magazine named her as the All-American Player of the Year during her senior year with the Tar Heels.

The New Jersey Wildcats and Sky Blues FC gave her valuable playing time as she honed her craft before she made the move to the Boston Breakers, eventually making her NWSL debut in 2013 during the debut season of the newly formed league.

After finishing the season with an impressive average of a goal every four matches, FC Kansas City traded two players to secure O’Reilly’s signature. It was here that she won her first NSWL championship during the 2015 season.

FA Women's Super League giants Arsenal came calling in January 2017 and convinced the New Jersey-born attacker London was the place to continue her development. O’Reilly won the FA WSL Cup to finish the 2017/18 season on a high.

The USMNT icon then returned to her homeland, making her way back to Carolina to join the North Carolina Courage. With Paul Riley at the helm, the NWSL side won a historic treble as they were named champions during the 2018 season, lifted the NWSL Shield and triumphed in the first ever Women’s International Champions Cup.

It was O’Reilly who netted the winner against European Champions Olympique Lyonnais in the Hard Rock Stadium as the NC Courage wrote their name into the history books by winning the inaugural tournament.

A three-time Olympic Gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012), O'Reilly also won the World Cup in 2015 to cement her legacy as one of the greatest players ever to play soccer.

 
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