Kia McNeill - Defender

Name: Kia McNeill
Pronunciation: KEY-ah mick-NEEL
Position: Defender
Height: 5-9
Jersey number: 14
Date of birth: May 15, 1986
Age: 27
Hometown: Avon, Conn.
Citizenship: USA
College: Boston College
Last club: Philadelphia Independence
How acquired: Signed as a free agent in February 2013
Follow on Twitter: @KiaMcNeill
With the Breakers: Signed as a free agent in February 2013 ... In 2013, started all 21 games she appeared in ... Logged 1,890 minutes, fourth most on team.
With the Philadelphia Independence: Signed as a free agent on Dec. 20, 2010 ... Started all 17 games she played in during the 2011 season ... Played 1,453 minutes ... Scored one goal ... Anchored a back line that led Philadelphia to the 2011 WPS Championship.
With the Atlanta Beat: Started all 19 games, logging 1624 minutes in 2010.
With Saint Louis Athletica: Drafted ninth overall in the 2008 WPS General Draft ... Appeared in 19 games for the Saint Louis Athletica in 2009, with 17 starts ... Helped anchor a Saint Louis defense that allowed the second fewest goals in the WPS, the second least GAA, and the second most shutouts ... Traded to the Atlanta Beat in February 2010.

International: Appeared in two matches for the US U-23 Women’s National Team in La Manga, Spain ... Part of the U-19 WNT Player Pool ... Selected for the national team seven times ... Netted four goals for the U-19 WNT at the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Canada

At Boston College: Served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Boston College, from fall of 2009 through 2012 ... As a player, served as team captain ... Final collegiate statistics include 86 games played, 24 goals, 13 assists ... Named Big East Rookie of the Year and honored as a All-Big East First Team selection ... Named by Soccer Buzz Magazine as the Northeast Freshman of the Year

High School/Youth: 2003 State Player of the Year in Connecticut ... Two-time NSCAA High School All-American ... Led Avon High School to three straight Class M State Championships and three undefeated seasons ... Also earned letters in basketball and track

Personal:  Began professional soccer career in Sweden in 2008, just two days after graduating from Boston College. Played for Kristianstad in Sweden’s top-flight league, Damallsvenskan ... Returned to Europe in 2011, playing one game for Russian club Rossiyanka in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

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