Whitney Engen - Defender
Name: Whitney Engen
Pronunciation: ANG-gen
Position: Defender
Height: 5-8
Jersey number: 4
Date of birth: Nov. 28, 1987
Age: 28
Hometown: Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Citizenship: USA
College: University of North Carolina
Last club: Chicago Red Stars
How acquired: Acquired via trade with Chicago on Nov. 23, 2015
Follow on Twitter: @whitneyengen
 
Professional: In 2016 with the Breakers, started all 14 games she appeared in ... Logged 1,260 minutes ... Scored one goal ... Tallied one assist ... Acquired by the Breakers on Nov. 23, 2015 in exchange for Alyssa Naeher … Traded from the Western New York Flash to the Chicago Red Stars on Nov. 10, 2015 for Abby Erceg, Adrianna Leon and a draft pick … In 2015, started all 12 matches she appeared in for the Western New York Flash, registering 1,080 minutes … In 2014, traded from the Houston Dash to the Western New York Flash on Oct. 16 for Carli Lloyd, Becky Edwards, and a draft pick … Allocated to the expansion Houston Dash for the second NWSL season, joining the team after her Swedish club Tyresö finished runner-up in the UEFA Women’s Champions League… Played in 11 games for the Dash, starting all of them … 2013: In a season that ran from March to October, Engen marshalled a Liverpool Ladies defense that helped the club win the FA Women’s Super League on the last weekend of the season, holding off Bristol Academy to finish four points clear and break Arsenal’s 10-year stronghold atop English women’s soccer … Started and played in 20 of Liverpool’s 21 games (she missed one due to international duty) and scored once … Following her stint in England, she signed with Tyresö in Sweden and helped the club win its Round of 32 UEFA Women’s Champions League series against French power Paris Saint-German and Round of 16 series against Danish club Fortuna … In the second leg against Fortuna, she scored a spectacular back-heel flick volley off a free-kick service from U.S. teammate Meghan Klingenberg … 2012: In October 2012, Engen signed with English club Liverpool Ladies for the 2013 FA WSL and arrived in England in January of 2013 … Played with the Pali Blues in the W-League during the summer … 2011: At the end of the WPS season, Engen joined Swedish team Tyresö FF on loan, playing seven games with six starts while scoring one goal with one assist in Damallsvenskan … Signed with the Western New York Flash and played a key role in helping the team to the WPS regular season title and the WPS championship in its first year of existence … Played in 17 of the team’s 18 regular season matches, starting them all, and led the Flash in minutes played with 1,530 … Played every minute in the championship game shootout victory over Philadelphia … Was named the WPS Defender of the Year and to the 2011 WPS Top XI … 2010: Taken fourth overall by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2010 WPS Draft … She started all 24 games for the Red Stars and played all but four minutes of the season.

College: Engen won three titles in four years at the University of North Carolina (2006, 2008, 2009) … In four seasons at UNC, played 105 games, starting 103 of them from 2006-2009 … Finished with a career total of 19 goals and 27 assists … As a senior in 2009, won the 2009 Honda Sports Award in soccer, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in the sport … A 2009 first-team NSCAA and Soccer America All-America and 2009 first-team All-ACC selection … Scored one goal and had three assists for five points …As a junior in 2008, had a tremendous year, moving into the starting role at center back after playing her first two years as a starting striker ... Started all 28 games and led the team in minutes played with 2,518 ... Played the last 1,211 minutes of the season without taking a break ... Recorded three assists … Named a second-team All-America by Soccer Buzz and a third-team All-America by the NSCAA ... Was a second-team All-ACC honoree ... Was named to the All-Tournament Teams at both the NCAA College Cup and the ACC Tournament ... As a sophomore in 2007, named to the All-ACC Academic team, the ACC Honor Roll and to the Dean's List in both semesters ... appeared in 23 of 24 games during the season, starting all 23 games she played in ... produced the third-highest point total on the team with 20 ... scored six goals and had eight assists during the year … As a freshman in 2006, played in 27 games for the Tar Heels ... started 24 of those games in her freshman season ... was Carolina's third-leading point producer with 37... tied for second on the team in goals with 12 and in assists with 13 … A Soccer Buzz second-team freshman All-America selection ... Earned a spot on Soccer America's second-team All-Freshman squad ... a Top Drawer Soccer first-team All-Freshman Team honoree ... Made the All-Tournament Team at the 2006 ACC Tournament ... A 2006 ACC All-Freshman Team choice ... Named to the ACC All-Academic Women's Soccer Team.

International: Has been capped 29 times and has scored four goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team … 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion ... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her first World Cup selection … In 2014, took a big step forward with the WNT in her third year with the program, playing 1,051 minutes in 13 games while starting 11 … She scored two goals, finding the net against Mexico on a header off a corner kick that was assisted by childhood friend and youth soccer teammate Christen Press, and against Guatemala on a header from a set play in the opening match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, where she helped the USA secure its berth to the Women’s World Cup …  2013: Had her best year for the WNT to date, playing in eight games at center back while starting seven … Scored her first international goal on March 8 against China PR at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … 2012: Did not play in a match for the U.S. WNT … 2011: Earned her first two senior team caps, coming off the bench against Norway and Finland during group play at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … Trained extensively with the team in the lead up to the Women’s World Cup … 2010: First call-up to the senior team came in March of 2010, and she trained with the team during matches against Mexico in San Diego and Salt Lake City, Utah … Also called in to train in October of 2010 during two friendly matches against China … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in 2009 … Played with the U.S. U-20s in 2006 and 2007 … First Appearance: March 4, 2011, vs. Norway … First Goal: March 8, 2013 vs. China PR.

Scholastic/club: One of seven Tar Heel freshmen who were ranked among the Top 25 recruits in the nation by Soccer Buzz in 2006 … Graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. on June 15, 2006 ... lettered for two years as a forward and attacking midfielder on the varsity soccer team ... named high school's Most Valuable Offensive Player as a freshman and Most Valuable Player as a sophomore … Played for the Pali Blues of the USL W-League … Played youth club for Slammers FC, winning back-to-back state and regional titles in 2004-05 ... Took part in two national championships with the Slammers, taking second in 2004 and third in 2005 ... Won two ODP national titles with the Cal South ’86 State Team.

Personal: Born Whitney Elizabeth Engen … daughter of Chris and Kim Engen … born November 28, 1987 in Torrance, Calif. ... has one brother, Taylor, 19 … her mother was a scholarship tennis player at UCLA.