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Kathryn Markgraf

Soccer

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Position: Defender
Height: 5?7 (1.70)
Born: Aug. 23, 1976, in Pontiac, Mich.
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
College: University of Notre Dame

U.S. National Team: First came into a National Team camp after her sophomore college season in 1995, but would not make an impact on the team until 1998 when she debuted ... Formerly Kate Sobrero, she started using her married name on the back of her jersey for the first time in 2004 ... Holds the record for most games played for the USA without scoring a goal ... At the end of 2007, she had started 157 of the 168 games in her career, coming off the bench just 11 times ... Has played at outside back for the USA, but her major impact has come in the middle of the defense ...
2008: Won Gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China ... The co-captain of the U.S. National Team, she did not play in the Four Nations Tournament in January in China as she recovered from an ankle injury, but has started eight of nine games since heading into the Peace Queen Cup in June ... Registered the ninth assist of her career during a win over Mexico in Olympic Qualifying ... 2007: Used part of the year to regain strength and fitness after the birth of her son in 2006 and got back to full speed in time to play in her third Women's World Cup ... Ended the year starting all 15 games she played, including the first five at the Women's World Cup ... Missed the third-place match with an ankle injury that carried over into the first part of 2008 ...
2006: Took most of the year off from soccer to have her first baby, Keegan Jamison, who was born on July 18, 2006 ...
2005: The only player to start and play every minute of all nine games during the year, including all four games at the Algarve Cup ...
2004: Played in 33 of the USA's 34 games, starting 32, and led the USA in minutes played at 2,812 ... Earned a career-high three assists (and in fact had just three total assists in the previous six years), including one in the Olympic Games to Abby Wambach on a goal against Greece ...  Played every minute of all six games at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games ...
2003: Was second on the USA in minutes played in 2003 with 1,620 ... Started 20 of her 21 matches, both tied for team-highs ... Earned her 100th cap during the Women's World Cup against North Korea in Columbus, Ohio ... Started all six games at the WWC ... Missed the final match of 2003 vs. Mexico due to her marriage ...
2002: Played in 16 matches for the USA as both a central defender and outside back ... A member of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Team that qualified the USA for the 2003 Women's World Cup ...
2001:
A fixture in the central defense, she played every minute in her four matches for the USA during a limited schedule ...
2000: A consistent rock in the center of the U.S. defense with Joy Fawcett, she played in 29 matches, starting them all ... Played all 462 minutes over five games in the Olympics ...
1999: Solidified her starting spot in the central defense in 1999, playing in 21 matches, including five 1999 Women's World Cup games ... The most inexperienced U.S. starter in the Women's World Cup, she had an excellent tournament despite spraining her ankle during the first round ...
1998:
Had her breakthrough year in 1998, playing in her first 13 games for the full national team and starting both matches as the USA won the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medal ... Recorded her first start and played 90 minutes against Japan on May 24, 1998, in Yokohama ... Was called into the USA's January 1998 training camp in San Diego, but broke her jaw in a gruesome collision with U.S. goalkeeper Tracy Ducar ... After having her jaw wired shut for six weeks, she rebounded strongly to play in the Goodwill Games and start all three games at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup ...
Youth National Teams: First played for the U.S. Under?20 Women's National Team in 1993 and competed in the Nordic Cup in 1994 ... Was a starter on the USA's Nordic Cup champion Under?20 Team in Denmark in 1997 as an overage player ...
First Appearance: April 26, 1998, vs. Argentina ...
First Goal: None.

Professional / Club: Was a founding player in the WUSA for the Boston Breakers ...
2003: Started all 19 games in which she played, helping the Breakers to the playoffs for the first time ... Had three assists on the season ... Was named to the All-WUSA Second Team ...
2002:
Missed a few games at the beginning of the season while recovering from minor knee surgery, but started 16 games for the Breakers ... Named as a reserve to the WUSA North All-Star Team ...
2001: Played every minute of her 20 matches ... Had two assists on the year ... Etc.: Played for KIF Orebro in the Swedish First Division for two months in the Spring of 2005 ... Won three state titles with her Michigan Hawks club team.

College / High School: A four?year starter at Notre Dame, she started all 96 games in her career and was a three?time NSCAA All?American, earning First?Team honors twice ... Scored seven goals with 24 assists in four years at Notre Dame ... Captained the Fighting Irish as a senior ... Her play at marking back during her sophomore year was instrumental in the Fighting Irish winning the 1995 NCAA Championship ... Was the Defensive MVP of the 1995 NCAA Final Four ... Was on the cover of Soccer America following Notre Dame's NCAA title ... Scored the game?winning goal in the 1994 NCAA semifinal against Portland on a header ... Was a three-time All?Big East selection and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Was an All?MCC selection as a freshman before Notre Dame moved to the Big East ... Scored 16 goals and had 26 assists as a forward at Detroit Country Day en route to the 1991 state championship as a junior ... Was an NSCAA All?American and three time all?state selection at Country Day ... Was also an all?league outside hitter in volleyball for three years at Country Day.

Personal: Full name is Kathryn Michele Markgraf (formerly Sobrero) ... Nickname is "Sobs" ... In 2005, she was accepted into Northwestern Law School in Chicago and Northeastern Law School in Boston ... Married former Providence College soccer player Chris Markgraf on Oct. 31, 2003 ... Took 2006 off from the National Team to have a baby ... Earned her degree in science business at Notre Dame and was a member of the Dean's List ... Threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game following the 1999 Women's World Cup ... Paid up on a bet and dyed her hair bright red after defender Joy Fawcett scored against Germany in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals, then played the rest of the tournament as a redhead ...Was an intern at MTV in New York in 2000 ... Image is depicted in a mural at the new Detroit Airport honoring accomplished people from the state of Michigan ... Loves going to live music concerts ... Dream is to see U2 and Sarah McLachlan ... Someday wants to go on a safari, and learn Spanish ... Dons a "cheesehead" every December for a Green Bay Packers game with her Wisconsin-born husband ... Is an avid cook ... Loves gummi bears, cheese and YoBaby products.