Olympic sketches: Lindsey Horan

Lindsey Horan after scoring her first international goal, against Trinidad & Tobago at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Dec 10, 2015. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports)

Lindsey Horan after scoring her first international goal, against Trinidad & Tobago at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Dec 10, 2015. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports)

In the run-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, NBC has produced a series of short online profiles of athletes who will represent the United States. You can find them by poking around on NBC’s Rio Olympics site.

Today: “Who is … Lindsey Horan?

Here are a few things you might not know about this young powerhouse:

UNC Logo• She turned down a scholarship to the University of North Carolina, the most prestigious women’s soccer program in college athletics, to turn pro straight out of high school.

• She played for Paris Saint-Germain, one of the top soccer teams in the world, from 2012 to 2015 before returning to the United States and signing with the Portland Thorns.

• Despite her exceptional talent, playing overseas severely limited her opportunities with the U.S. women’s team. She made her first appearance in 2013, playing in two matches, but earned no caps in 2014.

• Her first international goal came last Dec. 10, during Team USA’s World Cup Victory Tour. Playing against Trinidad & Tobago at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Horan also had two assists.

• In the United States’ Olympic qualifying tournament, she started four of five matches as a center mid — the position where she’s made her biggest mark with the U.S. team, even though she was a forward with PSG.

 

Earlier in this series:

Tobin Heath

Julie Johnston

Morgan Brian

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