Abby Erceg

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Abby Erceg
2014-10-11 - Fußball 1. Bundesliga - FF USV Jena vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim IMG 4116 LR7,5.jpg
Erceg playing for FF USV Jena in 2014
Personal information
Full name Abby May Erceg[1]
Date of birth (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Whangarei, New Zealand[2]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 6
Youth career
0000–2004 Three Kings United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Three Kings United 36 (17)
2007–2008 Western Springs FC 22 (12)
2009 Three Kings United 23 (15)
2009–2010 Espanyol 0 (0)
2010 Fencibles United 25 (14)
2011–2013 Adelaide United 22 (0)
2013–2014 FF USV Jena 30 (5)
2014–2015 Chicago Red Stars 26 (0)
2016 Western New York Flash 19 (2)
2017– North Carolina Courage 42 (3)
National team
2007–2009 New Zealand U-20 24 (13)
2006–2018 New Zealand 132[3] (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2018

Abby May Erceg (born 20 November 1989) is a professional New Zealand footballer who plays as a defender. She is the captain of both the New Zealand national team,[4] and the North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League.[5] She has previously played for Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL, Espanyol in the Superliga Femenina, and Adelaide United in the Australian W-League. Erceg was the first player (male or female) from New Zealand to play 100 international matches.

Club career[edit]

Erceg signed with German side Jena in 2013.[6] She was loaned to the Chicago Red Stars, an NWSL club, and played there for two months during the Bundesliga's 2014 summer break. After she returned and played the first half of the 2014–15 Bundesliga season, she and the Jena club ended her contract during the winter break.[7]

Erceg then signed with the Chicago Red Stars in May 2014.[8]

In November 2015, the Red Stars traded her to the Western New York Flash.[9]

In 2016, she captained the Western New York Flash to a NWSL League Championship.

Erceg became part of the North Carolina Courage in 2017 after the Western New York Flash were sold to the owners of North Carolina FC. She would remain captain as the Courage won the 2017 NWSL Shield and appeared in the 2017 NWSL Final where they lost 1-0 to the Portland Thorns.[10] Erceg was named to the NWSL Second XI for the 2017 season.[11]

Erceg was named the NWSL Team of the Month for May & June in the 2018 season.[12]

International career[edit]

Abby Erceg at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Erceg made her full Football Ferns début in a 0–3 loss to China on 14 November 2006, and represented New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup finals in China,[13] where they lost to Brazil 0–5, Denmark (0–2) and China (0–2).

Erceg was also included in the New Zealand squad for the 2008 Summer Olympic games where they drew with Japan (2–2) before losing to Norway (0–1) and USA (0–4).[14] In the following tournament, Erceg helped New Zealand reach the quarterfinals, the Ferns' first ever knockout game in a FIFA tournament.[15] There they lost 2-0 to the United States.

She was included in the U-20 squad for the 2008 Women's U-20 World Cup finals in Chile.[16] Erceg earned her 50th cap for New Zealand aged just 21 when starting New Zealand's 2011 Cyprus Cup opening match against the Netherlands on 2 March 2011 and becoming the third most capped female player in New Zealand Football history with 62 caps to her name. Erceg was also a part of the team that qualified for the Women's Football World Cup that took place in Germany, in 2011 where they finished 12th overall.

Erceg's experience led her to be named captain of the Football Ferns in 2014.[8] In the first game of the 2014 OFC Women's Nations Cup, she became the first player from New Zealand to reach 100 international caps.[17]

She featured in all New Zealand's three matches at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[18] Erceg was named for the 2016 Olympics squad, which will be her sixth international tournament representing New Zealand.[19]

In February 2017, Erceg announced her retirement from the international game on social media, writing "Due to the unfortunate and unfavourable circumstances within the organisation that is NZF, it is with regret and great sadness that today is the day that I announce my retirement from the international game. Without being able to justify my involvement any longer I will be stepping back in the hopes to create change for the current and future generations of NZ footballers."[20][21]

In February 2018, Erceg came out of retirement to play for New Zealand in their two friendlies against Scotland in Spain.[22] She then retired again for the second time in May 2018 before New Zealand's friendly against Japan.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Erceg is of Croatian-Māori descent,[24] and affiliates to the Ngāpuhi iwi.[25]

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Team

Western New York Flash

North Carolina Courage

Individual

  • NWSL Second XI: 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "List of Players – 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "NZ Football - HOME". www.nzfootball.co.nz. 
  3. ^ "Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Caps 'n' Goals, New Zealand Women's national representatives". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Game 1: WNY Flash Open Against FC Kansas City". www.wnyflash.com. 
  6. ^ "Jena leiht Abby Erceg nach Chicago aus". www.womensoccer.de. 
  7. ^ "Abby Erceg verlässt FF USV Jena". www.womensoccer.de. 
  8. ^ a b "Red Stars Sign New Zealand Defender Abby Erceg". 5 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Red Stars Acquire Engen & 4th Round Pick in 2017 College Draft". Chicago Red Stars. 10 November 2015. the team has acquired U.S. Women's National Team defender Whitney Engen and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 National Women's Soccer League College Draft from Western New York Flash. In exchange, Western New York received Abby Erceg, Adriana Leon and a first-round (No. 9 overall) selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft 
  10. ^ "Western New York Flash sold, will move to North Carolina". 6 January 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "Catley And Morgan Named to 2017 NWSL Second XI Honors". 12 October 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
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  13. ^ "New Zealand Squad List, 2007 Women's World Cup". FIFA. Retrieved 22 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008. 
  15. ^ "NZ Football - HOME". www.nzfootball.co.nz. 
  16. ^ "New Zealand (NZL)". FIFA. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  17. ^ "Football Ferns captain earns her 100th cap". stuff.co.nz. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "FIFA player's stats". FIFA. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  19. ^ FIFA.com (10 June 2016). "Kiwi captain Erceg leading from the front". 
  20. ^ "Abby Erceg retires from international competition – Equalizer Soccer". 
  21. ^ "Football Ferns Captain Abby Erceg Retires Due to Lack of Support From NZ Football". 20 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Football Ferns – Big names come back for Scotland". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  23. ^ "Football: Abby Erceg retires again ahead of Football Ferns' clash with Japan". Newshub. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  24. ^ Gol.hr, Meet footballer of Croatian-Maori descent published 12 December 2013, access date 16 June 2017
  25. ^ "43 Māori athletes to head to Rio Olympics". Te Karere. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 

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