Maya Hayes

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Maya Hayes
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Personal information
Full name Maya Alexandria Hayes
Date of birth (1992-03-26) March 26, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth New York City, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2000–2001 Montclair Blue
2002–2004 Montclair Starbursts
2005–2006 Match Fit PSV
2007–2009 Montclair Aristocats
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Penn State 89 (71)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Sky Blue FC 74 (9)
National team
United States U-18
2010–2012 United States U-20 42 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Maya Alexandria Hayes[1][2] (born March 26, 1992) is an American soccer player.[1] Hayes was a member of the United States under-20 women's national soccer team,[3] and plays the position of forward. In 2012, she helped the United States team win the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.

Early life[edit]

Hayes was born in New York City to Irene Smith and Derek Hayes. She has four siblings. Hayes attended Newark Academy, a private school located in Livingston, New Jersey. She grew up in West Orange, New Jersey.[2]

Penn State Nittany Lions[edit]

Hayes attended Pennsylvania State University from 2010 to 2013 where she played for the Nittany Lions. In 2011, she scored 31 goals, earned 70 points, and led the nation in goals and points. She set a new Penn State and Big Ten Conference record for points in a single season.[2] Hayes finished her Penn State career having scored 71 goals in 89 matches.[2]

Club career[edit]

Hayes was selected by Sky Blue FC in the first round (sixth overall pick) of the 2014 NWSL College Draft.[4] A few weeks later, the team signed her.[5]

International career[edit]

Hayes previously played for the United States under-18 women's national soccer team. She competed for the United States at the 2010 and 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup tournaments.[6] On August 20, 2012, at Hiroshima Big Arch, she scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win against Ghana, in the first match played by the United States at the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup; the first goal was an own goal by Ghanaian Linda Addai.[7][8][9][10] Three days later, at the same venue, in the second match against China, she scored a 36th-minute equalizer goal to tie the game at 1-1, which was also the final score.[11] In their last match in Group D, the United States team conceded a 0-3 loss to Germany; and advanced to the second stage based on goal difference, with all goals scored by Hayes besides one aforementioned own goal.[7] With no further goal from Hayes in the knock-out stage, the United States team won the 2012 Japan FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup tournament with two goals from Kealia Ohai and one goal each from Vanessa DiBernardo and Morgan Brian.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hayes is gay.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Maya Hayes". U.S. Soccer Federation.
  2. ^ a b c d "Maya Hayes Bio". Penn State Official Athletic Site.
  3. ^ "United States under-20 women's national team player pool". U.S. Soccer Federation.
  4. ^ Giase, Frank (January 17, 2014). "Sky Blue FC selects Maya Hayes with their first round pick in NWSL Draft". Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sky Blue FC Sign Forward Maya Hayes". National Women's Soccer League. February 5, 2014. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Maya Hayes". FIFA.
  7. ^ a b "Maya Hayes' hat trick buoys U.S." ESPN. Associated Press. August 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "Maya Hayes scores hat trick as US beats Ghana 4-0 at women's U20 World Cup in Japan". Washington Post.
  9. ^ "2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup: USA 4-0 Ghana: Maya Hayes' hat-trick sinks Black Princesses".
  10. ^ Hakala, Josh (August 20, 2012). "Maya Hayes leads US women to 4-0 win over Ghana in Under-20 World Cup; U-M player leads Canada romp (video)". mLive. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012: USA 1:1 China PR - Summary". FIFA.
  12. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Maya HAYES". FIFA.
  13. ^ "Maya Hayes".

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