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Christine Nairn

Position: Midfield
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Age: 28 (09/25/1990)
Height: 5-5
College: Penn State University
Last Club: Seattle Reign FC

The Spirit acquired Christine Nairn after the 2013 season in a trade with Seattle Reign FC. In 2014, Nairn contributed six goals to the Spirit offense and took 52 of the team’s 76 corner kicks. In 2015, she scored five goals and recorded four assists. She again carried the bulk of the corner kick weight, taking 73 of the team’s 88. During the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 off seasons, Nairn played for the Melbourne Victory in the Westfield W-League in Australia.

A local from Annapolis, MD, Christine Nairn has been in the national circuit from the age of 9, where she trained with the Maryland State Region I ODP travel team.  Nairn played as an attacking midfielder for Penn State from 2009-2012; in 2009 she was Big Ten Freshman of the Year.  Her senior year she earned Big 10 Midfielder of the year and finished second for all-time assists in program history.  Nairn is no stranger to the USYNT squads.  Her most notable contribution was being selected for co-captain of the U-20 team from 2009-2010, that squad went on to win the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. Nairn has two caps with the senior U.S. Women’s National Team and scored her first senior international goal against Canada in 2009.


United States National Team: In October 2015 called up to U.S. Senior Women’s National Team Victory Tour training squad for the Seattle and Orlando tour stops…Scored her first goal with the U.S. National Senior team in a 1-0 win over Canada (7/22/09)…Earned her first cap with the U.S. National Senior team on May 25 in a 4-0 win at Canada…Has been on the National scene since age nine when she began training with the Maryland State Region I ODP travel team…In January of 2008 she was called up to the Senior Women’s National Team and was the youngest member to attend training camp…Soccer Buzz named her the number three recruit in the country for the 2008 season..Member of the U.S. U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-20 teams throughout her career…U.S. Women’s U-20 National Team Co-Captain (2009-10)…CONCACAF Women’s U-20 CONCACAF Champions (2010)…On the U-20 World Cup Championship team in 2008…Tallied an assist in a 3-0 win over England which propelled the U.S. to the semi-finals…

Professional: 2016: Played every match for the Spirit, starting 18 in the regular season and both post season matches… scored three goals, inclduing a brace against the Houston Dash on August 18…awarded NWSL Goal of the Week for week 16…recorded three assists in the regular season…had an assist to Francisca Ordega on the game winning goal in the semifinal…took 77% of the Spirit’s regular season corner kicks…voted Spirit MVP 2015: Scored five goals and recorded two assists for the Spirit…Took 73 out of 88 Spirit corner kicks…Returned to the Melbourne Victory for the 2015-16 off season 2014: Traded to the Spirit ahead of the 2014 season…scored six goals…took 52 out of 76 corner kicks…in the 2014-2015 off season, played for the Melbourne Victory in the Westfield W-League in Australia 2013: Drafted by Seattle Reign FC as the 7th overall pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft… started all 22 games and played 1,926 minutes for the Reign during the 2013 NWSL season… three goals and led Seattle with five assists during her rookie season

College: Attended Penn State University…2012: Big 10 Midfielder of the Year…Finished second all-time assists in Penn State history… 2011: Started in 24 of 25 matches in attacking midfield…Tallied three goals and 13 assists for 19 points, earning NSCAA All-American Second Team honors for a second straight year…Gathered All-Big Ten and NSCAA All-Great Lake First Team honors for a third straight year…Assisted game-winners vs. Ohio State (9/29) and at Michigan State (10/21)…Converted a penalty kick at Northwestern (11/2)…Tallied assist on PSU’s lone goal in Big Ten Final…Scored dramatic 85th-minute game-winner against Army (11/11) in NCAA First Round…Tallied two assists in 4-1 victory over No. 12 Marquette (11/18) in the NCAA Second Round. 2010:  Garnered first NSCAA All-America honor with a second-team selection…Named to the All-Big Ten First Team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes First Team after scoring seven goals and six assists for 20 points…Started in all 21 games in central midfield leading the team in shots (73)…Scored second-fastest goal in PSU history, a strike 63 seconds into the match at UConn (9/5)…Notched penalty-kick goals at Portland (9/10), vs. Michigan State (9/26) and at Northwestern (10/8)…Named team MVP and to ECAC First-Team All-Star squad. 2009: Started in all but two games in central midfield en route to seven-goal, team-leading 10-assist, 24-point standout year…Earned unanimous All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Freshman Team honors…Named TopDrawerSoccer.com Rookie of the Year…Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List…Twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (10/5, 11/2)…Recorded first collegiate goal in thrilling fashion, scoring the game winner in a 3-2 comeback win over UConn (8/31)…Scored second game-winner of the season at Indiana (10/29) in the 80th minute for a 2-1 Penn State win…Assisted on first goal against Virginia (11/15) in NCAA Tournament.

High School/Youth: Played club soccer with the Freestate Shooters U-18 team, which won the WAGS Championship in 2004 and the U.S. Club Soccer Championship in 2007…Maryland State Cup Champions in 2004… Four-year captain for the Region I ODP team…Won the 2006 Regional ODP National Championship…Four-time Parade All-American out of Archbishop Spalding…Three-time All-Met First Team member..Three-time Player of the Year named by theWashington Post…Three-time All-State selection…NSCAA/adidas All-American from 2005-08…Gatorade Maryland State Player of the Year from 2005-07…NSCAA/adidas All-South Region selection from 2005-07…All-time leader in assists, goals and points at Archbishop Spalding…Team assist/goal leader from 2004-07 also a four-year member of the varsity basketball team…An excellent student, Nairn was a National Honor Society member and graduated with Dean’s List honors.