Sam Staab

#3 Defense

Status Active
Position Defense
Home Town San Diego, Calif.
Age 03/28/1997
Height 5'7"
College Clemson
Pronouns She/Her
Acquired Drafted by the Spirit, 2019 NWSL Draft
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Career Summary



Started all 22 matches… played in every minute of the season (1,980), marking the third time in four seasons in her career… completed 1,136 passes with a completion percentage of 77.6%… scored one goal, extending her streak of scoring at least one goal in every professional season of her career.


Started all 25 games… Played 2,225, just short of the full season due to a red card, that would later be overturned, in the early minutes of the Spirit’s match on July 18… Had an 84.4 percent successful pass rate, including a 90.9 percent passing accuracy in the defensive half of the field… Was named to the Team of the Month in October.


Started all nine matches… played a total of 810, not missing a single minute in the year… had a successful passing rate of over 85%, including over 90% of accuracy in the defensive half of the field in both competitions, made seven tackles, forced eight interceptions and scored a late equalizer in the Challenge Cup… Was awarded the ‘Defender of the Year’ award by the club.


Started all 24 matches… led the team with a total of 2,160 minutes played, not missing a single minute of game time… Had an 84 percent successful pass rate, including 91.9 percent passing accuracy in the defensive half of the field… Was named to the Team of the Month in the months of May and June.


Played for U.S. U-23 National Team… Started all three games in 2018 Nordic Tournament… Scored a championship-clinching goal against Norway in 2018 Nordic Tournament


Tallied 1 goal, 11 assists, and 13 points… Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year… Named to All-ACC first team…United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Team… Team co-captain… United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region first team.


Started all 19 games… Logged team-high 1,802 minutes…Tallied 4 assists (all on game-winning goals)… Part of a defensive core that only allowed 15 goals with 9 shutouts… named to All-ACC second team.


Started all 23 games… Lead ACC in assists (11) and minutes played (2,084)… Scored two of her five total goals… Named to NSCAA All-Region team and All-ACC second team.


Started all 20 games… Led team in assists (7)… Scored 2 goals… Named to ACC All-Freshman team, and All-ACC Team… Awarded Rookie of the Year at 2016 Clemmy’s… Team’s Newcomer of the Year.
Staab is coming off a senior season at Clemson in which she tallied 11 assists and one goal, while helping anchor a tough Tigers defensive unit. She was recently named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America third team for 2018.

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