Jessica McDonald Biography
Jessica Marie McDonald is an American professional soccer forward who currently plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League. She is also a member of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT), who is the only mother on the team which won the FIFA World Cup.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Jessica McDonald is the daughter of Traci McDonald and Vince Myers. Her brother, Brandon McDonald, is also a professional soccer player who plays in the MLS. She attended Cactus High School in Glendale, Arizona where she played basketball all four years and ran track during her junior and senior years.
In 2004 and 2006, Jessica McDonald was a member of state championship basketball teams and was a first-team all-state and all-region selection.
Besides, she a state champion and record holder in the 400 meters during her track and field career. She graduated from Cactus High School as the school’s record holder for the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4 × 400-meter relay team.
McDonald attended Phoenix College during her freshman and sophomore year of college where she played soccer, basketball, and track and was a member of the honors program.
Jessica McDonald was a member of the Sereno Soccer club from 2000–2007 and helped the team win state championships each year she played for it. She helped lead Sereno to regional championships in 2003 and 2007 and played on the Surf Cup title-winning teams in 2005 and 2006. She was the MVP of the tournament in 2006.
McDonald previously played for the Australian W-League team Melbourne Victory as well as the Western New York Flash, Chicago Red Stars, Seattle Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC, and Houston Dash.
Jessica McDonald Age
Jessica was born on 28 February 1988, in Phoenix, Arizona. Thus, she is now 31 years old.
Jessica McDonald Husband / Jessica McDonald Married
McDonald’s husband is Courtney Stuart. She gave birth to her son, Jeremiah, in 2012, the same year that Women’s Professional Soccer folded.
When Jessica McDonald moved with Jeremiah to Chicago to play for the Red Stars in 2013, her husband, Courtney Stuart, remained in Arizona. Without a support system in Chicago, McDonald found herself struggling to find a babysitter during training sessions.
Jessica McDonald Son
The professional soccer forward gave birth to her son, Jeremiah, in 2012. This was the same year that Women’s Professional Soccer folded. In 2013, Jessica McDonald moved with Jeremiah to Chicago to play for the Red Stars. Without a support system in Chicago, McDonald found herself struggling to find a babysitter during training sessions.
The American soccer player was earning a meager $13,000 a year, making daycare nearly impossible to afford. McDonald was often left with no choice but to bring Jeremiah to her training sessions. He would sit in a stroller on the sideline as she practiced.
McDonald remembers one training session early in her NWSL career where Jeremiah needed his mom multiple times throughout the practice. She kept running to the sideline to set up a show on Netflix, feed him a snack or take him to the bathroom. She could see the mounting frustration on her coach’s face when she returned to the field.
That was one of many days when she found herself considering whether it was time to hang up her boots. It’s fortunate that she didn’t.
Six years after entering the NWSL, McDonald has developed into one of the most dynamic forwards in the league and has two championship titles under her belt. Her performance earned her a spot in the U.S. Women’s National Team mix in 2016.
Jessica McDonald’s son joined USWNT at World Cup. Three weeks into the U.S. women’s national team’s stint in France, the squad has added another member to its ranks. On Wednesday, forward Jessica McDonald shared a Twitter video of her 7-year-old son, Jeremiah, joining her at the setting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Jessica McDonald Height
She is 5 feet 10 inches tall, equivalent to 1.78 m.
Jessica McDonald Brother
As a kid, Jessica’s grandma told her she couldn’t just sit on the couch—that she had to pick up a sport. Her brother played soccer, so she thought to herself, I guess I’ll play soccer like Brandon. He continued to inspire her, playing on Youth National Teams as a kid and playing in the MLS from 2008 through 2011.
Brandon McDonald was born on January 16, 1986, in Glendale, Arizona is an American Guamanian soccer player who currently plays for southeast Asian side Hà Nội F.C., a professional association football club currently part of the top division of V.League.
On December 22, 2009, Brandon received his first call up to train with the senior US national team. In July 2014 McDonald was initially called up for the Guam National Team EAFF Cup training camp but due to schedule conflicts, he was unable to attend. McDonald has Guam roots on his father’s side.
Jessica McDonald’s brother was an NSCAA High School All-American while playing for Cactus High School and participated in the annual High School All-America game.
In addition, he was in the USA National under-17 pool. Before moving to the University of San Francisco in 2004 McDonald played for the Sereno Golden Eagles youth club with Michael Gavin, Rob Valentino and current teammate Robbie Findley.
Brandon McDonald played over 50 games for the Dons, finishing second on the team in scoring in his freshman year. He also shared the Stephen Negoesco Award for achievement by underclassmen in 2004. During his college years, Brandon also played with both the San Francisco Seals and the San Jose Frogs of the USL Premier Development League.
Jessica McDonald Net Worth
As the Independent Director of Coeur Mining, the total compensation of Jessica McDonald at Coeur Mining is $185,000 as of 2019. Jessica McDonald loves keeping her salary personal. So there is no information about her salary but we will update soon.
Jessica McDonald USWNT
When Jess McDonald made her way through the mixed zone after the United States defeated Chile 3-0 in their second group game, her hands were still visibly shaking.
“I have goosebumps right now,” McDonald said — a bright, wide grin on her face. She looked like she was still amped from the game, as though she could go back out and play the next match right away.
“I was very nervous,” McDonald admitted. “It’s one of those moments that I’ve been waiting for my entire life.”
McDonald’s “entire life” is a little longer than her fellow World Cup debutante tonight, Tierna Davidson. The 20-year-old Davidson left Stanford earlier this year and began her first season as a professional player with the Chicago Red Stars.
McDonald’s is 31 and has been playing soccer nearly as long as Davidson has been alive, some 19 years all told, with stints in three professional leagues across two countries.
In NWSL alone, McDonald has famously bounced around as a journeyman player, suiting up for five different teams before landing, and sticking, at the North Carolina Courage when they took over from the outgoing Western New York Flash.
Paul Riley Opinion
Before being named to the roster, making a World Cup squad was something that McDonald had accepted might never come. North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley apparently gave her his honest opinion in the middle of last season that he thought Jill Ellis had settled on her 23.
McDonald said she puts a lot of stock in Riley’s word and appreciated that he didn’t sugarcoat anything about her chances. “I’m just going to continue pushing and give everything I’ve got here because I’ve got no choice. It’s my job to,” McDonald said. But then the call came last November that McDonald was wanted in the USWNT camp. She was convenient with Riley at the time, at his house in New York.