A 10-year veteran defender for the U.S. Women’s National Team and current player-coach for the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League, Cat Whitehill was a member of the USWNT from 2000-2010, participating in the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups. She was also part of the 2004 Gold Medal U.S. winning squad at the 2004 Greece Olympics.
In 2003, she became the only defender to score two goals in a World Cup game (vs. North Korea). That same year, she was named the U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year. At the 2007 Women’s World Cup, she led the U.S. team in minutes played (2,116) and played every minute of all six Women’s World Cup matches reaching the semifinals, one of only two players to accomplish that feat. Due to a knee injury in 2008, she was unable to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Cat scored 11 goals in 134 appearances for the U.S. Women’s National Team, an impressive tally for a defender position.
During her club career, Cat has played in both the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPS) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). In six professional seasons combined, she has logged 10,573 minutes, made 120 appearances, and started 118 games.
Cat’s post-playing career has led her to call various U.S. Women’s Soccer friendlies as well as the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. She did color commentary for ESPN at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. She was also one of the lead analysts during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Cat starred at the University of North Carolina, winning the NCAA Championship in 2000 and 2003. She was the M.A.C. Hermann Award winner in 2003, awarded to the nation’s top collegiate soccer player. The following year, she received the Honda Sports Award as the best collegiate female athlete in soccer. Cat and her husband, Robert, live in Massachusetts with their dog.