Jessica Marie McDonald is an American football player. She plays for North Carolina Courage of NWSL, National Women’s Soccer League as a forward player, and she also plays for the United States Women’s National Soccer team. Jessica McDonald had previously played for clubs such as Western New York Flash, Portland Thorns FC, Melbourne Victory FC, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, and Seattle Reign FC.
|Full name||Jessica Marie McDonald|
|Date of birth||28 February, 1988|
|Place of birth||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Current age||32 years old|
|Height||5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
|Sibling||Brandon McDonald (brother)|
|Profession||Association football player|
|Past teams||Western New York Flash, Portland Thorns FC, Melbourne Victory FC, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, and Seattle Reign FC|
|Current team||North Carolina Courage|
|Net worth||$1.5 million approx.|
|Official Facebook page||@JessicaMcDonalSoccer|
Jessica McDonald stands 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighs 63 kg. Further, she has brown, dreadlock hair with dark brown eyes. Jessica has an athletic body and a toned physique. Affable smile, gleaming face, and tattoos on both her forearms, which distinguishes her.
The famous soccer player, Jessica McDonald, was born on 28 February 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. She was born to father Vince Myers and mother, Traci McDonald, and was raised in a family where her father was in and out of prison and her mother battled addiction. Moreover, Jessica was grown with her brother, Brandon McDonald, a professional soccer player of MLS.
Furthermore, Jessica McDonald has been playing football since a young age. She has received many honors and has achieved her goals in her junior and senior years.
Cactus High School
Jessica McDonald attended Cactus High School in Glendale, Arizona. There she played basketball for four years. She was also a member of the state championship basketball team in 2004 and 2006. Jessica graduated from the Cactus High School as the school’s record holder for the four × 400 meter relay team, 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. Additionally, she played on the Surf Cup title-winning teams in 2005 and 2006, and she was also the MVP of the tournament in 2006.
After completion of her high school, Jessica McDonald attended Phoenix College. During her freshman and sophomore years, she played football, basketball and was a member of the honors program. Also, Jessica was named National Junior College Player of the Year and first-team junior college All-America in football. She was the single-season record holder at Phoenix College and the country’s number one rebounder in the junior college, and among the Top 30 in scoring. But, she was transferred to the University of North Carolina during her sophomore year.
University of North Carolina
In her sophomore year, Jessica McDonald joined the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half of the 2008 season. She also helped the squad to win the national championship. Jessica scored five goals and had ten assists during the season.
Jessica McDonald started her club career in the year 2010. She has played for soccer clubs such as Western New York Flash, Portland Thorns FC, Melbourne Victory FC, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, and Seattle Reign FC. Jessica McDonald is currently playing for North Carolina Courage as a forward.
Chicago Red Stars, 2010
In the year 2010, Jessica McDonald was the second pick by Chicago Red Stars in the 2010 WPS Draft. She suffered from a knee injury, which required 18 months for recovery. But she had already made her appearances in the squad before the injury.
Melbourne Victory FC, 2012 – 2013
For the 2012-2013 seasons, Jessica McDonald signed with the Melbourne Victory FC in Australia’s W-League. She helped the team to the Final match against Sydney FC in season 2-012-2013.
Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC, 2013
Jessica McDonald signed with the Chicago Red Stars in 2013 as a free agent for NWSL, National Women’s Soccer League. Before being waved by the team in June 2013, she made nine appearances and one assist.
On 28 June 2013, McDonald signed with the Seattle Reign FC. She scored her first goal for the Seattle Reign FC club in a match against Boston Breakers. After her three goals, she was ranked third in the team, tied with her teammates Christine Nairn and Kaylyn Kyle.
Portland Thorns, 2014
In late 2013, Jessica McDonald and defender Rebecca Moros was traded to Portland Thorns in exchange for Danielle Foxhoven. She started playing as a forward then as a substitute because Alex Morgan returned from an injury. Jessica McDonald is the leading scorer of the squad with eleven goals in the season, including the fastest goal in NWSL history, a 33 seconds goal against Chicago.
Houston Dash, 2015
On 16 January 2015, Jessica McDonald was traded to Houston Dash by Portland Thorns for the 2015 NWSL College Draft and a second-round selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. She scored a winning game against Portland Thorns in May 2015. Jessica ranked in fifth place in the regular season with a 6-8-6 record.
Western New York Flash, 2016
In January 2016, Jessica McDonald was traded to the Western New York Flash. She was named a Player of the Week for week 10, and she scored ten goals with seven assists. McDonald earned her first senior team call-up for the USWNT.
North Carolina Courage, 2017-present
On 9 January 2017, it was announced that the Western New York Flash was officially sold to new ownership, moved to North Carolina, and was rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. In May 2017, Jessica McDonald became the first National Women’s Soccer League player to score 33 regular-season career goals. She helped North Carolina to win the NWSL Shield.
Jessica played 23 regular games in the season of 2018. She scored seven goals, and North Carolina broke the record for scoring the most goals in the 2018 season. Jessica McDonald scored two goals in the NWSL Championship game against the Portland Thorns by a 3–0. She was also named the “Most Valuable Player of the Match.”
Senior career statistics
|2010||Chicago Red Stars||5||0|
|2012||Melbourne Victory FC||13||7|
|2013||Chicago Red Stars||9||0|
|2013||Seattle Reign FC||7||3|
|2014||Portland Thorns FC||24||11|
|2016||Western New York Flash||20||10|
|2017- present||North Carolina Courage||47||12|
Jessica McDonald has not only been active in the national game, but she has also been playing international matches in the football industry. She has played matches against many countries all over the world. Jessica has represented the United States on many youth national teams and senior teams. In 2007, Jill Ellis named Jessica to the U20 roster for the 2007 Pan American Games held in Brazil. She was the first call-up to the senior national team on 2 November 2016 and made her international debut on 10 November against Romania. In May 2019, she was named to the United States 23-player squad’s final roster for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
International career statistics
|2||2019-04-07||Los Angeles, California||Belgium||7||on 61′ (off Pugh)||90+1′||Christen Press||6–0||6–0|
|3||2020-01-31||Houston, Texas||Panama||15||Start||72′||unassisted||6–0||8–0||Olympic qualifier: Group A|
|4||2020-02-04||Houston, Texas||Costa Rica||16||Start||77′||Sam Mewis||5–0||6–0|
Achievements and Honors
Jessica Marie McDonald is a professional football player. In her football career, she has received many honors starting from her college life to international games. She has won many awards, including NWSL Champions- 2016, 2018, 2019, FIFA Women’s World Cup, SheBelieves Cup: 2020, and many more.
Some of her achievements are listed below:
- NWSL Best XI: 2016
- NWSL Second XI: 2014
- NWSL Championship Game MVP: 2018
Some of her club achievements are listed below:
Western New York Flash
- NWSL Champions: 2016
North Carolina Courage
- NWSL Champions: 2018, 2019
- NWSL Shield: 2017, 2018, 2019
Some of her international achievements are listed below:
- 2007 Pan American Games
- FIFA Women’s World Cup: 2019
- CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2020
- SheBelieves Cup: 2020
Jessica McDonald is actively involved in social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and she regularly updates her profile with pictures of soccer practice or time in exotic places. She is recently spotted in Paris. On exploring her social face, she is an adventurous person. At the same time, she has an enormous number of fans and admirers over the social media landscape. Her Instagram username is @jmac1422, having a total of 82.4k followers. She has made over 1k posts. You can also tweet her. She has around 39.2k followers with over 3.7k tweets, and her Twitter handler is @J_Mac1422. The official Facebook page of Jessica McDonald is @JesiscaMcDonaldSoccer, with over 26k followers and 6.7k Facebook likes.
Talking about her relationship, Jessica McDonald is married to Courtney Stuart. The couple is blessed with a son named Jeremiah. On exploring her social account, Jessica has not shared her husband’s single photo, which created a rumor that they might be divorced.
Net Worth and Salary
Jessica McDonald is paid a healthy amount of salary. Most of her income comes from being a football player and also from endorsements. In addition, she has done endorsement works for brands like Nike and Coffee Infused Macro Bars. The players of NWSL are expected to receive a salary in the range of $16,538-$ 46,200. Also, she is estimated to collect an impressive net worth of $1.5 million.
Some Interesting Facts About Jessica Marie McDonald
- In her high school, Cactus High School, Jessica McDonald played basketball and was a state championship basketball team member.
- She was the school’s record holder for the four × 400 meter relay team, 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters.
- In Phoenix College, she played both basketball and soccer during her freshman year and sophomore year.
- She even helped North Carolina Tar Heels to win the ultimate championship as a starting strike.
- Jessica Marie McDonald is a versatile player and lightning-fast.
- In May 2017, Jessica McDonald became the first NWSL player to score 33 regular-season, career goals.
- She has won many awards, including 2007 Pan American Games, FIFA Women’s World Cup: 2019, NWSL Championship Game MVP: 2018, NWSL Champions: 2018, 2019, CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2020, SheBelieves Cup: 2020, NWSL Shield: 2017, 2018, 2019, and many more.