CT soccer star Alyssa Naeher nominated for top FIFA award

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Soccer star Alyssa Naeher, goalkeeper of the Chicago Red Stars and a member of United States women's national soccer team, is nominated for this year's Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper.

She is the only American soccer player nominated in any category for this year's awards.

The Bridgeport native recently won bronze at the 2020 Summer Olympics and has served as the number one goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team since 2016, when she first earned her spot on the team for the Summer Olympics in Rio. 

In her club career, she has played on a number of teams including the Boston Breakers and the Turbine Potsdam, before landing on the Chicago Red Stars, where she currently remains. 

The goalkeeper was also a three-time FAA All-Conference selection and three-time All-State during her high school career at Christian Heritage School in Trumbull.

While still in high school, Naehler was called up to play on the U-16 and U-17 United States women’s national team. In 2008, she was named to Team USA for the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which she was awarded the Golden Glove award.