Amy Rodriguez, who played on the 2015 U.S. Women's World Cup championship team and won two Olympic gold medals, announced her retirement from professional soccer.
She will return to USC, where she starred in 2005-08, joining the women’s team as an assistant coach.
Rodriguez, 34, played in all three WPS seasons (2009-11) and the last eight NWSL seasons (2014-21). The last two seasons took her to three clubs: Utah, Kansas City (photo) and the North Carolina Courage, where she finished up.
Rodriguez scored 25 goals (regular season and playoffs) in 2014-15, helping FC Kansas City win back-to-back NWSL titles. She scored both FC Kansas City goals in the 2014 final to lead it to a 2-1 win at the Seattle Reign. In the 2015 rematch, Rodriguez scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.
She earned 132 caps for the USA. Her last two caps came in 2018.
“Amy contacted the club earlier this week to let us know of her retirement as a result of this incredible new coaching opportunity,” head coach Sean Nahas said. “It was clear this was a very sudden and difficult decision for her, but ultimately what was best for her family and career. She has given so much to this game, it’s been her life, and the decision to walk away was one that she hadn’t planned on happening this soon. I fully support her and this decision, as for decades she has committed to her clubs and teams. She has always been fully invested in her craft. Now she gets to take care of her other team…the most important team, her family.”