NAME: TONI PAYNECITIZENSHIP: USA COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: DUKE UNIVERSITY POSITION: MIDFIELD/FORWARD HOMETOWN: BIRMINGHAM, AL YOUTH CLUB: CONCORDE FIRE
Payne was a three-time Birmingham News First Team All-State selection at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL. The same publication named her the Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Her high school career included NSCAA All-America selections as a junior and NSCAA Alabama Player of the Year as a senior.
At Duke, Payne appeared in 90 matches for the Blue Devils, starting 86 of them. She scored 23 goals and tallied 21 assists during her collegiate career. She earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors in 2013 following a campaign that saw her score five assists and three goals, including the game winner against Miami. Her senior year she was second on the team with 24 points (nine goals, six assists).
She first began her international career as part of the U-15 Girls National Team, and then was a member of the U.S. U-17 National team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala and qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. This past year, Payne helped to lead the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team to victory in the Istria Cup and Nordic Tournament.