#10 YAEl Averbuch

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5’10”

Date of Birth: 11/ 3/1986

Hometown: Upper Montclair, N.J.

Citizenship: USA

College: University North Carolina

Twitter: @Yael_Averbuch


Professional: (2016) Started in all 20 games that season; scored three goals (2015) Showed versatility by playing in multiple positions in 18 games, 13 of them as a starter; scored 2 goal on the season (2014) Returned to the US and was allocated to Washington Spirit of the NWSL; played in 22 games (17 starts); Had a goal and an assist on the season (2012) Signed with Göteborg FC in the Swedish First Division in September of 2012 and played in 16 total matches (10 in the Damallsvenskan, four Champions League matches and two Swedish Cup matches), starting 15 of those games; She scored seven goals, six in the Damallsvenskan and one in Champions League against Fortuna Hjørring of Denmark ;  (2011) Had a brief stint in Russia with WFC Rossiyanka after the end of the 2011 WPS season, joining the team for the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League; She made two appearances against Germany's Turbine Potsdam in the Champions League before returning to the USA; Signed with the Western New York Flash in WPS and played in 14 matches, helping the squad to the championship in the final year of the league; She converted the fifth penalty in the shootout that turned out to be the winning kick when Ashlyn Harris saved the Philadelphia Independence’s fifth attempt; (2010) Played in 23 games for Sky Blue FC, starting 19 and scored one goal, that coming off a spectacular full volley; (2009) Taken in the first round, fourth overall, of the 2009 WPS Draft by her home state Sky Blue FC; Started 14 of the 18 games she played for SBFC; Didn’t score a goal, but helped the team to a fourth-place finish during the regular season and then played a key role in the Cinderella run to the WPS championship; Played every minute of all three playoff matches.

U.S. National Team: (2011) Played in three matches off the bench, all at Four Nations Tournament in China; Traveled to the Algarve Cup in Portugal, but did not see action; (2010) Saw the most action of her national team career, playing in 10 matches while starting five and scoring one goal, that coming off a direct free kick against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament; Played in three matches during Women’s World Cup qualifying, starting two; (2009) Earned her third senior team cap when she was called upon to start at outside midfield against Germany in the USA’s 1-0 victory in October in Augsburg, which was her only match of the year and first career start; She had the cross that eventually led to the game-winning goal from Abby Wambach in that match; (2007) Earned her first two senior team caps, coming off the bench in two matches at the Four Nations Tournament in China, playing against England and China.

College: One of the nation's premier college players; consensus first-team All-America in both 2006 and 2007; three-time returning letter winner who earned national player of the year honors from Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer as a sophomore; started her entire freshman year at the holding center midfield position and then moved to the attacking center midfield spot as a sophomore and a junior; was a member of the U.S. U23 National Team during her college years; Earned a deserved reputation for her deadly free kicks. Set UNC record with 105 consecutive starts (2008) NCAA College Cup Champion; Second Team NSCAA All-American; NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2007) First Team NSCAA All-American; First Team All-ACC; Hermann Trophy Semifinalist; ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2006) Hermann Trophy finalist; NCAA College Cup Champion; First Team NSCAA All-American; First Team All-ACC (2005) All-ACC Freshmen Team; ACC Honor Roll