Danielle was born in San Jose, she went to Presentation High School and led the soccer team to three Central Coast Section Championship games. She played club soccer for the Central Valley Mercury and helped lead her team to three consecutive National Championships. Danielle went on to play for Santa Clara University where she was a four-year starter, three-time first-team All-American defender and team Captain. A five-year member of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, Danielle earned 43 caps between 1999 and 2003, including one match at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“My experiences as a college, professional, and National Team player have taken me all over the world and allowed me to meet a number of interesting people. Playing soccer has also taught me numerous lessons about sports, leadership, and life.”
Mikka grew up in San Jose. Just like Danielle and Aly, she went to Presantion High School. Mikka's youth soccer experiences playing at Presantation with her best friend and also Club for Almaden and South San Jose are what shaped her as a professional soccer player but also and more importantly, it developed Mikka into a strong women in the professional world. Mikka looks back on her early soccer career as a time she built lifelong friendships. Growing up, Mikka's dad and Aly Wagner's Dad were good friends. She's known Aly since she was 6 years old and when Mikka played for South San Jose, Brandi was one of her coaches. For Mikka, soccer is about community, it's about spending time and building lasting relationships with people with similar interests, it's about the power of friendships. Mikka fondly remembers how much she loved going to soccer practice because her best friend was there too. After High School, Mikka went on to play at Santa Clara University where she was known as a goal scorer. The ball just had a way of finding her. When the team needed a goal, Mikka would find a way to score. She went on to play in the 1999 World Cup for Denmark and also for the WSL's Carolina Courage.
U19 Thorns Girls Development Academy Head Coach
A Fremont, California native, Tina was named a Parade All-American in 2002 and 2003 and played for the U17 Nation Team prior to her collegiate career. Tina attended Santa Clara University where as a Bronco, in four seasons she had 31 goals and 15 assists. She led the Broncos in four NCAA Tournament appearances and four West Coast Conference Championships. Estrada topped the Broncos in scoring as a sophomore and Junior before a knee injury forced her to sit for a season. She came back her Senior year with 11 points on five goals and an assist. In 2013, Tina Estrada was chosen for the NSCAA's (National Soccer Coaches Associate of America) first 30-Under-30 program as part of a nationally select group of young coaches who want to lead the way in developing soccer players and enhancing the game. The program was created to support promising young coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their career. Coach Tina Estrada's experience at the college level, her 30-Under-30 program training and her focus on college recruiting will be an incredible asset to the girls in our Thorns program. In just her first season as Associate Head Coach at St. Mary's in 2015 Estrada was named NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Executive Director / Thorns Head Coach
Women’s soccer icon, Brandi Chastain has won two World Cups and two Olympic Gold Medals. Her soccer career began right here in the Bay Area. She went to Archbishop Mitty High School where she helped take her team to three section championships. She began college at the University of California-Berkeley and after undergoing reconstructive surgery on both knees, she missed two seasons of soccer and eventually transferred to Santa Clara University where she helped lead her team to two Final Four NCAA appearances. Brandi went on to play for the US National Team where she helped her team win two World Cup titles.
“Never assume greatness is for someone else. Imagine everyday that you too can do great things.
Have the courage to take the challenge, make the mistakes and move forward.”
Aly was born in San Jose, she went to Presentation High School where she was a four year varsity starter. In High School she helped Presentation win the Central Coast Championship as a Sophomore and Senior. She was named CCS Player of the Year as a Junior and Senior and was selected as MVP her Freshmen year. Aly’s senior year, she was named NSCAA All-American and Northern California Student Athlete of the Year. Aly went on to play at Santa Clara University and while still a Freshmen, she also began playing for the US Women’s National Team. In 2001, Aly led Santa Clara to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. Aly played for the USWNT from 1998-2008, scoring 21 goals in 131 appearances. She has won two Olympic gold medals and appeared in two World Cups.
“I attribute a lot of my ability to pay attention to the small details of a game to Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith, who I believe is the best coach we have in this country, at least on the female side. His attention to detail is what took my game to the next level.
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