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Vanessa DiBernardo
Personal information
Full nameVanessa Sue DiBernardo
Date of birth (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birthNaperville, Illinois
HeightScript error
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubChicago Red Stars
Youth career
2008Chicago Red Eleven
2000-2010America’s Soccer Club
2007-2010Waubonsie Valley
2011Chicago Red Stars (WPSL)
2012-2013Chicago Eclipse Select
2010-2013University of Illinois
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2014-Chicago Red Stars0(0)
National team
United States U-17
2011-2012United States U-2020(3)
2013-United States U-237(1)
2013-United States0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 January 2014

Vanessa DiBernardo (born May 15, 1992) is an American soccer player. She plays for the Chicago Red Stars and is a member of the United States U-23 women's national soccer team.

Early LifeEdit

Vanessa's father Angelo DiBernardo competed at 1984 Summer Olympics and other international matches, as a member of the USA men's national soccer team; they are the only parent child relationship among soccer players that represented USA.[1][2] Her father was born in Argentina of Italian descent, so Vanessa would be eligible to play for either country's national team.[3]

Playing CareerEdit

University of IllinoisEdit

As a freshman in 2010, DiBernardo led the Big Ten Conference in goals, assists, points, points per game, and goals per game. In her sophomore year, she again led her team with 17 goals and was on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Despite missing a portion of the her Junior season due to the 2012 U-20 World Cup, DiBernardo still lead the Illini in points, goals, and shots. Unable to play the full season again due to a knee injury which kept her out for 7 games, she still tallied 7 goals in 15 games and had a career high 7 assists. She finished her Illini career setting the school's record for most career assists and tying the school's record for most career shots.[4]

Chicago Red StarsEdit

DiBernardo was selected as the 4th overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars after having previously played for Red Stars head coach Rory Dames with the Red Stars' WPSL team in 2011 and with the Chicago Eclipse Select in 2012-2013.[5]

International CareerEdit

ReferencesEdit

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