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Markgraf, Kate

The Short List
  • Two-time Olympian (2004, ’00)
  • Two-time World Cup team member (2003, ’99)
  • 1995 NCAA championship team member
  • First appearance as National Team member: April 26, 1998 vs. Argentina
  • Second on the USA in minutes played in 2003 with 1,620 and started 20 of 21 matches (missed season’s final match vs. Mexico due to her marriage)
Did You Know?
  • Started all six games at 2003 Women’s World Cup; Played all 462 minutes over five games in the 2000 Olympics
  • Solidified her starting spot in the central defense in 1999, playing in 21 matches including five 1999 Women's World Cup games; First played for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team in 1993
  • Had her breakthrough year in 1998, playing in her first 13 games for the full national team and starting both matches as the USA won the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medal
  • Had her jaw wired shut for six weeks following collision with teammate at ’98 training camp; Featured on the cover of Soccer America following Notre Dame's NCAA title
  • Founding player in the WUSA for the Boston Breakers; Helped lead the Fighting Irish to the 1995 NCAA title as the Defensive MVP of the 1995 NCAA Final Four
  • A four-year starter at Univ. of Notre Dame, she started all 96 games in her career and was a three-time NSCAA All-American, earning First-Team honors
  • Led Detroit Country Day H.S. to the Michigan 1991 state championship as a junior; Earned her degree in Science Business at Notre Dame and was a member of the Dean's List
  • Threw out the first ball at a Detroit Tigers baseball game following the 1999 Women's World Cup
  • Paid up on a bet and dyed her hair bright red after defender Joy Fawcett scored against Germany in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals, then played the rest of the tournament as a redhead
  • Was an intern at MTV in New York in 2000; Image is depicted in a mural at the Detroit Airport honoring accomplished people from the state of Michigan
  • With an Italian family heritage, she has become an avid cook and baker; Loves gummi bears and cheese; Full name is Kathryn Michele Markgraf (formerly Sobrero)
  • Married former Providence College soccer player Chris Markgraf on Oct. 31, 2003; Despite being from Michigan, she dons a “cheesehead” every December for a Green Bay Packers game with her Wisconsin-born husband
It's Every Day

The stay-at-home defender holds the U.S. record for the most games played without scoring a goal (121 games heading into Athens). But she doesn't care. She just laughs about it. "I am pretty proud of the statistic. At least I have a statistic that I own," she says. "It is not in my nature to score; it's in my nature to defend." (credit:


On being considered a team veteran: "I hate it that I am considered an older player. I think the other reason I shy away from it is I don't want any responsibility that comes with [being a veteran]. I am not ready for that. What I consider the veterans are still around and those are tough shoes to fill.” (credit:

Height: 5-7
Born: August 23, 1976
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Resides: Boston, Mass.
Sport: Soccer
Event: Defender

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