Casey Loyd
Casey Nogueira press conference 2006.jpg
December 2006
Personal information
Full name Casey Nicole Loyd
Birth name Casey Nicole Nogueira[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-23) February 23, 1989 (age 33)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
2004–2006 CASL Spartan Elite
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 North Carolina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Cary Lady Clarets 10 (7)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 24 (3)
2011 Sky Blue FC 18 (5)
2012 FC Dallas Women
2013 FC Kansas City 4 (1)
National team
2007–2010 United States 5 (0)
Medal record
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of May 26, 2013
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of May 22, 2010

Casey Nicole Loyd (née Nogueira; born February 23, 1989) is an American professional soccer midfielder who most recently played for FC Kansas City of the NWSL in 2013. She had previously played for the Los Angeles Sol, Sky Blue FC and Chicago Red Stars in the WPS and earned one cap with the United States women's national soccer team in 2007. As a member of the United States U-20 women's team, she represented her country at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship and the 2007 Pan American Games.

Early life

Daughter of Victor Nogueira, Casey was born in San Diego, California, while her father played for the San Diego Sockers. She began playing soccer when she was five. In 1992, her father moved to the Milwaukee Wave, where he played for 12 seasons. Nogueira grew up in nearby Cedarburg, Wisconsin with her mother. Her father coached her on local boys' teams until she entered Cedarburg High School at which point, she played for the girls' soccer team. In 2004, having spent her freshman year in Wisconsin, Nogueira moved to Raleigh, North Carolina with her mother.

In North Carolina, Nogueira attended Broughton High School. She was the 2005 Gatorade Player of the Year. She was a 2005 Parade Magazine and NSCAA high school All American and graduated a year early in 2006. The Capitals won one state championship and finished runner up once during her two years with the team. 2005 state championship MVP. In addition to her high school team, Nogueira also played for the CASL Spartan Elite, winning the 2005 regional championship and finishing third at the national U-17 championship.

University of North Carolina

In 2006, Nogueira played for the North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team. The Tar Heels won the 2006 National Championship. While Nogueira had started only one game that season, she started both the semifinal and final games due to team injuries. Nogueira scored in both games, earning a position on the all tournament team. She led the team in scoring with 21 goals her junior season, capping the year when she scored both goals as UNC won the 2008 NCAA championships, 2–1 over the University of Notre Dame.[2] As a junior, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top soccer player.[3][4]

Playing career


Carolina RailHawk Women

In 2008, Nogueira signed with the Carolina RailHawks Women, now known as the Cary Lady Clarets, an expansion W-League team.[5][6]

Los Angeles Sol

Nogueira was drafted 8th overall to the Los Angeles Sol.[7]

Chicago Red Stars

After the Sol folded, Nogueira was drafted to the Chicago Red Stars. Nogueira made her WPS league debut for the Red Stars as a second-half substitute against Sky Blue FC on April 11, 2010, and scored her first league goal for the club against St. Louis Athletica on April 17, 2010.[8]

Sky Blue FC

After Chicago Red Stars announced it would not be part of the Women's Professional Soccer in 2011,[9] Nogueira signed as a free agent with Sky Blue FC on December 23, 2010.[10] She was named Player of the Week on June 30, 2011.[11]

FC Kansas City

WPS folded in January 2012 and rather than pursue top-flight soccer overseas, Nogueira and moved to Dallas area to be close to her boyfriend and FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd (the two became engaged that February and married in October).[12] After a season with FC Dallas's women's team in the Women's Premier Soccer League,[13] Nogueira –now known as Casey Loyd– was selected during the fourth round (30th overall) of the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft by FC Kansas City.[14][15]


Youth teams

Noguiera entered the national team program in 2004, when she was called into the U-16 Women's National Team. She moved up to the U-17 team the next year. In 2006, she was a member of the U.S. U-20 women's national team which took fourth place at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship. In 2007, the U.S. entered its U-20 team in the 2007 Pan American Games even though the other participating nations sent their full national teams. The U.S. won the silver medal, falling to Brazil in the final. Noguiera scored a goal in each of the three group games.[16]

Senior team

She earned her first cap with the senior team in a 1–1 tie with England on January 28, 2007. She started, but came off for Lindsay Tarpley at half time.[17] She was called up to the senior team in May 2009 versus Canada but did not play. In February 2010, she was named to the Algarve Cup roster.

Personal life

She married fellow Tar Heel and FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd on October 13, 2012. In 2012, the couple began coaching Vickery United, a youth soccer team for children of refugees in the North Dallas neighborhood of Vickery Meadow. They have two sons.[18]


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  2. ^ Bernstein, Viv (December 7, 2008). "Nogueira and Tar Heels Retake Women's Soccer Title". Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Casey Nogueira Wins 2009 Honda Sports Award for Soccer". University of North Carolina Athletics. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Soccer". CWSA. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Carolina RailHawks Women Announce Initial Roster". OurSports Central. February 28, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  6. ^ Fellerath, David (December 7, 2008). "Professional women's soccer to return to Cary? And UNC women win NCAA soccer title". INDY Week. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  7. ^ "Sol draft two collegiate standouts from UNC Tar Heels". Women's Professional Soccer. Archived from the original on January 21, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Jack (April 17, 2010). "Red Stars rally to 1–1 tie with visiting St. Louis".
  9. ^ "Letter From Chicago Red Stars Owners". Archived from the original on April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  10. ^ "Casey Nogueira". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  11. ^ "Player of the Week".[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Howard, Greg (June 25, 2013). "Zach Loyd and Casey Nogueira: The Couple That Plays, Although Not (Always) Together". Dallas Observer.
  13. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (March 27, 2013). "Fresh start for Loyd (Nogueira) in Kansas City". The Equalizer.
  14. ^ "Rundown of FC Kansas City's Supplemental Draft Picks". NWSL News. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  15. ^ "Six-round supplemental draft rounds out NWSL rosters". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  16. ^ "Panamerican Games 2007 on RSSSF". August 2, 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  17. ^ "Game Report". Archived from the original on October 13, 2007.
  18. ^ Kay, Bryan (June 16, 2015). "Vickery United: the Dallas soccer club for America's refugees". The Guardian.