Jennifer Lalor
Personal information
Full name Jennifer Ann Nielsen
Birth name Jennifer Ann Lalor[2]
Date of birth (1974-09-05) September 5, 1974 (age 46)[1]
Place of birth Chula Vista, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Shiroki Serena
1998 Frederiksberg Boldklub
1999 Hammarby
2000 San Diego WFC
2001–2002 New York Power
2003 San Diego Spirit
National team
1992–2001 United States 23 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jennifer Ann Nielsen (née Lalor; born September 5, 1974) is an American retired soccer midfielder and former member of the United States women's national soccer team. In 2012, she was nominated for entry into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.[3]


Born in Chula Vista, California, Lalor attended Bonita Vista High School and helped the soccer team to two undefeated seasons and clinch two Metro League titles.[4] She opted not to play high school soccer during her junior and senior years and instead played for the Southern California Blues club team.[5]

Santa Clara University

Lalor attended Santa Clara University, where she played for the Broncos from 1992-1996. In 1994, she led the team in assists with 20. She was named to the NSCAA All-American team in 1993, 1994 and 1996. Lalor played in two Final Fours with the Broncos and led the nation in assists in 1994 and 1996. She was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Award and Hermann Trophy in 1993 and 1994.[5]

Lalor was the first player to ever receive a full scholarship for soccer to Santa Clara. She was inducted into the Santa Clara Hall of Fame in 2008.[6]

Lalor now coaches at San Diego Soccer Club.

Playing career


From 1997–1998, Lalor played professionally in Japan for Shiroka Serena. In 1998, she played in Denmark for FB. In 1999, she played for Swedish club, Hammarby.[5]


Lalor was selected in the second round of the WUSA Inaugural Draft by the New York Power. She played for the Power from 2001–2002.[7] In 2003, she played for the San Diego Spirit.[5][8]


Lalor was a member of the United States women's national soccer team player pool from 1987–1995. Her first appearance for the senior team occurred on August 18, 1992 in a match against Norway. She scored her first goal on August 13, 1994 during a match against Mexico. She previously represented the United States on the U-16, U-19, U-20 levels. From 1987-1991, she played for the U.S. Under-16 and Under-19 National Team. In 1993, she competed with the U-20 National team in France, when the team won the International Women's Tournament.[5]

In 1995, she was part of the team that took home bronze at the Women's World Cup in Sweden. She returned to the national team player pool in 2001.[5][8][9][10]


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  2. ^ "Blueprint for the Future: Index" (PDF). The Redwood. 90. Santa Clara University. 1994. p. 286 (291 of PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on March 24, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2020. Alt URL
  3. ^ "Coach Jen Lalor Nominated for US Soccer Hall of Fame". San Diego Football Academy. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  4. ^ Scavuzzo, Diane (November 7, 2013). "SDFA: Jen Lalor-Nielsen Is "The Whole Package"". Soccer Today. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Jennifer Lalor". Soccer Times. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2013.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "Jennifer 'Lalor' Nielsen". JB Soccer Training. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved March 29, 2013.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "WUSA 2002 Team Previews". ESPN. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Coach Jen 'Lalor' Nielsen". San Diego Football Academy. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2013.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "WUSA's Lalor returns to spotlight". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  10. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Ties China 1-1 at Dragon Sports Centre; Lalor Scores Lone Goal for USA in Front of 30,000 in Chilly Hangzhou". US Soccer. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013.