Leslie Osborne
Personal information
Full name Leslie Marie Osborne[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-27) May 27, 1983 (age 40)
Place of birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Santa Clara Broncos 99 (44)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Chicago Cobras
2005 California Storm 6 (1)
2009 FC Gold Pride 19 (0)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 34 (0)
2012 Boston Breakers
2013 Chicago Red Stars 18 (1)
International career
United States U-16
United States U-18
United States U-19 21 (4)
United States U-21 8
2004–2009 United States 61 (3)
Medal record
Women's football (soccer)
Representing the  United States
FIFA Women's World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2007 China Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of August 2, 2014
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of August 2, 2014

Leslie Marie Osborne (born May 27, 1983) is a retired American soccer defensive midfielder who last played for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL in 2013. She is a former member of the United States women's national soccer team and previously played for FC Gold Pride and the Boston Breakers in the WPS. She announced her retirement as a player in March 2014.[2]

Early life

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Osborne grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin and attended Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Santa Clara University

Osborne in St. Louis in 2010.

Osborne played soccer at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. As a freshman, she was a key member of the Santa Clara team that won the 2001 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. As a senior in 2004, she was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy and won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's outstanding collegiate female player.[3][4]

Playing career


Osborne defends against Megan Rapinoe in August 2011

FC Gold Pride

In 2009, she played for the FC Gold Pride, in the inaugural season of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league.

Boston Breakers

In 2010, Osborne was made a free agent and signed with the Boston Breakers.

When the WPS suspended operations in early 2012 and later folded, Osborne continued with the Breakers as they moved into the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite.[5][6] She played a key role in securing investors for the team in both the WPS and WPSL Elite.[7]

Chicago Red Stars

In 2013, she joined the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.[8]

On March 11, 2014 she announced her retirement from professional soccer.[9]


Osborne was a member of U.S. national youth teams in 2002 and 2003, and earned her first cap with the senior national team on January 30, 2004 against Sweden. After sitting out the first U.S. game of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in favor of Shannon Boxx, she played all 90 minutes in all five remaining matches. During the 4-0 semifinal loss to Brazil, Osborne scored an own goal in an attempt to clear a corner kick.

In May 2008, Osborne tore her ACL before the 2008 Olympics, which caused her to miss the Beijing games. She took nearly a year to rehab the knee injury, causing her to miss several national team games and lose her regular starting position on the national team.

International goals

Key (expand for notes on "international goals" and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
October 1, 2006[m 1] United StatesCarson  Chinese Taipei 63.

off 63' (on Miller)

8 Kristine Lilly

5150.01005 1–0

6050.10005 10–0

November 26, 2006[m 2] United StatesCarson  Canada 91.

off 91' (on Lloyd)

6 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5150.02005 2–1

Gold Cup: final
May 10, 2008[m 3] United StatesWashington  Canada 21.

on 70' (off Tarpley)

87 Amy Rodriguez

5650.06005 6–0

5650.06005 6–0


Coaching career

Osborne was an assistant coach for the Santa Clara women's team for several years.

Personal life

Osborne is married to Ricky Lewis,[10] with whom she has three daughters.[11]

Osborne has a primary sponsorship with German sportswear company, Puma.[7]


  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 – List of Players: USA" (PDF). FIFA. September 15, 2007. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2019. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "Osborne Announces Retirement, Reflects on Career". Equalizer Soccer. March 11, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "The California Storm adds Leslie Osborne to the Board of Directors". California Storm Women's Soccer. October 24, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Soccer". CWSA. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  5. ^ http://articles.boston.com/2012-07-06/sports/32557150_1_puma-leslie-osborne-soccer-works#user-membercenter-url-here[dead link]
  6. ^ "Leslie Osborne bio". Leslie Osborne. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Leslie Osborne helped keep Boston women's soccer alive". Boston Globe. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Leslie Osborne announces she is signing with the Chicago Red Stars". NWSL News. Archived from the original on June 8, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Leslie Osborne announces retirement from professional soccer". NWSL News. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "Pro Soccer Players' Destination Fête with Pops of Color in Mexico". Inside Weddings.
  11. ^ "Leslie Osborne of Sweat Cosmetics and FOX sports shares her pro-soccer journey". Health Human Life.

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