Sam Staab
Personal information
Full name Sam Staab
Date of birth (1997-03-28) March 28, 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Washington Spirit
Number 3
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Clemson[1] 80 (5)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Washington Spirit 24 (1)
2019–2020Western Sydney Wanderers (loan) 12 (2)
National team
2018– United States U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 29, 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 29, 2020

Sam Staab (born March 28, 1997) is an American soccer defender who currently plays for the Washington Spirit in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[2]

Early life

Clemson Tigers

Staab attended Clemson University, where she played for the Tigers women's soccer team from 2015 to 2018.[1] She was selected for the ACC All-Freshman team in 2015 after starting all 20 games in her first season.[3] After making the All-ACC second team in each of the next two years, she was selected to the All-ACC first team in her senior season.[4] At the time of her graduation, her 33 career assists were tied for 4th-most in school history.[5]

Club career

Washington Spirit

Staab was drafted 4th overall in the first round of the 2019 NWSL College Draft by the Washington Spirit.[4] In April, she was signed to the Spirit's senior roster in advance of the 2019 NWSL season.[6] Staab made her professional debut on April 13, 2019 against Sky Blue FC, scoring a 59th-minute goal en route to a 2–0 season-opening win for the Spirit.[7] Staab went on to appear in every minute of the Spirit's season, becoming the second-ever NWSL player to play every minute of her rookie season. She was considered one of the league's top defenders, earning a spot on the May and June 2019 NWSL Team of the Month and she was one of three nominees for Rookie of the Year.[8][9][10] In 2020, she played every minute of the Spirit's season.[11] In the NWSL Challenge Cup she converted a header off a set piece in the 77th minute against the Portland Thorns, scoring the Spirit's lone goal in the team's 1-1 tie.[12]

Western Sydney Wanderers

Staab was signed in advance of the 2019–20 W-League season by the Western Sydney Wanderers. Staab made her debut for the Wanderers on November 14, 2019.[13]

International career

Staab attended training camp with the United States under-19 team in January 2016.[14] Staab was first selected for the United States under-23 team in March 2018 for the 2018 Thorns Spring Invitational.[15] She was called up again for the 2018 Nordic Tournament, where she was the only non-professional player selected for the U.S. roster.[16] She started all three games, and scored the game-winning goal for the United States in the final match, ensuring a first-place result in the tournament.[17]




  1. ^ a b "Sam Staab". Clemson Tigers Athletics. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sam Staab - Soccerway Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Clemson Women's Soccer Program Celebrates Successful Season". Clemson Tigers Athletics. March 28, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Clemson Women's Soccer star Sam Staab drafted in first round of NWSL draft". Independent Mail. January 11, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Staab Earns All-America Honors, Two Other Tigers Named All-Region". Clemson Tigers Athletics. November 29, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Washington Spirit announces updated 25-player roster ahead of 2019 NWSL season". Washington Spirit. April 8, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Washington Spirit opens new NWSL season with 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC". Washington Post. April 13, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Anderson, Jason (October 17, 2019). "Washington Spirit have multiple nominees for NWSL end-of-season awards". Black and Red United. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Anderson, Jason (May 31, 2019). "Four Washington Spirit players make NWSL Team of the Month for May 2019". Black and Red United. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Purdy, Jacqueline (July 8, 2019). "June Team of the Month". NWSL. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  11. ^ "2020 Challenge Cup Sam Staab statistics". Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  12. ^ Anderson, Jason (July 6, 2020). "Washington Spirit, Portland Thorns trade set piece goals in 1-1 NWSL Challenge Cup draw". Black and Red United. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  13. ^ "Signing news: Wanderers secure Harrison and Staab". Football Federation Australia. October 23, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Staab Invited to U19 USWNT Camp". Clemson Tigers Athletics. January 6, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  15. ^ "Clemson's Sam Staab Back in Action with U.S. U-23 WNT". ABC Columbia. March 9, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "U-23 WNT Headed to Norway for 2018 Nordic Tournament". U.S. Soccer. August 23, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  17. ^ "USA takes first place in 2018 Women's U-23 Nordic Tournament". Soccerwire. September 4, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2019.