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Jen Buczkowski (born April 4, 1985) is an American former soccer midfielder. She played for FC Kansas City in the NWSL. She previously played for the Philadelphia Independence and New Jersey Sky Blue of Women's Professional Soccer.

Early life

Buczkowski was born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She played three seasons at Elk Grove High School and was named by Gatorade as the 2003 Illinois Player of the Year.[1]

University of Notre Dame

Buczkowski attended the University of Notre Dame from 2003-2007 and set the Notre Dame record for 103 career games played. During her career at Notre Dame, she scored 77 points (22nd in Notre Dame history), 20 goals, 37 assists and 97 starts. Buczkowski was a three-time NSCAA All-American.[1] She was among the final 15 candidates for the MAC Hermann Award in 2005 and 2006.

Playing career

Club

 
Buczkowski in training, 2010.

Sky Blue FC (WPS)

Buczkowski was a sixth-round selection (39th overall) in the 2009 WPS College Draft for the New Jersey Sky Blue.[2] The team went on to win the national championship.

Philadelphia Independence (WPS)

The following season, Buczkowski was selected in the first round of the expansion draft by the Philadelphia Independence. During the 2011 season, Jen won the "Iron Women Award" for playing every minute of the season.[3]

From 2009-2010, Buczkowski started in 38 of 41 games played in the WPS.[2]

Chicago Red Stars (WPSL Elite)

After the folding of the WPS in early 2012, Buczkowski joined the Chicago Red Stars, in the semi-professional WPSL Elite.[4] The team would go on to come in second to the Western New York Flash after penalty kicks during the WPSL final.[5]

FC Kansas City (NWSL)

In 2013, she signed with FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the NWSL.[6] She started all 66 regular-season matches in the first three seasons of the NWSL for FCKC, the only player in the whole league to do so.[7][8]

She retired in May 2016.

International

Buczkowski was a member of several youth national teams. She was a member of the U-19 World Cup team in 2003 and played every minute of the U-21 Nordic Cup tournament in 2005, in which the team won the championship.[9]

Honors and awards

Team

with FC Kansas City:

Coaching career

Buczkowski joined the University of Notre Dame as Assistant Coach in 2007.[1] In 2011, she joined the Lyons Township Soccer Club coaching staff
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