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Danielle Slaton


The Glory Days

Danielle played soccer for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2000-2005, earning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and a bronze at the 2003 Women’s World Cup. She played professionally in the Women’s United Soccer Association, where she won a championship with the Carolina Courage and was the league defender of the year in 2002. She also played professionally for Olympique Lyonnais in France, and spent her college years at Santa Clara University, where she captained her team to a NCAA championship in 2001. At Santa Clara, Danielle was a 3-time All-American and she was named the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Beyond the Field

After her playing career finished, Danielle went on to coach women’s soccer at Northwestern University and earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. She then transitioned into the field of education, where she designed curriculum, fundraised, organized events, and worked with donors and alumni. She currently works as a television analyst and has called professional and college games, as well as two Women’s World Cups, two Olympic Games, and the Women's European Championships.

Danielle is passionate about using sports as a means for social change and serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the U.S Soccer Federation, and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative. She is one of four founders, alongside former teammates Brandi Chastain, Leslie Osborne, and Aly Wagner, who helped bring Bay Football Club, the NWSL's 14th franchise, to the San Francisco Bay Area. Danielle lives in California with her husband John, and their two boys, Johnny and Marcus.

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