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Ali Riley



Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA

Previous clubs: Orlando Pride, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Rosengård, Western New York Flash, FC Gold Pride, Pali Blues

College: Stanford University

Country: USA

Height: 5'5

DOB: 10/30/1987

Acquired via: Trade

Defender Ali Riley joined Angel City Football Club following a trade from the Orlando Pride on January 27, 2022, where she recorded 1,556 minutes, 39 clearances, five blocks, and 19 interceptions in 2021.

Riley’s international resume includes 135 caps, four Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020), and five FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances as a member of the New Zealand national team. She has served as a captain of the Football Ferns since 2017.

Riley started her professional career as a first-round draft pick in 2010 for the now-defunct WPS FC Gold Pride; she won WPS Rookie of the Year with the club. Her second stint in the WPS was with Western New York Flash, and they won the 2011 WPS Championship, and individually she was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year.

After the WPS folded, Riley went abroad to play with FC Rosengård (2012–15), then with Chelsea (2018–19) and Bayern Munich (2019). She returned to Rosengård on loan from the Pride in 2020. While in Sweden, she met with youth clubs and schools across Southern Sweden to speak about basic nutrition and wellness and wrote a regular column for a food magazine in Malmö, Sweden.

Riley captained the Stanford soccer team to two NCAA semifinals and one final. As a senior, she started in 24 games and was named a Pac-10 Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and to the All-Pac 10 First Team.

Riley’s accolades include the 2006 New Zealand International Women's Player of the Year and the 2006 Nike International Young Women's Player of the Year. Off the pitch, Riley hosts “Ali in LA" and in 2021, she launched Girls Gone Veg, a vegan cooking show, with then-teammate Toni Pressley. She also hosted the FIFPRO Podcast called Changing the Game, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Women’s World Cup. Riley is a certified Health Coach through IIN. 


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