Whitney Engen: From the field to the courtroom


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Do you remember Whitney Engen of the United States Women's Soccer National Team and Boston Breakers fame? Of course you do. The former University of North Carolina Tar Heel was an accomplished soccer player and member of the USWNT from 2011 to 2017.

Engen was a member of the Stars & Stripes for nearly seven years. During her tenure with the U.S., she was a member of the 2015 World Cup Winner team and selected to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

She remained a member of the team until she was released in October 2016. Following her departure, she penned an emotional letter to fans on social media.

Following her departure from professional sports, Engen returned to the classroom where she enrolled in law school at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She attended school for three years and on Monday was sworn in as an attorney at the Mecklenberg County Courthouse.

Engen's path to a new career isn't a new phenomenon. Former defender Rachel Van Hollbeke retired from soccer to pursue a medical degree and is now a practicing physician.


It's exciting to see these women kick ass on the field and will be even more fun to see succeed in the next phase of life.


Congrats to Whitney Engen as I'm sure she will be a fantastic lawyer!


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