Conn. Native Playing for the U.S. Women’s Team in the FIFA World Cup

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A Connecticut native has advanced to the round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Alyssa Naeher is playing on the U.S. Women’s Soccer team in the tournament. The team recently advanced to the round of 16.

Naeher was born in Bridgeport, and grew up in Seymour.

Bridgeport mayor Bill Finch congratulated Naeher on her accomplishments.

“We’re proud of Alyssa and her accomplishments, and look forward to seeing her continued success. It’s a great day for the state’s largest city and our best goes out to her and the United States national women’s soccer team in the Round of 16 in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.”

Naeher, a 2009 graduate of Penn State, won the FIFA World Cup Golden Glove Award in 2008 for best goalkeeper. Naeher played for the Boston Breakers Soccer Club. She most recently won the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year Award.

Round 16 of the World Cup will be played on June 22 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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