Get to know Northport native Allie Long, who will be competing in the Rio Olympics as a member of the U.S. Olympic women's soccer team.
Allie Long was born on Aug. 13, 1987, in Huntington. She grew up in Northport.
Long played on Northport High School’s girls soccer team for four years. She was an All-State selection in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well as Newsday’s All-Long Island girls soccer player of the year in 2004 and 2005. The Tigers went undefeated in the regular season in all four of Long’s years with the team.
Long earned a scholarship to Penn State, where she had 10 goals and 10 assists in two seasons before transferring to North Carolina. She was part of the Tar Heels’ national championship team in her senior season.
Long played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup during her sophomore season in 2006. The U.S. made it to the semifinals that year.
Long was drafted seventh overall by the Washington Freedom of the Women’s Professional Soccer league in 2009. She scored four goals in two seasons with the Freedom before signing with Sky Blue FC in 2011, where she ranked second on the team in minutes played (1,575) after appearing in all 18 matches.
After the WPS suspended operations in 2012, Long helped the New York Fury reach the WPSL Elite semifinals. Long then played overseas for Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Division 1 Féminine on a six-month contract. She had four goals in 12 appearances for PSG before a foot injury toward the end of her deal.
Long signed with Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League on Jan. 31, 2013, and has played with them at midfield for the last three seasons. She led the team to the NWSL title in 2013 and is the club’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 22 goals, including a career-high 10 in 2015. She was named to the NWSL’s Best XI in 2015.
Long was called up to the national team in July 2010, but she didn’t make her debut for the USWNT until May 8, 2014, during a friendly against Canada. She has nine caps with the USWNT, and the Rio Olympics will be her first major tournament with the USWNT.
Long scored her first two career international goals in a 7-0 win over Colombia on April 6, 2016.
If the USWNT medals in Rio, Long will become the first Northport native to earn an Olympic medal.