USA '99 Quick Take: An intense and physical defender, she came back from a broken jaw suffered in a collision with goalkeeper Tracy Ducar at a training camp in January 1998 to become a consistent starter in the central defense. She had a world-class performance against Norway, shutting down star striker Marianne Pettersen. She adds speed and youth to a veteran back line. If the USA has an "iron-woman," Sobrero is it, adding toughness and tenacity to an already active and athletic U.S. back line. A heavy tackler with deceptive speed, she consistently runs down forwards who think they've gotten a step. The least experienced of the USA's starters in the Women's World Cup, she passed her trial by fire with flying colors and played a stellar match in the Final. Efficiently simple with the ball at her feet, she has shown the ability to strike a penetrating long ball on occasion.
U.S. National Team: Solidified her starting spot in the central defense in 1999, playing in 21 matches including five 1999 Women's World Cup games ... The youngest U.S. starter in the Women's World Cup, she had a solid tournament despite spraining her ankle during the first round ... 1998: Had her breakthrough year in 1998, playing in her first 13 games for the full national team and starting nine in the central defense of the USA's 4-3-3 formation, including both matches as the USA won the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medal ... Made her debut for the national team on April 26, 1998, against Argentina Recorded her first start and played 90 minutes against Japan on May 24, 1998 in Yokohama ... Called into the USA's January 1998 training camp in San Diego, but broke her jaw in a gruesome collision with U.S. goalkeeper Tracy Ducar ... After having her jaw wired shut for six weeks, she rebounded strongly to play in the Goodwill Games and start all three games at the NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '98 ... Youth National Teams: First played for the U.S. Under-20 National Team in 1993 and competed in the Nordic Cup in 1994 A starter on the USA's Nordic Cup champion Under-20 Team in Denmark in 1997 as an overage player First camp with the U.S. National Team was in 1995 in Florida ... First Appearance: April 26, 1998, against Argentina ... First Goal: None.
College/High School: A four-year starter Notre Dame, she started all 96 games in her career and was a three-time NSCAA All-American, earning First-Team honors twice ... Her play at marking back during her sophomore year was instrumental in the Fighting Irish winning the 1995 NCAA championship She was the Defensive MVP of the 1995 NCAA Final Four ... Was on the cover of Soccer America following Notre Dame's NCAA title ... Scored seven goals with 24 assists in four years at Notre Dame ... Scored the game-winning goal in 1994 NCAA semifinal against Portland on a header ... Three-time All-Big East selection and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior All-MCC as a freshman before Notre Dame moved to the Big East ... Captained the Fighting Irish as senior ... Scored 16 goals and had 26 assists as a forward at Detroit Country Day en route to the 1991 state championship as a junior ... A NSCAA All-American and three time all-state selection at Country Day An all-league outside hitter in volleyball for three years at Country Day.
Club: Won three state titles with her club team Michigan Hawks.
Personal: Full name is Kathryn Michele Sobrero Earned her degree in science-business at Notre Dame and was a member of the Dean's list ... The current volunteer assistant coach at the University of Texas ... Threw out the first ball at a Detroit Tigers game following the Women's World Cup ... Paid up on a bet and dyed her hair bright red after defender Joy Fawcett scored against Germany in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals, then played the rest of the tournament as a red-head.