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Lauren Cheney is a soccer player competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Lauren Cheney broke out at the 2011 World Cup, being named to the tournament's official All-Star team. She made her Olympic debut in 2008 as a last-minute injury replacement for Abby Wambach. She currently dates Philadelphia 76ers star Jrue Holiday, whom she met while at UCLA. She had 18 goals and 10 assists during her senior season at UCLA to become the Bruins' all-time leading points scorer with 173.

The USA's best post-up player has shown an ability to impact the game off the bench and in a starting role, which gives Pia Sundhage flexibility in choosing lineups. Cheney is strong into physical battles, but also an excellent passer in the attacking third and has shown the ability to partner well with whoever is on the forward line with her. Nine of Cheney's 13 career goals have come over 2010 and 2011.

Cheney played on boys' teams from the age of six until 12, before moving to Carmel United Heat, where she went on to win five state championships.

Cheney played a part in the movement that led to the game-winning goal in the 2008 Olympic gold medal game. She also played in ten matches leading up to the Olympics that year and scored two goals, one against Finland at the Algarve Cup and the other in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament against Jamaica.

She was named as an alternate to the 2008 Olympic Team, but was moved into the 18-player roster after the injury to Abby Wambach. A last minute addition, she did not play in the first three matches of the Olympics, but then came off the bench in the final three games to contribute some vitally important minutes.

In the summer of 2009, she signed to play with the Pali Blues of the USL W-League.

Drafted by the Boston Breakers, she was the second overall player selected in the 2010 WPS draft. Of the 23 games she played in during her first season, she started 21 of them. During the season, she scored five goals with two assists. Additionally, she helped Boston to a playoff berth where she scored her team's only goal in the playoff match.


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Age: 29 years old
Birthday: September 30, 1987
Husband: Jrue Holiday

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