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Christiane Endler came to play.
No doubt the 27-year-old goalkeeper for Chile walked onto the field with Thailand’s 13-0 loss to the U.S. women’s national team hanging over her head, but she refused to let it happen to Chile.
Though Chile fell to the U.S. 3-0, Endler racked up a number of spectacular saves against some of USWNT’s best players, including Lindsey Horan and Christen Press.
In a post on Twitter, U.S. soccer icon Hope Solo called Endler “spectacular,” stating that she brings “such pride to the GK position.”
But the goalkeeper, who plays professionally for Paris Saint-Germaine, has ties to U.S. soccer.
She was goalkeeper for the University of South Florida in college.
According to USF, Endler played for the Bulls for two seasons from 2012 to 2013 and has the sixth-most saves in the program’s history at 170.
After her sophomore season, Endler began her professional career as a member of Chelsea FC where she played for one season before joining Colo-Colo then Valencia CF for a season each.
She hit her stride with Valencia, where she made 23 appearances and won the Zamora de España award for allowing the fewest goals throughout the season, TellerReport reported.
In 2017 she signed a 3-year contract with the prestigious Paris Saint-Germaine, where after her second season fellow players voted her the best goalkeeper in France, the L.A. Times reported.
It’s Endler’s skillful stops that kept team USA from yet another runaway victory in this year’s Women’s World Cup.
Though the US walked away with the win, social media has jumped on the Endler train, praising the former Bull for her agility and lightening-fast reflexes.