Vanessa DiBernardo Kansas City Current

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Vanessa DiBernardo

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HOMETOWN: Naperville, IL, USA

HEIGHT: 5'4"

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The daughter of former U.S. Men’s National Team player Angelo DiBernardo, Vanessa represented the United States at the U-20 and U-23 levels. She played a pivotal role in the U.S. team’s run to the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup championship, starting every match of the tournament. She also scored the opening goal of the quarterfinal match against North Korea.

Vanessa grew up in Naperville, Illinois and starred collegiately at the University of Illinois. While there she was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List three times and earned the 2014 Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to one member of each Big Ten graduating class for demonstrating joint athletic and academic excellence throughout their college career. She finished her collegiate career with school records for assists (22) and shots (325). In 2020 she was inducted into the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame.

DiBernardo was selected fourth overall by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2014 NWSL Draft. Playing her entire professional career in Chicago to this point, she is the club record holder for Minutes Played (12,465), Games Played (155) and Assists (22). Coming into the 2023 season DiBernardo ranks eighth all-time in assists and second in corner kicks (329) for the NWSL.

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