Shannon Horgan is back with her former coach as the Long Beach native has signed with the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage.
During her youth soccer playing days on Long Island, Horgan played for Courage Head Coach Paul Riley as a member of the Albertson Soccer Club in the Elite Clubs National League.
She was one of two national team replacement signings by North Carolina, with the other being Peyton Perea. Four members of the Courage — Rockville Centre native Crystal Dunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Jessica McDonald and Sam Mewis — were named to the U.S. National Team Roster ahead of this summer’s World Cup in France.
After graduating from Long Beach High School, Horgan attended Clemson University and was a fixture in the Tigers’ lineup. She was also active in the United States Soccer National Team Program having played at the U-19, U-20, and U-23 levels. She went on to play professionally in Sweden for Lidkopings FK.
“Shannon is a tremendous athlete with a gifted left foot,” said Riley. “In the short time she has been here she has really progressed and her versatility will make her a valuable addition to the squad. Her speed, strength and ability one on one makes her ideal for our player profile.”
Horgan is also the fourth North Carolina player with Long Island roots. In addition to Dunn, the Courage roster also includes Cari Roccaro of East Islip and Meredith Speck of Rockville Centre.