Tierna Davidson- defender. Scorer. Anchor. Game winner. What more could anyone want in a player? Although Davidson is only 19 years old, she’s proven herself talented enough to start with the U.S Women’s National Team- being one of the youngest starters on the field for the stars and stripes. Going into her junior year of college, Davidson has the She Believes Cup, the Tournament of Nations, and an NCAA Championship under her belt. So the question is, just how good is this young player?
Davidson has proven herself to be a solid center back for her college club- the Stanford Cardinals- helping them win an NCAA Championship last year. She played and started 25 games in the year- along with finding the back of the net 3 times and setting up her teammates 6 times. Stanford looked almost unstoppable last year, thanks to the help of Davidson securing multiple clean sheets. Stanford has come off strong again this year, winning their first game of the season 5-0, with Davidson getting on the score sheet. Stanford are the favorites to win the Championship again this year, and if they’re thinking about getting to the final again they’ll definitely need Davidson to perform like she did the previous year.
On the club side, Davidson has been phenomenal and groundbreaking. But on the National Team side? Even better. Being only 19 years old, head coach Jill Ellis has favored Davidson to start for the Yankees against some big name opponents- Brazil, England, Germany, France, etc. Davidson has been strong for the backline- playing all 270 minutes of the She Believes Cup, and playing most of the Tournament of Nations. During these two tournaments, the United States only conceded 5 goals through 6 games. Davidson had proven herself strong with her college team, but she’s also proven to be able to perform consistently on a National Team level. With the transition period that the USWNT finds themselves in, Davidson will be a key player in the defense for their next wave of newcomers.
The new college soccer season may have just started, but Davidson has already proven that she has the talent, the mindset, and the ambition to lead the Stanford Cardinals to another trophy for their cabinet.