#11 Raquel Rodriguez - Midfielder
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Date of Birth: 10/28/1993
College: Penn State University
How Acquired: No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft
BIO: Midfielder Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez is entering her third season with Sky Blue FC. The 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year registered one goal and one assist over 17 starts and 18 appearances during her first professional season. Over the 2017 campaign, she made 17 starts over 21 matches while recording four goals on the year.
Sky Blue FC selected the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, Costa Rica international and Penn State University standout with the second overall pick in the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft. With the selection, Sky Blue FC brought in a championship playmaker who played every minute for Costa Rica in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup before leading Penn State to the 2015 NCAA College Cup title that fall.
Rodriguez won the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy, an elite distinction awarded to the best player in NCAA Division I soccer. During her senior campaign in Happy Valley, she started 27 matches for Penn State and recorded 18 points on a diversified six goals and six assists. None of those goals were bigger than her game-winner in the NCAA Women’s College Cup final, where her 72nd minute tally lifted Penn State to its first ever national championship by defeating Duke, 1-0. In addition to claiming both the NCAA’s greatest team and individual awards, the Nittany Lion captain was also honored in 2015 as the NCAA Women’s College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player, NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year, TopDrawerSoccer Player of the Year, TopDrawerSoccer Best XI First Team, Honda Sport Award winner, NSCAA All-America First Team and All-Big Ten First Team, among others.
For her college career, Rodriguez made 90 starts over 93 appearances, registering 74 points on 23 goals and 28 assists. The 24-year-old has always had a knack for scoring when the stage was biggest, tallying nine game-winning goals over her final three seasons.
On the international front, Rodriguez has been a member of the full Costa Rica National Team since 2012. The San Jose native proved once again to rise up when the lights were brightest at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, scoring the first FIFA Women’s World Cup goal in Costa Rica history when she buried a 1-1 equalizer against Spain in her nation’s first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup game. Additionally, Rodriguez has been nominated for CONCACAF Female Player of the Year accolades on multiple occasions.