World Cup Champion Saskia Webber Named USC Women's Soccer Goalkeeping Coach
LOS ANGELES – USC women's soccer Head Coach Jane Alukonis announced the addition of World Cup Champion Saskia Webber as the program's goalkeeping coach.
Webber comes to USC after serving as the goalkeeping coach at UCLA for the past two seasons. She was a member of the legendary U.S. Women's National Team that won the 1999 World Cup, as well as being part of the 1995 World Cup squad and an alternate on the 1996 Olympic team.
"I am so grateful to have Saskia on staff here at USC," said Alukonis, who was hired as the Trojans' head coach earlier this year. "She is absolutely incredible at what she does. Saskia is a thorough, detailed and empowering coach. She is able to bring the best out of goalkeepers through her high-energy and inspiring coaching style. Saskia will be a wonderful mentor not only to the goalkeepers, but to the entire team."
During her time with the Bruins, she guided first-year starter Lauren Brzykcy to All-America and Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2020, and in her second season, she helped lead the Bruins to an unbeaten regular season record and to an eight-game shutout streak from Aug. 22-Sept. 24.
"I am beyond honored to be coaching at such an amazing institution as USC," said Webber. "To join Jane and a legendary player like Amy Rodriguez, I can only imagine the heights we can take the team to."
Webber was member of the USWNT for eight years, playing in the aforementioned two World Cups, after making her international debut at the age of 21. She made a total of 28 appearances for the U.S. from 1992-99.
Webber was a founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association, playing for the Philadelphia Charge in 2001 and for the New York Power in 2002. Additionally, she played professionally for three years in Japan for Oki FC, where she was named the top goalkeeper of the league.
A four-year starter at Rutgers University, Webber was an All-American, Honda Award finalist and winner of the Missouri Athletic Club Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 1992. She finished her collegiate career with a school-record 34 shutouts, a record that stood for 17 years. Webber was selected by Soccer America to the Team of the 90s, and in 1998, she became the first female soccer player to be inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame.
Prior to starting her coaching duties at UCLA, Webber served as the director of goalkeeping for the Los Angeles Bulls.
Webber is a founding investor of Angel City FC, which will begin play in the NWSL in 2022, and the host of the popular podcast "Inside The 18". She is also the founder and co-owner of TheUnionSports.com.