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Alex Kimball
File:AK Royals Main.jpg
AK training for Utah Royals
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Amalia Kimball Suarez
Date of birth (1995-09-21) September 21, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Utah Royals FC
Number 47
Youth career
2012-2014 CASL ECNL 95
2006-2012 Triangle United Gold
2008-2010 Triangle Futbol Club Navy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 University of North Carolina 92 (9)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Utah Royals FC
National team
2018 Peru Combine
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 23, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 23, 2019

Alex Kimball (born September 21, 1995) is an American soccer forward of Peruvian descent who is currently a draftee for the Utah Royals FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Alex played in the NCAA Division I battle for the 2018 ACC Women's Soccer Tournament Championship and the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament Championship titles representing the North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team. After her final college season, Alex was part of the 2019 NWSL College Draft.[1] where she was drafted by the Utah Royals FC in the 4th round as the 32nd pick. As of June 22nd 2019, Alex has only played in pre-season.

Heritage[edit | edit source]

Alex was born to Melissa Suarez and Steven Kimball in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina along with her brother Conner Kimball who will play soccer for Earlham College in Fall of 2019. Alex's paternal family are descendants of Heber C. Kimball, one of the founding pioneers of Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex's mother is a first generation Peruvian American born in Salt Lake City. Both parents were very active in all sports. Mainly swim, track, and basketball for ther father, and track & soccer for her mother.

Early years[edit | edit source]

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Young AK playing club soccer

Alex began her soccer career at the ripe age of 3 playing for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America of the Greater Salt Lake Area. At the age of 6 Alex moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina were she played Rainbow Soccer[2] and then Chapel Hill United[3]. Subsequently she started playing club soccer for the top teams in the area. For Triangle United[4] she played under the tutelage of Cindy Parlow Cone. Cindy was a former North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer player and a member of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup national team. In Alex's last year with Cindy's '95 team they took the 2013 NCYSA State Cup Championship[5] for the first time in Triangle United's club history and qualified for Nationals. Alex also played for Triangle Futbol Club[6] where she was instructed by local legends such as, Rich Flaim [7], and Dario Brose. Ultimately it was CASL [Capital Area Soccer League] (also known as North Carolina FC Youth[8]) that promoted Alex to a higher platform of exposure and instruction conducted by CASL's very own Paul Forster[9]. In tandem Alex was also participating in ODP [Olympic Development Program][10] training sessions and competitions for the State and Regional III teams[11].

High School[edit | edit source]

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AK awarded MVP High School State Championship

While Alex was growing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) she had the opportunity to watch the famous female North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer athletes, like Heather O'Reilly, play soccer on Fetzer Field. Jessica Maxwell[12] was a North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer 2007 team member that looked after the Kimball kids occasionally. There was no lack of inspiration in Alex's life and it showed on the soccer pitch. Alex's freshman year was the first time Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) had ever beaten East Chapel Hill High School - the high school equivalent of the UNC vs Duke rivalry. Alex was a late bloomer during her high school career but eventually began to get stronger and faster. By the time she was a Senior she was ready to obtain Chapel Hill's first ever High School State Championship[13]. In the championship match Alex had played forward, midfield, and defense during different points in the game, and assisted the tying goal, which earned her the title of MVP for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Championship match[14][15]. That same year Alex was voted The News & Observer High School player of the year with 23 goals and 18 assists[16].

College career[edit | edit source]

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AK playing for UNC-Chapel Hill

Alex[17] was the first ever North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer player recruited out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina[17]. Chapel Hill is the home of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Anson Dorrance's Women's Soccer program. Alex started off her college career by scoring some key goals her freshman year[18][19], but the wear from many years of soccer, and the strain of college soccer took a toll on her body. Mainly her hip. By mid freshman year until the end of her sophomore year she could no longer bear the pain and could not play to her potential. Alex needed labrum surgery. Alex recovered quickly and came back for her Junior year prematurely, and because of this she had hip complications early in the season. Still she fought through the pain for her team and managed to help them get to the final four in 2016[20]. After all the medical complications Alex was forced to redshirted her Senior year in order to properly recover. Alex was not fully recovered and helped 2018 was a highlight year for the North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer program. The team made it to the 2018 ACC Women's Soccer Tournament where Alex was part of the All-ACC Tournament team, and the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament[21] where she scored a crucial goal against Florida State in the ACC Final. In total Alex recorded 9 goals and 13 assists for the Tar Heels during her career[17]. It was a good year for her to exit the program[22].

While still in college Alex trained/played with the following programs:

UNC Statistics[edit | edit source]

As of June 22, 2019

Rank UNC Record!
#2 All-time Vertical
#1 All-time Agility
#10 All-time Beep Test
#2 2018 Overall Athletic

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Utah Royals, 2019-[edit | edit source]

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AK training with the Utah Royals

Alex was drafted by the Utah Royals FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the fourth round as the 32rd overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.[25] She was signed by the Royals on May 2, 2019[26]. Alex has only seen the pitch for the Utah Royals FC during pre-season[27] where she scored a header goal against University of Southern California[28]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

As of June 22, 2019

League Club Season League
Apps Goals Assists Min
NCAA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2014 20 1 1 511
2015 20 3 2 709
2016 25 1 2 621
2018 27 4 2 994
Total 92 9 7 2835
NWSL Utah Royals FC 2019 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0
Career Totals 92 9 7 2835

International career[edit | edit source]

Alex is fortunate to qualify for membership on the Peruvian National team (Selección femenina de fútbol del Perú) because both her Suarez grandparents are Peruvian Nationals. Alex participated in the full Federación Peruana de Fútbol Peruvian National team combine back in December of 2018[29]. The Peru women's national football team is very interested in rostering Alex after she complies with her Utah Royals FC commitments.

Social Media[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Utah Royals make three selections in NWSL College Draft". The Salt Lake Tribune. January 10, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. "Home". Rainbow Soccer Limited. July 23, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. "Chapel Hill United Program Information". Rainbow Soccer Limited. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. "Home". Triangle United Soccer. March 21, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  5. "North Carolina State Champions". US Youth Soccer Championships. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  6. "Triangle Futbol Club Alliance". Triangle Futbol Club Alliance. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  7. "NCFC Youth on Twitter". Twitter (in Latina). May 20, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. "North Carolina FC Youth". North Carolina FC Youth. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  9. "Coach Paul Forster". linkedin.com. Paul. June 22, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  10. "Olympic Development Program (ODP) - Programs". US Youth Soccer. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  11. "3 Girls Players Named to Region 3 ODP Pool". Triangle United Soccer. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  12. "Jessica Maxwell - Women's Soccer". University of North Carolina Athletics. March 6, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  13. "Last minute score lifts Chapel Hill to girls soccer title". HighSchoolOT.com. May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  14. "Last minute score lifts Chapel Hill to girls soccer title". HighSchoolOT.com. May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  15. "Brackets". North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  16. "The 2013-14 high school athletics year in review". newsobserver. June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Alex Kimball - Women's Soccer". University of North Carolina Athletics. March 6, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  18. Howlett, Dylan. "Women's soccer adapts to change". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  19. DeVito, Joey. "UNC women's soccer freshmen stepped up in season kickoff". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  20. Athletics, University of North Carolina (November 26, 2016). "UNC Advances To Final Four With Win Over Gamecocks". University of North Carolina Athletics. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  21. Athletics, University of North Carolina (November 26, 2018). "Dorrance Taking Tar Heels To 28th College Cup This Weekend". University of North Carolina Athletics. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  22. "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  23. Admin (January 10, 2019). "2019 NWSL College Draft Recap". United Women's Soccer. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  24. Admin (January 10, 2019). "2019 NWSL College Draft Recap". United Women's Soccer. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  25. "Headed to the Pros". January 26, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  26. "Utah Royals FC Signs Strom-Okimoto, Cox and Kimball for Duration of 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup". Real Salt Lake. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  27. Lara, Cindy (March 5, 2019). "Utah Royals FC begin preseason, release roster". RSL Soapbox. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  28. "Utah Royals FC on Twitter". Twitter (in Latina). May 20, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  29. "Futbol Femenino". FPF (in español). Retrieved June 23, 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]


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