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Katie Naughton is the Red Stars’ quiet, steady presence in central defense

(Photo Copyright Lewis Gettier)

BRIDGEVIEW, IL — Through every step of her youth career, Katie Naughton stood out. In elementary school, she played in a boy’s travel league. In junior high, she joined Sockers FC—a club widely known for developing professional and even international talent.

In high school, she continued her club play and became a prep star. In college, she started all four years at Notre Dame and captained the squad for her last three seasons. As a mainstay on the youth national team, she represented the U.S. in the 2014 U-20 World Cup.

In her own words, Naughton had become “used to playing every minute of every game.”

Then, in the professional ranks, after the Chicago Red Stars drafted Naughton in 2016, Naughton had to learn something new.


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