CHICAGO - Earning the call to the United States Women's National Soccer team (USWNT) for the second time, former Harvard women's soccer standout and current Portland Thorns player Margaret Purce '17 has been selected to the national team for a pair of friendlies against China PR. The games are set for Thursday, June 7 in Sandy, Utah and Tuesday, June 12 in Cleveland, Ohio. The games will be broadcast on FS1 and ESPN2, respectively.
Purce wrapped up a dazzling career at Harvard in 2016, where she was named the Radcliffe Prize recipient as the top women's student-athlete. Purce was a two-time All-American and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a senior. She joined a select group of two-time Ivy League Players of the Year, and was a four-time Ancient Eight first team honoree. She was later a first round draft choice of the Boston Breakers in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), and now plays for the Portland Thorns, where she has started all 10 games in the midfield or at outside back.
Purce earned her first call up in August, 2017 at the Tournament of Nations, but is still looking for her first-career appearance.