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Know Your Dash - Meghan Klingenberg

Defender Meghan Klingenberg will be a mid-season addition to the Dash who will be worth the wait.

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Meghan Klingenberg grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Pine-Richland High School. She helped her high school soccer team win the state championship in 2005. She captained the team in 2006 all the way to the state tournament.

After graduating high school she decided to attend the University of North Carolina.Klingenberg was a four year starter at UNC, playing on all three lines, who spend most of her collegiate career playing at left midfield. As a freshman in 2007 she played in 24 games and had 5 goals and 3 assists with her first goal coming against Texas A&M. She earned Freshman All-ACC honors and was a Soccer America First-Team All-Freshman selection. As a sophomore she played in 20 games and had 2 goals with 9 assists. In 2009 as a junior she scored 5 goals and 1 assist. She score the game winning goal in a 5-2 win over Wake Forest in the NCAA quarterfinals. Her senior year she played in all 24 games of the season and scored 6 goals and had 11 assists. She was named an NSCAA All-American and was First Team All-ACC.

After college Klingenberg was selected as the third pick of the 2011 WPS draft by the Washington Freedom. That same year the team moved to Florida and was re-named magicJack. There she made two appearances for the team before being traded to the Boston Breakers. She started all 10 matches and scored 1 goal and 2 assists. In 2012 she went to play for the Western New York Flash appearing in 3 games and scoring 2 goals.

Klingenberg then moved to Sweden to play for Tyreso FF where she plays mostly plays at left back. She will be staying with Tyreso while they continue their run in the UEFA Women's Champions League before joining the Dash sometime in the middle of the season.

She is a national team member who has been playing with the team since she started at the U-16 level. She was a huge part of the team winning the FIFA U-20s Women's World Cup. Klingenberg got her first senior call up in 2011 earning a roster spot for the Four Nations Tournament. She was an alternate for the 2012 Olympics and has had 6 national team appearances.

Klingenberg is a multi-functional player who is an experienced defender but also plays at left mid when needed. And according to the Tyreso FF website "Although Meg has good post and is also good for knocking out opponents' backs to get around and put the delicate recorder." Which really says it all doesn't it?