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Kate Markgraf
Personal information
Full name Kathryn Michele Sobrero
Date of birth August 23, 1976 (1976-08-23) (age 33)
Place of birth Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Chicago Red Stars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Boston Breakers
KIF Örebro DFF
Chicago Red Stars
National team
1998- United States 198 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:12, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

Kate Markgraf (née Kathryn Michele Sobrero, born August 23, 1976), is an American soccer defender and member of the U.S. women's national team.

Markgraf, who is five feet, nine inches (1.75 m) tall, is a native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she attended Detroit Country Day School. At Detroit Country, she helped to guide the soccer team to the state title in 1991, scoring 16 goals and having 26 assists. She was also a volleyball player, making the All-League team three times. In soccer, she made the NSCAA All-American team one time and was chosen for the All-State team three times.

Markgraf attended University of Notre Dame and graduated with a degree in science and business. She was a three time NSCAA All-American while there, was a three time all Big East selection, the 1997 Big East defensive player of the year, and the defensive MVP of the NCAA's Final Four in 1995, the year in which her team won the NCAA women's soccer championship.

In 1998, she played with U.S. when they faced the national selection of Argentina. Markgraf (then Sobrero) was the youngest member of the team that won the Women's World Cup in 1999, and also participated in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and the 2004 Games in Athens. The team won the silver medal in 2000 and the gold in 2004.

She was a member of the Boston Breakers in the WUSA league, and she was named defender of the year for that team in 2001.

Markgraf played professionally for KIF Örebro in the Swedish league alongside longtime USA teammate Kristine Lilly. She was scheduled to play with the Chicago Red Stars in WUSA's successor, Women's Professional Soccer, in its inaugural 2009 season. However, the Red Stars announced in January 2009 that she would not play that season because she is expecting her family's second child.[1]



She married Chris Markgraf, a former Providence College soccer player, on October 31, 2003. Their son, Keegan Jamison Markgraf, was born on July 18, 2006. In July 2009, she gave birth to boy/girl twins, Carson and Xavier.

Markgraf lives with her husband and their son in the Chicago area.[2]

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