Alexandra “Ali” Lowe Riley (born 30 October 1987) is an American-born New Zealand association football player who is currently a member of the LdB FC Malmö in Damallsvenskan. Riley is a member of the New Zealand women’s national football team. She captained the Stanford soccer team to two NCAA semi-finals and one final.

Born in Los Angeles, California to parents John Graham Riley and Beverly Fong Lowe, Ali attended Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California. She was named captain of the soccer team during her senior season and was a two-time Mission League Offensive MVP as well as a two-time first-team San Fernando Valley selection. As a senior, she helped lead the Wolverines to the 2006 Southern Section Division I final and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division I first team. Riley also competed for local soccer clubs, the Westside Breakers Soccer Club and SoCal United. Riley attended Stanford University and played for the Stanford Cardinal from 2006 to 2009. During her freshman year, she started in fifteen of the eighteen matches she played. She played forward and made four goals with two assists. As a sophomore, she played sixteen games and started in fourteen of them. She scored two goals and had two assists. During her junior year, Riley converted from her position at forward to an outside back, which is what she plays for the New Zealand National Team. As a senior, Riley started in each of the twenty-four games and scored one goal with one assist.

Clubs

FC Gold Pride
In January 2010, Riley was selected as the tenth pick in the first round of the 2010 WPS Draft by FC Gold Pride. While she plays on her natural right wing-back position for the NZ Women’s National Team, she plays professionally as a left wing-back and had three assists in the 2010 run to the WPS championship by FC Gold Pride. Riley won the WPS Rookie of the Year award.

Western New York Flash
Riley signed for Western New York Flash for the 2011 season becoming a free agent after FC Gold Pride failed to find financial backers. In the 2011 season Riley was a finalist for Defender of the year as the Flash swept both the league season title and then won the 2011 WPS Championship. In 2012, Riley resigned with Western New York Flash for the 2012 season, however, the league folded before play began.

LdB FC Malmö
With the suspension of the WPS, she then signed with LdB FC Malmö, Swedish League Champions. In her first game, (the Supercuppen) she assisted on the winning goal.
In October 2012 Riley resigned with LdB FC Malmö for the 2013 season.

Riley represented New Zealand at the 2006 Women’s U-20 World Cup finals. She was named Player of the game v. Russia. She made her Football Ferns debut in a 0–5 loss to Australia on 6 February 2007, and represented New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in China, where they lost to Brazil 0–5, Denmark (0–2) and China (0–2). Riley also played every minute for the New Zealand squad in the 2008 Summer Olympic games where they drew with Japan (2–2) before losing to Norway(0–1) and the United States (0–4). Riley’s first international goal was scored in the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup as New Zealand qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup with an 11-0 win over Papua New Guinea. On 27 June 2011 Riley earned her 50th A-international cap in a 2-1 loss to Japan in New Zealand’s opening group stage match at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the final seconds of extra time in the match v. Mexico she assisted on the tying goal that gave the Football Ferns their first point in a World Cup final. In the 2012 Olympics Riley played every minute of the Football Ferns’ four games. In the preliminary round games the Ferns lost 0-1 to Great Britain and Brazil and beat Cameroon 3-1. This was the first victory by a NZ football team in the Olympics. With the victory the Ferns advanced to the second round based on goal differential. In the quarter-final the Ferns played the USA losing 0-2.

Honours

NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TEAM HONOURS
• Nike Junior Women’s Player of the Year 2006
• Nike National Women’s Player of the Year 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
• Oceania Football Confederation Women’s Player of the Year 2009, 2010

2009 UNIVERSITY SOCCER HONORS
• All American (NSCAA, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America)
• Scholar All American (NSCAA)
• All Pac10 First team
• All Pac10 Scholar Athlete of the year

2010 UNIVERSITY SOCCER HONORS
• Stanford University, Pat Strathairn Best Competitive Athlete Award

2010 WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER HONORS
• Rookie of the year

Award announcement
The left defender started 23 games for regular season champions FC Gold Pride this season and had three assists. Her solid defensive play helped FC Gold Pride lead the league in team defence with just 19 goals allowed, while her consistently aggressive runs up the left flank and dangerous crosses created opportunities and space for FC Gold Pride’s forwards throughout the season.
• All Pro selection (First XI)

2011 WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER HONORS
• Finalist, Defender of the year
• All Pro selection (First XI)

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